Fish may travel in teeming schools, but you certainly don’t want to feel crowded on your BC fishing trip. That’s why we fell in love with our No. 1 spot, Blackfish Lodge, set within the lush and secluded Great Bear Rainforest preserve on Baker Island!
No matter what type of fish you decide to go after and no matter which method you use, Blackfish Lodge has prime locations that will make the rest of the world seem far away. Fly-fish in the Wakeman River for steelhead, salmon, trout or dollies. When you’re tired of fly-fishing, try fly-in fishing. Float plane or helicopter charters take you to remote lakes and rivers so that you can chase those fish even further! If you’re looking for more of an aquatic thrill, try catching a cutthroat salmon, native to this region. And if salmon doesn’t really tickle your taste buds, cast your line for halibut, lingcod or snapper. After sitting in a boat all day, it’s more than comforting to come back to the Blackfish Lodge. Framed by the Coast Range Mountains, floating on the water and made of red and yellow cedar, the lodge blends into its surroundings, creating a harmonious and peaceful ambiance.
Blackfish Lodge is also your ideal Orca whale spotting destination. The surrounding Blackfish Sound, Johnstone Strait, Knight Inlet and Kingcome Inlet are famous for their concentration of these massively beautiful creatures.
From Vancouver, travel to either Tsawwassen, which is south of Vancouver, or Horseshoe Bay, northwest of Vancouver. Take a BC ferry to Nanaimo and then drive about two hours to Campbell River or four to five hours to Port McNeill. From either of these places, you must arrange for a float plane or water taxi service to arrive at Blackfish Lodge.
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Blackfish Lodge cooks delicious dinners that satisfy after a full day on the water. Enjoy a plate of fresh crab, lamb, vegetables and more along with a bowl of homemade soup!
You're sure to catch fishing fever at Shady Shores Beach Resort, where angling adventures await just outside your door! Embark on a salmon fishing trip on a charter boat or cast off of the marina. Awe-inspiring surroundings and helpful fishing guides add to the experience!
World-class fishing awaits just outside your vacation suite, cottage, or log home vacation rental at Shady Shores Beach Resort. The fishing is at its peak from early September to mid-October, when anglers from all around the world meet at the fish filled shores of Vancouver Island for the pink and Northern Coho salmon runs. Whether you want to fish right from shore or charter a boat from Shady Shores' local marina, you're sure to enjoy the stunning scenery of snow-crowned mountains and forest-blanketed forests. After a successful day of fishing, return to your intimate lodging and soak in the serenity. Stroll the sandy beach shores, watch cruise ships pass by while relaxing in the oceanfront hot tub, or lounge amongst the lush gardens. Kick up your feet in a vacation suite and enjoy amenities like elegant fireplaces, oceanfront patios, and barbecue grills. Shady Shores will have fishers hooked!
6695 Island Highway West, Bowser, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1G0
When you're not fishing, enjoy a wealth of wilderness activities. Kayak the wandering waters, hike through the lush woodlands, go clam digging on the sandy shores, or observe the marine life in the giant tide pool!
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The beach log home vacation rental can fit families of all sizes! This 3,000-square-foot rustic wonder can accommodate up to 14 guests and features 300 feet of private beach!
Located in some of British Columbia's finest fishing waters, our #3 resort is your ideal Vancouver Island fishing destination. Rendezvous Lodge is a glorious waterfront getaway in the renowned Inland Passage in the Discovery Island Group. For anglers of all experience levels, Rendezvous Lodge is the answer to all your fishing vacation questions.
What makes Rendezvous Lodge special? As it's accessible only by boat or float-plane, just getting there feels like you've stepped into another world. The seclusion offers the privacy you crave on a romantic vacation, and the quiet needed for an inspiring business retreat. Plus, the location serves as the perfect base for all your fishing adventures. The waters are waiting for you as are their expert fishing guides, who will take you on exciting trips during your stay. Teeming with the best of large Salmon, Halibut and Red Snapper, you'll be sure to get that trophy catch! Whether it's your first time casting your line or your hundredth, the Rendezvous Lodge guides will make your fishing excursion a success. And when you're not on the water, the resort itself offers a comfortable place to rest your head and kick up your feet. Relax in your charming accommodation with the most beautiful of views, or enjoy a meal right onsite in the dining room. The sundecks are perfect for a few hours of peace and quiet. Or, if you're more adventurous, there are many activities nearby to complement your fishing trip such as float-plane tours, sea kayaking and more!
