Guided Fishing Tours
Kitimat is a river and ocean fishing hot spot for international, provincial, and regional visitors, many of whom return yearly. The Kitimat Valley is an area with stunning forests, mountains, and wildlife where fish are plentiful while crowds are not. If guided fishing tours is on your itinerary, we have many for you to choose from and will customize the tour to your liking.
Dala & Kildala River
Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Park is located at the east end of Kildala Arm, along the east side of Douglas Channel, approximately 15 km southeast of Kitamaat Village. Access is by helicopter and boat only. The park protects provincially significant and productive tidal wetlands, river estuaries, fish and wildlife habitat, salmon streams and Grizzly Bear habitat, Park size 741 ha. History – Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Park was designated as a Park on May 20, 2004, following recommendations from the Kalum Land and Resource Management Plan.
Wildlife: Dala-Kildala Rivers Estuaries Park protects a Nationally significant over-wintering and migration staging site for migratory
bird species. The park includes the habitat of such bird species as Trumpeter Swan, Great Blue Heron, Western Grebe, Red-Breasted Merganser and Canada Goose. The park also protects important Grizzly Bear habitat and the Dala and Kildala Rivers support significant runs of Pink and Chum Salmon, with minor runs of Coho and Chinook Salmon.
Wildlife Viewing: The estuaries in this park can provide wildlife viewing opportunities for waterfowl, Grizzly bears, Black-tailed
Deer and sometimes Wolves. Also at times, Humpback and Killer Whales can be seen in the marine waters of Kildala Arm.
We offer fully guided day trips and 1 – 3 days guided Ocean & River fishing expeditions out of Kitimat, these are all inclusive adventure packages to the Dala & Kildala River.
Kemano is a settlement situated 75 km (47 mi) southeast of Kitimat in the province of British Columbia in Canada. It was built to service a hydroelectric power station, to provide energy for Alcan to smelt aluminium (aluminum) from its ore. The powerhouse is built 427 m (1,400 ft) inside the base of Mt Dubose in a blasted cavern. It produces 896 MW of power from its eight generators, each of which has a
capacity of 112MW.The plant comprises a 16 km (10 mi) tunnel, the width of a two-lane highway, drilled and blasted through the coastal mountains to carry water to the penstocks of the Kemano powerhouse.
The water plunges 800 m (2,600 ft) to drive the generators. The power transmission lines travel 82 km (51 mi) from Kemano to Kitimat across some of the most rugged mountain territory in British Columbia, along the Kildala Pass, about 1,500 m (5,000 ft) above sea-level.
The first Kemano Project, known as Kemano I, resulted in the flooding of 120,000 acres (490 km2) of the Nechako Reservoir, within Cheslatta territory. This reputedly removed approximately 75% of the flow of the Nechako which is or was an important salmon river. Expansion on the project, known as Kemano II, has been contested in the Canadian courts by members of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation with a group of Elders who have filed a Statement of Claim with the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Kemano itself is a name for a tribal subdivision of the Hanaksiala, part of the Haisla group, and was a community in its own right after many of the coastal tribes withdrew during the influx of colonists post-1780, to remove themselves from the threat of diseases and the alien culture. Kemano Indian Reserve No. 17 is located at the site of the Henaksiala village, though most Haisla in the region today live at Kitimaat Village, near Kitimat. The company town of Kemano was originally built in the 1950s and was home to a thriving small community, featuring a guesthouse, a shop which sold everything from candy to guns to socks to hats, a golf course and a church. It eventually closed its doors as a community in 2000, the residents were moved out, and the majority of houses (including the school) were burnt down as a training exercise for selected fire departments from all of BC. The plant still exists and is operational on a shift system.
We offer full guided day trips and 1 – 3 days guided Ocean & River fishing expeditions out of Kitimat, these are all inclusive adventure packages to the Kemano River.
This park encompasses the world‘s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. This unique rainforest has old-growth trees over 800 years old. The Kitlope valley is an important habitat for marbled murrelets, bald eagles, moose, grizzly, black bear, wolf and waterfowl. The Kitlope valley lies within the traditional territory of the Haisla First Nation, based out of Kitamaat Village. It takes a few hours to travel to the Kitlope by boat from Kitimat.
