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A Look At Fishing In British Columbia

Salmon Fishing TripsThe Bamfield and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the south shore of Barkley Sound is one of the best areas in the world to fish. On our guided fishing tours, you’ll be able to experience world class Salmon and halibut fishing as well as some of the largest Chinooks you’ve ever seen.  For experienced anglers, they love coming to the Barkley Sound because of the opportunities and challenges it presents to catch, “the big one.”  Even younger, less experienced anglers will have a great time learning the sport, seeing some unbelievable marine life and developing a new passion for the sea.

Every spring and summer, we charter our boats and provide lodging for people to take an excellent fishing trip.  With moorage for Salmon Fishing Trips10 boats, there’s always an opportunity to get out on the water. Aside from fishing, whale watching and prawning is another additional opportunity to see some maritime animals in their natural environment, and fresh crabs and prawn are a delicious post-fishing meal. Here’s a look at some of the fish you’ll be able to wrangle in.

Salmon – Both Chinook and Coho Salmon are found in British Columbia. The Chinook is the larger of the two and the largest found on the Pacific coast. They grow up to 150 CM and a maximum weight of 61.4 kg. The Coho is smaller, coming in around a maximum length of 108 cm and weight of 15.2 kg. As the salmon reach adulthood, they move out into the open ocean.

Halibut – A flatfish, halibut live in both the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans. People love to eat halibut, and they are highly regarded for this reason.  It’s the largest flat fish, averaging 11–13.5 kg, but some fish halibut have even come in above 200 KG! They are gray-black on the top side with an off-white underbelly and have very small scales invisible to the naked eye embedded in their skin.

The fishing season and milder temperatures are about to hit.  Call us to get a piece of these fish and visit the Imperial Eagle Lodge.

Exploring the Great Wildness Of British Columbia

Sometimes it’s hard for us to believe we get to spend our days in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.  Bamfield, and Guided Fishing Trips & Island Tours in Bamfield BCBritish Columbia all together offer a diverse blend of culture, natural landscapes and un touched wilderness that all cultivates together to form a wonderful community.

Some say that B.C. is nature in its purest, and it’s hard for us to disagree.  From the chinook and halibut we catch on our fishing charters, to the flying eagles overhead for which we’ve named our lodge, British Columbia represents the perfect blend of humanity and nature.

For many people they don’t realize all that B.C has to offer, and why our little corner of the province is just a sample of what Western Canada can present to a visitor.  From our small maritime community featuring some of the most pristine and adventurous fishing in the world to the inland un explored, unsettled wilderness, B.C represents a feeling of relaxed adventure.

To help visualize what we mean, or if you’re interested in taking a trip to Western Canada, but you’re unsure exactly what to think, check out this visual below.  The Imperial Eagle Lodge is just a small, cozy sample of what the area is all about.


Enjoy Fishing And Boost Your Health

Salmon Fishing Trips & Whale Watching Lodging in Trevor Channel BCPeople are so health conscious today; they’ll do anything to get in shape.  Most of the time it involves activities people hate to do.  Running, going to the gym and swimming laps are arduous, but you CAN have fun and do things that are enjoyable, like fishing!

The other trouble for people is finding activities that suit them best, and don’t over extend their physical boundaries. For some people, running five miles, going for a 10-mile bike ride in the mountains or pounding weights in the gym for a couple hours is not physically possible. An activity like fishing, not only relaxes you mentally, but also adds a level of physical activity to your day that won’t wear you out. In fact, studies have shown fishing is a great activity to provide physical and mental positive side effects.

Curtin University in Australia conducted a study, and research showed most people use fishing to relax and unwind. Even better, for people who like to fish, the study showed just the preparation it takes to fish can boost your overall well-being. The act of preparing to fish, baiting the line, going out on a boat and sitting by the water, bonding with other fishermen can relieve stress on the mind and the heart, in some cases lowering blood pressure.

It’s not a surprise to us how relaxing fishing can be.  We do it all the time.  If you need a great weekend to relieve some stress, get in some physical work and bring some peace of mind to your body, come by the Imperial Lodge in Bamfield, British Columbia.  Our scenery alone will help ease your body, mind and soul.

