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Get Your Fishing License

You will need to obtain a BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing license in order to fish the saltwater anywhere in BC. It must be purchased online and it’s very important that you purchase and print it prior to arrival at the lodge. You will be required to submit your license number prior to arriving at the lodge on our Guest Information Form.

Helpful hints:

  • Canadian residents - purchase either a 5 day or annual Resident license.

  • US Residents – purchase either a 5 day or annual NON Resident license.

  • Make sure you also purchase a Salmon Conservation Stamp in order to keep any salmon.

  • If you are buying a 5 day license, make sure the start date of your license is the first day of your scheduled trip and NOT the day you are purchasing your license!

  • Record your license number, email you used as your username, and password and keep it in your wallet. Should you lose your license, you will need this info to get a replacement license. You will also need it for future purchases in the following years.

  • You must always have your license with you while fishing so you may want to consider printing it on waterproof paper

  • When you print your license, make sure you don’t print the transaction receipt. There are two documents you can print. You can tell if your license has printed by seeing the “salmon stamp” in the top right hand corner and by seeing areas to record your catch. This is very important!

  • You will be fishing in areas 26 and 126. Please ignore the notification regarding halibut as it doesn’t apply to our areas.

  • Purchase your license here.

  • Read the License FAQs here.

Guest Information Form




Arrival Day:

  • 3:00 pm – Check in at Seair Seaplanes -

    - 4640 Inglis Drive. Richmond, B.C, Canada

    - on the river by the South Terminal of the Vancouver Airport

  • 3:30 pm – Depart Seair

  • 4:45 pm – Arrive at Walters Cove Resort, check in

  • 5:00 pm – Light snack, orientation and gear up

  • 6:00 pm – fishing, return to dock by 8:00 pm

  • 8:30 pm – dinner

Full Days of Fishing:

  • 5:30 am – Breakfast

  • 6:00 am – On the water

  • 12:00 pm – Optional lunch at the lodge

  • 5:30 pm – Appys

  • 6:30 pm – Dinner

Departure Day:

  • 5:30 am – Breakfast

  • 6:00 am – On the water

  • 2:00 pm – return from fishing

  • 3:30 pm – check out of room, buffet lunch

  • 5:00 pm – depart lodge

  • 6:15 pm – arrive Seair in Vancouver (Richmond).



Arrival Day:

  • 1:00 pm - arrive in Fair Harbour

  • 1:30 pm – pickup by lodge boat(s)

  • 2:00 pm – arrive at lodge, check in

  • 2:30 pm – buffet lunch, orientation

  • 3:30 pm – fishing, return to dock by 8:00 pm

  • 8:30 pm – dinner

Full Days:

  • 5:30 am – breakfast

  • 6:00 am – fishing

  • 12:00 pm – optional lunch at the lodge

  • 5:30 pm – Appys

  • 6:30 pm – Dinner

Departure Day:

  • 5:30 am – breakfast

  • 6:00 am – fishing

  • 11:00 am – return from fishing

  • 12:00 pm – check out of room, lunch buffet

  • 1:00 pm – depart for Fair Harbour

Booking FAQ

What should I bring with me?

There isn’t much you need to bring along with you as we provide just about everything you need to enjoy your trip. You are strictly limited to 25 lbs of baggage on our flights so that there is room to take your prized catch home with you!

This is a checklist of suggested items:

  • Warm, layered clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (smartphone)
  • Toiletries and Medication
  • Fishing License
  • Swimsuit (for the hot tub)
  • Seasickness remedies – the patch, Gravol, Dramamine, etc.
  • Passport (if travel originates from outside Canada)
  • Pack in a soft sided duffel bag.

Do I need to overnight in Vancouver?

  • On your day of departure, you aren’t required to check in at Seair until 3:00 pm allowing you to drive into Vancouver (there’s free parking at Seair) or fly into Vancouver that day.

  • You will arrive in Vancouver after your trip at approximately 6:30 pm so it is recommended to spend that night in the Vancouver/Richmond area before continuing your journey home.

  • We highly recommend the Pacific Gateway Hotel as we receive special rates there, they have freezer facilities for your fish, a great restaurant/pub and superb shuttle service.

  • Please contact us for more information about the Pacific Gateway or to discuss other options.

I’m driving in. How long does it take to get to Fair Harbour?

  • It is suggested you stay in Campbell River the night before coming into Fair Harbour. It is about a 4-hour drive from Campbell River to Fair Harbour and about a 5.5-hour drive from Nanaimo (ferry terminals).

  • Please contact us for accommodation options in Campbell River.

What is your gratuity policy?

  • Our staff is taught that gratuities are never expected but rather, are earned. That said, it is something that is very common in our industry and have been very much appreciated. Guides are tipped individually and the rest of our service staff (kitchen, dock, servers, maintenance and housekeepers) are pooled together in a separate tip pool. We do not have a suggested amount as we feel that is not appropriate, but we can let you know what a historical average has been over the years.

  • Historically, both our staff pool and our guides have each received, on average, about $250 per guest for the trip. Thank you to our past guests for being so generous! And yes, we can accept credit cards for gratuities!

What will the weather be like?

While weather is impossible to predict, we only operate during the best weather of the year, summertime. You can expect daytime temperatures to be between 15 and 27 degrees Celsius (60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Keep in mind it is always cooler out on the water than back at the lodge.

We do provide quality raingear and rubber boots if we do see any precipitation (we are located in a temperate rainforest). Historically in the summer, we get about 2 – 3 inches of rain per month.

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What happens if the planes can’t make it in due to fog or inclement weather?

We have timed our flights to avoid most of the fog delays that can occur on the coast. Inevitably, there may still be times when airlines are delayed or simply cannot land due to weather.

The nice thing about Walters Cove is that you can still get home should the weather not cooperate. When planes can’t land in the Kyuquot area, we can still make the trip by boat to Fair Harbour where you can be picked up by ground transportation and taken to Campbell River, where planes can land about 98% of the time. It’s nice to know that there are always options and you won’t get stranded!

Still have questions?