The best time to visit the area is in July and August, when the marine conditions and the weather are at their best. Along the way visitors can do some fishing; visit Weewanie or Shearwater Hot Springs; watch for whales, seals, eagles, mountain goats, and bears; and view the wonderful waterfalls, tall granite cliffs, and hanging glaciers along Gardner Canal. Visitors arriving in larger vessels can anchor just outside the estuary area (deeper water) and then take a smaller boat (jet boats are best) up the Kitlope River to Kitlope Lake. Park Size: 321,120 hectares. The park is located at the end of the Gardner Canal, on British Columbia‘s central coast, approximately 50 km northwest of Bella Coola and 120 km southeast of Kitimat. The area is accessed by boat to the end of the Gardener Canal. The area is accessed by boat and aircraft only. Visitors should be experienced in ocean navigation and wilderness survival. Visitors can use jet boats to access Kitlope Lake and Kitlope River systems.
History: In 1994 the West Fraser Timber Company relinquished all rights to harvesting in the Kitlope area without consideration or compensation from the B.C. Government. The park was proposed with cooperation between the Haisla Nation and the B.C. Government. It protects the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. The Kitlope area encompasses a rich diversity of natural and cultural heritage values.
Cultural Heritage: The Kitlope Valley lies within the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. Known to the Haisla as ”Hushuwashsdu” or ”Source of the milky blue water”, the Kitlope area is a focus of native lore and native stories such as ”The Man Who Turned to Stone”. The Kitlope Valley also has significant archaeological site potential. The Haisla have used the Kitlope area for the harvesting of plants, animals and fish including salmon and oolichan.
Conservation: The area encompasses the world‘s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. This unique rainforest has old-growth trees over 800 years old. The Kitlope watershed provides a large intact diversity of wildlife and fish habitats, ranging from estuaries, lakes, rich flood plains, steep side slopes and alpine area.
Wildlife: The Kitlope Valley is an important habitat for Marbled Murrelets, Bald Eagles, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bear, black bear and waterfowl. A variety of waterfowl and birds can also be found throughout the Kitlope watershed. All five species of pacific salmon, herring, and oolichan spawn throughout the many rivers and creeks.
We offer fully guided day trips and 1-3 days guided Ocean & River fishing expeditions out of Kitimat, these are all inclusive adventure packages to the Kitlope River.
Foch-Gilttoyees Park and Protected Area located roughly 33 km southwest of Kitimat on the west side of the Douglas Channel and protects 61,183 hectares of rugged coastal and mountainous terrain, from sea level to alpine tundra. The park is nestled in the Coast Mountain Range on the north side of the Douglas Channel and it envelops a diversity of landscapes and features including pristine freshwater drainages, bordered by steep rocky slopes covered with old-growth forests, numerous waterfalls, tidal estuaries, unique tidal narrows, and a windswept coastline. Snow-covered peaks, glacial tarns, cirque basins, and receding glaciers cap the park. In conjunction with Gitnadoiks River Park and Protected Area to
the north, Foch-Gilttoyees completes a contiguous protected area corridor between the Douglas Channel and the Skeena River.
History: Foch-Gilttoyees was designated as a Class A provincial Park on May 20, 2004 following recommendations from the Kalum Land and Resource Management Plan. The Protected Area portion was designated a year later on March 22, 2005. Drum Lummon Mines and Paisley Point Mines established mineral claims north of Drumlummon Bay in the early 1920’s for extraction of copper, gold and silver. Some mineral claims still exist in this area (adjacent to the north side of the Protected Area) but are excluded from the Park.
Cultural Heritage: Foch-Gilttoyees contains part of a historical First Nations travel route between the Douglas Channel and the Skeena River (the remainder of the route is in Gitnadoiks River Park).
Conservation: Foch Lagoon is one of the largest and most remote lagoons on the BC coast. It includes a highly productive and unique tidal narrows at its entranceway. Because of the heavy tide influence in the narrows, the oceanic productivity in this area is very high compared to the rest of the Douglas Channel. The kelp beds that are found in this area support nurseries for a wide array of sea life.
Wildlife: Foch – Gilttoyees protects a regionally significant estuary complex at the north end of the Gilttoyees Inlet. The Gilttoyees Creek and Peechugh Creek estuary is notable for its well-developed inter-tidal flats and relatively under-developed mud flats. Salt-water marsh and meadow communities dominate the inter-tidal flats. The estuary has very high wildlife values, particularly over-wintering habitat for the Blue-listed Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed duck and Western Grebe.
We offer Exploring, Sightseeing and Photography all-inclusive expeditions out of Kitimat to the Foch & Gilltoyees river.