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Sea kayakers seeking isolation should head to Nootka Sound, located on the rugged west coast of North Vancouver Island, approximately 45 miles (70 km) north of Tofino. The sound is a paradise for sea kayakers who want to go somewhere isolated and undeveloped. The closest pockets of civilization near the sound include Tahsis, to the north, and Gold River, to the southeast (click for Google satellite map of Nootka Sound area).
If you are a sea kayaker and you want to really get away from civilization then the west coast of Vancouver Island is the place to go and the further north you go, the more remote you'll be. For this reason, Nootka sound is a destination for experienced expedition-oriented sea kayakers - or for adventurous kayakers who venture out with an experienced kayaking guide.
Nootka Sound is rich in history. In 1778, Captain James Cook was the first European to enter the Sound. Resolution Cove, located in the Sound is named for Captain Cook's ship the "Resolution." Captain Cook traded furs with the First Nations people (Mowachaht), at Yuquot, better known now as Friendly Cove (click for area map).
Sea kayakers in Nootka Sound can look forward to discovery of small islands, sheltered coves, remote sandy beaches, and richly (rain) forested lands. Wildlife includes black bear, wolves, cougar and eagles. Marine life includes orca whales, gray whales, sea otters, seals and sea lions.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
The Wild Coast Volume 2: A Kayaking, Hiking and Recreational Guide for the North and Central B.C. Coast by John Kimantas. This book outlines the journey from North Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. Each chapter explores BC's remote stretch of coastline and has information on the history, geography, weather, ecology, attractions and services. Contains detailed maps. Order now...
Sea Kayak the Gulf Islands by Mary Ann Snowden. This guide leads paddlers of all levels to the best kayaking waters on the BC coast. Resources include 23 trips that are outlined with information on tides, currents, safety, charts and launching. Order now...
Paddling Through History: Sea Kayak Vancouver and Victoria by Aileen Stalker and Andrew Nolan. This inner city paddling guide enables you to explore the history with the story behind the people and places and explains the names and geology. This book is illustrated with maps and photographs. Order now...
Sea Kayak Around Vancouver Island by Doug Alderson. This guidebook has all the information needed for a weekend excursion to a summer tour. Each chapter covers a section of the island covering points of interest, access sites, safe travel routes and comfortable campsites. Order now...
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast: From Northern Oregon to British Columbia's North Coast, 2nd Edition by Peter McGee and John Dowd. This guidebook provides detailed information on more than 30 kayak routes featuring required skill levels, length of trip, hazards, weather, currents, ferry and air travel, rentals and tours. Eighteen regions are explored from Oregon to British Columbia. Order now...
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