Cougar Creek is located on the Nesook Bay road, it runs off the Head Bay road that will take you to Tahsis from Gold River. It’s a sweet campsite that is quite reasonably priced. The cost per night is $12, seiners stay for $6, $10 per night parking or $40 a week, there is a boat launch that is free to use for campers or $5 fee for those who are not staying. you are welcome to stay for a max of 14 days. The campground is open to camping year-round, fees are charged from mid-May to mid-September. The whole campground is very well maintained with 40 parking spaces, there is a wonderful gazebo located at the start of the wharf where you can relax and watch the boats come and go. There are fish cleaning tables, pit toilets, and garbage pickup.
At the camp hosts trailer there is a kiosk that has the rules for the campground, it also has notices of various animal sightings in case of nearby cougars or bears, you can read up on fishing regulations and fire bans, although this site very seldom has a ban due to it being in the coastal fog belt region. Located here is firewood for campers.
The campsites themselves are wonderful, they are sandy sites that are perfect for tenters, each has a fire pit and picnic table. The whole campground is located in an old-growth forest that surrounds you. The main roads in the campground are very well maintained gravel roads. It all comes together to form a perfect west coast camping experience. Bring your RV’s, motor homes or camp in a tent, it’s all good. Nootka Sound is perfect for boating, kayaking or canoeing, quads are welcome. The fishing is always good. There is a fishing derby on the third week of August, all the proceeds go to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society where it is used to protect salmon habitat.
So come on up and experience west coast camping at its finest and bring your pets as the site is pet-friendly, just clean up after them. Don’t forget your camera and take home some awesome memories.