Bute Inlet is approximately 150 kilometers north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Situated on mainland North America, Bute is quite remote with no connecting roads and access is by boat, seaplane or helicopter. Directly east of Bute Inlet across the coastal mountain range is the Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Area, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
For centuries Bute Inlet was home to several native tribes, followed by early English and Spanish explorers in the late 1700’s. The regions bays, mountains and rivers still bear the names of many past natives and explorers. Stuart Island at the mouth of Bute Inlet was settled in the 1800’s by loggers, miners and commercial fisherman. Currently Stuart Island is home to several private estates, a community dock/small store and of course, Nanook Lodge.