Barkley Sound is one of the most beautiful and pristine areas on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. It’s located just south of Ucluelet and offers some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in the area.
Eagle Nook Resort is perfectly situated in Barkley Sound and whether you are an experienced angler or just beginning, our knowledgeable guides will ensure you have an unforgettable experience to last a lifetime.
The sheltered waters of Barkley Sound make it a great place for fishing charters, and the salmon and halibut fishing here is some of the best in the world. The offshore waters near Puget Sound offer great halibut fishing, while the waters of Barkley Sound itself offer plenty of salmon action.
And if that isn’t enough, for those looking for a little bit of luxury, Eagle Nook Resort offers deluxe rooms, all with ocean views and a full ensuite washroom. Inside the resort you’ll find our dining room, full bar, games room with a card table and two ocean-view patios. There’s even a hot tub overlooking Vernon Bay, the perfect place to relax after a day on the water or exploring the surrounding trails. We also offer west coast dining as fresh as it gets. All meals are included; breakfast and coffee ready to go for early mornings before fishing. Mid-afternoon our daily ‘appy’ hour is laid out, the perfect way to be welcomed back to the Resort. Nightly in the dining room tuck into a three-course gourmet dinner and enjoy a drink from our full-service bar.
So, if you’re looking for some great salmon or halibut fishing, and luxury accommodations, be sure to check out Eagle Nook Resort in Barkley Sound BC. You won’t be disappointed!
Keep Reading to learn more about Barkley Sound!
Where is Barkley Sound?
Barkley Sound is located on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is a large, protected body of water that is popular for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Barkley Sound is home to a variety of marine life, including seals, sea lions, whales, and birds. The area is also known for its beautiful beaches and scenic hiking trails. Visitors to Barkley Sound can enjoy a variety of activities, such as camping, kayaking, and SUPing. There are also many opportunities for wildlife watching, including whale watching and birdwatching.
The History of Barkley Sound
Bordered by the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to the north and west, and by the Cape Flattery Marine Provincial Park to the south, you will find Barkley Sound, BC. Barkley Sound was named after John Barkley, who was the Master of HMS Chatham when it surveyed the area in 1787. The first European settlers in Barkley Sound were fur traders from the Hudsons Bay Company, who established a trading post at Friendly Cove (now Yuquot) in 1793. In the late 19th century, Barkley Sound became a popular destination for sport fishing, and several lodges were built along its shores. Today, Barkley Sound is a popular recreational area for kayaking.
The Climate of Barkley Sound
Barkley Sound is large body of water with a complex coastline that includes many islands, inlets, and sheltered bays. The climate of Barkley Sound is characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The average temperature in January is 3.5 degrees Celsius, and in July it is 14 degrees Celsius. precipitation is moderate throughout the year. The area experiences a large amount of rainfall, especially in the winter months. Barkley Sound is an excellent place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are many opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking.
Wildlife in Barkley Sound
Barkley Sound is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world and home to an abundance of wildlife. Orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, dolphins, and many other marine mammals can be found in the waters of Barkley Sound. Otters, seals, sea lions, and penguins are just a few of the animals that make their homes on the islands in Barkley Sound. Bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and cormorants are some of the birds that can be seen soaring above or perching in the trees. The forests, estuaries, and shores of Barkley Sound provide habitat for black bears, Roosevelt elk, deer, cougars, wolves, and many other animals
How to get to Barkley Sound
There are a variety of way to get to Eagle Nook resort. Firstly, our marina can accommodate boats and floatplanes of all sizes so feel free to bring your own. Tie up at our dock and enjoy luxurious Resort accommodations and meals, plus full access to all the Resort amenities. We even have a helipad right out front; there are truly endless options to reach us.
Arrival by Floatplane
Departing from Vancouver Island, with Seair Seaplanes or Corilair, you will take an awe-inspiring flight over Vancouver Island from Vancouver and experience the beauty above before arriving at our Resort to begin your all-inclusive fishing trip in British Columbia. You can fly directly from the seaplane terminal to our dock, and we will take care of all the details, from booking your flight to arranging a shuttle to and from the terminal.
