New Moutcha Bay Resort aims to open
up year long adventures in Nootka Sound|
Nootka Sound, BC – When the new full-service Moutcha Bay Resort opens this spring, (just 43 kilometres outside Gold River), Nootka Sound will have yet another draw to one of the most pristine and spectacular fishing and ocean adventure destinations in Western Canada.
“Our goal is to offer guests a year round experience at Nootka Sound. Each season brings different ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and as Canada opens up to new emerging tourism markets, we want to ensure we continue to look after our current clientele while growing to accommodate new visitors to the area,” says Nootka Marine Adventures’ general manager, Dave Gosnell. Gosnell adds that each year it surprises him how Nootka Sound goes quiet after Labour Day weekend, when some of the best fishing experiences are still to be had in Sept. and Oct.
“We think we can easily extend our season at the floating resort by educating local anglers on the amazing shoulder season experiences they can have, while offering year round getaways at our new lodge.”
Anglers who have already discovered the area are familiar with the sister lodge, Nootka Sound Resort, a floating lodge accommodating up to 38 guests, located in Tlupana Inlet - 11 miles from the open Pacific Ocean. Open from June-Sept, Nootka Sound Resort is all-inclusive, offering boat moorage, access to world class fishing, eco-tours, and some of the west coast’s best locally sourced gourmet fare.
The purchase of Moutcha Bay Resort in 2008, one of the few resorts on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island with road access, allowed Nootka Marine Adventures to cater to RV and campers, as well as offering chalets and additional access to the sport fishing and wildlife adventures in the area. Set in a sheltered inlet, Moutcha Bay quickly became a destination of its own, offering gas and diesel sales, boat launch, propane and a small store. Fishermen took special notice as the resort is located at the head of Moutcha Bay where the salmon school-up for their trip up the Conuma River, thanks to a very successful salmon hatchery that produces millions of chinook, coho, and chum salmon fry each year.
“Judging by the demand for accommodation and services we offered, it seemed to make sense to open a year round lodge and expand on the hospitality we can offer to local and international adventurers,” says Gosnell.
Moutcha Bay Resort will be completed this fall, with finishing touches taking place over the winter. The lodge will feature six spacious loft-style, self contained suites, with spectacular views of Tlupana Inlet, some large enough to accommodate up to seven guests. A full service pub-style restaurant will be a welcome amenity to the area, as will the fully licensed fish packing plant, with freezer and ice making equipment. Additional stand-alone chalets are available with more planned for the future, as well as the upgrading of existing RV and camp sites. Boats, electric downriggers, rods, reels and tackle, prawn and crab traps can also be rented on-site. Full guide services can be arranged.
Friendly Cove resident carver, Sanford Williams is preparing two large totem poles for the entrance. A traditional salmon barbecue is planned for the lodge’s official opening in the spring.
“Our many years of operating a resort in this area have taught us well on what amenities and type of accommodation would be welcome,” says Gosnell. “We also want to celebrate the local First Nations Culture, while ensuring we respect the environment, and operate with as minimal a footprint as possible.”
What that means is Nootka Marine Adventures takes sustainable tourism seriously. Not only are they completely compliant with DFO and Ministry of Environment standards at both resorts, they have added additional infrastructure like solar energy, eco-friendly waste management while practicing and teaching environmental stewardship on all their guided tours.
And for those anglers who like to plan ahead, special introductory spring rates are being offered, if booked prior to Nov. 30, 2010: Double Accommodation - two queen-sized beds and a bar fridge: CDN $249/night; or Quad Accommodation - one queen-sized bed, one pull-out couch, two single-sized beds and a kitchenette: CDN $299/night; or Groups of up to seven people - one queen-sized bed, one pull-out couch, three single-sized beds, a kitchenette and a third floor balcony: CDN $349/night.
These prices are for the entire unit, not “per person”, a genuine bargain.
Despite the recent economic downturn, Gosnell feels strongly that this type of full service hospitality matched with fishing and outdoor adventure expertise and affordable accommodation offered by Nootka Marine Adventures will continue to attract tourists, local and long haul.
“The locations of both our resorts means we can offer one of the most diversified vacation experiences in Nootka Sound,” says Gosnell. “Our commitment will be to provide some of the best fresh and saltwater fishing experiences in Canada, along with diving, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and the abundance of ocean and wildlife viewing Nootka Sound offers. Matched with comfortable accommodation and exceptional food, we think we provide the kind of high value, high return on experience today’s tourists are looking for”.
More information on Nootka Marine Adventures, Nootka Sound Resort and Moutcha Bay Resort may be found at www.nootkamarineadventures.com