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!

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

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.



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.

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.

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.

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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