- All flights will depart/arrive at YVR’s South Terminal, 4364 Cowley Crescent #4226 in Richmond
- Please check-in 45 minutes prior to the flight
- We ask that all passengers pack 35lbs or less luggage and use soft-sided bags (duffle bags)
Please check-in by 1:45pm at desk #810. There is a Nimmo Bay sign at the desk.
We will arrive in Port Hardy by 3:45pm and will board floatplanes to Nimmo Bay at 4:45pm and arrive shortly after 5pm.
Sunday, October 8th, departing flights will leave around 10:30am to Port Hardy.
We will board flights from Port Hardy to YVR at 11:15am and will arrive at YVR’s South Terminal by 12:30pm.
Nimmo Bay is located on the BC mainland, 200 miles (320 kms) northwest of Vancouver. The nearest large community is Port Hardy on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. Access to Nimmo Bay is by boat or float plant only; there is no road access into the resort.
The weather patterns at Nimmo Bay are similar to Vancouver but you can expect a slightly lower temperature and a little more rain or drizzle. Part of the beauty of British Columbia is the changeable weather so it’s good to be prepared for a variety. Nights are cool and layering clothing (a jacket, vest and shirt) is suggested. In addition, Nimmo Bay does supply all weather gear for your adventure activities and comfort around the resort.
There is no cell service at Nimmo Bay but there is limited wifi available throughout the lodge. As the resort is very remote, the wifi is limited and cannot handle too much activity. To prevent the system from crashing, all guests are asked to refrain from uploading or downloading big files, streaming videos or using video chat while at Nimmo Bay. Checking emails, regular browsing, texting and normal use of social media is fine.
Should guests need to make a phone call, they are welcome to use Nimmo Bay’s satellite phone. Kindly notify a staff member and they will assist the phone.
What to Bring
Due to floatplane space and weight restrictions, everyone is encouraged to pack a duffle bag (no square, hardshell suitcases please) and to limit their baggage to no more than two pieces. The combined weight should not exceed 35 pounds (16kgs). To help you keep to this limit, please note that the resort does supply all adventure gear except what is outlined to bring in the packing list suggestions below and the cabins are well appointed with bath and body products. Your careful attention to this request is most appreciated.
Packing List Suggestions
- Comfortable waterproof shoes
- Fleece top and jacket for cool nights and mornings
- Clothing that you can move in
- Casual clothes for dinners and breakfasts (there is no dress code in the dining room)
- Bathing suit
- Chargers and jacks
- Personal toiletries
Gwawas Territory Participation Protocol
Community-directed Territory Visitation & Use Protocol
Speck Family & Heghums Village
Gilakas’la – Welcome to Gwawas, the territory of the Gwawa’enuxw People
Now – ka’salaxda’xw’la’s! (Pay Attention!)
The strong community that stewards the lands, waters, and all life within Gwawas invites you to share this place but demands the respect of a reciprocal relationship. For too long settlers and visitors to this territory have taken without supporting the people and the environment that has sustained us since time immemorial. Without giving back, we will all lose what is most important.
Our community, along with our neighbours and friends from afar, work together, as one, supportive of each other and are always careful with our finite resources, if we take, we must give back. This deep rooted Traditional Knowledge and culture of stewardship is what unites our community and gives us strength in this place. While gwawas has seen over-extraction of its resources for far too long, Gwawas iga’nakwala (Gwawa’enuxw territory is healing).
For our visitors, it is important to take stock of some the key points below as you join us in Gwawa’enuxw Teritory:
- The Community is responsible for Gwawas – for the territory, the lands, waters, and for all living beings within Gwawas. Decisions of land-use, law and regulations, and consumptive participation must be consulted on and approved by the community.
- A’ekala– Do a good job! This means with your work, but also with your relationship to the people and this place.
- Maya’xala– To respect all things. This includes yourself, all your relations and acquaintances, the land, the water, and all the life that this territory supports. We respect the land and the knowledge passed down from our ancestors and we protect this place for our great-grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.
Before you come, and especially before you leave, ask yourself these questions, and take pride in how you are representing yourself and your privilege to be in Gwawas.
- Why are you in Gwawas? (What are you doing? Who do you represent?)
- How are you coming to Gwawas? (What are your values? Are you bringing potentially damaging perspectives or ignorance?)
- What are you leaving with the community? How will you engage in reciprocity?
- What is your relationship to or have you been invited by the community?
About Sierra Club BC
Sierra Club BC is an environmental charity working to defend irreplaceable old-growth forests, protect habitat for at-risk species and advocate for meaningful climate action, while inviting people to build deeper relationships with the ecosystems that work so hard to sustain us all. To achieve its mission, we engage with and learns from diverse communities and knowledge systems, including communities most impacted by the ecological challenges we all face.
A healthy, life-sustaining planet, where humans respect the dignity and interdependence of all living beings.
To support people stewarding abundant ecosystems and a stable climate, while building resilient, equitable communities.
To learn more about Sierra Club BC and the work we do, we invite you to explore these resources:
About Dr. Suzanne Simard
Special guest and author of Finding the Mother Tree, Dr. Suzanne Simard will be joining us to personally guide guests through the surrounding old-growth forest and answer questions.
Suzanne is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia. She is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; and has been hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s Avatar; and a forthcoming biopic being produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams); and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.
Suzanne is known for her work on how trees interact and communicate using below-ground fungal networks, which has led to the recognition that forests have hub trees, or Mother Trees, which are large, highly connected trees that play an important role in the flow of information and resources in a forest. Her current research investigates how these complex relationships contribute to forest resiliency, adaptability and recovery and has far-reaching implications for how to manage and heal forests from human impacts, including climate change.
Suzanne has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and presented at conferences around the world. She has communicated her work to a wide audience through interviews, documentary films and her TEDTalk “How trees talk to one another.”
To learn more about Suzanne and her exciting work, please read this article published in National Geographic.