Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort: Plan Your Stay

Located in British Columbia, Canada

How to Get There

The lodge is accessible only by helicopter or floatplane from Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island’s northeastern coast. Nimmo Bay offers three-, four-, and seven-night trips, and arrivals and departures must be scheduled for either Monday or Thursday.

To reach Port Hardy, fly to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on the airline of your choice, arriving prior to 13:00. From the South Terminal, board Pacific Coastal Airlines flight #811 for the one-hour trip to Port Hardy Airport (YZT). A helicopter or floatplane will be waiting to transport you to Nimmo Bay. This flight is 20 minutes and is included in the lodge packages. Alternatively, guests can book a private charter to Port Hardy or drive north along the coast of Vancouver Island to the airport.

Guests can also fly via private aircraft to Pt. Hardy (YZT) which has a 5,000 foot grooved runway with ILS facilities. There is fuel and ramp storage for the duration of you stay. To pre-clear customs call 1-888-CANPASS before leaving your home airport. You can fly directly to Pt. hardy (YZT) where your helicopter or float plane will be waiting to bring you to Nimmo Bay on a 20-minute flight.

What to Expect

Due to its remote location, the lodge has taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of guests. Two staff members are trained Emergency Medical Technicians, and in the event of a medical emergency, medi-vac by helicopter is available to Port McNeill or Port Hardy, both within a 20-minute ride.

Weather and Seasons

Because Nimmo Bay Resort is located in a rain forest, guests should come prepared for the chance of rain. July through September are typically the warmest and driest months; expect rain forest downpours in June and October.

What to Bring

Due to floatplane/helicopter load restrictions, each guest is limited to one duffle bag weighing 30 lb or less. However, the lodge supplies much of the attire and equipment you’ll need, including hiking boots, rain gear, open-water storm suits, fleece pants, wool socks, waders, stream boots, stream belts, spin fishing rods, fishing lures and flies, and wet suits.

Recommended Packing List

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Warm sweater or hoodie
  • Swimsuit
  • Casual wear for dinner
  • Comfortable clothes for adventures such as hiking, kayaking, or yoga
  • Camera and charger
  • iPod

Traveling with Family

Because of Nimmo Bay’s intimate size, it is perfect for large families who would like to rent the entire resort as well as smaller families looking for a quiet place to connect. Activities such as fishing, rafting, whale watching, kayaking, and helicopter rides are well suited for families and can be catered to younger children’s needs. Children age two and under are welcome to Nimmo Bay free of charge, and child care is available at additional cost.

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