When you arrive in your RV at Moutcha Bay Resort on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, you are in a sportsman’s paradise with world-class fishing, beautiful scenery and amazing places to explore from a boat or a kayak. You may be in the wilderness, but you have all the comforts of civilization.
Moutcha Bay Resort, which opened in 2011, is on the island’s west coast on Nootka Sound. RVers can choose from campsites that are on the water or in the rainforest. The resort includes a lodge, oceanside chalets, luxury yurts, a restaurant, grocery store, and a marina with 70 boat slips.
Fishing is the main attraction, and you can test your skill and luck in either salt water or fresh water. You can fish for trophy chinook and coho salmon in the protected inside waters of the sound, or take advantage of an abundance of halibut, lingcod and rockfish. There are steelhead runs on the Conuma and several other nearby rivers. You can also fly-fish or spincast for chinook, coho and chum salmon as well as cutthroat and rainbow trout. Specially licensed guides can lead you to some of the best spots for fishing, and you can book a heli-fishing trip to reach isolated locations.
Guests have the option of bringing their own boat or renting 18- to 25-foot boats with a full complement of equipment. Guided salmon and halibut charters are available, and a fish processing facility on site will fillet, vacuum seal and flash-freeze fish for shipping.
Fishing is not the only activity at Moutcha Bay Resort. The area is home to a provincial marine park with forested islands, bays that can be explored from a boat or kayak, and beaches where you can haul out or camp. Guides are available or you can opt for self-guided tours. If you are with a large group, you can charter a 52-foot yacht with a three-man crew for a fishing trip, cruise, party or celebration.
There are great opportunities to view wildlife. Humpbacks, orca (killer whales), seals, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, black bears, wolves, cougars, deer and elk abound in the area. Moutcha Bay means “Deer” in the local First Nations dialect.
The area is rich in cultural history with archaeological sites to explore. The First Nations peoples have lived here for at least 4,000 years, and European exploration dates back to 1778, when the British explorer Capt. James Cook first landed at Friendly Cove (Yuquot) in the Pacific entrance to Nootka Sound.
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