WHERE WE ARE
Trying to get here? Check out the Tahsis website for some great directions and more.
This old mill town turned remote fishing village has as much history as it does incredible ocean access. Known as the "birthplace of B.C." (thanks to the colonial history of Nootka Island), Tahsis is positioned at the end of the protected inlet and surrounded by mountains. The twisty gravel road that starts as soon as you leave Gold River protects the community from the faint of heart - meaning everyone here is ready for adventure. As you come over the mountains, you might just feel like the rest of the world has disappeared. Before you know it you'll be on what we call "Tahsis Time" where rush hour is before the sun comes up as the boats leave the docks and the evening is measured in cold beers and stories of the daily catch.
What to do
This community is truly an amazing place. When you're not fishing, there is so much else to do around town. Want more nature? Jump in the icy cold and pristine Leiner river, go for a hike through one of the stunning temperate rainforest trails, or walk along the coastline. Looking for some more social activities? Go bowling, swimming, or rock climbing at the Rec-Centre or drop by the marina for a drink (or several). If you happen to be around on a Friday night, don't miss Rock the Dock, a weekly live music event at Westview Marina either! Everyday in Tahsis is an adventure, what will you do with your time here?
Where to find what you need
Tahsis does have all the amenities you could possibly need - though some things are easier to find than others. Westview Marina is fully stocked with a cafe and restaurant and the dockhands in the fuel dock can help set you up with fishing license if you need one. The Tahsis Supermarket carries the necessities (including alcohol) and conveniently also has a restaurant and gas station. However, we recommend doing most of your shopping in Cambell River or Courtney on your way here to make sure you get all the things you need.
We also strongly recommend you make use of Tahsis Fish Processing. If you like, they will pick your fish up a the dock and take it back to fillet, package and freeze your fish so it is ready for transport when you leave town. They can also help you with air shipping to the Canada or U.S. and will ensure your packaged fish follows all DFO regulations.
Learn more about Tahsis on the communities website here.
Esperanza Inlet & Nootka Sound
Nootka Sound separates the southern side of Nootka Island from Vancouver Island while Esperanza Inlet wraps around the northern side. We are located in a unique location to have essentially equal access to both, unlike other resorts and lodges located further south. If you're staying inshore it can be just a 45-minute commute to your first fishing location of the day! They also provide great places to fish that are more protected from the elements plus easy access to great offshore locations. It is not uncommon to spot whales, sea otters, white sand beaches, and of course, a ton of massive fish.
The area is often referred to as a "fish highway" due to the mass number of salmon that move through the region on their migratory routes including Chinook, Chum, Coho, and Pink. This rich traffic route also helps sustain high populations of other species of marine life. There is an abundance of large size Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, Prawns, Crabs and more. And there is no shortage of larger fish, mammals, and birds also hanging around looking for the same fish we are.
Learn more about the current fishing regulations in the area here (Area 25 and 125).