Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia

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    Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is the perfect place for an unforgettable, family wilderness and adventure holiday in Canada. Nimmo Bay is an intimate, family owned and operated luxury resort located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Guests of Nimmo Bay will find themselves exploring the beautiful wilderness either on land, on water, or by flying through the air in a helicopter.

    The resort provides lovely cabins, right in the middle of some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery western Canada has to offer. The resort is remote and only accessible by floatplane or helicopter from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. In and around Nimmo Bay there is a wide range of great outdoor activities and experiences to choose from which will ensure your family has an amazing wilderness holiday adventure they will treasure. Activities include: kayaking; paddle boarding; bear watching; whale watching; hiking; rock climbing; paint balling; fly fishing lessons; snorkelling; rope swing; tubing; wake boarding; boat picnics; evening sunset boat cruise; yoga; fitness room; photography; windsurfing. The resort also uses a helicopter which provides quests with optional Heli-Fishing or Heli-Adventure trips (weather permitting). These trips involve additional costs for those wanting to experience them. Guest accommodation at Nimmo Bay Resort is provided by nine spacious, yet cosy cabins. Six of these are “intertidal” and three “streamside”; all have breathtaking views of the surrounding bay. All nine of the solid wood cabins were carefully constructed with the surrounding environment and the comfort of guests in mind. The intertidal cabins have red-peaked roofs and allow you to experience the rise and fall of the tide right beneath you. These four-room units have a comfortable living area, a washroom and two bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed. In the green-peaked streamside cabins, you will fall asleep to the sounds of the nearby cascading waterfall. Perfect for a family, these units have a pleasant living area, a single washroom and two bedrooms; one with a queen size bed and one with a pair of single beds. Sustainability and thoughtful, eco-based management are key priorities of the resort. The guest accommodation, operational quarters and staff buildings at Nimmo Bay Resort are built on the water, along the forest edge, and on a rocky promontory. The creation of the Nimmo Bay Resort has not impacted on the surrounding forest or disturbed any of the wildlife habitats, because a conscious effort was made to use an eco-friendly approach from the beginning. The resort believes that sustainability requires strategic planning and an inherent love for the environment and the Nimmo Bay Resort team is fully aware of the many concerns around living in a remote wilderness area. The resort hires locally, buys locally and provides local artists with a venue where global tourists can view their work. The resort prefers indigenous organic foods, with its seafood coming from local commercial fisherman only. Environmentally sound cleaning products are used for all cleaning, and special soaps and shampoos are provided for guests. Waste management and recycling is a very important at Nimmo Bay. The use of several interesting approaches means the resort achieves and surpasses environmental compliance standards. There is nothing remaining at Nimmo Bay to expose local wildlife to unnatural food sources or to soil the surroundings. The resort lives and operates live by the adage “Take only photographs, leave only footprints”.

