Tahsis - Gold River - Nootka Sound
Outdoor Adventure - Eco Tours - Sea Kayaking - Salmon Fishing
Tahsis is a small unspoiled oceanside community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Though Tahsis resides on a protected inlet, it is a close jumping off place to the rugged west coast and it's fabulous opportunities for world class fishing and outdoor adventure.
something for everyone who loves the west coast rainforest, from a leisurely
historical walking tour of the town to extreme kayaking and surfing on the
wild west coast of Nootka Island and Kyuquot Sound. The area abounds with
hiking trails, diving and surfing sites, caves, wildlife, and scenic vistas.
The Nootka Sound in particular is very popular with scuba divers, surfers,
canoers and kayakers as the area has a range of protected inlet waterways
and rugged open coastline. The Nootka Trail is being discovered by International
Hikers as a challenging 4 to 6 day hike comparable to the West Coast Trail.
Tahsis is also steeped in British Columbia history... Tahsis is only 19 sea miles from Friendly Cove and Bligh Island, where In 1778 Captain James Cook landed and made first contact between Europeans and the local aboriginals, the Mowachaht people. Nootka Island's Friendly Cove was the location of their ancestral village and summertime residence; Tahsis (meaning 'Gateway') was the wintering grounds for the tribe.
Hike or enjoy beachcombing along West Bay Park, walk through remote forests filled with wildlife including Roosevelt elk, songbirds, deer, eagles, geese, and bear. Explore the local caves or hop aboard the Uchuck III, for a cruise of historic Nootka Sound.
111 is a passenger and freight vessel that provides service in Nootka
and Kyuoquot Sounds, including Gold River and Tahsis. The Uchuck 111 gives
passengers the opportunity to see the daily activities of a working coastal
vessel. During the summer, scenic day cruises through Nootka Sound, with
a stop at historic Friendly Cove are offered. Throughout the year passengers
can take day trips to Tahsis or a two-day trip to the community of Kyuquot.
Transportation and launches for canoeists and kayakers along this route
can be arranged.
BY ROAD: From Port Hardy, take Hwy. 19 (the Island Highway) south to Campbell River. Turn right at the intersection with Hwy. 28 (the Gold River Hwy.) Once in Gold River, connect onto the gravel road. The trip from Port Hardy takes about seven or eight hours. From Nanaimo, take the Inland Island Highway north to where it connects with the Island Highway at Mud Bay. Continue north to Campbell River, where you will connect with Hwy. 28 (the Gold River Hwy.). BY AIR: Scheduled airline connections are out of Vancouver to Campbell River or Port Hardy.
Floatplane service is also available from Air Nootka .
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