Tour Details

4 Days / 3 Nights ~ Encounter Sea Otters, Whales, Wolves & Bears ~ Stunning Scenery & Wildlife Photography 

Witness the wild and rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. This 4 day, 3 night eco tour explores the coastlines of Nootka Island and beyond. This tour primarily focuses on Sea Otters, Humpback Whales and Black Bears with a visit to Yuquot commonly know as Friendly Cove where Captain Cook first landed in 1778. This is THE tour for Sea Otter lovers; rafts of over 100 Sea Otters are seen most days along with stunning scenery, a comfortable lodge and amazing west coast cuisine.

Found on the picturesque 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. Nootka Sound’s solitude and serenity takes you back in time to the birthplace of British Columbia. In March 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot on British Columbian soil when he visited Friendly Cove on Nootka Island.

Encounter and photograph the wildlife and scenery of Nootka Sound from the safety of a coast guard approved rescue vessel that has been developed for comfortable wildlife viewing and photography. Enjoy a small tour group size with a maximum of only 8 guests onboard.

Humpback Whales are found feeding 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. Biggs Killer Whales are found hunting for marine mammals along the rocky windswept shores. We will search for Coastal Sea Wolves that frequent the outer shores of Nootka Island.  If the weather outside Nootka Sound is favourable it gives us the ability to reach the continental shelf and search for less frequently seen marine mammals.

After full days on the water exploring all that Nootka Sound and beyond offers we will return to the warmth and comfort of Nootka Island Lodge to unwind and and enjoy delicious westcoast inspired cuisine. Nootka Island Lodge on Nootka Sound is truly “Natural British Columbia”. Wildlife abounds and the scenery is breathtaking. The Cyr family has owned and operated Nootka Island Lodge for over 33 years.

This tour is for those who truly want to experience the wilds of westcoast Vancouver Island while with all the comforts of a remote wilderness lodge after a day of exploring areas of Vancouver Island few have been lucky enough to explore. This is the tour and area where one has intimate wildlife encounters with no other tour present. Everyday is a new new day and who knows what we will find around the next corner or in the next bay.

Animal Viewing List

  • sea icon Sea Otters
  • sea icon Humpback Whales
  • sea icon Orcas
  • sea icon Sea Lions
  • land icon Coastal Wolves
  • land icon Black Bears
  • sky icon Bald Eagles
  • sky icon Pelagic Birds

Sample Itinerary

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. A visit to Yuquot or Friendly Cove to learn and explore the rich First Nations cultural heritage of the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nations People. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch while exploring Friendly Cove. Arrive in Gold River at 4 pm, unload the boat, and say good-bye to your new friends!

Area Map

Dates & Prices

May 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022Custom Dates AvailableSkana
June 30, 2022 - July 3, 2022$3499.00Skana
July 4, 2022 - July 7, 2022$3499.00Skana
August 8, 2022 - August 11, 2022$3499.00Skana
September 12, 2022 - September 15, 2022$3499.00Skana

Tour Highlights

  • Experience huge rafts of Sea Otters
  • View Black Bears foraging in the inter-tidal zones.
  • Encounter resident humpback Whales who spending their summer and fall feeding in Nootka Sound.
  • Photograph Wildlife, Waterfalls, Seascapes, Landscapes and Sunsets
  • Search for B.C. Coastal Sea Wolves
  • Hike and Explore the secluded beaches of Nootka Island, a beachcomber's and photographer's heaven.
  • Travel offshore to the edge of the continental Shelf for Orcas, Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Pelagic Birds.
  • Visit Yuquot National Historic Site of Canada and learn about the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nations History
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