NOOTKA SOUND RESORT, BC
Craft Beer. Paddle. Yoga. Fish. Explore
Join us in Nootka Sound with top BC brewers over 5 days for an unforgettable, all-inclusive unique retreat experience.
Nootka Sound Resort is tucked away in Galiano Bay on the Wild West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is a luxurious floating lodge in the middle of wilderness. We have brought together a collection of exciting events- the choice is yours. Brew craft beer, take part in dockside yoga, paddle by Kayak or SUP around the coves, fish for salmon and explore the sacred beaches of Yuquot-Nootka Island.
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.
Our 2019 Brewers
Rebecca Kneen is living the dream as owner and brewer at Crannog Brewing in Sorrento, near Shuswap. Not only does Rebecca brew beer with Crannog, but she organically grows hops and sells them and their rhizomes through Left Field Farms. Rebecca has actually written the book on how to grow hops in BC – with her manual, “Small Scale & Organic Hops Production” – that she generously shares on her website. 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
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.
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
Yoga with Lena Watt
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!
Practicing yoga for 19 years, teaching for over 5, Lena Watt grew up on these very waters. She lived in nearby Gold River while her parents owned a fishing lodge. She owns Inner Compass Yoga in Campbell River, and runs the Yoga And A Pint event monthly at Beach Fire Brewing in Campbell River.
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.
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.
Lecture: Historic Nootka Sound
Our opening night 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.
2019 Itinerary - (subject to change)
How many tickets are available to purchase?
50 Tickets are available.
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 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 Planner, owner of uBlossom Retreats & Events, 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.
More Questions? call Dennyse @ 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!