NOOTKA SOUND RESORT, BC
Brew Beer, Fish, Explore
Join us in Nootka Sound with top BC brewers over 5 days for an unforgettable, 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. Join us there for 5 days for an incredible vacation. We have brought together a collection of exciting events- the choice is yours. Brew Craft Beer, Yoga, Paddle, Fish, Explore.
Delve Into Brewing Craft Beer
Celebrate beer for the art form it has always been. Brew beer with BC brewers, enjoy gourmet food, tapside beer chats and a formal educational Beer Brewing Seminar.
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. Our scheduled brew session will have 3 parallel streams; extract brewing in a bucket, inexpensive all grain brewing, and full commercial pilot system brewing.
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.
$1599 plus taxes per person
Brent Mills is the head brewer and co-founder of Four Winds Brewery in Delta, BC. After formal brewing training at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and 3 years as production manager and head brewer at R & B Brewing, Brent opened up Four Winds with his father and 2 brothers. Four Winds has won Brewery of the Year in Canada, and among many other awards, Beer of the Year in Canada for their Nectarous Dry Hopped Sour. Considered by many to be the best yeast wrangler in the country, Brent produces complex beers which require multiple fermentation steps and months, if not years, of aging.
Michael and Karen Kuzyk took the beer leap of faith and opened Category 12 Brewing on the Saanich Peninsula near Victoria at the end of 2014. Michael fused his 20 years of home brewing experience with his PhD in biochemistry and microbiology to create the brewery. With unique access to a university caliber yeast bank, Category 12 creates beers which are part science, part passion and all greatness.
Cédric Dauchot now lives in Powell River, 7800 km (as the cuckoo flies) from his hometown of Horrues Belgium. Like hockey is to Canada, beer is to Belgium. Cédric brings his Belgian flare to the West Coast of Canada. Cédric takes his beer brewing to its roots. Crafting his own Belgian Candy Sugar, harvesting wild yeast, barrel aging, blending and aging, all aspects of Belgian style brewing are in his tool box. Cédric has truly embraced his new town, and Townsite Brewing anchors a revival of downtown Powell River. The isolated town has embraced their local brewery and it is a wonderful relationship to experience.
FOOD & DRINK
Subject to change, we expect different craft beers to be available throughout the retreat.
Standard beer pours – 12oz X 6 tickets per day
Wine standard pour – 5 oz X 2 tickets per day
Full hot breakfast, lunch and dinner provided all retreat long. 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
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. Currently working on her 800h Yoga Therapy Degree from Ajna Yoga in Victoria, she will be heading to India to complete a certificate in Ayurvedic Nutrition.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Itinerary, rough outline, subject to change.
How many tickets are available to purchase?
40 Tickets are available.
Let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
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 suites include either two twin beds or one king bed, and a private washroom. Upstairs and downstairs suites available.
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 if I have special food or mobility requirements?
Please let us know upon booking, and we will gladly accommodate you whenever possible.
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 or Comox Harbour. 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 kitchen staff.
Please visit Travel Directions for more information on how to get to Nootka Sound Resort.
WHO are the Hosts??
Dennyse Harris – event planner and owner of uBlossom Retreats, 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
4 days hanging out with Brent Mills, Michael Kuzyck and Cedric Dauchot – PRICELESS!