West Edge Fishing operates from two locations on Vancouver Island: Nanaimo and Ucluelet. Fishing in Ucluelet, located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, is limited to the summer months (due to extreme weather and remote location), and generally results in more productive fishing than in Nanaimo. For more information on fishing charters in Ucluelet, click here.
Gulf Island Charters (Gabriola Island)
Take a break from the crowds and skyscrapers and escape to the calm and protected waters of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the Strait of Georgia while traveling 30 nautical miles from Vancouver by ferry or float plane west to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. West Edge Fishing offers 5 to 8 hour fully-guided fishing trips year-round out of Nanaimo Harbour, located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island.
Our mild climate allows us to fish through the winter in the calm and protected waters around the Gulf Islands. We can target salmon, crab, prawns, or bottom fish like lingcod, rockfish, flounder and sole. We will tailor the trip to suit your preferences and ensure a truly memorable West Coast experience!The winter fishing can be quite impressive, with the waters off of the East Coast of Vancouver Island offering some very consistent winter chinook salmon fishing. In particular, Gabriola Island (Thrasher Rock) is one of the most productive areas in the Strait of Georgia. Larger chinook show up in the spring as the migration paths of two runs intersect here.
Crabbing and Prawning
Crabbing and prawning is at its finest in the winter. Prior to heading out to the fishing grounds, we can set traps for prawns and Dungeness crabs. Imagine returning from a day of fishing with a catch of salmon, prawns, and crabs - a winter seafood safari!!
Enjoy the truly remarkable beauty of the Gulf Islands, and look for eagles, sea lions, seals, porpoises, orcas and whales.
Traveling from Vancouver to Nanaimo
Nanaimo, the Harbour City, is easily accessible from Downtown Vancouver, either by float plane or via BC Ferries. Combine a scenic flight or ferry ride across the Straight of Georgia with a fishing tour of the Gulf Islands to create an amazing West Coast adventure. Both BC Ferries and Harbour Air offer several crossings each day. Staff from West Edge Fishing will assist you in making travel arrangements and will arrange travel to and from the ferry or float plane terminal.
If you are interested in a longer stay on the Island, we can also help you arrange accommodations in Nanaimo or one of the neighboring areas. The Island is home to some great restaurants, great shopping, and spectacular winter scenery. With breathtaking views, exciting attractions, and a charming downtown area, Nanaimo is the premier gateway to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Be sure to check our "Getting Here" page to assist with your travel planning.