Our plentiful West Coast waters lure fishing fanatics from all over the world. Lucky for you, these prime spots are a short haul out of the city.
Pitt River Lodge
At this fly fishing destination, only accessible by boat or plane, the river feeds into one of the only two freshwater tidal lakes in the world and welcomes a variety of bright salmon and five trout species. After a day on the water, kick back with a beer on the wraparound porch. Lodge staff offers pickup at the public dock at Grant Narrows Park. No phone, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fraser River Lodge
Luxury meets the great outdoors at this five-star retreat that offers both helicopter and hike-in fishing. Back at the lodge, staff will do the dirty work (cleaning, filleting, smoking and canning fish) while you sip pints at the bar or gamble in the poker tent. 7984 McDonald Rd., Agassiz, 604-796-1210.
Take a seaplane from Vancouver directly to Dent Island, where you’ll stay in a quaint cabin overlooking one of the world’s most superb salmon fishing areas — Stuart Island’s Yuculta and Arran Rapids. Hit the waterfront gym, the hiking trail or the hot tub before a five-course feast. 250-203-2553, email@example.com.
Painter’s Lodge, Campbell River
If you tire of reeling ’em in at Canada’s salmon capital, go whale watching, whitewater rafting or golfing. Fuel up on fresh, local seafood at the legendary Sunday brunch before the two-hour drive to the Nanaimo ferry home. 1625 MacDonald Rd., Campbell River, 250-286-1102.
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