Wildlife and Heritage Tours
Explore Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet on the water in the comfort of our 24’ Osprey. The rich history and abundance of wildlife in our region means there is something wonderful to discover around every corner.
Humpback whales, stellar sea lions, sea otters and marbled murrelets are just some of the marine species frequently spotted on our ocean tours. This trip also offers a chance to explore the National Historic Site of Yuquot (Friendly Cove).
Sea Kayak Tours
Moutcha Bay Resort is pleased to offer guided sea kayak tours in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island. The calm, protected waters of Tlupana Inlet are ideal for a relaxed and fun exploration of our local flora and fauna. Our certified kayak guides are knowledgeable, friendly and focused on your safety.
No matter what your kayaking experience level is, we will make sure that your tour is comfortable and memorable. Kayak tours are available from June until September.
We also offer multi day sea kayak trips in Nootka Sound! Learn more here.
Hiking Trails and Recreation Sites
West Bay Recreation Park
From Moutcha Bay Resort, head west along Head Bay Road toward the village of Tahsis (approximately 20km). Along the western shore of Tahsis lies the West Bay Recreation Trail. A parking area lies just past Westview Marina and from there the trail begins. This enjoyable 2 kilometre trail takes you through rich forest alongside Tahsis Inlet. Access the shoreline from many points throughout the trail for beautiful views and swimming spots. There are a series of other trails in this area to explore with varying degrees of difficulty. Washroom facilities are available.
Leiner River Estuary Trail
This day-use park is only a short drive from Moutcha Bay Resort. Drive toward the village of Tahsis where you will see a campsite sign on the left at the junction of the access road. Meander along the 2km boardwalk trail that runs from the trailhead just outside of the town of Tahsis right down to the salt flats. There a few sections with scenic wildlife & nature viewing platforms. Another trail runs alongside the river including the bouldering trail which runs through, under, and over large boulders. Watch as the river flows down from the mountains along these magnificent boulders.
This pretty, crystal-clear lake is a great spot to view wildlife and enjoy nature. A bustling spot on the weekends, you can also launch your small boat to fish for cutthroat and rainbows, or simply paddle and enjoy the magnificent views. A great swimming, birding and picnicking lake in the summer months. There is a trail that circles around Antler Lake, crossing over mini bridges and a rock slide, with a few benches to rest upon. The loop takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. To get to this little piece of paradise from Moutcha Bay Resort, drive to Gold River and turn north on East Road. It’s about 4 kilometres to the Antler Lake entrance.
This day use recreation site has a short hiking trail to a beautiful sandy point on the south side of a glacier-fed lake. The lake is home to a plethora of wildlife including trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and black tail deer. Anglers will enjoy this fishing lake for a good chance of landing a decent sized rainbow trout. This lake is easily accessible from Head Bay Road toward the village of Tahsis. Approximately a 10 minute drive from Moutcha Bay Resort.
Whether you are on your way to Moutcha Bay Resort, or on your way home after a relaxing stay with us, a must-see destination is Elk Falls Provincial Park. Its thundering waterfall and extensive network of forest trails are sure to impress. Just 2 kilometres from Campbell River (Highway 28), this park is a perfect place to stop to view the powerful the 25m waterfall from the suspension bridge (approximately a 1 hour round-trip walk). A series of hiking trails lead you around the park which boasts a significant stand of old-growth Douglas Fir north of MacMillan Provincial Park on Highway 4.
Perfect for families or experienced cavers. Explore the five caves on a self-guided tour, all accessible by a short trail. Bring at least two sources of light and sturdy footwear as the caves are dimly lit and often damp. The well-maintained day use site is easily accessed from Moutcha Bay Resort heading toward the village of Gold River. Turn right at H-27 and park in front of the bridge. The trailhead is on the other side of the bridge which will lead you into the park.
Wander through old-growth Western white pine, Western hemlock and yellow cedar trees (some over 200 years old!). Enjoy viewing the stunning waterfall from the viewing area or take in the energy of the Resurgence Cave from the designated viewing platform where the river flows out of the cave and back to the surface. Don’t forget your camera!
Explore the Nootka Sound area by ATV on one of our many purpose-built trails and logging roads, many of which are within minutes from Moutcha Bay Resort. A local favourite is the trail near the Canton River – drive West along Head Bay Road and turn right once you cross the Canton River bridge. Follow the road upward until you reach the breathtaking scenic views of Nootka Sound.
Visit Star Lake near the village of Gold River for its set of ATV trails – and maybe a swim off the floating pier, too! From Gold River, head South on Ucona Road for 5.5km to the Star Lake entrance. The recreation site is surrounded by back-country forest. Picnic tables are available.