Posted by: cherylyoung | September 21, 2013

Jouney in the footsteps of the 18th century Nootka Chief Maquinna

Jouney in the footsteps of the 18th century Nootka Chief Maquinna

Nootka Falls cascades on to a wild beach on Nootka

Island’s western shore.

 Calvin Creek outflows from Crawfish Lake before

 it end in this spectacular manner on this island off

the southwest coast of Vancouver Island

Journey in the footsteps of the 18th century Nootka

Chief Maquinna.

Fly to Nuchatlitz Inlet at the north end of Nootka

 Island and hike the rugged, isolated and pristine

beaches along the West Coast to Yuquot

(Friendly Cove).

Yuquot is a 4300-year-old village, where you will

meet descendants of Chief Maquinna, the chief who

bartered sea otter pelts with Europeans and

 Spanish-American traders in the late 18th century.

 See the West Coast in its undeveloped state (like

the West Coast Trail used to be).

 The West Coast of Nootka is very rugged.

It is subject to varying weather conditions and help

 can be far away.

For these reasons the trail should only be

attempted by experienced and fit hikers or with

trained guides.

The first part of the trail from Starfish Lagoon

located south of Louie Bay and leading to Third

Beach is a difficult scramble over and under

fallen trees.

However the trail is flagged and should only take

half to three-quarters of an hour.

 Most of the remainder of the trail needs to be done

 on the beach at 2/3 tides or lower.

This means you will need tide tables and to adjust

walking times along the beach accordingly.

Good hiking boots are required because of the

nature of the trail along sandy, pebbly, and

seaweed strewn rocky beaches and also steep sided

rocky peninsulas that jut into the ocean.

Running shoes are not recommended.

A great variety of wildlife may be viewed on this


Black bears, wolves, cougar, sea otters, seals,

 sea lions, and an abundance of bald eagles and

ravens frequent this isolated shore.

Here some black bears have a white bib.

Because of the wildlife, it is necessary to put all

food in rugged sealable bags that birds won’t pick

apart (not plastic garbage bags) and to place the

 bags in trees so they are not accessible to bears

and wolves.

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