Hiking


Zeballos Expeditions provides access to the Nootka Island Trail and the Tatchu Point hike via Water Taxi.

Rates for up to 12 people between Zeballos and Louie Bay
(available only mornings)
$500
Zeballos and Friendly Cove (Yuquot) $550
Zeballos and Port Eliza $400

Nootka Island Trail

The 30-km Nootka Island Trail is a challenging four to six day hike along the wild outer coast of Nootka Island, located in Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. This is true wilderness hiking. Backpackers must be self-sufficient because there is no road access or habitation other than the tiny community of Yuquot at the southern end of the Island. But the rewards are plentiful: tidal pools teeming with Anemones, starfish, mussels, fish, and crabs; amazing sunrises and sunsets; caves, rock formations, waterfalls, and historic sites of the Muchalaht people.

Hike the Nootka Trail

Your wilderness hiking adventure starts in the scenic village of Zeballos where your group will board the Zeballos Expeditions water taxi. It's up to you where you start: Choose either the south trailhead at Friendly Cove (Yuquot) where the Spanish and English traded with First Nations in 1778, or the northern trailhead at Louie Bay.

Either trailhead is about a 1.5 to 2 hour boat ride from Zeballos. The trail follows the southwestern shore of Nootka Island so tide tables are essential to cross along the beaches.

Because of the remoteness of Nootka Island and the wildness of the Nootka Island Trail, we strongly recommend you carry a VHF radio; the radio can also help you co-ordinate pickups with Zeballos Expeditions.

Kayak and Hike Nootka

Escape from the ordinary

Start from Zeballos on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., (Little Espinosa put-in) where you will kayak out Esperanza Inlet, through Nuchatlitz Park to the Nootka Island trailhead at Louie Bay. There the Zeballos Expeditions' water taxi will pick up your kayaks, drop off your back packs, and re-supply your stores, as needed.

From here, you'll hike the Nootka Island Trail to historic Yuquot (Friendly Cove), where you can return by boat to Zeballos.

More experienced paddlers may want to start at Fair Harbour and paddle around Rugged Point, past Catala Island, and then over to Louie Bay.

Tatchu Point

A relatively undiscovered hike -very scenic- Jurassic Point, Tatchu and Rugged Point. About 3 days hike along abandoned logging road and beaches. For detailed route see John Baldwin's guide.

Contact us for more information.