Posted by: cherylyoung | March 22, 2012

FOR EVERYONE WHO SAW “SAVING LUNA” AND FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T, RENT IT SOON

FOR EVERYONE WHO SAW “SAVING LUNA” AND

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T, RENT IT SOON

 Steeped in history and surrounded by the natura

l beauty of the west coast of Vancouver Island,

 Nootka Sound is a paradise for sport anglers and

outdoor adventurers seeking to explore and enjoy the

 magnificent wilderness surroundings.

 

The mountains and islands of north and central

 Vancouver Island have a mysterious sense about

them,  as if they’re always trying to hide some secret,

 andyou do have to travel farther afield here in order

 to penetrate its cloud-laced valleys, coastal rain

forest, and the open ocean waters of its two sounds,

 Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound.

In March 1778, Captain James Cook of the Royal

Navy became the first European to set foot on British

Columbian soil when he visited Friendly Cove on

 Nootka Island.

 

While anchoring in Resolution Cove on Bligh Island,

 across from Friendly Cove, the natives hollered

 ”itchme nutka, itchme nutka”, meaning “go around”

 (to Yuquot), but Cook misinterpreted their calls,

 believing the name of the area to be Nootka.

Yuquot, also known as Friendly Cove, was the summer

 home of Chief Maquinna and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht

 people for millennia, and retains historic significance

today as the site of the first contact between Europeans

 and First Nations people in British Columbia.

 

A Spanish trading post, Santa Cruz de Nutka, was

 maintained here between 1789 and 1795, with Nootka

 becoming an important focal point for English, Spanish

 and American traders and explorers.

 The Canadian government declared Friendly Cove

 a National Historic Site in 1923, with recognition of

the significance of the First Nations history

 following in 1997.

 

Nootka Sound and the community of Gold River

received tremendous media coverage worldwide in

 July 2001 when Luna the Killer Whale became a media

 sensation when he turned up in Nootka Sound after

 being separated from his pod in Puget Sound in

Washington.

 

 Attempts to reunite Luna (L98) with his family were

 suspended, as the Mowachaht and Muchalaht First

 Nations believed Luna, or Tsuxit, embodied the spirit of

 Chief Ambrose Maquinna, who had died just days before

 the whale was first seen in the area.

 

 The orca loved to play around boats, and sadly this

 ultimately led to his death in March 2006, when Luna got

too close to the propellers of a tug boat in Mooyah Bay,

 one of Luna’s favourite places in winter.

Location: Nootka Sound is located on the west coast of

 North Vancouver Island, approximately 45 miles

(70 km) north of Tofino.

 

 From Gold River and Tahsis you can travel to points

 in Nootka Sound and neighbouring Kyuquot Sound to

 the north on the MV Uchuck lll, a converted

minesweeper that carries passengers, freight and

 kayakers into the sound.

 

 The Gold River Highway 28 runs the width of central

 Vancouver Island, linking Campbell River on the east

coast with Gold River and Nootka Sound on the rugged

and windswept Pacific coast.

View maps of the area:
Map of the Pacific Rim
Map of North Vancouver Island
Map of Brooks Peninsula/Tahsis

 

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR AND BLOGGER

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

VICTORIA B.C WWW.CHERYLYOUNG.CA

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