Tyee Fishing… as Pure as Fishing Gets
Like clockwork, it happens every year. The excitement of summer and early fall mesh to create a season of its own. A season where dedicated fishermen gather at the mouth of the Campbell River in the legendary Tyee Pools. The only sounds you’ll hear are screaming reels and shouts of encouragement. No fancy equipment and no motors are allowed in this classic fishery, just rowboats. If it’s over 30 lbs., it’s a Tyee, but catching one isn’t easy. Some say the rewards aren’t worth it; but it’s much sweeter because the challenge is greater. You’ll earn your membership to the exclusive club and be a part of a great tradition created in 1925. Tyee fishing is available at both Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa.
Raw. Remote. Remarkable… Extreme Fishing at Its Finest.
Beyond here lie monsters, or so the ancient maps would say of the remote location of the MV Salmon Seeker, Oak Bay Marine Group’s floating fishing resort anchored in Kano Inlet on the west side of the Queen Charlotte Islands. This guided experience is so remote that the only other fishing boats you’ll see are other MV Salmon Seeker guests. And oh, what a fishing experience. Non-stop action on actively feeding salmon with guests releasing 30 pound fish, knowing that there are bigger ones out there. Wrenching monster halibut from the deep, catching fish bigger than you happens on numerous occasions through the MV Salmon Seeker’s season. It’s saltwater salmon fishing at its finest, and not for the faint of heart.
“The What Capital of the World?”
“The Salmon Capital of the World.” It’s Campbell River, British Columbia, where the salmon is an essential part of life. Bathed in a rich tradition of both commercial and recreational salmon fishing, Campbell River has evolved with the cycle of the migrating salmon. The nutrient rich waters of the Discovery Passage welcome salmon every year as they journey to their spawning grounds. People, bears, orca, even eagles gather to enjoy the bounty. World-famous Painter’s Lodge has evolved around the salmon runs, welcoming anglers and vacationers alike to try their hand at catching these magnificent fish as well as enjoying the variety of wildlife that calls this area home.
If Women Ruled the World
Filleting salmon would be taught in home economics, the ideal anniversary present would be a rod and reel, and tall tales of fishing would be considered gossip. Just ask the 110 women who come to Painter’s Lodge from all over North America once a year to compete in the Annual Women’s Derby. From housewives to lawyers, teenagers to grandmothers, fishing is not only the passion that brings women together, it also sets them apart. It’s not just fishing at Painter’s Lodge that brings out the ladies - they love the challenge that the remote waters of the Queen Charlotte Islands provide. The Oak Bay Marine Group’s northern resorts are what separate the ‘reel’ women from the girls.
One Trip. Two Resorts. Three Days… Four-get the Office.
Motivate and reward your staff by taking them to the great outdoors. With plenty of meeting space and team building activities available, your team will be rejuvenated and ready for success. Our event coordinators will make our pacific playground the ideal getaway for your group. Painter’s Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa sit across from each other along the Discovery Passage, providing the perfect setting for a group of ten or two hundred. Leave the details to us; we’ll help you regroup, rejuvenate and reward your staff. If you want to reward your business partners, spend some time with them in the remote waters of the Queen Charlotte Islands. The fishing experience will give everyone something to talk about around the water cooler for weeks to come.
Discovering a Discovery Island
April Point Resort & Spa is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The resort is nestled on the west coast of Quadra Island, one of the Discovery Islands on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Quadra Island has a rich and vibrant cultural community, from the Cape Mudge First Nation to dozens of local sculptors, musicians and artists. The island is a melting pot of many different generations of “immigrants”, all contributing to the island’s cultural mosaic. April Point Resort is perfectly situated to appreciate all of the aspects of island life. With scooter and bicycle rentals, as well as guided salmon fishing and wildlife and ocean rapids tours, the resort is an ideal home base to discover the island.
Two Legendary Resorts
How can you experience the best of two legendary vacation spots all in the same trip? By visiting Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River or April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island. The two resorts are set opposite each other on picturesque Discovery Passage and share a rich tradition of salmon fishing, outdoor adventure and first-class meals and accommodation.
Created in 1922, Painter’s Lodge is a legend in the fishing world and has endured renovation and expansion (even burning down twice). Today, it has evolved into a first-class resort. April Point Resort & Spa across the water on Quadra Island is no less renowned. From its origins as a fishing camp in the 1940s, the property became a favourite destination for generations of vacationers. The resorts are connected by a complimentary water taxi that runs from early morning until late at night. Guests at one resort can enjoy all the amenities of the other. Swimming, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, tennis, motor scooters, bicycles, rapids tours and even a giant chess set – experience the best of two legends all in one trip.
Families who fish together…
Well, they fish together, it’s that simple! With all the activities available at Painter’s Lodge, April Point Resort & Spa and the Canadian Princess Resort, there won’t be any time for video games or watching television, just time to catch your breath before the next adventure. Make our backyard playground yours; bring your family for an unforgettable adventure. Guaranteed “what I did this summer” will be the best paper you will ever write.