Victoria Harbour: Capital Fishing

Check into your hotel. Then check out some amazing fishing. Victoria Harbour is located right in the middle of British Columbia’s capital city, just a short walk from many downtown hotels. Hop onto a charter boat and fish for salmon at great spots at the entrance of the Harbour, like Ogden Point or the area near Oak Bay.

Soar with the eagles. Or fish with them, at least. The Squamish Valley is famous for the large numbers of bald eagles who call the area home, and who feed on plentiful Coho and Chum found in the Squamish and Mamquam Rivers into the fall.

Small town, big time scenery. Sechelt is a laidback getaway, surrounded by mountains and water with views that inspire the many local artists. A great place to fish with kids, especially for Pink Salmon which pass by close to shore, and are also raised at nearby Chapman Hatchery.

Love the water? Then you’ll love Powell River. Located on the idyllic Sunshine Coast, the town of Powell River offers great fishing along with kayaking, scuba diving and more. Hop in a boat and start fishing for Chinook and prawns right from the dock in front of town, and all the way up the Strait of Georgia and into Desolation Sound.

Sometimes a few hours of fishing are all you need. Port Hardy, a small town in the northern part of Vancouver Island, is a perfect base to make your base for a casual fishing trip. Hop in a boat and there’s great fishing just five minutes from the dock. Or, power out a little further and explore the wild and remote coast of the northern end of Vancouver Island or the southern reaches of the Central Coast. Then, it’s back to town for lunch or dinner and relaxing at your hotel.

Bed & Breakfast. Salmon & Halibut. Oak Bay is an English-flavoured Village just a short drive from Victoria, and a short boat ride to some spectacular fishing. Take a boat from Oak Bay Marina to fish for Salmon and Halibut off the southeast tip of Vancouver Island, in full view of the beautiful, windswept shoreline nearby and Mount Baker in the distance the first volcano in the Pacific Rim of Fire

Lots to choose from. With more than 200 islands off the coast of mainland BC, there are thousands of great spots to explore and drop a line. The southern end of Denman and Hornby Islands, two of the larger ones, are particularly good for Salmon and Ling Cod depending on season and spots near Flora Island and Lambert Channel are excellent spots to drop a prawn trap.

Nanaimo has it all. The second biggest city on Vancouver Island, and just minutes away from the virtually untouched wilderness, Nanaimo provides an easy starting point for a fun day of fishing. Fish right from the city shore while watching the ferries go by, or take a short boat ride to the waters around Five Finger or Gabriola Island and drop your line.

Go island hopping. East from Port Hardy, across Johnstone Strait, is B.C.’s largest marine park consisting of dozens of small islands and islets with white beaches, magnificent views and more. The tidal action here produces excellent fishing for Chinook, Coho and Pink Salmon. Your only company here is likely to be Humpbacks, Orcas and possibly a kayaker or two.

Float – and fish – alongside long log booms as they snake their way slowly down the Harrison River, near where it meets the mighty Fraser. Enjoy a great day on the water or casting from shore, surrounded by low mountains and plentiful Cutthroat Trout eager to take a fly or lure as they push up the river during fall and winter.

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