Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

Sample Itinerary—Coastal Rain Forest Retreat

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Immerse yourself in the pristine landscapes and diverse ecosystems of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest as you hike, fish, and get out on the water during a four-day stay at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge. Spend your evenings trading tales around a bonfire at the water’s edge, savoring gourmet coastal cuisine, and soaking in a cedar hot tub at the foot of a waterfall.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a private sunset dinner cruise to Wells Pass and Mackenzie Sound, watching for breaching whales and playful dolphins as the sun dips below the mountains. (National Geographic Exclusive)
  • Hike through the Great Bear Rainforest, and paddle the coast in the morning mist, afternoon sun, or evening moonlight.
  • Observe humpback whales, black bears, dolphins, and more on a guided boat trip, and search the shore for mussels, crabs, and starfish.
  • Meet First Nations people and learn about their history and culture; visit a ceremonial Big House, admire traditional masks, and see a carved totem pole.

Day 1—Arrive Nimmo Bay, British Columbia

Travel to Port Hardy and transfer by floatplane to Nimmo Bay. Get settled and take in the view from your chalet, then meet other guests on the deck of the floating lodge for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a fresh coastal meal. Before turning in for the night, unwind under the stars, or soak in a cedar hot tub at the foot of a natural waterfall.

Day 2—Aquatic Adventures

Go on an early hike in the surrounding Great Bear Rainforest or kayak along the misty coastline. After a hot breakfast—or hitting up the smoothie and juice bar at the lodge—set out on a guided boat tour of the rain forest and its diverse ecosystem. Be on the lookout mother black bears and their cubs feasting along the coastline, sea lions sunbathing on rocks, and dolphins playing in the waves—and in May and June, breaching humpbacks. Back at the lodge, relax in your chalet listening to the sounds of the rain forest, or indulge in a massage. This evening, gather for cocktails by the bonfire on the floating dock, then savor appetizers, a four-course dinner, and a decadent dessert. If you wish, go for a spin in a kayak, lit only by the moon and the glowing phosphorescence.

Day 3—Rain Forest Culture

Salute the morning—and wake up your body—with an early yoga class, followed by breakfast. Today, meet the First Nations communities that live in Great Bear Rainforest and learn about their fascinating culture and history. Explore neighboring Alert Bay and take a private tour of U’mista Cultural Centre, home to an impressive mask collection that’s one of the largest in North America. Meet with First Nations people, visit the ceremonial Big House, marvel at one of the world’s tallest totem poles, and experience a traditional salmon cookout for lunch. After returning to the lodge, set out along the coast on a sea kayak or paddle board. This evening, enjoy a private sunset dinner cruise to Wells Pass and Mackenzie Sound, watching for breaching whales and playful dolphins as the sun dips below the mountains. Before bed, gaze at the stars from the fire pit or hot tub.

Day 4—Depart

Sleep in and refresh your body in the outdoor rain shower, then fuel up with a hearty breakfast for a day of wilderness adventure. Take an intimate guided hike through the Great Bear Rainforest, learning about the old-growth trees that stretch high into the sky; then search the shore for mussels, crabs, and starfish. Enjoy a remote picnic lunch, and glide back to the lodge on a kayak or paddleboard. Pack up and say goodbye to Nimmo Bay as you take off on a floatplane en route to Port Hardy. Transfer to Vancouver for your flight home or to your next destination.

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