Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is the very definition of a secret hideaway, nestled into the old growth forests of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, poised over serene and sparkling waterways where salmon flash and porpoises leap, and accessible only by helicopter or floatplane. This is a landscape defined by granite mountains that overlook misty fjords, splashing waterfalls, and secluded beaches; blue-toned glaciers; and islands where the wildlife far outnumbers the humans.
Nimmo Bay was one of the world’s first ecolodges, opened by the Murray family in the early 1980s and owned and operated by them still today. Originally geared toward heli-fishing, the lodge now offers a high-end wilderness experience in one of the most remote and stunning places on the planet. Spend your days exploring from sea level to 7,000 feet, watching orcas or bears, kayaking among salmon and sea lions, or soaring high into the mountains in a helicopter to hike landscapes where few have ventured. Then unwind with fresh coastal cuisine, a soak in a hot tub beneath a towering waterfall, and an evening of music and laughter sitting around the fire on the floating dock. This is nature as it should be experienced.
Nimmo Bay seems carved from its own wilderness, a small collection of beautifully designed wooden chalets that seem to float at the water’s edge. Food, wine, and energy are sourced locally, and with a 5,000-foot waterfall just steps from the lodge, nature and wildlife are literally on the doorstep. But with a fleet of paddleboards, kayaks, helicopters, and boats, guests of all ages and abilities can get far beyond the doorstep. Whether tracking humpback whales or hiking in old-growth forests, fly-fishing for salmon, or sitting down to an elegant picnic at the edge of a glacier, there are myriad ways to experience this slice of wild paradise.
Local culture is a vibrant presence here, too. The Murray family and much of the staff hail from this part of British Columbia, and indigenous artwork fills the lodge. First Nation guides share their legends and traditions, and a new partnership with the local First Nations people promises to bring needed income to the community.
When you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you'll be treated to a private sunset dinner cruise. Glide out of Nimmo Bay to Wells Pass and Mackenzie Sound, on the lookout for marine life. As the sun sets over the mountains, watch for breaching whales and playful dolphins and enjoy a memorable meal.
When founders Deborah and Craig Murray stumbled upon Nimmo Bay more than three decades ago, they were instantly drawn to the waterfall that spilled 5,000 feet from the top of Mount Stephens. They situated their lodge at the foot of it, and it became the centerpiece—and lifeblood—of the resort, providing pristine drinking water and, thanks to a pelton wheel turbine (a hydropower energy system) enough renewable energy to run the lodge off-grid. Nimmo Bay sources the majority of its food locally from Vancouver Island, hires local guides, and, maintains a strong bond with the people of the region. Through a recent partnership with the First Nation communities of the area, the lodge offers educational cultural activities for guests.
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