Barkley Sound: Native History and Beauty Combined

Island Tours in Bamfield BC

Community of Bamfield, lying east and west of Bamfield Inlet, off Barkley Sound, BC
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Essayist John Burroughs wrote, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” For all we know he could have been entertaining memories of a visit to Vancouver Island, which boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery that nature has to offer, and is home to the most scenic and unique travel destinations.

The beautiful Barkley Sound, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, south of Ucluelet, and north of Bamfield, is one of the planet’s greatest natural treasures. With such a rich and diverse past, Barkley Sound is the perfect tour destination to satisfy both nature lovers and history buffs. This land was inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth people for over four thousand years, one of the first indigenous groups of people to occupy the Pacific Northwest and Canada. There are native archeological sites that still exist today on Barkley Sound, offering proof of their existence on this amazing land, before the Europeans settled.

A myriad of outdoor activities provides visitors to this area with many opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of its abundant beauty and natural history. Popular for its exquisite marine life, the Barkley Sound waters, is the home to over one-hundred species of shrimp and starfish. Hiking, diving, and fishing, are a few of the more popular reasons that people love to visit Barkley Sound. Ucluelet, on the northwest shore of  Barkley Sound, is the perfect spot for tourists to enjoy kayaking and fishing excursions. This sparkling area gets its name from a Nuu-chah-nulth phrase meaning, “the people with a good landing-place for canoes”.

Fishing enthusiasts love Barkley Sound for its plentiful offerings of salmon and halibut, and personalized charter trips are the best way to go. With a professional guide in tow, guests have the benefit of their knowledge and expertise on where to go for the desired catch of the day. Chartering a boat for a fishing adventure also allows tourists the chance to relax, sit back, take in the view, and capture some amazing photos of Barkley Sound’s very abundant bird life flying above. If your charter boat is at the right place at the right time, tourists may be able to catch a glance of a killer whale.

Visits to Barkley Sound, with its natural beauty, treasure-filled waters, and peaceful surroundings, take you back to a time where nature was the most cherished form of escape from a busy world. Nuu-chah-nulth native history combined with modern-day lavish views, create the perfect backdrop for all of nature’s adventures; hiking, camping, touring ancient sites, sport fishing, or simply enjoying the ocean breezes. Barkley Sound, on beautiful Vancouver Island, should definitely be on everyone’s very important list of things-to-do.

Visiting the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Island Tours in Bamfield BC

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We have plenty of space and accommodations for you to utilize on a fishing trip or charter in Bamfield.  While you’re staying with us, you can also find plenty of things to do in the area including the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.  The Science Centre is located a short distance from our lodge and easily accessible by water taxi. describes the marine centre on their website. “The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is Canada’s premier coastal research and teaching facility. In addition to providing year-round research facilities to scientists from the five western Canadian universities as well as visiting scientists, the Centre runs a public education program for schools and interested groups of all ages. Field trip groups are accommodated from September to late April.”

The facility offers great educational programs and opportunities for young scientists and researchers. The Marine Centre supports diverse coastal and marine research of the highest calibre and is recognized as among the very best research and training facilities in the world. Our surrounding landscape offers a diverse dynamic coastal environment, so there are plenty of chances to see unique ecosystems, animal habitats and wildlife.

They also offer public education programs providing multi-day immersion field trips for school, college and adult learners. It’s one of the multiple areas to explore the pristine and protected natural environment of Bamfield. Any lover of nature, wildlife and outdoor activity would love this area and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

Chinook Salmon Fishing In Winter

Guided Fishing Trips & Island Tours in Bamfield BC

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All reports around the Island and in the area indicate it’ still a great time to get out and catch some Chinook salmon. This specific type of Salmon is the largest species in the pacific salmon family. You may have heard it referred to as king salmon, another commonly used name by anglers.  They’re native to the waters surrounding Vancouver Island and Bamfield in the North Pacific Ocean, although they have been known to live in Asian rivers.

