Nitinaht Lake is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is about a 150 km drive from Victoria, B.C. which takes about 2 to 3 hours. The first 100 kilometres is main highway which takes a little over an hour.
If you're driving from Victoria take Trans Canada Highway 1 to Duncan and just past the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn you'll follow the signs to Highway 18 and Lake Cowichan. Take a left onto Highway 18 and follow the signs to Lake Cowichan.
When you're close to Lake Cowichan you will have a choice of which side of Lake Cowichan to drive.
Theses instruction take you through the town of Youbou so stay to your right and follow the signs to Youbou (15 minutes) which is where you will drive through the town and the pavement will eventually end . Stay on your right and travel the final 50 kms on the main gravel road which take about an hour.
The best speed to drive the logging road is at 50 to 60 km/hr. Make sure your spare tire is in good shape and it's inflated. Also be aware the road is an ACTIVE LOGGING ROAD.
Once you're on the logging road you'll see a few little signs with arrows to Carmanah Provincial Park and Nitinaht.
Stay on this main gravel road to the end of the (Cowichan) Lake where you will see Heather Campsite. Stay right and follow this road for 20 minutes or so until you get to a major T-Junction. You will then see the signs. If you take the right you'll end up in either Bamfield or Port Alberni so take the left road and in about 10 minutes you'll be at the village of Nitinaht. Drive SLOWLY and you will see the motel and the Visitors' Centre on your right. For additional driving directions please see Directions from Duncan