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Welcome to Shorebird Expeditions

We are a Vancouver Island boat charter service catering to hiking and kayaking in the Nootka Sound area. We specialize in remote beach access and kayak transportation. MV “Shorebird” is a 22’ customized aluminum landing craft with a capacity of up to ten passengers and six kayaks.

Based in Tahsis BC, we offer efficient and affordable service to all of Nootka Sound, Esperanza and Nuchatlitz Inlets including access to the Nootka Trail and coastal hiking on the Tatchu and Hesquiat Peninsulas.

This is an area of wild and remote shorelines where the echoes of countless generations of First Nation inhabitants will add a unique and profound dimension to your experience. This extraordinary setting is within the ancestral territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

We urge all visitors to be respectful of this heritage.

Tahsis, BC


Vancouver Island is a large island (280 miles long) off the west coast of British Columbia which is Canada’s most western province. Vancouver Island is accessible by ferry or plane (scheduled service or chartered flight). The city of Victoria, BC’s capital city, is on the southern tip of the Island.


There are both regularly scheduled flights and charter flights to Vancouver Island from Vancouver or Seattle. If you’re chartering a float plane you can arrange to fly directly into Tahsis, we’ll pick you up at the dock. Check out our links below for more information.


Whether arriving by air or ferry your road trip to Tahsis from Victoria is approximately 6.5 hours, 4.5 hours from Nanaimo and 2.5 hours from Campbell River. Check out our driving information to the right and the maps below for your drive from Gold River to Tahsis and a map of the Village. 


Driving to Tahsis

You can travel to Vancouver Island using one of the many ferry services that operate out of Tsawwassen, Vancouver, Powell River, Prince Rupert, Port Angeles and Seattle. Ferry information and schedules can be found here.


Once on Vancouver Island, follow the Island Highway (Hwy19 or Hwy19A) to Campbell River. From Campbell River turn west and drive inland on Hwy28) to Gold River.

At the entrance to Gold River you will see the Travel Info Center, and a large Boot sculpture representing the Great Walk. From this point either turn left to enter Gold River or follow the signs directing you to Tahsis.

The road to Tahsis features waterfalls, animal viewing areas, picnic sites and scenic vistas. The road is 64 km of well maintained gravel road suitable for any vehicle in good condition.


Four wheel drive is only needed after heavy winter  snowfalls. Please drive at the posted speed, and watch for wildlife on the road.


Click map icon to download the

Tree to Sea Drive Map

(Gold River to Tahsis)


For more information on Tahsis, visit the Village of Tahsis website



It was easy to book our water taxi service to hike the Nootka Trail. Everything was on time (actually, early) and easy going. Great drivers and good craft for getting you there and back easily and safely. We even stopped to watch a raft of otters on the way back!

-Timothy Annan

Local Guide