Nuchatlitz Inlet - Home of the Sea Otters (25.117)

Location: Nuchatlitz
Price: $1550.00
Duration: 5 days/4 nights

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Departs from/arrives at: Port McNeill
Accomodations: Camping
Tour Type: Leisure Tour
Activity Level: Novice
Nearest Town/Village: Port McNeill
Inclusions:
  • Kayaks double or single
  • Professional Guides
  • Kayak instruction
  • Safety equipment
  • Camping equipment and tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Meals as stated on itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sheets
  • Thermarest
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Dry bags
  • Parking
  • Water taxi on day 1 and 5.
Exclusions:
Guest Parking: Yes Details: Parking available at pre-trip meeting area.
First Nations: Visit sites with evidence of past First Nations use.
Additional Information:
On the wild west coast of Vancouver Island lies Nuchatlitz Provincial Marine Park – a spectacular group of small islets, soft sand beaches, open ocean views, and amazing wildlife. Nuchatlitz is one of the few places in Canada where we can reliably view sea otters. After being hunted almost to extinction in the last century, their population is steadily growing, and now in Nuchatlitz we can view large rafts of these playful creatures.

Our water taxi drops us off on a remote island for this five-day voyage. Days are spent exploring the many islets, reefs, and beaches of Nuchatlitz Provincial Marine Park and Nootka Island. We usually move between two or three different camps during this trip, depending on weather, wildlife sightings and group interests.

In addition to the area’s large sea otter population we often encounter humpback whales during our paddles and Nootka Island is home to healthy wolf and black bear populations. Black bears can often be seen foraging along the beaches at low tide. However, sightings of wolves are much more elusive and while we may not see them we may see their tracks in the sand and hear them howling at night.

If you are looking for a tour that encompasses sandy beaches, west coast scenery, and fantastic wildlife, try our five-day Sea Otter Explorer kayak tour.

We provide high quality three season tents. For couples we provide three person tents and for solo travellers a slightly smaller tent. Therm-a-rest sleeping pads and warm mummy style sleeping bags with liners are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A library of natural history books is on every trip.

On the water we use stable single and double fibreglass kayaks and lightweight carbon/vinyl paddles. Waterproof kayaking jackets and neoprene kayaking mitts are provided to keep you warm and dry while kayaking.

Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    Plan to be in Port McNeill the night before the kayak tour departs, as there is an 8:00 pm pre-trip meeting with your guides at our office, located at 1790A Campbell Way, across the street from the Haida Way Inn and next to the Black Bear Resort. We’ll provide you with an overview for your trip, distribute dry-bags to pack your gear in, and answer any questions you may have.

    Our van departs promptly the next day at 7:15 am for the 90-minute ride to the town of Zeballos. Please ensure that you’ve had breakfast, organized your gear, and checked out by this time. Vehicles and extra bags can often be left at your hotel while you’re on the trip – just ask at the front desk. Otherwise, let us know as we have limited free parking at our office.

    In Zeballos, we load our gear and kayaks onto a water taxi for transport to Nuchatlitz Inlet. They drop us on a protected beach, in the middle of the best paddling in the area. After packing up our kayaks and going through a paddle briefing, we’ll hit the water and head to our campsite.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    2

    We begin our exploration of the area; Nuchatlitz Inlet and Nootka Island in particular. This area is characterized by sandy beaches, many small islets, and offshore reefs which disperse the pacific swell.

    We will likely have two or three different camps during this trip, depending on weather, wildlife sightings, and group interests. There is extensive exploring to do among the many small islets. Along the Nootka Island shoreline we often see black bears at low tide; there is a considerable population here. Along Nuchatlitz Inlet there are some beautiful sea caves and many tiny pebble beaches.

    The sea otters are abundant in this area, and we often see them from our camps; humpback whales are often a common sight as well, although they are also further out to sea, and thus sightings are more weather dependent.

    Itineraries vary from trip to trip, but rest assured that wildlife viewing, exploration, and relaxing are always key factors in our trips

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    3

    There is extensive exploring to do among the many small islets. Along the Nootka Island shoreline we often see black bears at low tide; there is a considerable population here. Along Nuchatlitz Inlet there are some beautiful sea caves and many tiny pebble beaches.

    The sea otters are abundant in this area, and we often see them from our camps; humpback whales are often a common sight as well, although they are also further out to sea, and thus sightings are more weather dependent.
    Itineraries vary from trip to trip, but rest assured that wildlife viewing, exploration, and relaxing are always key factors in our trips

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    4

    In addition to the area’s large sea otter population we often encounter humpback whales during our paddles and Nootka Island is home to healthy wolf and black bear populations. Black bears can often be seen foraging along the beaches at low tide. However, sightings of wolves are much more elusive and while we may not see them we may see their tracks in the sand and hear them howling at night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accomodation: Camping

  • Day
    5

    On the last day, we’ll enjoy a last breakfast and linger over a cup of coffee before breaking camp for the last time. After a short paddle back to the pick-up spot, we’ll load the water taxi and head back up the inlet to Zeballos. Expect to arrive back in Port McNeil between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.

    We usually arrive back in Port McNeill in enough time for you to fly out of Port Hardy or catch a late ferry back to the mainland, but delays do happen. We strongly suggest that our guests spend the last night in Port McNeill, enjoy a hot shower, and slowly transition out of vacation mode. Most guests choose to do this, and guests and guides often get together for a no-host farewell dinner at a local restaurant

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accomodation: Accommodation by Customer

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From Our Blog

"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself.

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