NOOTKA SOUND RESORT, BC
A CRAFT BEER based LUXURY RETREAT on the remote wild WESTCOAST of VANCOUVER ISLAND - THE BEST BEER, THE BEST FOOD, THE BEST EXPERIENCE
Unplug, relax and choose from a range of exciting events that include
• 5 DAYS ON A LUXURIOUS FLOATING LODGE IN NOOTKA SOUND • 20 SPECIALLY SELECTED KEGS OF CRAFT BEER
• CHOICE BEER and GOURMET FOOD PAIRINGS
• 2 ON SITE CERTIFIED BEER CICERONES®
• BREW SESSIONS WITH BC BREWERS FROM BOOM BOX BREWING, LUPPOLO BREWING AND CRANNOG ALES
• HISTORICAL INFORMATION TALK PAIRED WITH A HALF-DAY BOAT TRIP TO YUQUOT (Friendly Cove) on NOOTKA ISLAND
• YOGA CLASSES, KAYAKING, PADDLEBOARDING
(Includes roundtrips transfers to the resort from Comox and Campbell River airports)
$1699 plus tax per-person (based on double occupancy)
Pay a deposit and secure your spot!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE??
CALL US NOW 250-218-3556
Our 2019 Brewers
Delve Into Brewing Craft Beer
Celebrate beer for the art form it has always been. Brew beer with BC brewers from Boombox, Crannog Ales and Luppolo. Enjoy gourmet food and beer pairings, tapside beer chats and formal educational beer seminars.
If you’ve never brewed before, this is your opportunity to learn. If you’ve dabbled and want to up your game, this is your opportunity to learn. If you’ve been welding your own in line oxygenation system and spunding, this is your opportunity to talk shop with some of the best brewers in the world.
The Craft Beer Revolution (Joe Wiebe) is in full effect. Gone are the days when mass produced standard international lagers were the only choice. Today’s craft brewers are reaching new heights in creativity and artistic expression. The Craft Beer and Wilderness Retreat at Nootka Sound Resort celebrates beer for the art form it has become. Special food pairing dinners and retreats at beautiful chateaux are common place, now the Craft Beer and Wilderness Retreat provides the beer lover the same opportunity.
As co-brewer, owner and farmer at Crannóg Ales in Sorrento (on Shuswap Lake in Secwepemc Territory), Rebecca Kneen has managed to combine all her loves. Not only does Rebecca get to explore the magic of fermentation, she also grows hops for the brewery and sells hops rhizomes through the organic farm co-op, Left Fields. Rebecca has written a book on how to grow hops in BC – with her manual, “Small Scale & Organic Hops Production” – that she generously shares on her website. She keeps a flock of sheep who help with hops pruning and provide wool (Rebecca is an avid spinner, knitter and felter), meat and companionship. On top of that, she works in the gardens with the co-op, growing organic herbs, fruit and spices which find their way into her beers. Inspiration is found both on the farm and brewery and in the person of Brian MacIsaac, her life partner and business partner, head brewer and lead artist at the brewery. Back Hand of God Stout is their best known beer, but hopefully Gael’s Blood Potato Ale and its silky smooth mouthfeel will make an appearance at CBW.
Ryan Parfitt is brewer and co-owner at Vancouver’s Luppolo Brewing. Italian for hops, Luppolo proudly reflects Ryan’s Italian roots. “A tavola non s’invecchia”. “At the table one does not grow old”. Is Luppolo’s motto and highlights their commitment to creating an entire experience with their beers. Food is kinda important to Italians, and Luppolo beers are filled with nuances and flavours that are sure to be thoroughly enjoyed all retreat long, but especially during our beer and food pairing dinner.
“I had an amazing time meeting new friends, sharing great beers, and exploring a part of the world I’ve never known. The thing that surprised me the most was the history of the area from the first peoples to the European explorers. Just amazing!”
– Brent Mills, Four Winds Brewing
Read full article at What’s Brewing
” Once wasn’t enough.
