Tahtsa Dive Chaters and Shorebird Expeditions

provides full service access to start and end points for the Nootka Trail and the Tatchu Peninsula hike. We also offer service to the North end of the Hesquiat Peninsula hike.

Our service area includes 3 coastal hiking opportunities to rival the renowned West Coast Trail both in challenge and reward. Minus the people! A reminder that these coastal hikes are only for suitably experienced and prepared hikers. You will be hiking remote coastline with little to no emergency access and conditions can quickly become treacherous with changing weather and high tides.


Tatchu Trail

The Tatchu Trail is the next significant stretch of coast to the north of Nootka Island. The Tatchu Trail is a complex system of offshore rocks and reefs protecting much of the shoreline from the oncoming Pacific Ocean.  Allow Tahtsa Dive Charters & Shorebird drop you off at Yellow Bluffs and enjoy this unique ecosystem brimming with wildlife. Return to Yellow Bluffs or Rugged Point to be picked up by MV Shorebird or make arrangements to depart from Kyuquot.

The Nootka Trail

The Nootka Trail is renowned as being one of the most impressive coastal hikes on Vancouver Island and in British Columba. John Kimantas, editor of Coast & Kayak Magazine and author of The BC Coast Explorer tells Nootka Trail hikers to “enjoy the wide range of features – from open sandy beaches to rock ledge scrambles to forest hikes above ragged oceanside bluffs.”

Although the Nootka Trail could be hiked in as little as three days, a five to seven day itinerary allows for a richer experience. More time to explore, enjoy the scenery and observe wildlife.

The Nootka Island Trail ends at historical Yuquot (Friendly Cove). Yuquot is the traditional summer home of the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation. Captain Cook landed in Yuquot in 1778 claiming the land for England. Rich in history and recognized as a National Historical Site in 1923, Yuquot, “where the wind blows in all directions” was re-designated in 1997 to acknowledge the significance of the MMFN history and contributions. 

Hesquiat Trail

The Hesquiat Peninsula is a long, low elevation finger of land with expansive beaches, constantly changing rock formations with beach camping and glorious sunsets. Hikers report that the wildlife viewing of whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals and a variety of birdlife are everyday occurrences.

Let Tahtsa Dive Charters & Shorebird Expeditions drop you off at Escalante Point for the start of your memorable hike and have Nootka air pick you up at the end of your hike at Rae Lake.

For those planning to hike any of the trails our water taxi service provides backpackers a great beginning to the adventure that awaits them.

…whatever the hardships, the scenery and natural environment compensate and make this an exceptional destination.

John Kimantas

The BC Coast Explorer