Maquinna Resort on the Tahsis Inlet at Nootka Sound is home to some of the world’s most pristine wildlife in lush, dense woodlands, all protected under the British Columbia Wildlife Act. Recent estimates place more than 140 species of mammals in these remote forests. The woodlands are home to many natural residents of forests, such as cougars and wolves. Visitors of Nootka will also find a variety of less-intimidating woodland creatures, such as squirrels, foxes, skunks, and deer.
Of course, the water is the real treat of Maquinna Resort and the Tahsis Inlet is home to more than 400 species of fish (including both freshwater and saltwater) as well as a large variety of marine and freshwater mammals. Massive grey whales and pods of orcas, also known as killer whales frequently pass through local waters, along with humpbacks, sea lions, and the largest sea otter population in the world. Sizeable numbers of King Salmon and Coho, Yelloweye, Ling Cod, Halibut, Rock Cod, and Sea Bass live in the Nootka Sound. A variety of shellfish species are present and the area is home to large populations of prawns, crabs and oysters. Lakes and rivers have ample communities of Cutthroat and Rainbow trout along with freshwater crustaceans.
If you are a bird watcher, you will be well rewarded with a visit to British Columbia. Recent estimates place nearly 500 species of birds in the region. Bald eagles, herons, condors, and more all make their homes in the trees of the Tahsis woods. Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Blue-fronted Jay, and Varied Thrush are just a few of the species recorded in the area. Sea birds such as gulls, scoters, and phalaropes are all in abundance. Ornithologists are consistently amazed by the pristine environment of the region and any photography venture provides a wonderful photography experiences with excellent results.