Winter Harbour and Quatsino Sound: Explore the Northwest Coast

Journey to the far reaches of remote yet historical north west Vancouver Island. Quatsino Sound is a large collection of inlets, bays and islands on the west side and near Vancouver Island’s northern tip. Make your base in the small village of Winter Harbour, famous for its fishing charters, and head out on the water for some of the best Halibut fishing on the coast. The famed Salmon Highway lies further offshore, and later in the season you can head out even further in search of Tuna. Closer to shore, Coho and Chinook are plentiful.

Far flung adventure. Just offshore, at the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island, are the Five Scott islands. Currently under review to be designated a National Marine Reserve, the Scott Islands are home to an awe-inspiring abundance of bird life. More than two million seabirds make their home here, due in large part to the equally impressive abundance of sea life. The Scott Islands provide some of the most unique scenery on the coast.  For those who venture out to the islands, amongst the best bird watching in all of Canada awaits.

Put a trip together the way you want.. The Village of Queen Charlotte, more commonly called Queen Charlotte City, is a small village on the south end of remote Graham Island in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Hire a guide, and set out from the small harbour in search of plentiful Chinook, Coho and Chum, a large population of bottom fish. Remote and unpopulated, on a trip out to the West through Skidegate Channel  you may not see another boat during your whole trip!

Come explore. Hippa Island, on the west coast of Graham Island, providesshelter from the wind and waves but nearby are a number of historical shipwrecks along the wild, west coast of Haida Gwaii. Seek them out for a dose of history, fish at Freeman Rocks for plentiful Salmon and Bottom Fish, then return back for a good night’s sleep at your luxury lodge.

 

 

The true West Coast. It takes a while to get here, but the very remote northwest portion of Vancouver Island provides unrivalled scenery and fishing to match. Salmon, Halibut, Tuna and Bottom fish are plentiful, and heading further offshore brings you to the “salmon highway” where you might also have an opportunity to land a Tuna.

Perfect beaches, perfect fishing. This large stretch of island coast along the eastern side of Vancouver Island features beaches that go out up to a quarter mile at low tide, making it an excellent place to play with kids and go clamming and oyster picking. The weather is relatively mild here, and the area also features many runs of Pink and Coho Salmon that you can catch right from shore.

Just here for the fishing. The west coast of Vancouver Island is famous for the resort (and surfing) town of Tofino. But for a change of pace, and to avoid the crowds, book a trip to a fishing lodge, a do-it-yourself cabin or one of a few small motels near the small town of Bamfield.

Say “Aloha” to Hakai Pass. Nicknamed “Hawaii Pass,” Hakai Pass is home to hundreds of small islands and remote, white sand beaches where the only tracks you’ll find have been left by wolves and other local wildlife. The area is also home to huge Chinook and Coho Salmon plus many species of Bottom fish. The varied coastline and sea beds here provide unique and challenging fishing for anglers of all stripes.

Unforgettable sights. Head north in the early summer to the beautiful mouth of the Work Channel, just north of Prince Rupert. Drop your line for a chance at catching a giant Skeena River Chinook, and keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of the incredible “bubble nets” created by Humpback Whales to help them trap and catch fish themselves.

Get a taste of something different. B.C. is famous for Salmon, of course, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea. The ocean floor off the wild, wet, west coast of Haida Gwaii is home to many species of delicious tasting bottom fish including huge Halibut. This remote area with open seas makes it a great, novel challenge for experienced anglers.

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