Rolling hills, rivers, and lakes inspire adventure
Catch trophy fish and become a legend in the process
Campbell River has long been considered by many to be the salmon capital of the world.
Set on a protected inlet on the east side of Vancouver Island, Campbell River is adjacent to some of the largest runs of passing salmon to be found anywhere on B.C.’s coast. The area is also prime for big chinook salmon, as the ocean kings gather here to feed on bait fish.
The town also has a unique trophy for anglers seeking a challenge. Those who catch a tyee (a chinook exceeding 30pounds) according to a specific set of rules become part of the Campbell River Tyee Club, an exclusive list of anglers who have made salmon fishing legendary.
For those who are interested mostly in catching fish, however, there are many other species to pursue as well, from sockeye and pinks to chum later in the year.
Both fresh and saltwater fishing at Port Hardy, just to keep it interesting
From open ocean to tidal flats and rugged rivers, Port Hardy has a little something for everyone. At the top end of Johnstone Strait and the north end of Vancouver Island, the area is well-known, by angler and Orca alike, as place where salmon returning to rivers to the south congregate and then pass by. This area, a transition from open ocean to inland waters, is a perfect environment for all species of bottom fish too, including halibut. The local rivers are also renowned for trout and steelhead, making the area a true one-stop destination.
Several guides and outfitters call Port Hardy home. In these kinds of locations, a good guide can flatten the learning curve and make time spent on the water far more productive, especially when searching the rocky shores, narrow inlets and neighbouring isles for prime fishing locations. There are miles and miles of coastline to explore.
Port Hardy is the entry point to the rugged North Coast trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park. This area, whether land or sea, is steeped in natural beauty, making the destination a mecca for explorers.
Kootenay Lake offers year-round fishing in a unique BC location
The deep waters of Kootenay Lake offer anglers access to an eco-system as old as the hills. Here, deep in the Interior of B.C., the lake is home to one of the largest sub-species of rainbow trout to be found anywhere — the Gerrard trout.
Gerrards have evolved over millennia in lock-step with another of the lake’s dominant species, the kokanee, which is a land-locked sockeye salmon. The annual outflow of kokanee fry from the creeks and small rivers that flow into the lake gives Gerrards a prey base that allows them to grow to tremendous size, often in excess of 30 pounds. They are fish-eaters by nature, and anglers will never forget a Gerard trout’s fast, slashing assault on a streamer or spoon.
Kootenay Lake has a great base for anglers as well — the picturesque city of Nelson, and quaint communities of Balfour and Kaslo. Nestled on a magnificent expanse of glacier-fed lakeshore, these communities are home to an eclectic mix of free-spirited, nature-loving, environmentally sensitive folk who cherish the outdoors more than most.
Several marinas and outfitters offer visitors all the support services they could imagine, from comfortable lodging to full guide services.
DRY FLYFISHING ON FREESTONE RIVERS IN THE HEART OF THE CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THERE’S A REASON THEY CALL IT “TROUT TOWN”
Set against the classic peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Fernie’s pristine waters, freestone rivers and clear lakes make it one of the most stunning and productive dry fly destinations in the world. It’s located in southeastern British Columbia, just a 45-minute drive north of the Montana, USA border, two hours from Kalispell and three hours from Calgary.
TAKE A GUIDED STURGEON FISHING TRIP ON THE MIGHTY FRASER RIVER. CHILLIWACK IS TRULY A YEAR-ROUND FISHING DESTINATION.
The Fraser River is home to one of the last truly wild populations on white sturgeon in the world. These impressive creatures can exceed 13 feet and weigh more than 1,500 pounds. White sturgeon have survived virtually unchanged for 65 million years and can live for close to 200 years. There’s a reason why they call dinosaurs.
The waters surrounding Chilliwack are also home to all five species of Pacific salmon, trout, and steelhead.
Chilliwack is approximately 60 minutes of driving east of Vancouver and only 2 1/2 hours north of
STURGEON, SALMON, AND TROUT IN A TRULY REMARKABLE SETTING. AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE APRÈS FISHING AMENITIES AND HOT SPRINGS.
The resort town of Harrison Hot Springs is nestled against the coastal mountain range and the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake. Harrison is the perfect place to make the home base for your next fishing vacation. Within minutes you can be fishing for all five species of pacific salmon as well as white sturgeon, which can grow to more than 1,000 pounds and live for close to 200 years. Flyfishing trips for steelhead, rainbow, cutthroat, and bull trout are also available.
And don’t forget about the hot springs.
Harrison Hot Springs is a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver and three hours north of Seattle.
WITH LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF FISHING LAKES AND DOZENS OF RESORTS ALONG THIS 100-KILOMETRE (60-MILE) STRETCH OF PAVED HIGHWAY, IT’S NO WONDER THEY CALL IT THE “FISHING HIGHWAY.”
The Fishing Highway 24 has the highest density of fishing resort and lodges in British Columbia. It truly offers a fishing vacation for every budget. The Fishing Highway 24 has a long fishing history and anglers have been travelling to the region since the early 1900s.
The Fishing Highway 24 runs from Little Fort to 100 Mile House and follows essentially the same route that fur traders used centuries ago. Parts of the Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade Trail can still be seen near the east end of the highway and is permanently preserved as a heritage trail.
The Fishing Highway 24 is a one-hour drive north of Kamloops, roughly five hours from Vancouver and six hours from Seattle.