The discovery of gold in Zeballos in the
1920ís brought on a gold rush and the village of Zeballos became a city almost
overnight. The historic buildings in the village are a living reminder of those
frontier days. You can see the history from those days all around the village.
Today, the village is a small west coast community with a resource based economy
but tourism is starting to be a driving force as more and more visitors are
looking to the west coast as a destination. The village is becoming a favorite
destination for kayakers, sports fishers and nature lovers who want to leave the
crowds behind and experience the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.
Comfortable accommodation and several cafes welcome visitors.
The road to Zeballos turns west off Highway 19 just north of Woss. The 40 km
gravel road is in good condition and is looked after, watch for bears, deer and
elk crossing the road and eagles soaring overhead as you drive in. You can head
beyond Zeballos to fair harbor. The village is located at the head of Zeballos
Inlet, the gateway to Nootka Sound.
Tour the waters aboard your own vessel or arrange for an excursion with a local
charter guide. Those with more time may want to arrive as a passenger on the
M.V.Uchuck III, a working freight ship. The Uchuck sails weekly during the
summer months from Gold River to Zeballos.
During the early 70s, l logged out of
Zeballos and the village at that time had a fairly large population of around
300 plus another 350 men in camps. There was even a small movie theater where we
could catch a movie. The town is much quieter now.