Rendezvous Lodge PO Box 63 Surge Narrows, BC V0P 1W0
When you're not casting your line, there's still plenty to do at Rendezvous Lodge. Enjoy the views on a float-plane tour, explore the area on foot with a hike, or, if you just can't part with the waters, take out a kayak for the day!
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered for all guests in the dining room! So make sure to enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for your fishing adventures.
Expert knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment and luxurious lodging in several Canadian locations. Too good to be true? Not for Oak Bay Marine Group, our No. 3 pick!
Oak Bay Marine Group is the gateway to a successful BC fishing trip with guided West Coast charters and strategic salmon spots. Two of the three Oak Bay Marine Group resorts in Vancouver Island have already made our list: the winning Painter’s Lodge in our No. 1 spot and the delightful Canadian Princess Resort, whose wonders and originality await your read in the No. 10 slot. The third you may remember if you were paying attention. It’s April Point Resort and Spa, the sister property to Painter’s Lodge. On the coast of Quadra Island, April Point has been outfitted by Oak Bay Marine Group with a full-service marine in tranquil cove south of Gowlland Harbour. Sport fish for halibut or salmon on party-style cabin cruisers, take a whale watching or wildlife tour with a knowledgeable Oak Bay BC guide or become a member of the Oak Bay Fanatic Fishing Club. As a member, you can earn points catching that trophy size fish and redeem them toward a stay at an Oak Bay resort!
If it’s not reeling in that legendary fish that gets your heart racing, try Oak Bay’s other exhilarating activities like BC whitewater ocean rapids rides with an experienced guide.
If you enjoy Oak Bay’s Vancouver Island fishing, you’ll love the BC extreme fishing. Fish in waters like Rivers Inlet, famous for some of the largest salmon in the world!
Oak Bay Marine Group’s drive for excellence extends to Vancouver Island restaurants. Visit The Marina Restaurant, The Marina Coffee House, The Sushi Bar at the Marina Restaurant and the Wickaninnish Restaurant at these Vancouver Island resorts.
Weight has always been a sensitive topic. No one really wants to reveal those magic numbers – unless you’re telling the story of how you caught that 25, 35, 45 or even 50 lb. Chinook salmon at our No. 4 spot, Nootka Wilderness Lodge!
In the pristine waters of Nootka Sound is that prize Coho or Chinook salmon you’ve been waiting to place on your mantle. And there’s nothing like a little help from your friends – the Nootka fishing guides, that is. These West Coast BC fishing guides will share a wealth of fishing knowledge with you, as well as take you to where the fish are. Their knowledge and service has been so spectacular, in fact, that Nootka Wilderness Lodge has experienced a re-booking rate surpassing 90 percent in the last decade. With this kind of a stellar reputation preceding them, it’s easy to believe that the lodge accommodations are just as sought after. A floating fishing lodge with only 12 guest rooms means you will receive personal attention and won’t feel crowded when you are relaxing on the deck or in the lounge. The lodge also houses a gourmet chef’s kitchen to prepare culinary feats for your dining pleasure.
Nootka Sound has been a popular destination for centuries. Captain Cook, the famous British explorer who was the first to map Newfoundland, explored Nootka Sound in 1778 and called it his “snug harbor.”
Give those reeling and casting arms a rest. Sit back in Nootka Wilderness Lodge’s hot tub and grab a drink from the lounge.
If you are traveling by air, Nootka Wilderness Lodge suggests traveling through Helijet.
