Off the Beaten Path.

Our fleet of floatplanes make it easy to get to some of the most remote hiking locations. We offer many different hikes including overnight hikes and day hikes. Custom hikes are also available. See more below for specific hike information.

 

Full Hikes:

Nootka Island Trail

Hesquiat Trail

Tatchu Trail

Half Hikes:

Hot Springs Cove

Friendly Cove

 

Nootka Island Trail

Distance and Duration: 35km with options 4-6 days.

Air Nootka is recognized as the official carrier for transporting hikers to the Nootka Island Trail, offering a convenient and reliable service that provides easy access to the trailhead than any other transportation option. The flight will leave from the base in Gold River, fly down the Muchalat Inlet to Nootka Sound, and then out to the west coast of Nootka Island.


The pilot will fly you over the length of the Nootka Island Trail, so you can see the marvels that await you on your hike. You'll be dropped off at Louie Lagoon, also known as Starfish Lagoon, which is the start of the trail. The trapped waters of Louie Lagoon yield an excellent protected landing area, only accessible by floatplane. A 45 minute hike along a flagged path through the rainforest brings hikers to the rolling surf of the Pacific Ocean at Third Beach. Many people like to plan to spend at least a day at the spectacular Calvin Falls, while others plan some time at the end of the hike to visit Friendly Cove (Yuquot). 

 

RATES & FEES

Private Charters

- Depart Gold River to Louie Lagoon -
Cessna (3 passengers): $661.50 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $897.75 CAD

- Return from Friendly Cove to Gold River -
Cessna (3 passengers): $367.50 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $498.75 CAD

*all taxes and fees included

Mowachaht/Muchalaht Trail Fees

There is a $45 fee per person (cash only), payable to the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation Band which allows access to cross their three reserve sites on Nootka Island and their facilities at Friendly Cove. You can pay this fee at the end of your hike at Friendly Cove.

 

Hesquiat Trail

Distance and Duration: 50km with options 4-6 days. 

The Hesquiat trail is becoming very popular with hikers wanting to experience the beautiful West Coast wilderness. Air Nootka will drop you off on the beach at Escalante for the start of your trip. The hike ends at the historic Cougar Annie's Gardens where you will get a guided tour with Peter Buckland. Pick up is at Hesquiat Lake.

The following is an except from Philip Stone's chapter on the Hesquiat Peninsula from his book Coastal Hikes - A Guide to West Coast Hiking Trails in British Columbia and Washington State.


"What sets the Hesquiat Peninsula hike aside from most treks is that almost the entire 50km hike is along the shore. There are only a handful of short sections of forest concentrated at both ends and the fact that there are very few significant cliffs or other obstacles. The geology of the shoreline is remarkable throughout with expansive tidal shale rock shelves, wild sculptured conglomerate and sandstone formations, endless boulder fields and stunning sandy and pebble beaches that run for miles. Much of the land on the Hesquiat Peninsula is now Provincial park from Escalante Point all the way around to Hot Springs Cove which is part of Maquinna Marine Park. This region is the ancestral home of the Hesquiat First Nation who are part of the west coast Nuu-chah-nulth people. The Hesquiat have an indelible relationship with the land and sea of their territory. Points of interest along the route include the beaches at Escalante, Estevan Point lighthouse, Hesquiat village, beaches around Anton's Spit and Cougar Annies's Garden in Boat Basin. The Hesquiat trail is one of the least trodden paths along the coast of Vancouver Island, but destined to become one of the most popular.”

 

RATES & FEES

Private Charters

- Depart Gold River to Escalante Point -
* For safety reasons, we ONLY land at Escalante Point in the Beaver.
Beaver (6 passengers): $598.50 CAD

- Return from Hesquiat Lake to Gold River -
Cessna (3 passengers): $441.00 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $598.50 CAD

*all taxes and fees included

Cougar Annie's Gardens Fees

$30 per person. Payable with Visa or Mastercard. Please email Boat Basin prior to your hike to set up the tour time: boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com

 

Tatchu Trail

Distance and Duration: 32km with options 4-6 days. 

The Tatchu Trail is a newer coastal hike which begins with Air Nootka dropping you off at Rugged Point in Kyuquot Sound. From there it is a 4-5 day hike through the spectacular beauty of the remote coastal wilderness. You will end your experience in Port Eliza in the Esperanza Inlet. This hike is becoming popular with those who have hiked other west coastal hikes and it is on par with the degree of difficulty found on the Nootka Island Trail and the Hesquiat Trail.

 

RATES

Scheduled Flights

- Drop Off Port Eliza -
Monday - Wednesday - Friday
$170 CAD per person

Private Charters

- Depart Gold River to Port Eliza -
Cessna (3 passengers): $705.60 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $638.40 CAD

- Return from Rugged Point to Gold River -
Cessna (3 passengers): $955.50 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $1296.75 CAD

*all taxes and fees included

 

Hot Springs Cove

Hot Springs Cove is a truly special place. Air Nootka will drop you off at the Maquinna Marine Park Wharf where you begin with a magical 30-45 minute walk along well maintained boardwalk through old growth forest to the hot springs themselves. Once there you can spend the day soaking in the natural rock pools which vary from very hot at the top where the water comes out in a small waterfall to comfortably warm nearer to the ocean. There are shelters, a changing area, and outdoor toilets for your convenience. Water sandals are highly recommended as the rocks in and around the pools are quite slippery.

Overnight Excursions
Inclusive accommodations available on the InnChanter, moored at Hot Springs Cove.  Currently offering luxury accommodations and gourmet meals on a heritage vessel refitted with five staterooms, a main salon and library. Your reservation will include breakfast and dinner.

Please visit InnChanter.com for prices, photos and more!

Give an experience as a gift!
This flight is a great gift idea. Call for Gift Certificate options.

 

RATES

Promo

- Roundtrip Flight -
September - May
Saturday & Sunday’s ONLY
$160 CAD per person (min. 2 people)

Private Charters

- One Way Rates -
Cessna (3 passengers): $470.40 CAD
Beaver (6 passengers): $638.40 CAD

*all taxes and fees included

 

Fly & Float to Friendly Cove

Join Air Nootka and Get West Adventure Cruises for a day at Friendly Cove! Beginning June and running through summer. 

One of the highlights of taking Air Nootka to Friendly Cove, is that you get there before the ship shows up with the crowds allowing you to explore the beaches, where the infamous Captain Cook landed, the lighthouse, & the Mowachat Muchalaht First Nations Church without a ton of people around.. You will then board the MV Uchuck III mid afternoon for the return cruise to Gold River. 

 

RATES

SUMMER PROMO

Wednesday & Saturday ONLY
$180 CAD per person (min. 3 people)

*all taxes and fees included




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