Battle the mighty Salmon
Summer and fall millions of Sockeye, Coho and Chinook Salmon migrate to the Port Alberni Inlet on their way home to the river or stream of their birth. To get there they must first pass through Barkley Sound, making it one of the most productive Salmon fisheries on the West Coast. Here they are hungry and healthy – ready for a good fight and just minutes away from Toquaht Wilderness Resort. Halibut and Cod fisheries are also close by and accessible year round for anglers who prefer the sweet delicate flavour of these prized fish.
Succulent seafood awaits
If you own a boat, a few traps and a shucking knife, there are a few things you won’t need to pack when you come to Toquaht Wilderness Resort, and that’s all the fresh seafood you can eat. Dungeness Crab and prawns are abundant in Barkley Sound and are arguably some of the tastiest treat to come out of the Pacific Ocean. Simply set your nets for either just minutes from the Resort, enjoy the day and retrieve your traps for dinner….it’s that easy! Stroll the beach for nearby oyster beds ready for picking, shucking and savoring.
Hike the shoreline or stroll the forest
The shoreline is ringed with trails and is your gateway to miles of remote beaches to explore. Tidal pools are teeming with life: colorful sea anemone, Purple Shore Crab and intertidal fish and mussels. You never know what you’ll find along the shoreline: starfish, long strands of bull kelp, unique driftwood and of course wildlife such as bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions and harbour seals. Hiking can be enjoyed any time of year and each season brings it’s own mystical atmosphere to this West Coast environment.
Explore by Kayak
The Broken Group Islands consist of over 100 islands, inlets and rocky outcroppings scattered in the center of Barkley Sound. These islands are considered one of the best archipelagos in the world to explore by kayak. They were once home to over 10,000 First Nations people. To this day, shell middens and rock walled fish traps line the shores of the islands for paddlers to discover. Visitors are attracted from all over the world to paddle these sheltered islands – you have access to them at your doorstep.
Sit back on the deck or in the shade of shoreline cedar with a favorite book or beverage and enjoy this spectacular setting that stimulates the senses. The fresh smell of the salt air and cedar, the soothing sound of the waves on the shoreline, ravens talking to each other in the forest, eagles whistling off in the distance and the wind whispering through the forest. Sunbathe on the flat sun-warmed rock formations by the Lucky Creek pools and waterfall. This is a great environment to truly unwind with friends and family, or just be by yourself.