We signed up for the first Craft Beer and Wilderness, intrigued by the opportunity to mingle with local brewers and sample great local beer in a part of BC that many never have the privilege or opportunity to visit. Witnessing the beautiful, wild West Coast scenery, visiting historical sites, catching an 18-pound salmon, paddle boarding and kayaking in a protected cove, and making new friends over top-notch meals matched with huge variety of high-quality craft beers (or another libation of your choice) —it all pulled us back again this year. Brad and Dennyse’s welcoming casual style coupled with their attention to detail make this an experience to remember – and one that we want to repeat! “
– D and R Wilson
FOOD & DRINK
Two certified Cicerones will be pouring beers throughout the retreat and sharing their extensive beer knowledge with our guests. Formal beer seminars on topics such as: properly serving beer, pairing beer with food, cellaring beer, and general beer appreciation will be held throughout the retreat. As well as an extensive selection of bottled beers, several kegs of beer will be on tap throughout the retreat. The beers of BC are world class, and the finest beers available will be personally selected for this retreat. The selection and quality of beer will surely please the casual beer drinker to the most experienced beer connoisseur.
Gourmet full hot breakfast, lunch and dinner provided all retreat long, with open snack bar. The chef at Nootka Sound Resort routinely gets standing ovations in the dining room. The entire menu will be specifically created to complement craft beer. Oyster bar, charcuterie, smoked brisket, shellfish and land based goodies will all be available. Lighter fare will be served as well to maintain a balance. The grand finale will be a beer and food pairing evening hosted by our brewers, created by our chef.
MEET THE CERTIFIED CICERONES®
Brian has been enjoying and studying craft beer since he moved to Vancouver Island in 1997. He was the 48th Certified Cicerone® in Canada and is currently working on his Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University. He is a professional distiller at Wayward Distillation House in Courtenay and owns a nomadic whisky company set to fill first barrels in December 2018. Brian spent three years selling beer for some of the top breweries in North America as well as waxing poetic about craft beer at The Drake and Vintage Spirits in Victoria. Pick his brain about anything beer while he pours beer for you, an act he considers to be an art form and practices as much as he can.
In addition to being a longtime homebrewer, Certified Cicerone® and BJCP-certified beer judge, Rob Mangelsdorf is an award-winning journalist and editor of B.C.’s ultimate craft beer guide, The Growler. He brings his pithy perspectives and prognostications on the ever-evolving craft beer revolution every week to the Vancouver Courier and VancouverIsAwesome.com.
Welcome to Nootka Sound
Nootka Sound is a large body of water separating Vancouver Island from Nootka Island. Galiano Bay is nestled within the Sound. This remote part of Vancouver Island is part of the traditional territory of the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth people and has a fascinating history. Steep, heavily forested mountains border deep protected inlets and multitudes of sheltered coves and bays. The thick rainforests surrounding our Resort are home to a large variety of wildlife, including wolves, cougars, eagles and bears. Watch for whales, sea lions, sea otters and other marine life, too!
For more information on lodging and transportation please see our FAQs.
YOGA AND A PINT
Imagine practicing a peaceful Yoga Flow on the water’s edge, surrounded by rainforest and breathing in the fresh ocean air. There’s nothing like it. Classes will be scheduled twice a day. No experience is necessary – all ages and abilities welcome!
1/2 DAY BOAT EXCURSION TO HISTORIC NOOTKA ISLAND
Presentation: Historic Nootka Sound
Our first full day in Nootka Sound will include a captivating talk by local historian, author and lecturer Catherine Gilbert. Catherine has written numerous articles about BC coastal history. You will have an opportunity to learn about the very interesting history of Nootka Sound – in particular, the Nootka Sound Controversy of 1790 when rivalry between the Kingdom of Great Britain and Spanish Empire nearly led the two nations to the brink of war. Once educated about the fascinating history of the area, every attendee has the opportunity to visit Nootka island during the retreat.
Tour of Historic Yuquot
Your retreat includes a half day boat trip to the village of Yuquot, or Friendly Cove, on Nootka Island. A National Historic Site of Canada, the settlement is the historic place of first contact between Europeans and First Nations of British Columbia. Excavations reveal that the settlement has been used for at least 4,300 years! The Mowachaht/Muchalaht people who live in Yuquot maintain the site and regularly conduct fascinating tours for visitors.
Enjoy the ocean with a short paddle around Galiano Bay. We provide all the safety equipment necessary to enjoy a fun experience on the water. Choose from sea kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards.
Kayaks – Sea kayaks require a few basic skills, and are equipped with bilge pumps, spare paddles, paddle floats, throwing lines, spray skirts, and life jackets.
Stand Up Paddle Boards – Easy to balance and provides a full body workout, SUPs are great for all levels of experience. Take one out for a few hours in the calm Bay and feel like you’re walking on water! Lifejackets, harnesses, and leashes are included with each rental.
