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Guided Fishing Packages: Driving Directions to Tahsis or Zabellos

Drive To Campbell River on Vancouver island

  • Vancouver Island can be reached via Ferry from Port Angeles, Seattle, Tsawwassen, Horeshoe Bay, Powell River and Prince Rupert.

  • Most often guests take BC ferries from either Tsawwassen or Horsehoe Bay to Nanaimo (Tsawassen - Duke Point or Horsehoe Bay - Departure Bay). You can access schedule and fare information here at the BC ferries website.

  • During the summer the ferries can be busy, to avoid waits reservations on sailings can be made on the BC ferries site for a fee

  • Once on Vancouver Island, follow the Island Highway (Hwy. 19) to Campbell River. 

  • From Campbell River you continue on Hwy 19 towards Zabellos, or take Hwy 28 towards Tahsis (see below). 

Tahsis: Pick Up at the Westview Marina In Tahsis

  • The 308 Km (190-mile) trip from Nanaimo to Tahsis should take about 4.5 hours

  • At Campbell River, turn West and take Hwy. 28 to Gold River. This is a fully paved road through some very scenic areas. You may want to fuel up in Campbell River as your next chance is 89km away.

  • At Gold River you will see the Travel Info Centre, and the large Boot sculpture that represents the Great Walk. At this point, follow the road and watch for the signs directing you to Tahsis. If you need fuel or a rest, turn left  into Gold River. 

  • About 3 kilometers past the Gold River Travel Info Centre, The well maintained paved and gravel road to Tahsis begins. The road is suitable for all vehicles in the summer months. Be aware to take it easy on the gravel sections, particularly if driving in a car. The road is 64 km (approximately 40 miles) and driving time is approximately 60  to 90 minutes depending on road conditions to Tahsis.

  • Follow the signs along the way to the village of Tahsis. Follow the road around until you arrive at the Westview Marina where you will be picked up for your 45 minute boat trip to Port Eliza Lodge. 

Zabellos: Pick up at the Fuel/Float plan Dock in Zabellos

  • The 342 km (213 mile) trip from Nanaimo to Zabellos should take about 4.5 hours.

  • The trip To Zabellos is about 20 miles longer than the trip to Tahsis, but takes about the same time since speed limits on Highway 19  are higher than on highway 28, and the gravel road section is shorter, better maintained, and has less hills. 

  • At Campbell River, continue north on Highway 19 toward Sayward and Port Hardy.

  • Continue on Highway 19 North past Sayward towards Woss. Go past the Woss exit to the signs for Zabellos. The exit will be on your left, 150km from Campbell River.  

  • The road to Zabellos is a gravel road for 42 km. be sure to stay on your left and follow the signs to Zabellos at the junction that goes to Fair Harbour. You do not want to head to Fair Harbour. Driving time is approximately 1 hour on the gravel road.  Be aware to take it easy on the gravel section, particularly if driving in a car. 

  • Continue in to the village of Zabellos. You will need to purchase a parking permit at the town hall as you enter town, and use the town parking lot. Pickup will be at the fuel/float plane dock at the end of town for your 35 minute boat trip to Port Eliza Lodge. 

Bring Your Own Boat Fishing Packages By Road - By Way of Gold River

Guests with boats over 26 ft may want to consider this option

  • Proceed to the B.C. ferry terminal at Tsawwassen or Horsehoe Bay, 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 242 Km (150-mile) trip from Nanaimo to Gold River should take about 3 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 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 if there is space.

  • 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.

  • Port Eliza Lodge is about one-half mile into the Inlet on the East side just past Eliza Island.  The GPS coordinates for Port Eliza Lodge are: 49.88.510 N and 127.01.594 W

  • Note: Navigate safely. Use your charts and GPS to identify potential hazards. There are rocks and a reef very near the lodge location. Also, there is active logging in this area, so be careful to look for wood in the water, especially deadheads

Bring Your Own Boat Fishing Packages By Road - By Way of Tahsis or Zabellos

Guests with boats under 26 ft or who are comfortable on gravel roads may want to consider this option

  • Follow the directions above to Tahsis or Zabellos.  The drive to Zabellos is an easier drive than that to Tahsis. Hwy 19 is straighter than highway 28, which has some very curvy sections. There is less gravel road travel to Zabellos by 20km, and the road is usually smoother. Importantly for boat trailers it does not have the steep hills the Tahsis road has. 

  • For those going to Tahsis continue through Tahsis to the Government wharf where there is paid parking and a good boat launch, but launching can be difficult at low tide. 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.

  • For those launching in Zabellos, the boat launch is by the parking lot. It is a good launch but again can be difficult at low tide. After launching your boat proceed South out of the inlet. Keep to the right hand side of the Zabellos inlet and turn right (west) into Esperanza inlet. 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.

  • Port Eliza Lodge is about one half mile into the Inlet on the right (East) side just past Eliza Island. The GPS coordinates for Port Eliza Lodge are: 49.88.510 N and 127.01.594 W.

  • Note: Be very watchful because there are rocks and a reef very near the resort location. Also, there is active logging in this area, so be careful to look for wood in the water, especially deadheads.