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If you were stranded on an island but could have three items with you, what would you bring? A fishing pole complete with line, reel and hook, a fishing net and sunscreen. Does that sound like your kind of list? If so, then you are going to love our list of Top 10 Vancouver Island Fishing Resorts. Visit the “Salmon Capital of the World” and finally have the fish tale to last a lifetime. But there’s more than Coho and Chinook to look for up north. Enjoy the British Columbia wildlife like killer whales, great blue herons, Vancouver Island wolves and more! So come on up, eh! And bring your angling ambition when you do, eh!
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Blackfish Lodge

Echo Bay, British Columbia

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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... read more

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.

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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.

Getting there

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!

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Nootka Marine Adventures

Tahsis, British Columbia

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Each and every fishing season at Nootka is a new-yet-familiar experience, as Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sounds Resort, and Newton Cove Resort welcome both old friends and new guests!

Fishing-enthusiasts are... read more

Each and every fishing season at Nootka is a new-yet-familiar experience, as Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sounds Resort, and Newton Cove Resort welcome both old friends and new guests!

Fishing-enthusiasts are in for an exceptional experience on the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island. When you stay with Nootka Marine Adventures, you're guaranteed a fishing adventure that is fun, challenging, and unforgettable. Fully guided trips take you out onto the waters of Nootka Sound, the Moutch Bay, or the Bajo Reef, and include all the gear and equipment you'll need to reel in your trophy catch. You will find chinook and coho salmon in these waters, along with great halibut, lingcod and rockfish! When you're not showcasing your angling skills, sea kayaks, paddle-boards, and pontoons are all available for rental to help you get out on the water. Start your Vancouver Island getaway now with Nootka Marine Adventures!

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Head Bay Rd Tahsis, BC V0P 1X0

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Choose from lodge suites, chalets overlooking the ocean, luxury yurts, and RV sites for your stay and enjoy the easy access to all the action right outside your door.

Getting there

Once on the Island, head north on Highway 19 to Campbell River. From there head west on Hwy 28, which meanders along lake and mountain sides, for about 91 kms (57 miles). This is considered one of the most spectacular drives on Vancouver Island. Upon arrival in Gold River, keep heading straight following the signs to Tahsis. This is an active logging road that is well maintained gravel with paving on the steepest hills. Please keep to your side of the road and drive with your headlights on at all times. If towing a boat, make sure your brakes are functioning as the road has grades as much as 18%. Moutcha Bay Resort is located 43 km north of Gold River. 6 km (3.7 miles) after the Conuma Fish Hatchery you will see our entrance on the left hand side of the road. The gate is open 6AM-11PM. There is a boat launch and parking is available on site. Gold River has a much improved boat launch. If you bring a heavy boat of 24 feet or more you may wish to launch at Gold River. Please phone us for advice on this issue. If you are towing a foreign-registered vessel into Canada it must be in compliance with the safety equipment requirements for its country of registration only. If the vessel will be in Canada for more than 45 consecutive days you will need to comply with the Canadian equipment and competency regulations. The Transport Canada website provides information for visitors with vessels here.

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Rendezvous Lodge

Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia

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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... read more

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!

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Rendezvous Lodge PO Box 63 Surge Narrows, BC V0P 1W0

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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.

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Oak Bay Marine Group

Victoria, British Columbia

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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... read more

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!

Highlights

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!

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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.

Fun facts

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.

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Nootka Wilderness Lodge

Campbell River, British Columbia

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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. 5 spot,... read more

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. 5 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.

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Give those reeling and casting arms a rest. Sit back in Nootka Wilderness Lodge’s hot tub and grab a drink from the lounge.

Getting there

If you are traveling by air, Nootka Wilderness Lodge suggests traveling through Helijet.

Fun facts

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.”

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Weigh West Marine Resort

Tofino, British Columbia

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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... read more

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. 6 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!

Highlights

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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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.

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Weigh West has secure cooler and freezer space, plus shaved ice for those triumphant anglers.

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Legacy Lodge

Port Coquitlam, Washington

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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... read more

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!

Getting there

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.

Fun facts

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.

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Farewell Harbour Resort

Farewell Harbour, British Columbia

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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... read more

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.

Highlights

All guided fishing trips at Farewell Harbour Resort include custom-made fishing rods and Trophy Tyee mooching reels.

Getting there

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.

Fun facts

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!

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