Powell River: Salmon and Prawns

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

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.

Home of the big ones. Cowichan River earned a reputation years ago for producing the biggest Coho Salmon in the world, and there’s no better place to look for them today. Both the river itself and the approach areas and very productive and Chum, Coho and Chinook are all plentiful especially during their return to spawning.

Get your hands dirty. Enjoy sightseeing, beachcombing and easy clamming on pretty, sheltered beaches less than an hour from Nanaimo. Easy access to the area and plentiful clams make this a trip suitable for the whole family, including younger children. Plastic shovels and pails optional!

Weave through islands, and history. Get a taste of B.C.’s history and fish for Salmon in view of old, abandoned canneries and communities that dot the area, historical evidence of the large numbers of Salmon that still pass through. Catch a world famous Rivers Inlet Chinook or Coho, or head out to the coast’s edge in search of the Halibut or 22 species of Rockfish that call these waters home.

Visit the “Salmon Capital of the World. Every year, millions of salmon migrate past Campbell River on their way to their spawning grounds. The largest species, Chinook, return to the area in large numbers and are pursued by those keen to land one over 30lbs – which are known as Tyee – to become a member of the legendary, world-famous “Tyee Club”.

A fishing trip fit for a King. Or an Empress. Combine fishing with sightseeing, and spend some time on the water within sight of British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings and historic Empress Hotel. Numerous guided charters leave from Victoria’s harbour, and you can fish for Salmon and Halibut while watching seaplanes and other water traffic then return to shore to explore the rest of B.C.’s Capital.

Relaxation guaranteed. Only accessible by ferry or float plane, the Sunshine Coast is a popular tourist destination with B.C. locals, especially in summer months. Here you can spend a lazy day (or more) fishing for Salmon on the calm, protected waters of the Georgia Strait, located between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

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