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Our Story

Rooted In Wilderness, Inspired By The Land

Into The Woods We Go

In 1980, Craig and Deborah Murray felt a call that few of us have heard before. It was coming from the Great Bear Rainforest, on British Columbia’s wild west coast. They felt there had to be a simpler way of life – one with more opportunity for connection to what matters most. With a young family in tow, they set out to create a life spent immersed in nature. Surrounded by ancient forests, natural ecosystems, clean air and water, the Murrays knew this was their chance to reconnect and co-exist in harmony with the land.

WELCOMING GUESTS FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS

The first guests of Nimmo Bay Resort arrived in June of 1981, ready to see what this remote wilderness could offer them. What the Murrays soon discovered was more than they could have imagined – a place that revived weary spirits, invoked exploration and provided all a sense of ease and oneness with nature. Today, under the modern leadership of their eldest son Fraser and his wife Becky, the Murrays continue to welcome all those in search of reconnection and adventure into their wild backyard at Nimmo Bay.

Nimmo Bay Wildness Within

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    WHERE WE’RE HEADED

    What began as a quaint fishing lodge has expanded naturally into the world-renowned wilderness resort that Nimmo is known as today. With nine private chalets hosting 18 guests or more, plus room for boats and helicopters, there is no shortage of imaginative ways to experience this remarkably wild place. 

    Covering a range from sea level to 13,000 ft., with access to 50,000 sq. miles of coastal wilderness, the Great Bear Rainforest is yours to explore. Guests can enjoy whale watching, heli-hiking, fine coastal dining, beachcombing, kayaking, paddleboarding, mindful hiking, wellness treatments, glacier trekking, wildlife viewing, and much more. Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of tuning out the buzz of modern life, and stilling the mind through adventure and wellness-based activities. We warmly invite you to return to nature, and experience reconnection for yourself.

    YOUR INVITATION TO NIMMO BAY

    We are driven by a desire to share our world – 
    One immersed in the wild, surrounded by natural beauty.

    Our resort is the result of a dream, born from an unshakable determination
    To return to nature. 

    A place that will stay with you forever. 

    We are a team of artistic professionals with grit and soul,

    Who share a passion for adventure, 
    A love of wild coastal cuisine,
    And an unmatched talent for service. 

    Allow us to set the stage for your wild journey within. 
    We invite you to escape, to pause, to rest. 

    To taste the offerings of the land and sea, 

    To rest in deep comfort, to create space for growth. 
    At Nimmo Bay, you will dive, climb, soar, breathe and reset.

    Join us to reunite with the wild within.

    Water, Wilderness And Family

    1979

    Together with his new wife Deborah, Craig Murray begins to dream of creating an off-grid fishing lodge where their young family can live amongst nature and welcome guests from around the world.

    1981

    Nimmo Bay welcomes its first guests on June 1, 1981.

    1982

    On May 27, an efficient Pelton wheel hydroelectric system is installed, fueled by snowmelt and rainwater, and propelled by the adjacent natural waterfall.

    1983

    Nimmo Bay becomes known as a West Coast saltwater fishing destination.

    1984

    Nimmo Bay introduces heli-guided trips for guests to access remote freshwater fishing. Dubbed the “most unbelievable sport fishing adventure of a lifetime.”

    1984

    An always-on Catch and Release program is immediately implemented at Nimmo Bay in an effort to sustain and protect these remote freshwater rivers and the mighty steelhead salmon and other species of fish that run them.

    1994

    The sound of hammers and saws filled the air as the six inter-tidal cabins were built, making it possible for the resort to provide greater privacy and luxury for guests.

    1999

    The Government of British Columbia presents Nimmo Bay with the Environmental Award for Industry, Business, and Labour.

    2005

    The popular US television show Boston Legal films an episode at the resort called Finding Nimmo – which continues to help introduce new guests to this day.

    2005

    The BC government recognizes Nimmo as the province’s first official Stewardship Partner of the 50,000 square miles of land and water we operate in.

    2006

    The floating fire dock is built and installed, a place for guests and family to gather for cocktails and trade stories under the night sky.

    2013

    Namaste at Nimmo! The first yoga studio is built and introduced as a popular wellness activity for guests.

    2013

    Wilderness and Wildlife Adventure program launches to help reunite guests with the natural world through less fishing, and more outdoor adventure activities like whale watching, foraging, hiking, and kayaking.

    2017

    The lodge is remodeled and expanded to include the restorative Cedar Room wellness space, yoga studio, fitness room, and the Cascade Room, built alongside the waterfall.

    2017

    Fraser and Becky Murray help found the Sea To Cedar Foundation, working closely with Nimmo Bay on various local projects supporting community-driven stewardship.

    2018

    Nimmo Bay receives the Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards for Lodging & Accommodation, recognizing excellence in environmental achievement and leadership.

    2019

    The Nimmo boat fleet expands offering more guests the opportunity to connect with the magic of the coastal Great Bear Rainforest.

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