The Chinook is found with multiple colors like blue-green, red or purple on the back and top of the head with silvery scales. They range in size from 24 to 36 inches and average around 10-50 pounds. Some of the largest Chinooks have been taken off The Wall in Bamfield.

It’s a nice time to get out and enjoy the last fishing opportunities of 2012 or get started in 2013.  The mild temps in the near future with little to no rain will be a great chance to get out before the holidays are over and catch a nice big Chinook. Crabs, prawns and other fish to troll are abundant also.

Give us a call if you’re interested in getting out one last time this weekend before the year comes to a close.


Post written by Don Kapalka of Imperial Eagle Lodge & Charters.

Winter Wildlife In British Columbia

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Although winter is quickly upon us, the wildlife in British Columbia is still out and visible in their natural habitat.  Imperial Eagle lodge and Charters, is located in Bamfield, BC, in the heart of the British Columbia wilderness. There are still opportunities for whale watching, coastal cruising tours and hiking on the gateway to the world famous West Coast Trail.  Let’s take a look at some of the wildlife to be found not only in the winter, but all year long.

Bald Eagles – Bald eagles generally make their homes in forested areas near large bodies of water, just like Bamfield, BC. Areas that don’t freeze in the winter are more likely to have bald eagles all year long. Other eagles that nest inland generally migrate to the coastal areas.

Killer Whales – Killer Whales are found in all three of Canada’s oceans, and most commonly seen on the southern coast of British Columbia.  Killer whales travel in pods, which normally consist of a mother and her offspring.

Sea Lions – They prefer to hunt and swim in colder temperatures including colder waters.  These can be found all along the north Pacific coast from Northern California to Alaska as well as Russia and Japan. Along the British Columbian coast, it’s not uncommon to see the sea lion all times of the year.

Snowy Owls– Their white and brown feathers provide them with a nice camouflage in the winter habitat. Snowy owls can live in the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia year-round. They are truly beautiful birds and have a thick layer of down and many feathers to keep themselves warm.

Sea Otter– Sea Otters rely on thick fur to stay warm and regulate body temperature.  That’s why they spend so much time

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cleaning themselves. A majority of their day is spent cleaning themselves so the fur can trap enough heat. They also eat A LOT. They’ll consume up to a quarter of their body weight in a day and feast on the local crabs, clams, mussels and octopuses.

The Bamfield community is home to people who love nature and the sea. As a result, there’s plenty of opportunities to see the wildlife in their natural habitat living and participating in their natural surroundings.  Even in the winter, when you might not think it’s a great time to visit, you can still see plenty of animals and wildlife.

Perfect Time to Fish For Prawn And Crab In BC


Dungeness Crabs

Both prawn and crab are some of the most popular tasting shellfish found in British Columbia. They’re not the hardest or most exciting species to catch, but in the end, you’ll be satisfied with what you get. They’re found all along the coast and you can easily catch them with simple traps and cheap bait. Along with a fishing outing, the trapping procedure is all part of the experience. Both prawns and crab are extremely tasty and can be eaten within a short time from catching them.
Discover Fishing BC writes on their site that, “Five of the 85 species of shrimp found in B.C. are of interest to anglers: Coonstripe, Humpback, Smooth and Spiny Pink shrimp, and Prawns.” They also give a brief description of the species; “Prawns, the largest shrimp in B.C. at 25 cm in length, are red with white horizontal bars on the carapace and at least two pairs of white spots on the abdomen.” Commercial prawning ends in the summer so right now is the perfect time to catch some fresh prawns. There’s something to be said and enjoyed in eating something you just caught from the sea an hour earlier.
British Columbia has some of the best crab in the entire world. There are over 100 species of crab in the area alone. The two most popular though in the area are Dungeness crab and Red Rock crab. “Dungeness crabs are gray brown on the back and yellow underneath, and their claws have white tips. Red Rock crabs are brick red above and white below, and their claws have black tips.”
Dungeness crab is extremely popular along the west coast of North America. Most of the crab’s weight is meat. In fact a quarter of the Dungeness crab can be used as meat and have a large meat to shell ratio.


Check out the video below to see some crabs and a special guest in the waters off BC.