The protected waters of Nootka Sound make for excellent paddling opportunities. Santa Gertrudis – Boca del Infierno is a popular destination for paddlers, who are likely to catch glimpses of a variety of marine mammals and waterfowl as they make their way through Nootka Sound. Paddlers can set in at boat launches in Nootka Sound. Tuta Marina and Cougar Creek are the most accessible boat launches for paddlers.
A kayak operator on nearby Bligh Island offers rentals, tours and accommodations. A number of commercial kayak operators in the area and on Vancouver Island also offer services to the park.
Nootka Sound is one of the more popular saltwater sports fishing destinations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There are opportunities to catch chinook, coho, chum and pink salmon and a variety of rockfish in these waters. Numerous float lodges and camps in Nootka Sound offer fishing and eco-tourism opportunities.
Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Visitors to 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.
This park contains a unique natural feature, which is a reversing tidal rapids at Boca del Infierno Bay at the northeast corner of the park.
Pets and domestic animals must be under control at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Portions of this park may open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.