A map of the Nootka Sound and the historical village of Yuquot.

Yuquot, also known as Friendly Cove, is a small historic settlement that is often considered British Columbia’s birthplace. With such a storied history and reverent past, tours to Yuquot from Nootka Wilderness Lodge continue to be a fascinating aspect to consider when planning a vacation on Vancouver Island. Not only is Yuquot the first site of contact between European explorers and First Nations in British Columbia, but it’s also home to legendary old-growth forests and a fascinating and diverse array of wildlife. Today, members of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations offer historical tours of their treasured gathering sites to share their cultural significance with guests yearning for knowledge. To help acclimate you to Yuquot and its people, we’ll offer a brief overview of its history and why it has become a premier destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Yuquot: An Immersive First Nations History Tour

Historical tour to Yuquot entranceTaking the time to learn more about those who live in the places we visit is arguably the most effective way to understand and appreciate your current travel destination. For over 4,000 years, the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations have inhabited Yuquot. Since 1992, archaeologists have discovered approximately 177 other indigenous settlements found throughout the Nootka Sound, proving that Nootkans were there far before any Europeans. Early anthropological inquiries would soon lead to confirmation that the Nootka people changed location based on seasons and the availability of water, fish, seals, whales, and otters. And although the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nations are highly skilled anglers and whale hunters, they also gathered a wide variety of roots, berries, and herring eggs to supplement their diets. The various family units inhabited the beaches in sizable wooden row houses, each providing shelter for four to six families consisting of direct descendants and several relatives acquired via marriage.

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Although our brief history lesson merely scratches the surface of Yuquot’s people, we hope it has intrigued you to learn more about the Nootka Sound and its extraordinary past. The rugged coastlines and their picturesque beaches offer a dramatic backdrop for visitors to our wilderness lodge, no matter their preferred adventures. For more information or to make reservations, please visit us online or call 250-850-1500.