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Nootka Sound - Friendly Cove near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, B.C., Canada
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Nootka Sound : Friendly Cove : Kyuquot
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Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island

Nootka Sound is home to great blue oceans and First Nation history and culture. The islands of the sound are surrounded by wilderness rugged landscapes, cliffs and plenty of wildlife. The main island located in the sound is Nootka Island. The First Nation village of Kyuquot (also referred to as Friendly Cove) is the main community on Nootka Island.

Friendly Cove is the receiving and departure point for all transportation to the island. The only access to the island is via a boat, floatplane or kayak. In nearby Gold River and Tahsis on Vancouver Island there are boat and floatplane charters which cater to transporting visitors to Kyuquot on Nootka Island.

Kyuquot was once the summer home of Chief Maquinna and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation people. Kyuquot, means "where the wind blows in all directions". It was on Nootka Island where the First Nation people first came in contact with Europeans on the west coast of Canada.

It first started in 1770 with the arrival of British, Spanish and American fur traders. The Spanish visited the coastline but never set foot on shore. It was not until 1778 that Captain Cook came ashore and claimed the land under England's flag. It was at that time that Captain Cook and Chief Maquinna had their famous first encounter between Europeans and the First Nations.

The Canadian Government declared Friendly Cove a National Historic Site in 1923. Since 1996 the island celebrates the 1778 meeting of Chief Maquinna and Captain Cook. An annual celebration is held each August to pay tribute to the importance of this historic meeting.

There is history and hiking on the island, as well as fishing, boating and kayaking. The Nootka Island Trail is the main hiking route on the island. The hiking adventure is gaining recognition as a challenging wilderness backpacking adventure. It is well worth the trip!

History is everywhere in the sound. There is a monument celebrating Captain Cook and Chief Maquinna that was erected in 1903 on the exact same spot as an old Spanish Fort. The Nootka Lighthouse on Rafael Island has guarded the coastlines of Nootka Sound since 1911.

How to Get to Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island

Kyuquot, is located on the south tip of Nootka Island in Nootka Sound. There is moorage at Friendly Cove for a fee. Transportation to the island is best via boat, floatplane or kayak from Gold River or Tahsis on Vancouver Island.


Neighbouring Vancouver Island Communities

Tahsis < North < Nootka Island > East > Gold River



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