    Essentials

    The Important Stuff:
    PACKAGES For the Wilderness and Wildlife Retreat packages:(May 1 to October 20) We think that this package works best for families. All trips are 3, 4 or 7 nights and arrival and departure days are Mondays (3 days and 7 day) or Thursdays (4 days and 7 days) This price is £740 per person per day, which includes round trip float plane transfer from Port Hardy or Port McNeill.  A lower rate of £535 per person per day is available as a special “Shoulder Season” package, from 1 May, 2014 through to 30 June, 2014. Special "Shoulder Season" package: £535 per person per day from 1 May 2014 to 30 June  2014. This price is all-inclusive and includes round trip float plane transfer from Port Hardy or Port McNeill. However, meals are served "family-style" and activities include: 1 day of boating, 1-2 day(s) guided hike/kayak, and 1 day of unguided resort activities. Helicopter Adventure & Helicopter Fishing Packages The price of these vary depending on how many are in your group. Please contact Triptoes for a precise quote for your family. Helicopter Day Trips: These can be added to any Wilderness and Wildlife Retreat package. The price of the trip depends on how many people travel on the helicopter: 1 or 2 people £2640; 2 to 4 people £3910; 5 to 6 people £4650 What's included in the package prices? Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort packages are inclusive of the following services, amenities and activities: ✓ All meals: a three course breakfast, a gourmet picnic lunch (served in a different location everyday), a four-course, fully plated dinner. ✓ All house alcohol, wine and beer. ✓All guided activities including: yoga classes, kayaking, boat tours, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, paintballing, small rock climbing wall, snorkelling, whale watching, bear watching, waterfall tours, cultural museum visits, fishing lessons, beach combing, old growth forest walks, lake swimming, *glacier tours, *coastal beach visits, *alpine hiking, *ridge line tours, *heli-fishing, *heli-tours. (* These activities are available with the helicopter packages only.) ✓Adventure gear including: hiking boots, stream boots, fishing waders, rain jackets, rain pants, wetsuits, spin fishing rods, fishing lures and flies, fleece pants, wool socks, open water storm suits. ✓ Use of games room including, pool table, self serve mini bar, satellite television, stargazer viewing system. ✓Accommodation in private cabins which include: house made cookies and chocolate truffles, Mission Hill red and white wine, wine glasses, complimentary stocked mini fridge (we take special requests), selection of specialty teas, Starbucks instant coffee, kettle, tea and coffee mugs, cosy cotton robes, feather or non-allergenic pillows, daily supply of fresh bath towels, hand towels, face cloths and bath mats, Great Bear Rain Forest bath and beauty products, hair dryer, pillow top mattress, living area, full sized sectional couch, outdoor seating area, Egyptian cotton bedding, feather pillows, a stainless steel "Nimmo Bay" water bottle (for each guest to take home), umbrellas, iron and ironing board, laundry service is available upon request. ✓ Daily house keeping services and turn down service. Transfers: • Round trip helicopter transfer from Port Hardy to Nimmo Bay is included in the helicopter packages. • Float plane transfers are included in the Wilderness and Wildlife Retreat Package and the Shoulder Season package. Exclusions: Not Included in the package prices are: • Gift shop purchases • Formal salt water fishing: rate is $500 per person per day and must be mentioned at the time of booking. • Fishing licenses and wild salmon surcharge ($150.00 per person where applicable) • Massage ($120 per hour) • Premium alcohol • Gratuities (suggested 8-10%) (Gratuities are given at the sole discretion of the client. However, they can be included in the price at the time of booking if requested.) WHEN TO GO The "Wilderness and Wildlife Retreat" and the “Helicopter Adventure” packages are each available throughout the May 1 to October 31 Nimmo Bay season. The “Helicopter Fishing” and "Helicopter Fly-fishing" packages are each available between July 19 and October 20. WILDLIFE Nature is, of course, seasonal, so when planning your trip, please consider what is most important to you amongst all the amazing experiences and sights a wilderness and adventure holiday in Nimmo Bay can offer. For example:

    Black Bear tours - throughout the Nimmo Bay season

    Grizzly Bear tours - July 25 to October 31

    Killer Whale and Humpback Whale outings - July 1 to October 31

    Sea Lions - can be seen throughout the Nimmo Bay season

    Fishing - there is great fishing at different times throughout the season, but particular times are best for specific fish (e.g. to catch one of the big steel-head trout, it’s best to book your stay between May 1 and June 5, or between August 10 and October 31).

    WEDDINGS AT NIMMO Planning a wedding? Nimmo Bay is available for weddings between May 1 and September 30. It is also available to be booked out for large family groups and special occasions. Contact us for details if you are interested in finding out more.

    Check-in Day: Monday

    Other Important Stuff:
    NOTE: arrival and departure days are Mondays (3 day and 7 day trips) and Thursdays (4 day and 7 day trips).

    Sleep Arrangements:
    There are only 9 cabins at Nimmo. The intertidal cabins have two bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed. The streamside cabins contain two bedrooms; one with a queen size bed and one with a pair of single beds. These rooms work very well for families.

    Stuff for Kids

    There is so much for children and the whole family to enjoy in this brilliant Canadian wilderness paradise. It really is one of the ultimate family adventure and wilderness holiday destinations in western Canada and children are very welcome. Adventures for kids (and kids at heart!) include: wake boarding, paint ball, rock climbing, water guns, snorkelling, swimming, rope swing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, exploring the forests and beaches, wildlife watching.