By Water Taxi
The water taxi pick-up is included in all packages. Drive through the breathtaking Cathedral Grove and arrive at Port Alberni, where our water taxi will be ready and waiting for you at China Creek Marina. Stop for a bite to eat in Port Alberni or grab something to go and enjoy it on the dock’s edge before you embark on the scenic 60-minute cruise along the coast to Eagle Nook Resort.
Another season at Eagle Nook Resort came to a close in September and I think we are now just finally getting caught up on our rest and getting ready to think about 2020. Thank you to everyone that made it the crazy, successful, amazing summer that it was. We had guests visit from all over the world, from Dubai to Indonesia to Texas, it was amazing to show everyone a true West Coast experience.
From corporate retreats to derbies to proposals, we were busy fishing and making memories. One of the most special highlights of the summer was our Tyee hat trick. Three of our guests caught Chinook salmon that were over 30 pounds, two of them in the same week! The largest weighed in at 142.6. We had some very excited guests (and guides) on the dock.
The fishing was remarkable all season, with fish boxes going home nice and full every trip with chinook, coho, halibut, and bottom fish. We packed up and processed A LOT of fish, there is certainly no Lucky Sport Fishing guests going hungry over the winter. We sent over 500 boxes of fish out!
Eagle Nook is proud of the work we did this summer with the local DFO to help the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program. We support the fishing industry and ocean environment by contributing salmon heads and data to the program so that they can collect essential information that permits for sustainable sport fishing opportunities. It’s an important to do our part in keeping the salmon hatcheries healthy and plentiful!
The weather was (mostly) beautiful, with gorgeous days and calm seas, even out at Big Bank. Nothing is better than relaxing in the sun, on the dock after a long, successful day of fishing. Guests (and staff) enjoyed the surroundings, utilizing our paddle boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards in the afternoons, soaking in our little slice of paradise.
Our hardworking chefs impressed everyone another season, pulling out all the stops every single day. From hot breakfasts in the morning to hearty lunches ready for guests when they’re back from their busy days fishing, the kitchen never fails to make sure everyone is full. From delicious lamb to prime rib to seafood, every night was satisfying.
We had guests fishing at the resort right up until September 11th. We celebrated another season well done as a team with a few too many drinks and then we were right back to work! Winterizing and shutting down the resort is a daunting task, from wrapping all furniture to packing away every last item, but we made it fun and finished in three full days. Then we went our separate ways home to other jobs, travels, university, and with family and friends. The end of the season was bittersweet, and after a few months off, I know we’re all ready to head back up to the lodge.
Come and join us for your next summer adventure, and we’ll send you home with fish and memories that will last a lifetime. We are booking up quickly so make sure to call in quick or send an inquiry on our website. We look forward to seeing you at Eagle Nook Resort!
2019 Salmon Fishing Season is Upon Us
It’s 2019 and the West Coast fishing season is off to another great start, with Lucky Sportfishing at Eagle Nook Resort.
It’s almost July already, and the Eagle Nook team is assembled, excited and ready to help our guests enjoy a bucket list Pacific salmon and halibut fishing experience off Vancouver Island’s beautiful west coast.
Eagle Nook’s owners and guides support sustainable fishing practices.
Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)
The ACRDP is a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) initiative that promotes collaborative research and development activities between the aquaculture industry and the department. Eagle Nook teams with the DFO researchers to collaborate for research on fish health and
ecosystem interactions. The first objective of the program is sustainability to ensure Optimal Fish Health and the second objective is Environmental Performance. Supporting research that will enhance the overall sustainability of the aquaculture operations in BC while ensuring economic viability with optimal product quality.
Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program
We are responsible operators and work working closely with the local DFO by participating in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program. By collecting and turning in salmon heads we are contributing necessary information to allow for continued sport fishing opportunities. In some cases, certain hatchery stocks are used to indicate the health of other stocks in the area. Tag recoveries not only help to indicate that stocks are healthy, but also that stocks of concern could be improving.
