Nootka Sound has a colourful history with First Nations heritage and European exploration and settlement. First Nation peoples have occupied Nootka Sound for at least 4,000 years, enjoying the area’s bountiful natural resources. The park is rich in archeological sites.
The park is also significant for the beginning of British Columbia’s post-contact history. Bligh Island is named for Captain Bligh, the British Navy captain who sailed here with Captain James Cook in 1778. Captain Cook first took his ships into a small cove on Bligh Island after a storm for repairs. He named it Resolution Cove after his flagship. While anchored in the cove, he made formal contact with natives in the village at Yuquot, or Friendly Cove. The area subsequently became a major center for international fur trading. Today, Yuquot is a National Historic Site.
Resolution Cove on Bligh Island is named after Captain James Cook’s ship, which brought him to Bligh Island in 1778. The area became a major centre for international fur trading. The park contains known archaeological sites.
Visitors to Bligh island and Nootka Sound are likely to spot a variety of marine life, including gray whales, killer whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters, as well as waterfowl, Bald eagles, black bears, wolves and deer.