4 Days / 3 Nights
Found on the rugged northwest coast of Vancouver Island, Nootka Sound is a remarkable coastal region unparalleled in it’s seascapes and wildlife. Nowhere in Canada can one view larger populations of Sea Otters foraging in enormous kelp forests.
Humpback Whales are found in the protected waters of Nootka Sound on a daily basis and Black Bears are frequently seen foraging in the inter-tidal zones at low tide. We will search for Coastal Sea Wolves that frequent the outer shores of Nootka Island.
Day 1 – Meet your Captain and Vessel at 12pm in Gold River B.C. meet your fellow guests, travel to your comfortable lodge and settle in to your accommodations. Head out to explore and experience the Sea Otters and Whales of Nootka Sound until dinner. After dinner enjoy an evening wildlife ecology slideshow and trip planning for Day 2.
Day 2 – An early breakfast followed by a full day on the water. Explore the inlets of Nootka Sound and beyond in search Sea Otters, Bears and Humpbacks. Enjoy a packed lunch and explore the islands of Nuchatlitz Provincial Marine Park. Arrive back at the lodge to an amazing west coast dinner.
Day 3 – Is the day to get out on the water early and travel to the outer reaches of the Nootka Sound to where the large rafts of Sea Otters are found. After a packed lunch head offshore in search of Orcas, Baleen Whales and Pelagic Birds. Dinner to follow an epic day on the water.
Day 4 – Head out after an early breakfast to spend the morning with the playful Sea Otters and Humpback Whales of Nootka Sound. After lunch we will visit Yuquot or Friendly Cove to learn and explore the rich First Nations cultural heritage of the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nations People. Arrive in Gold River at 4 pm, unload the boat, and say good-bye to your new friends!