Local Info


Here are links to a couple of sites we find useful for weather:
Gold River weather
Marine Forecast Estevan Point
Web Cam at Estevan Point
Satellite weather images
Buoy Report


If you're using the Gold River boat launch, note the ramp is in the river and is affected by the tides.  You'll want to avoid the boat ramp any time there is less than 3 feet of water.
Nootka Tides

Fishing licenses:

Fishing licenses have changed since 2014 and they are only available on line. It is more important than ever to get your licenses before you arrive. You can buy the licenses well in advance and post date them to coincide with your trip.  We do have the capability to get on line licenses at Critter Cove for you, but on occasion we have internet or other technical difficulties - so please get your licenses before you come if possible.

Buy a salt water fishing license

Here's a map of Critter Cove layout:

Fishing Regulations:

Note, Nootka Sound is area 25 (or 125 off shore)

Boat Storage in Gold River:
We often get asked about facilities to store boats in Gold River, both for winter and to save travel expenses for those guests who make two Nootka trips.  We now manage a fenced storage area in Gold River, Gold River Storage, next door to the Tomic workshop at 518 Industrial Park Place.  This yard is in town, not at the boat ramp, so it's not suitable if you're headed out to Nootka and want to leave your vehicle at the boat ramp. 

Summer short term yard boat storage is $10 a day ($40 minimum).  There are also boat sheds available for the year starting at $60 a month plus GST, so $63.00.  We encourage booking yard storage for July and August well in advance as it is does fill up. 

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Conuma Hatchery - here's all about the hatchery in Nootka:

Pacific Salmon Foundation:

When planning your trip, please plan to reduce your waste. We bring everything in and out by boat- so we really appreciate it when as little possible is left behind.

Visiting pets are not welcome at Critter Cove.  There is a Critter Cove dog, Cruiser, who keeps the varmints at bay, but visiting pets are not allowed on the docks or in the rooms. 


There is no smoking on any docks or in any rooms at Critter Cove. Guests are welcome to smoke on their own boats.  We're a long way from the fire department, so we are extremely sensitive to fire hazards. No smoking applies to Vaping too, as staff can't tell at a distance what the substance is. Although Cannabis is legal in Canada now, it's not welcome at Critter Cove, so that should be done away from camp. 

Camp cookouts on your deck:
Gas barbecues and cook stoves are welcome - briquettes, smokers, gas campfires, and deep fryers are not.  Since the decks and docks are made of wood and flammable floatation, we want to reduce the fire risk from cooking.

Jerry Can storage:
Gas storage anywhere but in your own boat is strictly forbidden.  Not only is gas a fire hazard, it melts the floatation if spilled on it.

No feeding the Bears!

We've never had an incident with the bears - so let's keep it that way. We often see them ambling along the beach.  There's no need to feed them because they stop to eat the starfish and other small creatures. There is plenty of viewing opportunity without baiting the bears, so let's not be foolish.


Portable generators are not welcome.
There are power outlets in the Cottages, Beach Houses and Lodge rooms. There are outlets in the public washrooms for Cabin, Suite, & Moorage guests. If you need a device charged, we're happy to charge items at the front desk for you.

Since most of our guests get up with the sun to go fishing, we ask that camp is quiet by 10. The power stays on all night - so it's not "lights out",  but anything above quiet conversation is not welcome. 

Birds of Nootka:
Critter Coves winter site watchman Joe (our own Nootka Birdman) keeps an eye out for visiting birds. Here's a list of the birds he's identified so far:

1   Double-Crested Cormorant
2   Pelagic Cormorant
3   Great Blue Heron
4   Trumpeter Swan
5   Glaucous-Winged Gull
6   Bonaparte's Gull
7   Mew Gull
8   Ring-Billed Gull
9   Red Tailed Hawk
10 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
11 Bald Eagle
12 Osprey
13 Northern Pygmy-Owl
14 Wester Screech-Owl
15 Common Raven
16 Northwestern Crow
17 Steller's Jay
18 American Robin
19 Varied Thrush
20 Swainson's Thrush
21 Hermit Thrush
22 Brewer's Blackbird
23 Red-Winged Blackbird
24 Brown-Headed Cowbird
25 Golden-Crowned Sparrow
26 White-Crowned Sparrow
27 Fox Sparrow
28 Song Sparrow
29 Chipping Sparrow
30 American Tree Sparrow
31 House Sparrow
32 Rufous Hummingbird
33 Anna's Hummingbird
34 Barn Swallow
35 Violet-Green Swallow
36 Band-Tailed Pigeon
37 Eurasian Colared Dove
38 Dark-Eyed Junco
39 Spotted Towhee
40 Belted Kingfisher
41 American Dipper
42 Golden-Crowned Kinglet
43 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
44 Orange-Crowned Warbler
45 Townsend's Warbler
46 Yellow Warbler
47 Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
48 Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
49 Wilson's Warbler
50 McGillivray’s Warbler
51 Hairy Woodpecker

52 Pileated Woodpecker
53 Red-Breasted Sapsucker
54 Northern Flicker-Red-Shafted.
55 Spotted Sandpiper
56 Western Sandpiper
57 Dunlin
58 Surfbird
59 Black Turnstone
60 Short Billed Dowitcher
61 Western Grebe
62 Red-Necked Grebe
63 Pied-Billed Grebe
64 Common Loon
65 Red-Throated Loon
66 Red-Necked Phalarope
67 Common Murre
68 Marbled Murrelet
69 Mallard
70 Surf Scoter
71 Bufflehead
72 Barrow's Goldeneye
73 Common Goldeneye
74 Hooded Merganser
75 Common Merganser
76 Red-Breasted Merganser
77 American Wigeon
78 Greater Scaup
79 Green-Winged Teal
80 Canada Goose
81 Long Tailed Duck
82 Harlequin Duck
83 Gadwall
84 Ruffed Grouse
85 Huton's Vireo
86 Warbling Vireo
87 Cassin's Vireo
88 Winter Wren
89 Bewick's Wren
90 Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
91 European Starling
92 Pine Siskin
93 Cedar Waxwing
94 Brown Creeper
95 Western Wood-Pewee
96 House Finch
97 Red Breasted Nuthatch