A born and raised Vancouver Island native addicted to catching Coho and Chinook; a true “Tofitian” with an unmatched ambition to catch anything from cod to sea cucumbers; or a walking encyclopedia of bird and sea creature knowledge. They all like long hours perusing the waters of Clayoquot Sound.
That’s not Tofino, Vancouver Island dating ads – it’s the lineup of guides at our No. 5 spot, Weigh West Marine Resort. The word “west” has never had a more pleasant ring to it than when referring to Weigh West in the Weigh West Marina on the west side of Vancouver Island. In this specific location, overjoyed anglers will find premier BC bottom fishing grounds. Take a chartered fishing voyage with a Weigh West guide out onto Clayoquot Sound. We were amazed to hear that here, Chinook salmon that can get up to 30 lbs. and halibut can reach a whopping 70 lbs.! Saltwater fly-fishing also got us pretty excited due to bait like herring, needlefish and anchovies gathering in the shallows, which then draws the Coho, Chinook and Cutthroat salmon straight to you. And you can keep appreciating the stunning BC view from your cozy lake view suite!
Weigh West Marine is a full-service marina with shower and laundry facilities and is located in Browning Passage, which is sheltered from the blustering winds and surf of the Pacific Ocean.
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Weigh West has secure cooler and freezer space, plus shaved ice for those triumphant anglers.
In the event that you could possibly be tired of seafood, enjoy a Grade A steak at The Blue Heron and a view of Meares Island. Or, pull up a stool at The Dockside Pub for a burger and brew.
Finally, a Vancouver Island fishing lodge that even tried-and-true ladies will love. That’s because our No. 6 spot seamlessly blends the comfort of a BC luxury hotel, the cuisine of a five-star Vancouver Island restaurant and the world-renowned catches of Tahsis Inlet in one convenient package. They call it The Lodge Tahsis Harbour, but we’d rather call it your complete Vancouver Island vacation!
We admire The Lodge Tahsis Harbour for its measured blend of fishing, fun and relaxation in all four seasons. Fly fishing for trout in Vancouver Island’s abundant lakes and streams is best done in early summer, while halibut and trophy salmon stir up a saltwater frenzy around September. When it comes to recreation, The Lodge Tahsis Harbour makes it easy to play as much (or as little) as you’d like with a sampling of seasonal activities, including whale watching, kayaking, caving and hiking! Fall is the best time to catch a glimpse of Vancouver Island’s black bear populations, but you’ll likely be treated to an Orca, sea otter or eagle sighting in every season. And speaking of treatment, you’ll get the royal one when you stay at this BC fishing lodge! Naturally, fresh seafood – including salmon, scallops and prawns – is on the menu in the lodge dining room, but you’ll find a feast for the eyes when you step inside these cozy waterfront accommodations, complete with gleaming wood floors and views of the inlet’s waters!
All of the fishing at The Lodge Tahsis Harbour is done from coast guard approved 19-ft. to 24-ft. boats that are fully equipped with G.P.S, fish finders, VHF radios and electric downriggers.
The west coast of Vancouver Island is approximately 100 miles (164 kilometers) by road, west of Campbell River.
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The waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia also offer anglers opportunities for halibut, lingcod, red snapper and several species of rockfish.
You may think you’ve been salmon fishing a time or two, but unless you’ve caught, fought and eventually brought onboard the man-sized treasures that lurk beneath our No. 7 spot’s waters – well, let’s just say you’re in for a rare treat when you dock your boat at Legacy Lodge!
Some of the world’s largest Chinook and Coho salmon lurk beneath the waters that surround this Vancouver Island fishing resort. In fact, more 50- to 60-pound salmon are caught in Rivers Inlet each year than in any other fishing hot spot across the region! These rare beauties are full of fight and can battle for hours, so you’d be wise to fill up on Legacy Lodge’s exceptional mealtime creations and rest your head in the luxurious comfort of your lodge suite – all included in your complete BC fishing vacation at Legacy Lodge. True to its name, Legacy Lodge specializes in memorable Vancouver Island fishing vacations that you’ll treasure long after you leave these waters. For this reason and so many more, we think the fish-filled waters of Rivers Inlet are best explored with family, friends or coworkers in tow. Shared experiences, superior comfort and world-class catches await you on your British Columbia group vacation at Legacy Lodge!
