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British Columbia Backcountry

A cute little fellow north end of island



Vancouver Island

Manhatta River

Definition of terms below
Location: Vancouver Island
Directions: Head north up I-5 to Blaine, WA  then continue up to Tsawwssen ferry terminal.
Difficulty: Easy, allot of driving.
Elevation +/- -
Distance: 600+ Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 9 out of 10
Fishing: Awesome
Scenery: Awesome 
Map: Printable Topo Map


Vancouver Island is well worth a long weekend visit. If your looking for some great fishing and wildlife-what are you waiting for go up there today!

Traveling in this area in a bit rough on the vehicle, almost all the roads are dirt/gravel. I would suggest taking a truck with 4 wheel drive. I have had to use 4 wheel a few times up in the snow - we were there in June!

Take a camera-there are numerous bear and other critters. We spent most every day driving until 11pm, then sleep till sun rise then back at it. Even with traveling this much every day we only seen part of what this island has to offer. We spent most of out time in the northern end of the island, there are few towns and even fewer tourists--it is truly a backcountry experience up here. 

We had never explored the island before so we started in the south at  Nanaimo and headed north we did not slow down until we got to Campbell River, we then headed west on Hwy 28. We arrived at Gold River and found a spot to camp. We did not have much luck in the river it was running too fast for us.

So we headed out into the backcountry to fish the surrounding streams and made our way up near Woss where we pulled of the road at 11pm and set up camp on a dead end gravel road. We fished Eve River a bit and caught a few nice fish. Then up to Woss, where we ate breakfast at a place that was the general store, Post Office, Hotel and a small restaurant- A great place to go before heading out in to the backcountry. We fished the Nimpkish River without any luck so we loaded up and head south on the gravel roads. We ended up later eating up north in Port Alice, mmm a hot meal, then we filled up with gas and headed southwest out towards the Pacific Ocean. We seen 13 black bears this day. We fished like crazy up here. Not too many people venture up here.

We went back into Port Alice for dinner and then headed south. I drove until 2am and we stayed on some gravel road near some ski resort west of Nanaimo. We awoke to frost and ended up driving in a few feet of snow on our way down towards the Nitinat river. We spent the morning down here and then headed east to catch the ferry home on Sunday afternoon.

Fishing-- The fishing is awesome-lakes, streams, rivers we fished them all, we did not fish the saltwater on this trip.

 Do it again? Any time I have a chance

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