Nootka has great scenery- here you will be alone in nature. There are plenty of sandy beaches, rolling mountains in the backdrop and lush plants and trees on the shoreline. There are many resorts, fish farms and logging operations here. Kayaking the outer part of Nootka Sound brings the most diversity in scenery. Bligh Island Marine Park is a popular spot to go.
Going west from Campbell River through paved and dirt roads, you will hit Nootka Sound. Go past Gold River towards Tahsis and along Tlupana Inlet to Cougar creek. Here Strathcona Lodge keeps some of their kayaks. If you have your own kayak you can paddle out to the Spanish Pilot Islands. Overnight camping spots are available here. Keep in mind fresh water is not always available so you will want to bring a supply with you.
Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Porpoise, Stellar Sea lions, Sea otters, River otters, mink, Black bears, cougars, Bald eagles, Blue herons and many types of sea birds