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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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