      Things To Do

      Outdoor & Active:
      Included in all of Nimmo Bay packages is an extensive variety of activities that take place in and around the resort. These are offered to all guests and are available to enhance your Nimmo Bay experience. The resort supplies all of the necessary equipment. Enjoy! Kayaking: open water and a hot coffee is a great way to start your day. This activity is also available as a guided day trip for you to explore the coastal islands while enjoying one of Nimmo Bay’s famous gourmet picnics. Paddle boarding: connect with Mother Nature as you paddle along the serene shores watching for bears, seals, and eagles. Bear watching: the local bear population is an amazing example of the power and beauty of nature. Experience the bears around Nimmo Bay from a power boat, paddle board, kayak, and occasionally while hiking the trails. Hiking: the beautiful Big Nimmo Trail runs across the shoreline, in and out of the forest, and along the beach. Enjoy a morning hike or set aside an afternoon to discover the waterfalls and rivers just up the bank from the resort. Or, if you’re up for it, hike the glorious 5,500’ Mt. Stevens behind the resort. Rock climbing: climb the 60’ rock wall at the back of the bay in the safety of a rope harness and a professional instructor. Paint ball: groups of six or twelve can take to the enchanted woods and battle it out with non-toxic, biodegradable paint-balls until the dinner bell rings. Fly-fishing lessons: whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fisher-person, Nimmo Bay has an amazing experience waiting for you in the local waters. Snorkelling: swim along the shallows, dive for starfish, and watch the local Dungeness and Rock Crab go about their business. Rope swing: take a dive off of a 50’ rope swing and discover a heart-pounding drop directly into the brisk ocean waters at the back of the bay. Tubing: hold on tight and enjoy the rush as a 90 horsepower boat skims you across the surface of the bay. The hardest part of this is wiping the smile off your face, no matter what your age! Wake boarding: a ton of fun for newbies and pros. Learn new skills or refine your existing abilities as you jump the wake or hold on for dear life. Boat picnics: float to a local white shell beach with an amazing view down the inlet. While your guide sets up a gourmet lunch, you can take it all in with your family and friends. Evening sunset boat cruise: end a long day and reflect on the memories you've created. Sit back and relax with a glass of champagne as your guide takes you for an evening cruise to watch the sunset. Yoga: become Zen in the resort studio, on the open floating dock, on the beach, or in the forest; there’s really no better place to greet the divine light inside of you. Fitness room: work up a sweat in the Nimmo Bay fitness room where you’ll find free weights, treadmills and stationary bikes. Photography: around every corner lies an incredible opportunity to capture nature in all her splendour. Photograph sea lions, whales, bears, and the rugged coast line and old growth forests. The possibilities are truly endless. Windsurfing: in the right conditions, you can jump off the dock and windsurf around the bay.

      Nearby:

      • Exploring the forests and beaches
      • Hike the beautiful Big Nimmo Trail
      • Cultural tours
      • First Nations’ Cultural Centre
      • Take your helicopter up to the top of Mt. Stephens to watch the sunset

      Places to Visit:

      • Exploring the forests and beaches
      • Tea Bay, one of the most secluded and beautiful nearby locations
      • Hike the beautiful Big Nimmo Trail
      • Helicopter trip to local glaciers
      • Cultural tours
      • First Nations’ Cultural Centre
      • Take your helicopter up to the top of Mt. Stephens to watch the sunset
      • Waterfall visits
      • Old growth forest walks
      • West coast beach combing

      Local Restaurants:
      At Nimmo Bay Resort, food and providing warm hospitality is a big part of the adventures on offer and the resort prides itself on using fresh, local, coastal and homemade dishes, while also offering the best in British Columbia wines and beers. Breakfast at Nimmo Bay: breakfast is served in the family-style dining room. Freshly baked morning pastries are laid out for you to enjoy with your hot Fernwood coffee or speciality tea. This is followed by some legendary Nimmo Bay granola, made in-house and served with fresh cut fruit and yogurt, fresh squeezed juice and a daily home-made smoothie. Lastly, you will feast upon our daily breakfast creation, made just for you in our Nimmo Bay kitchen. Gourmet picnic lunch: lunch is served in a different spectacular location daily. Find yourself feasting atop a glacier, on a white sand beach, by a stream, next to a pristine lake, on the edge of an old growth forest – the list goes on. Your afternoon meal is presented by your guide on a beautifully clothed table. Enjoy sandwiches made with fresh bread from our bakery (gluten free options available); nuts spiced in house, local cheeses, delicious warm soups, fresh pastries and much, much more. All lunches are served with fantastic local wines, beers, cocktails (as requested), coffee, tea, pop and juices. Dinner - coastal cuisine at its finest: while you and your guests are enjoying cocktails, a generous amuse-bouche is set out for you on the gorgeous floating fire dock or inside the cosy lodge. After you've prepared your palate, you are invited to move either to the outdoor dining tables or the indoor dining room. A beautiful and fresh three course coastal meal is then served to you and your guests in a comfortable and relaxed manner. All food is prepared and served with care and made fresh daily. Accompany your amazing meal with our extensive selection of local wines, beers, or your favourite cocktail from our fully stocked bar.

      Entertainment:
      As well as the extensive variety of main activities that take place in and around the resort, Nimmo Bay also has a great selection of other ways for guests to entertain themselves and each other:

      • Pool and snooker in the Games Room
      • A drink at the bar
      • Playing music and singing
      • Cards and board games
      • Satellite TV
      • The Stargazer Viewing System
      • Two cedar hot tubs
      • Waterfall plunge pool
      • The fitness room
      • Yoga classes

      Getting There

      Closest City & Distance:
      Nimmo Bay Resort is accessed from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. If you plan to visit anywhere else on Vancouver Island or maybe Vancouver city itself, it would be best to do this before or after your stay at Nimmo Bay Resort which is remote and only accessible by air or water.

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