Cabins at Nimmo Bay © Jeremy Koreski
By Raye Mocioiu
Deep in the heart of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, lies a uniquely wild experience. Here, the hustle and bustle of your everyday life couldn’t be further away. Who needs the rumbling noise of traffic when you have the serene and soothing sounds of nature—the wooshing calm of the ocean’s waves, the whispers of the wind blowing through the trees, and in the distance, the sounds of animals foraging along the shorelines. This is what it means to feel the call of the wild.
Time for play in Nimmo Bay
British Columbia’s Nimmo Bay, described as Mother Nature’s Backyard, is home to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Wild adventures are their specialty, with a natural abundance of wildlife and numerous areas to explore by boat, kayak, paddle boarding, helicopter, and of course, on foot.
The resort’s wilderness lodge is the ideal place to watch black and grizzly bears in their natural habitat ethically and safely. Expert guides certified by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association make this experience both exciting and informative.
On the waters, orca and humpback whales, long-time residents of the region, often pop up to greet visitors—whale watching is touted as an exhilarating experience not to be missed. Kayaking through the coastal islands is also available, both as a guided day trip complete with a gourmet picnic or on your own with a hot drink and a camera to capture the sights.
Paddleboarding, hiking, and helicopter rides are visitor favourites for exploring the region’s beauty from all heights and angles, and guided safari day trips will take you to remote areas as you indulge in the sights, stories, and history of the islands.
Sustainability in the Wild
This luxury wilderness resort places a careful focus on protecting the land it resides on. The Murray family, the founders and owners of the resort, have always strived to minimize their carbon footprint and share the benefits of living sustainably. Nimmo Bay is run by innovative and sustainable systems, like the hydropower system, fueled by streams and waterfalls and provides clean drinking water and up to 80 per cent of the resort’s power.
Naturally, these methods continue in the resort’s kitchens, where all culinary ingredients are sustainably sourced and purchased from local farms. Composting and recycling are non-negotiables here; even their wastewater is converted into clean water suitable for re-entry to the environment.
The resort also supports surrounding communities through tourism and education, inspiring a love of the land in all who come to stay, and funds groundbreaking wildlife research and activism. Their partnerships with local non-profits further their mission to live sustainably: Nimmo Bay proudly supports the Smokehouse Foundation, an organization that promotes coastal Indigenous communities and peoples living in remote areas, focusing on balancing environmental protection with infrastructure improvements.
Nimmo Bay’s wellness philosophy is grounded in the healing powers of nature and the intentional experiences one can find in the wild. Wellness guides will lead you through parts of the wilderness that you’ve never imagined, from walking meditations to forest bathing and floating saunas to cedar hot tubs at the base of a cascading waterfall. You’re sure to return home feeling renewed and rejuvenated—and looking forward to your next adventure in the west coast wilderness.
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