Critter Cove is in Nootka Sound, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Guests arrive at Critter Cove by boat or float plane.
Tlupana Inlet, Nootka Sound
Click "map" to see the google map of Nootka, Gold River Boat launch and Critter Cove.
How to get here:
If you’re driving from the mainland you’ll need to take a ferry to Vancouver Island. For those of you coming from the United States a good ferry to catch would be the first Tawassen/Nanaimo ferry in the morning. The drive from Nanaimo to Campbell River takes about 2 hours, and the drive from Campbell River to the boat launch at Gold River takes about 1.5 hours. Check the BC Ferries web site for line up conditions or reservations.
Here's a link to BC Ferry:
Once on Vancouver Island, follow the signs heading north to Campbell River. From Campbell River follow the signs to Gold River and head west on highway 28. Note there is no cell phone service past Campbell River.
Here's a picture of the sign in Campbell River you should look for to lead you to Highway 28 to get you to Gold River:
Once in Gold River, go through the town and head to the government dock where there is a boat launch and parking. From the boat launch it is 18 miles up Muchalet Inlet then Tlupanna Inlet to Critter Cove.
We recommend this route from Gold River over towing a boat to Cougar Creek. Both routes take about the same time, but the road to cougar Creek can be rough, so it is not so easy on boat trailers. If your arrangements include using one of our boats and meeting us at Cougar Creek or Critter Cove Landing in Galliano Bay for pick up, you'll find the directions here:
Some guests prefer to fly into Critter Cove either to meet friends already there, or to use one of our boats. The base for Air Nootka is about a 15 minute scenic flight from from Critter Cove, and they can also pick up from other Seaplane bases such as Campbell River, Vancouver and Victoria.
Click this photo for a link to Air Nootka:
More seaplane companies:
Scheduled flights from Northwest Seaplanes: http://www.nwseaplanes.com/flights.cfm?id=58
Northwest Seaplanes http://www.nwseaplanes.com 1-800-690-0086
Kenmore Air http://www.kenmoreair.com/ 1-866-435-9524
Harbour Air http://www.harbour-air.com 1-800-665-0212
This picture of Luna with the Uchuck III is a link to their web site:
The MV Uchuck III is a 136 foot passenger and freight boat that services Nootka.
If you are not bringing your own boat to Nootka - or if you're bringing a Kayak - you and your kayak can be dropped off at Critter Cove.
Some guests like to stay a night in Gold River, then get an early start to Nootka the next morning. There are two motels in Gold River that have ample parking if you're towing your boat.
The Gold River Chalet The Ridgeview Motor Inn
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