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Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight: Salmon and Orcas

  

Overview

Catch some Salmon, and catch sight of some Orcas. You won’t be the only one fishing for Salmon, around here. Robson Bight is world famous as a sanctuary for Orcas (Killer Whales), whose primary diet is comprised of the same fish you’ll be trying to catch in the nearby waters of Johnstone Strait. This area provides you with a unique opportunity to fish for Salmon, and get up very, very close to the coast’s largest and most intelligent predatory marine mammals. More than 100 Orcas live here during the summer months, and can be seen hunting, rubbing themselves on rocks and just hanging out.

AT A GLANCE

REGION:Vancouver Island
SUB REGION: North Vancouver Island
SPECIES:Salmon
SEASONS:Summer
CONDITIONS:Protected from the open ocean, but large tides and winds create sudden changes. Experienced boaters, or guided charters recommended. Weather varies by season and is typical for the Pacific Northwest.
ACCESSIBILITY:Telegraph Cove, a popular launching point for exploring Johnstone Strait, is 4 ½ hours north of Nanaimo via Highway 19.
LENGTH:Half Day, Full Day
GUIDED:Self-Guided
COST: $$
TOURISM: HelloBC  
SERVICES:Services and amenities typical of small, rural North American towns. Angling and adventure sports are popular.
EXPERIENCES:World-class Orca viewing, and kayaking near the pods. Hiking and camping are also popular. Telegraph Cove is a small, picturesque boardwalk community popular with tourists.
  

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