Nootka Island Trail is located on Nootka Island in Nootka Sound off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada near Gold River, BC. Nootka Island is accessed via boarding a walk on only ferry or floatplane which departs from the marina in Gold River or by kayak.The Nootka Island Trail measures approximately 35 kilometres long (22mi.). The backpacking hiking trail is a loop trail which explores along the coastline of the island. The adventure hike connects to many private coves, sandy beaches, wetlands, rugged points and jagged cliffs. It is a rugged and, mostly, unmaintained hike which is considered challenging by many and very scenic by most. The hiking trail is a tricky hike due to the rough wilderness conditions, unpredictable weather and ever changing tides.
The weather patterns are one challenge. The timing of tides is another as there are sections of the trail which can only passed at low ride. Planning your daily hiking distances are important on this hike so to time the incoming and outgoing tides. With proper planning the trail should take no longer than 2-4 days to complete based on your group's fitness levels.
Some parts of the hiking trail are maintained by the people of Friendly Cove. Some parts are left to nature. Services along the trail are limited. There are wilderness campsites located along the trail for overnight camping. There are pit toilets, portable water and garbage disposal facilities located at the trail head only.
All backpackers are required to pack out what they pack in. When arriving on the island make sure to bring some money as the locals charge a landing fee to all visitors who visit Nootka Island to help in maintaining the trail and village services.