Saltwater Fishing in Nootka Sound

saltwater fishing in nootka soundOne of the most valuable assets in Nootka Sound is the saltwater fishing that exists today and has existed for decades.  Due in large part to the hatchery systems in place in Gold River and Tahsis the fishery is one of the best on Vancouver Island.

Every year thousands of anglers converge on Nootka Sound to partake in a salmon fishery that is renown for its abundance of 20 lb plus salmon.  All five species exist in the sound with Chinook and Coho the most predominately sought after trophy fish.

Salmon fishing starts in mid May and runs into late September and sometimes into early October depending on the weather patterns that exist at that time. The peak of the salmon run is from mid July to mid September. Continue reading “Saltwater Fishing in Nootka Sound”

Freshwater Fishing in Nootka Sound

Fiishing for steelhead on the conuma river
Fishing The Conuma River

Anyone who knows fishing, knows that Nootka Sound is a fishing mecca both for freshwater and saltwater species.  Every year thousands of anglers converge on Nootka Sound to try their luck and skills to land or catch and release a trophy fish.

This article will focus on the freshwater adventures available in Nootka Sound specifically in the general area of Gold River and Strathcona Park.

It starts in the winter months of December through March when the brave will venture out here in search of the mighty Steelhead.  All the local rivers provide excellent Steelhead fishing opportunities for those who will dress warm enough and don their waders or jump into the belly boat.

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Caving for Spelunkers in Historic Nootka Sound

caving and spelunking in nootka sound
Photo Courtesy of Randy Brochu

Caves are some of the worlds most spectacular creations and are visited by thousands of spelunkers every year.  The attraction seems to be the challenge of crawling around underground and seeing an ecology that very few species on earth get to witness.

Combine that with some of the most beautiful and captivating photography opportunities and you have the perfect backdrop for an adventure of a lifetime.

Cave exploration has been done by scientists and cavers for hundreds of years.  Speleology is the term given to natural cave exploration for science. Today there are organized groups all across Canada. Continue reading “Caving for Spelunkers in Historic Nootka Sound”

Camping in Gold River

View of valley from Crest MountainAs an avid outdoors man one of the things I enjoy doing the most is camping. Living in Gold River affords me the opportunity to do as much camping as I like due to the number of places to do it. There are many lakes and rivers in the area where one can hike in and set up camp. There are also a lot of places where you can drive to with your motor home or camper.

During the peak summer months some campgrounds cost money to stay at and others are still free but limited as to how many spots are open. Regardless the ones that cost are reasonable and well maintained so sometimes the added cost is worth the effort.

There are places to camp on the ocean also that provide excellent amenities and boat access. The downside is that you will have to travel a little further outside of Gold River to get to them. Once you are there however you will be impressed with all they have to offer. Continue reading “Camping in Gold River”

Hiking the Antler Lake Trail

antler lake near gold river bc canadaHere in Gold River, we are blessed with so many beautiful places to go to get away from it all. Some believe we’ve been spoiled to a point, but you won’t hear us complaining.

When the weather gets hot as it is this summer, we all like to head to a body of water where the breeze and water will cool us down. Antler Lake is just one of a few lakes close by that offers a day area large enough to accommodate a few vehicles and people without stepping on each others toes.

The lake itself is about 1km long and a few hundred yards wide give or take with stands of old growth forest surrounding the edges of the NW side. Continue reading “Hiking the Antler Lake Trail”

Happy Birthday Canada!!

Canadian Flag
By Photograph taken by Jared Grove via Wikimedia Commons

Wow! 148 years young and still a very healthy country indeed.  Who’d of thought that in 1867 when signing the new Constitution Act on July 1 that Canadians would be one of the most liked cultures in the world?  We did of course!

After all Canadians are a mix of different cultures in the world all coming together to brainstorm, debate, implement and solve the everyday issues that face society.  With all that knowledge and background how could we not be the envy of everyone else?

Every Canadian in this country should be proud of who they are and what they stand for.  We work hard, play hard and dream big!  Our children are growing up to be some of the brightest minds in the world in every niche that pushes limits and betters society as a whole. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Canada!!”