Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort: About

Located in British Columbia, Canada

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is the very definition of a secret hideaway: nestled into the old-growth spruce of the Great Bear Rainforest, poised over sparkling waterways, and accessible only by helicopter or floatplane. One of the world’s first ecolodges, Nimmo Bay has built a stellar reputation for offering a high-end wilderness experience amid British Columbia’s most remote fjords and secluded beaches. Spend your days exploring from sea level to 7,000 feet—kayaking among orcas and sea lions and then soaring high into the mountains in a helicopter to hike landscapes where few have ventured. Unwind in the evenings with fresh coastal cuisine, a soak in a hot tub beneath a splashing waterfall, and plenty of music and laughter around the fire on the floating dock. This is nature as it should be experienced.


  • Set out to explore the rugged woodlands and wild waters of the Great Bear Rainforest in every way possible, from hiking and beachcombing to kayaking and paddleboarding.
  • Soak in cedar hot tubs at the foot of a waterfall, or take a refreshing plunge beneath the waterfall’s cascade.
  • Forage for edible indigenous plants with the lodge’s culinary experts, then sit down to a lively family-style meal at the water’s edge.
  • Swoop high into the mountains in a private, piloted helicopter, touching down to go glacier trekking or fish in remote rivers.
  • Cap off the day around a bonfire on the floating dock, playing music and telling stories.

Why We Love This Lodge

When founders Deborah and Craig Murray stumbled upon Nimmo Bay almost four 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, enough renewable energy to run the lodge off-grid. Nimmo Bay sources the majority of its food from nearby Vancouver Island and hires local guides. The lodge also maintains a strong bond with the people of the region; through a recent partnership with First Nation communities, guests can explore the area through the lens of its indigenous culture.

Lodge Features

  • Nine comfortable chalets with stunning views and tranquil interiors
  • Luxurious cedar hot tubs
  • Waterfall plunge pool
  • Floating sauna and fire pit docks
  • Yoga classes on the dock
  • Adventure and fishing gear for guest use
  • Games room with board games and satellite TV
  • Massage treatments
  • Gift shop with local art, pottery, and clothing
  • Free Wi-fi throughout the resort
  • Guests receive a complimentary zip drive of photos taken by Nimmo Bay photographers

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Nimmo Bay, National Geographic guests are treated to a private sunset boating excursion. Glide 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.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Andrew Harper, Top 11 Fly-fishing Lodges and Resorts, 2019
  • Outside Magazine, 26 of the Best Trips to Take Right Now, 2017
  • Robb Report, Top 100 Best Resorts in the World, 2014
  • Globe and Mail, Canada's Top Eco-Resorts, 2010
  • The Knot, 10 Best All-inclusive Honeymoons

Photos from Our Lodge and Travelers

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