Just across from Vancouver Island, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is set back among the pristine fjords of British Columbia’s fragmented mainland coast. It is tucked into the 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest—part of the largest coastal temperate rain forest in the world—at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Nimmo Bay gives guests access to 50,000 square miles of untamed wilderness, where they can explore mountaintops and forests, abundant marine life, and the fascinating First Nations culture of British Columbia’s remote shores.
Guests can learn about the diverse First Nations groups of British Columbia at the U’mista Cultural Centre in nearby Alert Bay, which hosts a variety of artworks, masks, and ceremonial relics.
Showcasing the work of local artists, this gallery hosts a range of art from textiles to sculpture to portraits.
The area surrounding Nimmo Bay is teeming with native wildlife such as black bears, grizzly bears, orcas, humpback whales, white-sided dolphins, sea lions, eagles, and wolves. Guests can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat on guided hikes, kayak tours, boat tours, paddleboards, or even by helicopter.
Neighboring Nimmo Bay are several First Nation villages, where indigenous peoples maintain their unique, traditional lifestyles. Guests can learn about ancient customs and view ceremonial artworks at the U’mista Cultural Centre. Nimmo Bay also offers cultural tours to nearby villages such as Kingcome and Hanson Island, where the Kwakwaka‘wakw people live, or Alert Bay, home of the ‘Namgis First Nation.
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