Nootka Sound Experience
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-nuth people and has a fascinating history.
The west coast of Vancouver Island, one of the most rugged and unspoiled places left on earth.
Steep, heavily forested mountains border deep protected inlets and multitudes of sheltered coves and bays. The thick rainforests surrounding the 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!
Half Day Boat Excursion to 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 the rivalry between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 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 Yuquot
Your retreat includes a half-day boat trip to the village of Yoquot, or Friendly Cove, on Nootka Island. A National Historic Site of Canada, the settlement is the historic place of the 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 Yuguot maintain the site and regularly conduct fascinating tours for visitors.
Imagine practising 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 paddle boards.
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 waters of the bay and feel like you’re walking on water! Life jackets, harnesses, and leashes are included with each rental.
Extra Cost Activities
Wild west coast fishing charters are available at an additional cost. 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 vessels in the industry, with friendly, professional fishing guides.
Full and half days available. Fishing must be booked separately in advance, directly with Nootka Sound Marine Adventures.
Massage therapy from one of our 2 Registered Massage Therapists. Imagine the ultimate in luxury, a therapeutic massage while surrounded by pristine nature. Plan to book early, as all available spots last year were taken before we even got on a boat. So this year, we will be bringing a second, female RMT.