Fancy a tug-of-war with a wild chinook salmon off Vancouver Island, or an exhilarating round of ocean view golf? Vancouver Island is a top destination for both world-class golfing and trophy fishing. In two hot spots, Victoria in the south and Campbell River in the north, you can reel in a prize salmon in the morning and be out on the links the afternoon.
The waters off Victoria offer incredible sport fishing. Board a comfortable chartered vessel in... Read more the city’s Inner Harbour and you’ll have a hook in the water in minutes. Reel in a chinook salmon – the biggest of the salmon species – or try for halibut, lingcod or rockfish. Enjoy a full- or half-day fishing charter; try Adam’s Fishing Charters or Island Outfitters, who offer both saltwater and freshwater charters. Prefer fly-fishing? The Cowichan River, about an hour north of Victoria is one of the best trout fishing rivers on Vancouver Island.
Victoria, BC’s provincial capital, anchors the southern tip of the Vancouver Island Golf... Read more Trail, a string of championship courses along the island’s east coast. Enjoy the wide fairways and sweeping views at Highland Pacific Golf or golf Bear Mountain, designed by the Golden Bear himself. More top stops along the Golf Trail include Victoria’s Olympic View Golf Club, a peaceful parkland course, and Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in the heart of Cowichan Valley wine country. Play a round, and then sample the wares at one of the nearby Blue Grouse Estate Winery or Cherry Point Estate Wines.
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Play 18 holes at the nearby Storey Creek Golf Course, a wildlife-rich course carved out of the... Read more forest just south of Campbell River. About 45 minutes south of Campbell River is the Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community. It boasts a Graham Cooke-designed course, luxurious course-side lodging, and an opulent clubhouse. The challenging, well-bunkered course features a nice variety of holes and awesome views. After golf, find a spot on the patio of the Timber Room Pub for a pitcher of beer and a heap of nachos.
Campbell River refers to itself as the salmon capital of the world, thanks to the 14kg/30lb... Read more chinook frequently caught here. Guides at Painter’s Lodge, and its sister resort, April Point Resort & Spa on nearby Quadra Island, are area experts. After reeling in the big one, celebrate at Painters’ Tyee Pub, overlooking Discovery Passage. The Campbell River area also boasts world-class freshwater fishing. Try for steelhead in the Gold Rive or fly-fish for trout or salmon on the pristine, fast-flowing Campbell River.
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Victoria, a city of Edwardian architecture, lush gardens and seaside charm, is a great hub for a... Read more golfing and fishing getaway. Several championship courses in the area offer everything from seaside fairways to nail-biting mountain slopes, while the Strait of Juan de Fuca offshore teems with salmon and halibut. Bonus: Victoria’s myriad of sights, spas, shops and museums can keep non-golfers and anglers happy too.
The Vancouver Island Golf Trail takes you from the old-world ambience of cosmopolitan Victoria, through the Cowichan Valley wine country and the magnificent beaches of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, all the way to the pristine wilderness of Quadra Island. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bear Mountain Resort and Olympic View Golf in the south, and the opulence and luxury of Crown Isle Resort in the north. Vancouver Island has some of the best golf adventures to be found anywhere.
Scenery by land, air and sea: getting to Vancouver Island really is half the fun! BC... Read more Ferries has three routes that offer regular service between the mainland and Vancouver Island. These comfortable ferries also serve the Gulf Islands. Travelling car-free? Pacific Coach Lines offers downtown to downtown service. From Washington State, Black Ball Ferries, Washington State Ferries, and the Victoria Clipper all sail to Victoria. Prefer to fly? Daily flights connect Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria, while frequent floatplane service links all three cities. You can even go by helicopter, with Helijet’s Vancouver to Victoria service.
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