Nuchatlitz Provincial Park
Cougar Sightings – August 2015
Recent cougar sightings in close proximity to park visitors have been recorded on small islands in Nuchatlitz Park. Park visitors are advised to keep pets at home and supervise children at all times. Please review the attached information and be aware of all preventative measures to avoid wildlife conflicts in this area.
- All visitors to the park are requested to refer to the Visitors Safety Information section on proper food storage and bear safety.
About This Park
Nuchatlitz Provincial Park encompasses the very northwest tip of Nootka Island and a large number of small island groups. This picturesque area is perfect for exploring by kayak and paddlers can enjoy meandering through these peaceful islands, pulling out at random locations to camp as they see fit. A wealth of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts exists, including boating, sport fishing, camping and wildlife viewing within the park and its surrounding area.
The maze of islets and reefs that make up Nuchatlitz Provincial Park offer excellent opportunities to study intertidal life in the many tide pools that can be found throughout the area. These remote islands offer both exposed coast and protected waters for paddling, quiet coves and a multitude of beaches.
Park Size: 2135 ha (803 ha upland, 1332 ha foreshore)
Location and Maps
The park is located approximately 18 km southwest of Zeballos, on the west coast of Vancouver Island between Nuchatlitz and Esperanza inlets. Access is by boat or float plane only. Boaters can reference marine chart #3676 and #3662 for more information about this area. The closest communities are Zeballos, Tahsis, Gold River and Nootka Island.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage - The park encompasses a number of archaeological sites. Nuchatlitz Provincial Park borders a seasonally occupied First Nations village site of the same name.
- Conservation - The park protects a great diversity of flora and fauna within an extensive range of terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments. The shoreline is an area of importance for its herring spawning values, which makes it significant for migrating Gray whales. The park also protects sea otter and Marbled Murrelet habitat and rare, red-listed marine algae. Nuchatlitz Provincial Park is an excellent place to study intertidal life, as many tide pools can be found throughout the maze of islets and reefs that make up the park.
- The approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.