Off Season Suite Upgrades
Our returning guests will notice that we’ve made some upgrades to our rooms.
Dan and Jeff are not just pretty faces!
They rolled up their sleeves and worked with our renovation crew to install new flooring in all the guest rooms in the resort. They did fantastic work! The new floors look pretty darn good.
A Bigger, Better Gift Shop
We have relocated and expanded our gift shop. Stop by and check out this year’s new swag, including Lucky Sportfishing hats, beautiful jackets as well as short and long-sleeved shirts. Be
sure to also take a gander at our selection of west coast artwork, jewellery and souvenirs.
Our gift shop has something for everyone!
Lucky Sportfishing Derby
Thanks to all guests who participated in 8th annual Lucky Sportfishing derby!
The derby was lots of fun and plenty of salmon were caught. It was a close race, but one lucky fisherman finally took home the trophy. We’d like to offer a big congratulations to Matt
Harmeson and Gerry Gassner for reeling in the derby winner, at 21lbs. In a very close 2nd place with a 19.6 lb Chinook was Ben Thornber from Slegg Lumber, Jamie George and Brad Wetherell. Just behind them, in 3rd place was Tim Harrisons group with John & Jake Grympa landing an 18.2 lb salmon.
Eagle Nook Derby
Our guests asked, and we answered!
Due to overwhelming demand, Eagle Nook Resort created a second Salmon Derby for our guests. Now in its 4th year, the Eagle Nook Derby was held on June 8th and 9th. Friday saw a little rain, but Saturday was full of sunshine and salmon. All 10 of our boats were out on the Barkley Sound, with fishermen looking to catch the big one and reel in a $5000 prize.
While there were plenty of salmon caught and everybody took home boxes of salmon fillets, there could only be one big money winner. Congratulations to Dick Bezlin and Ken Rand for taking 1st place with a 20.4lb fish. Ed Anderson took both 2nd and 3rd prize with 18,2 and 17.2 Chinooks!
Book Your Summer Adventure Now
Eagle Nook Resort is now booked for most of the summer but if you give us a call, we’ll try our best to accommodate your group. There are still spaces available in July and toward the end of August, so hurry and pick up that phone before they’re all gone!
Come and see us for your summer adventure, and we’ll send you home with some fish, great stories and wonderful memories. Whether it’s your first trip out with us or your 10th, the friends and memories you’ll make here at Eagle Nook will last you a lifetime.
See you this summer!
The Team at Eagle Nook.
2018 Season review
And like that, the season is over. This was a record breaking year, which ended with the hosting of an amazing group of 60 from Australian and New Zealand. Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing season – from guests to our staff.
We have some terrific memories from this season. From an engagement on our back patio, 60th birthday celebrations, families enjoying some quality time and father/son derby’s.
The chefs continued to wow guests with all their delicious creations, showcasing some of BC’s finest produce and fresh catches, straight from the dock. These are only a few of the amazing meals that our guests got treated to this season.
The chefs weren’t the only ones who were busy this season, the fishing guides and guest services staff, stayed busy processing all the fish that was caught this summer. We had plenty of chinook, coho, halibut, rock fish and lingcod that hit the dock, with our guests leaving with huge smiles on their face and fish to cook up and reminisce about their amazing time at Eagle Nook.
It felt good to have so many Chinook salmon in the mid to high twenties all throughout the summer. Our Australian/New Zealand Group brought in our first Tyee of the season, coming in at a whooping 36 pounds. A huge congratulations to Tyee Rick and Mark for reeling in that beauty.
The Chinook Salmon fishing this year was above par on numbers and coho fishing was off the charts. Halibut fishing didn’t disappoint either, even though we had to let some monsters go, we reeled up beauties, some up to 50 pounds.
