Located off British Colombia’s northwestern coast, Peregrine Lodge offers the best salmon and halibut fishing in the Northwest Pacific. It’s situated in the heart of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago bordering Prince Rupert and Alaska. Millions of salmon pass through here as they return to spawn in the rivers and streams across the province. To anglers around the globe, Haida Gwaii is a remote playground in one of the Canada’s most beautiful and scenic settings. The local Haida people are skilled artists with a rich history in a unique landscape unlike any other in North America.
For my father, this fishing trip would be a dream come true. I’ve long heard the stories of him taking days-long fishing trips in remote Ontario with his fellow weekend outdoorsmen. The idea of flying above British Colombia in a Sikorsky S76 helicopter to journey for world-renowned salmon and halibut (another factor to soak his adventurous interests) would simply make his heart explode with joy. But even for non-anglers and modest wildlife enthusiasts alike, a trip to Peregrine Lodge offers much more than sport fishing.
After landing at Peregrine Lodge, guests are set up in private cabins and guest rooms that offer world-class amenities including fly fishing, helicopter tours, massages, a sports lounge, and kayaking. For family visitors, the lodge offers trails and scenery to trek at leisure.
When it comes to the lodge itself, modern comfort is hardly spared. Guests have access to things like an iPhone music alarm and charger, a hairdryer, a luxurious bathrobe, and flatscreen televisions. Each room is equipped with a queen or twin-sized bed and everything you consume, from alcohol to executive dinners, is included in the price. Here, as the motto goes, “Fish is King.”
To get an idea of what you can expect from the fresh waters and untouched estuaries, the crew offers guided fly fishing tours for novice and experienced anglers. With the help of experienced guides, guests can witness indigenous species to Haida Gwaii including pink salmon, coho salmon, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden trout.
For saltwater fishing, guests can choose from a 24’ Edgewater, a 26’ Pursuit, or a 29’ Tiara that is equipped with fish finders, downriggers and superior fishing equipment. The rugged shores and coastal entry to Naden Harbor offer the ultimate holding grounds for large runs of halibut and migrating salmon. Here the salmon can weigh over 30 pounds and the halibut over 400 pounds, respectfully.
With fish processing a priority, the lodge recently introduced a new packaging program to ensure that guests can take their catch home with them. The team cleans, fillets, vacuums, flash freezes and packs the fish in cyro packed boxes so that they are ready for travel.
For over 30 years, the decorated lodge has been family-owned. It’s been the host of the second annual Courtnall Classic Fishing Derby, which welcomed guests like Wayne Gretzky, Alex Mogilny, Scott Stevens, Trevor Linden, Frank Mahovolich, Steve Nash, D.B. Sweeney and Larry Hagman. It’s gone from a hobby camp to world-class resort offering an accumulated fleet of over 21 large fishing boats, along with the Boston Whaler Montauk fleet.
To book your ultimate fishing trip, you can request a quote from Peregrine Lodge here. And in the meantime, be sure to check out the video they released highlighting the Haida Gwaii experience below.
Video courtesy of Peregrine Lodge