Wild Westcoast Guided Fishing Charters (additional costs):
Nootka Sound offers a world of opportunities for the fishing enthusiast. The area is known for the fantastic salmon and bottom fishing – target chinook and coho salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish. Charters accommodate up to 4 guests per boat, on some of the biggest and most comfortable boats in the industry, with friendly, professional fishing guides. Full days and half days available.
Fishing must be booked separately in advance, directly with Nootka Sound Marine Adventures.
2019 Itinerary - (subject to change)
How many tickets are available to purchase?
50 Tickets are available.
Group Discounts Available for 4 or more
Let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements, we will be happy to accommodate.
What is the resort like?
Nootka Sound Resort is a floating resort with all the amenities of home. Outside, there is room to roam on the docks, see what’s growing on the garden float, enjoy the scenic views from a lounge chair, or relax beside an outdoor smokeless fire pit. Meals are served-to-table in our large dining room. Inside, guests may enjoy our billiards and poker table.
What are my lodging options?
Tastefully appointed rooms with two twin beds and a private washroom. Pricing is based on double occupancy. Coming alone? we will pair you up with another attendee. Upgrades to a room alone may be an option closer to the retreat date for a fee. For couples, the twin beds can be converted to a seamless King for a $75 one time fee.
What are my fishing options?
Guests may choose to book half or full-day fishing charters (at your own cost) directly with Nootka Marine Adventures. Guide boats comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests with a professional, certified fishing guide and all gear provided. Anglers must purchase their own Tidal Waters Sportfishing licence. Please contact Nootka Marine Adventures to add on your fishing charter.
What if I catch fish?
Nootka Marine Adventures features a government-licensed fish processing facility. The crew will professionally clean, portion, vacuum-pack, flash freeze, label, and package your catch for travel. We will ensure that your catch is expertly handled and returned to you upon departure, ready for travel.
Is there WiFi?
Yes, WiFi is available at the Resort. Please note that there is no cell phone coverage in Nootka Sound.
What if I’ve never paddled or practiced yoga before?
No previous experience is necessary for either of these options. Our ocean kayaks and SUPs include necessary safety gear for a relaxing tour of the calm Bay. Our yoga instructor welcomes all levels of yoga experience, from beginner to advanced.
What is your Cancellation Policy??
If you cancel your participation in this retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving hotels and transportaion. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. To protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF YOU CANCEL THE RETREAT:
31 days or more prior to the start date of the retreat: a 50% refund will be given.
0-30 days prior to the start date of the retreat: no refunds will be given.
To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to:
What type of beer will be brewed?
Each of the pro brewers will bring a recipe which will be announced closer to the retreat.
(Although we will be brewing beer-no Yeast will be on-site. When you add yeast, you legally make beer. So in fact, we will be making wort)
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Private bus transportation is included in your ticket price. Pickup and drop-off from either Campbell River Airport or Comox Airport. Scheduled pickup and drop-off times to be determined closer to retreat dates. We work closely with you when you book your ticket. Hosts from Craft Beer & Wilderness will travel with you to the resort. The private bus transfer time is approximately 2 hours to Moutcha Bay (near Gold River), then you will be transfered by chartered boat (a 15 minute ride) to Nootka Sound Resort. Once there, you will be checked in by the Nootka Resort manager and staff.
Please visit Travel Directions for more information on how to get to Nootka Sound Resort.
Who are the Hosts?
Dennyse Harris – Event Manger and owner of uBlossom Retreats & Events, and Event Specialist for PowHerhouse, along with her husband Brad Harris- Family Physician, home brewer and founder of Royston Nano Brewery-brewing beer for charity, BC Children’s Hospital-Oncology. Joining forces with years of event experience, travelling to over 38 countries and the love of craft beer, incredible cuisine and remote luxury-they have created their ultimate getaway.
More Questions? call Dennyse Now @ 250-218-3556
Teaming up with Nootka Marine Adventures and our Brewing partners have given us the power to bring you incredibly competitive retreat pricing. Below is a breakdown of what it would cost if you did this on your own – our early bird pricing is a steal in comparison.
Roundtrip Transfers – $150
Historical Lecture – $75
4 Nights Accomodation & Meals – $1400
1/2 Day Guided Boat Trip w/lunch to Nootka Island – $200
Kayaks/SUP – $120
Yoga Classes – $120
5 days hanging out with like minded people and professional brews – PRICELESS!