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In 1778 while looking for fresh water, Captain James Cook discovered Nootka Sound. While anchored in Resolution Cove on Bligh Island in Nootka Sound, a few canoes supporting the local aboriginal people, the Mowachaht, approached his vessels, the H.M.S. Resolution and H.M.S. Discovery. It was here that they cried out "itchme nutka, itchme nutka", translated, this meant, "go around". They were asking Captain Cook to go around Bligh Island to the port of Yuquot, now known as Friendly Cove. Captain Cook misunderstood their meaning and surmised that they were telling him the name of the area. Hence the name Nootka Sound was born.

Galiano Bay is a sheltered bay located off of Tlupana Inlet, nestled up to Vancouver Island in the large body of water known as Nootka Sound. Nootka Sound is recognized and known as a remote premier west coast fishing destination with close proximity to Gold River, Tahsis and Campbell River, B.C.

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