Complete Legacy Lodge fishing adventures include a spectacular one-hour flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy, located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. From Port Hardy, you will take a float plane directly to the lodge.
The waters of Rivers Inlet offer the ideal location to introduce aspiring anglers to the world of sport fishing, and Legacy Lodge has dedicated a prime week to fathers, sons and the whole family.
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Enjoy the unique experience of heli-fishing for wild steelhead on more than 100 miles of remote British Columbia rivers as you travel aboard Legacy Lodge’s helicopter for three full days of fishing.
The Vancouver Island fishing resort in our No. 8 spot is more than just an invitation to play, dine and relax on British Columbia’s breathtaking Berry Island. Farewell Harbour Resort is also an opportunity to say goodbye to ordinary fishing vacations and say hello to one-of-a-kind wildlife adventures on the world-famous Johnstone Strait!
The pristine British Columbian waters that surround Farewell Harbour Resort are teeming with trophy-sized salmon and halibut, but the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park offers some of the world’s most dependable waters for catching a glimpse of aquatic giants of another kind. Sea lions, porpoises and the elusive Orca all frequent these waters, and whether you hunt them by sea kayak or just with a pair of binoculars from shore, you’re sure to catch a glimpse (or three) when you stay at Farewell Harbour Resort. This is still a fishing resort, so we’ll get back to what you came for: the fish. And this British Columbia fishing lodge has no shortage of these tasty treasures, including all five species of salmon, halibut and more! Farewell Harbour Resort even offers complete fly-fishing clinics, where you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about gear, knots and casting techniques before trying them out on a hunt for wild rainbow trout in the nearby Chilko River.
Farewell Harbour’s isolated fly-in resort is ideally situated on 50 privately-owned acres on beautiful Berry Island, part of British Columbia's largest marine preserve.
All guided fishing trips at Farewell Harbour Resort include custom-made fishing rods and Trophy Tyee mooching reels.
Why not combine your salmon fishing experience with dry fly fishing holiday for wild rainbow trout on the Chilko River? The owners of Farewell Harbour Resort also operate the Lodge at Chilko Lake!
True to its word, the Vancouver Island fishing resort in our No. 9 spot offers so much more than “just” British Columbia fishing charters. No matter how avid an angler you may be, we suggest sparing a minute (or a whole day) to check out Dent Island Lodge’s spectacular array of Vancouver Island adventures!
If you’re torn between a Vancouver Island fishing charter, Campbell River angling adventure or casting a lure for salmon on British Columbia’s west coast, we have a solution: don’t choose at all. That’s because the solution to any Vancouver Island fishing dilemma is as simple as saying these three words: Dent Island Lodge. With an ideal location overlooking some of the world’s finest salmon fishing grounds – including Stuart Island’s Yuculta and Arran rapids – this BC fishing lodge puts you within casting reach of Chinook, Coho, Pink and Sockeye salmon varieties. But even the best location doesn’t make a bit of difference without the proper equipment; fortunately, Dent Island Lodge has all the bait, boats, tackle and fuel you could wish for! We’ll admit it: We fell hook, line and sinker for this beloved British Columbia fishing resort – and not just because of the fish. From jet boat adventure tours along the BC coast to the ultimate Grizzly bear adventures on Bute Inlet, you’ll find that fishing is just the beginning at Dent Island Lodge!
The Dent Island Lodge dining room overlooks the Cordero Strait and Canoe Pass rapids, which change directions nearly four times each day!
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Located near Sonora Island, Stuart Island and Bute Inlet off the west coast of British Columbia, Dent Island Lodge’s exclusive marina is directly adjacent to the lodge.
Choose from the four-bedroom Tyee Lodge, three-bedroom Cordero Cabin or two-bedroom Captain’s Cabin on your Vancouver Island fishing vacation to Dent Island Lodge.