Sheltered by towering forest-covered mountains, Zeballos sits at the head of Zeballos Inlet. Here, at the gateway to Nootka Sound, salmon fishing, kayaking, rock-climbing, caving, scuba diving and fly-fishing adventures attract visitors from around the world. Far from the noisy sprawl of the urban landscape, they come to explore the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.
It was the discovery of gold in the 1930's that first brought the adventurous to Zeballos. Today logging is the mainstay of the Zeballos economy. Several small value-added mills have been set up in the village.
An ice plant receives and processes a variety of fish through the year, which is shipped to markets throughout Vancouver Island and the mainland. There are two oyster farms nearby and plans are being developed for a shellfish processing facility.
The municipal dock comfortably accommodates oceangoing ships. The small craft harbour has 400 feet of moorage for commercial vessels and the many pleasure craft that stop in during the summer months to visit the museum and stroll along the trails and boardwalks.