"Nitinat Lake / Carmanah Valley / Vancouver Island" Nitinat Lake by Greggor58

Nitinat Lake Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 16 photos

Road Trip...Nitinat Lake..Carmanah Valley

Nitinat Lake is a beautiful tidal saltwater fjord, 23 kilometres in length and 1.2 kilometres wide, located in the West Coast Trail Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Nitinat Lake joins the Pacific Ocean via Nitinat Narrows, a narrow tidal passage three kilometers long.

Vancouver Island is a maze of logging roads that crisscross the back country..maps are a definite MUST...and are available in Victoria or through on-line retailers.
If you're planning a trip to Carmanah or Nitinat Lake...you will need these maps.The route is not well signed.

Nitinat Lake is located on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, 70 km southwest of Cowichan Lake and 70 km southeast of Port Alberni. The lake lies alongside the Nitinat Main logging road, with 4x4 road access from Port Alberni and Bamfield on the Bamfield road and South Main. Nitinat Lake can also be reached on Nitinat Main and South Main logging roads from the western end of Cowichan Lake (north shore via Youbou), a 150-km drive from Victoria that takes 2 to 3 hours. Caution....these logging roads are quite rough in places....you won't be wanting to use your Volvo or Mercedes to get to Carmanah..
Any 4x4 is definetly your best bet!

Nitinat Lake has become a GREAT destination for windsurfers...and for people that are into fishing...cutthroat,steelhead,coho,chum, and chinook are present at different times of the year.

The lake offers consistent thermal winds during the summer months. It usually blows when it's sunny, and blows hard if there's fog along the coast.

The windsurfers were too far for me to capture with my camera so no windsurfer pics unfortunately.

Nitinat Lake....

What an awsome day we had for travel to Carmanah...its not always like this....remember ...the West Coast is sometimes called the Wet Coast for a reason.

This particular trip was taken during a long drought though and the roads instead of being MUCK and slop....were really DUSTY!!

First Nations Fish Hatchery

This is a much smaller facility than the one operated by the Federal Department of Fisheries.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing scenery along the way...
  • Cons:Bring your 4x4 ...its Rock and Roll time!
  • Last visit to Nitinat Lake: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 21, 2007
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Such a great variety of animal and plant life on lush Vancouver Island! My wife and I really enjoyed our one short trip to the island a few years ago. Can't get over the size of the trees!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Looks nice Greggor. Although, if I knew there was a bear in the vacinity....I'd do the same as Jane's mother ;o) Hugs and thanks for the bd wishes mate. xx

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Another pretty spot to visit!

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:36 AM

    That bear looks familiar! We had a bear in our camp next to our tent when we went camping as a child in Northern Michigan. My mother was so scared she slept in the car!:):)

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