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Fishing for Trout and Salmon on Vancouver Island

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Stay in a spectacular log lodge in Gold River!


For many fishermen, the main attraction is that beautiful fish live in beautiful places. These freshwater trips are all about a complete fishing experience while exceeding your expectations in pursuit of the native trout and salmon that live in these coastal BC waters. The nature of the fisheries in this area of British Columbia is one of the seasonal windows. 

There are times when only one window is open and other times when the fishing opportunities overlap. The fishing here is world-class, and you are in good hands while staying at one of the most beautiful lodges on Vancouver Island. You will head out daily with an experienced guide to fish for trout, salmon, or both, in the rivers and lakes that have made this area famous.


  • Vancouver Island
  • Coastal Mountains
  • Guided Trout and Salmon Fishing
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • River Front Lodge
  • Private rooms in riverfront cabins
  • Gold River
  • Gourmet Meals


Located on west central Vancouver Island, just over an hour west of Campbell River, Gold River is a charming small BC town surrounded by mountains. 

It is your home base to access some of the best trout and salmon waters on Vancouver Island and the Coastal Mountains watersheds on the British Columbia mainland.

There are three beautiful riverfront cabins on the property. Each cabin has three large private bedrooms. The 540 ft2 rooms have two queen beds, a wood-burning fireplace, a finely furnished sitting area, and granite-appointed bathroom suites. You will enjoy the picturesque river and mountain views, climate control & air-conditioning, high-speed wireless Internet access, and cable television. Each room includes a semi-private covered deck. 

The main log lodge is simply spectacular, crafted from British Columbian Spruce and Pine, nestled on nearly 1,200 feet of riverfront on the Gold River, and easily speaks to those who know the meaning of roughing it in luxury. Beautifully decorated and featuring artwork from the region, the main lodge is an impressive, quiet, and comfortable setting for your ultimate Vancouver Island fishing experience. Relax on the outdoor patio or enjoy a fine meal seated around the outdoor fireplace after a day filled with fishing and adventure.

These trips are adaptable to current conditions and customized to your preferences and fishing experience. The time of year and seasonal fish migrations will help steer your guides to the best opportunities for a world-class angling adventure. You may walk & wade local rivers in pursuit of spring trout or fall coho, or chinook salmon, or your guide may utilize river rafts on streams not far from the lodge. There are more remote fly-in opportunities on Vancouver Island and on the BC mainland to access some of BC’s most remarkable, remote, and special wilderness rivers and lakes.

Availability All Year
Duration Unlimited
Departs From Campbell River/Gold River, BC
Difficulty Easy / Moderate Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 12 years
Group maximum 8 people
Meet on Location Optional
Pick Up Yes


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  • Return ground transportation from Campbell River to the lodge in Gold River
  • Luxury suite accommodations at the lodge
  • All gourmet meals at the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers
  • Use of Lodge facilities, including exercise room, games room, trout casting pond
  • Internet WiFi
  • All guided freshwater fishing packages include the use of Simms wading equipment and Sage rods and reels

What to bring

  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece clothing
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Hiking boots
  • Wet shoes
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Hat & gloves
  • Packing list provided at booking

Not Included

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in final itinerary
  • Optional Activities not mentioned in final itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Travel insurance

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Day 1: Arrival at Campbell River and dinner at the Lodge

On day one, we’ll arrive at Campbell River around 10 AM and travel by van to the Lodge. We’ll have lunch at the Lodge at 12:30, and we’ll have the whole afternoon for various activities at the Lodge, including golfing, biking, hiking, and visiting the fish pond. 7 PM is the time to enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Dinner is served at 8 PM. 

Day 2 & 3: Trout and Salmon Fishing

On days two and three, we’ll get up early in the morning to have our 8 AM breakfast. Then, we’ll depart for our Trout/Salmon Fishing tour. We’ll have a delicious lunch along the river. We won’t return to the Lodge before 5 PM. After we’re back, we’ll have a couple of hours to relax and explore the surroundings. The cocktail and appetizer hour starts at 7 PM. Dinner is served at 8 PM. 

Day 4: Departing

We’ll have our last breakfast together at around 8:30 in the morning. Afterward, we’ll leave for the airport. 

Winter Steelhead

Dates: January 1 to April 15

Access methods: Foot access, river rafting, heli-assist raft trips, heli fishing

Angling method: Fly or gear

We will be using heli-assist raft trips as our primary form of access. This form of access promotes a high-quality experience and a stealthy method of angling.


Spring Trout Fishing

Dates: March 1 to May 31

Access methods: heli fishing and heli-assist raft trips

Angling method: Fly only

A truly “World Class” Trout Fishery.


River Trout Fishing

Dates: May 15 to July 15

Access methods: Foot access or river raft.

Angling method: Fly only

This fishery offers an experience for hardcore fly fishers as well as being the most user-friendly fishery for beginners; this makes it a prime candidate for running fly fishing lessons.


Summer Resident Trout/Sockeye Lake and River Fishing

Dates: June 1-Oct 30

Access methods: Foot access, heli fishing and flyouts.

Angling methods: Fly or gear.

There are many options to fish for salmon and trout at the lodge during the summer months. From flying out to a remote lake to enjoying an afternoon on the party boat on Muchalat Lake we have many options to suit almost everyone.


Summer Pink Salmon Fishing

Dates: July 20 to Aug. 15

Access methods: Foot access, heli-fishing

Angling methods: Fly or gear


Summer Steelhead

Dates: July 7 to Aug. 1, continued on Sept. 15 to Nov. 30

Access methods: Foot access or heli-assist raft trips

Angling method: Fly or gear

While challenging, this fishery is very rewarding as you spot cast to the majority of the fish. This fishery is geared toward the experienced angler.


Fall Freshwater Coho and Chinook Fishing

Dates: Sept. 15 to October 31

Access methods: Foot access, heli-assist raft trips, heli fishing

Angling method: Gear primarily but fly fishing can work for very experienced anglers.

This is an awesome experience. Large numbers of fish populate the rivers in the early fall making for a very exciting time. The chances of catching a 25-30lb fish on the fly rod are very good.


Prices 2024:

All Inclusive lodge base rate.

Price: $725 CAD per person per night, based on double occupancy.

Single Supplement: add $150 CAD per night.

Prices of optional fishing activities (add-ons to all-inclusive base rate):

  • Heli-Fishing, Guided – Long Haul: $4250 CAD*
  • Heli-Fishing, Guided – Short Haul: $3200 CAD*

(Heli-Fishing is based on 4 guests staying at the lodge)

(All other fishing and activities based on double occupancy)

  • Local Freshwater Fishing, Guided: $350 CAD*
  • Party Barge on Muchalat Lake: $450 CAD*

*Per Person

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include 5.00% GST, PST or accommodation tax.
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

  • The balance of payment is due at the end of your trip.


Only cancellations made 60 days prior to a reserved trip will be eligible for a credit for the next calendar year. Otherwise, there will be no return on your deposit. Travel insurance is recommended.