Wild Salmon are nourished by Nature
Bring Your Own Boat!
by Road – Way of the Gold River
We recommend this route for people bringing boats over 26 feet or who do not want to drive 25 miles on a gravel logging road. Proceed to the B.C. ferry terminal at Tsawwassen, where you can catch a ferry to Nanaimo. The ferry ride to Nanaimo is two hours. From Nanaimo, take the Inland Island Highway #19 North.
Continue north to Campbell River. The 140-mile trip from Nanaimo to Gold River should take about three and one half-hours. Turn into the Village of Gold River.
Drive through and continue to the end of the road, where you will find the boat launch within about 50 feet of the Air Nootka on the left-hand side. You will find paid overnight parking supplied by the local native reserve next to the boat launch, or you can park free along the side of the road.
Note: There are gas stations and stores in Gold River, so if you need any last minute supplies be sure to pick them up here. After launching your boat, head north up Muchalat Inlet into Nootka Sound. Go to the east of Bligh Island and then head north up Tahsis Inlet. Turn west into Tahsis Narrows and into Esperanza Inlet. Heading west to Port Eliza Inlet which is the last inlet before the Pacific Ocean. Go north up Port Eliza Inlet.
Our lodge is about one-half mile into the Inlet on the East side just past Eliza Island. The GPS coordinates for the Camp are: 49.53.051 and 127.00.573.
Note: Navigate safely. Use your charts and GPS to identify potential hazards. Keep an eye out for rocks, reefs and occasional deadheads during your travels to our lodge.We are located at the head of Port Eliza Inlet. On the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
By Road – To Tahsis
We recommend this route for people bringing boats under 26 feet and who don’t have a problem traveling on gravel logging roads. Follow the directions above to Gold River and then continue past Gold River and over the Gold River Bridge. Turn to the left and follow the signs to Tahsis You will continue down the Tahsis Road where the road turns into a well maintained logging road for the next 62 kilometers, or about 40 miles until you reach Tahsis. Continue through Tahsis to the Government wharf where there is paid parking and a good boat launch. After launching your boat, proceed south about three miles to Tahsis Narrows which will be on the right side of the inlet when you are heading south. The Tahsis Narrows will take you into Esperanza Inlet.
Continue past the Esperanza Fuel Dock and there will be some fish farms on your left. After passing the last fish farm, turn left which will be West, and head toward the Pacific Ocean. Continue heading west to Port Eliza Inlet which will be on the right side of Esperanza Inlet and is the last inlet before the Pacific Ocean. Turn to the right and go north up Port Eliza Inlet. Our resort is about one half mile into the Inlet on the right (East) side just past Eliza Island.
The GPS coordinates for the Camp are: 49.88.417 and 127.00.912.
Note: Be very watchful because there are rocks and a reef very near the resort location. Also, there is a lot of logging in this area, so be careful to look for wood in the water, especially deadheads.
Have a great trip! The scenery is second to none, so don’t forget to enjoy the ride.