Coho fishing went off the charts in July and August. Letting go of 20 plus coho was just the norm, in hopes to find that nice chinook, which was lots of fun for our guests. Success was also had while waiting on anchor for the halibut to bite, plenty of hatchery coho getting jigged up.
All in all the fishing was great, the guests got that true West Coast experience and the guides had fun!
2019 is already starting to book up and what is looking like it will be another amazing season! So don’t miss the chance to come and experience everything that Eagle Nook has to offer. We promise it will be a decision you won’t soon forget. Friends will be jealous about what an amazing time you had, they’ll want to come too. Many of our guests can attest, that you’ll have so much fun, you’ll make it an annual tradition.
We hope to see you in 2019!
Today marks 1 month until Eagle Nook Resort’s regular season opening on June 15th, and to mark the occasion we’re running a Father’s Day Special June 15th – 18th. Early season fishing has been great around Victoria as well as up in Barkley Sound, and an unbeatable deal is the perfect excuse to plan a fishing trip with family (or friends) in mid-June.
This past weekend presented yet another opportunity for a trip out to the west coast to continue preparing for the season, run boats and supplies out to the resort and get out fishing in Barkley Sound. While the first half of the weekend was spent building a new and improved fish cleaning station out at the resort, the guys managed to get out for a fish Sunday morning before heading back into town.
They put 3 Chinook salmon in the box but the best photo op came when Jeff caught a lingcod and was photo bombed by one of Barkley Sound’s many resident bald eagles coming in for a closer look. This early in the year it’s not hard to tempt a bald eagle (or two) down from the trees for a rockfish snack and sometimes they’ll even try to steal a fish right off the end of a line. By the time August rolls around though, they’re pretty well fed and it’s a little more difficult to convince them to leave their perches.
The first wave of our staff are moving out to the resort this upcoming Sunday and we’ll have a small crew out for our pre-season derbies, happening the first two weekends in June. The rest of the team will come up June 11th in preparation for our first regular season trip, it sounds like everyone’s getting ready to make the big move, and counting down the days until our opening weekend, June 15th – 18th.
If you’d like to celebrate your dad (or grandpa, or uncle, or anyone who deserves a getaway) and join us for the first weekend of our 2017 season let us know soon, before our Father’s Day Special runs out!
The beginning of May means that there’s less than 3 weeks until we move up to the resort for the summer, and just over a month until we open our doors for the 2017 season. This year our opening weekend happens to coincide with Father’s Day on June 18th and in the spirit of celebrating Dads everywhere we’re offering a Father’s Day Special June 15th through 18th.
Bring your dad (or uncle, or grandpa, or anyone else who loves fishing and deserves a getaway) and enjoy 3 nights all-inclusive accommodation, gourmet meals and private fully guided fishing charters for unreal rates on our opening weekend. Father’s Day Special packages start at $2695 Canadian per person for 2 guests, or $2195 Canadian per person for 3 guests.
In fishing news, although spring has gotten off to a slow start on Vancouver Island, the fishing certainly hasn’t. Early season salmon fishing has continued to be great around Southern Vancouver Island over the last couple weeks, and in between prepping for the season (we’re officially less than a month away from our first derby!) we’ve still managed to get out on the water and put a couple nice Chinook salmon in the boat.
Ed (pictured below) did a charter out of Sidney last Friday with our guide Jeff and landed a 22 lb Chinook – hopefully foreshadowing of his trip out to Barkley Sound this summer.
The weather has started to warm up around Vancouver Island so Jeff was back out for a quick fish Tuesday morning, caught an unreal sunrise and another couple of nice Chinook to start the day.
With fishing being so consistent around the South coast of Vancouver Island we’re confident it will be just a good in Barkley Sound to start the season. We have crews heading up both this weekend and next to continue getting the resort ready for our first pre-season derby June 2nd – 5th, so we’ll have a fishing report from the Sound next week.
Both our derbies are completely sold out, but we’ve still got space for our Father’s Day Special for our regular season opening June 15th – 18th, so let us know soon if you and your dad want to spend an unforgettable weekend together fishing in Barkley Sound!