Everything you need to know before, during and after your adventure.
Everything you need to know before, during and after your adventure.
How do I book?
Give us a call or send an email to request a date. A credit card deposit is required for booking. You can review all the details of our Booking Policy here.
How many passengers can you accommodate?
We can take a maximum of 7 adults, or 6 adults and 2 children (under 10) in order to stay in compliance with regulations. Certain charters are best with a smaller group size to ensure your comfort & enjoyment. Fishing requires more deck space to move around so the maximum group size is five people. The Jedediah Island adventure requires shuttling passengers ashore on our dinghy, so a maximum of six per group is best for timing.
Can children come on fishing charters?
Absolutely! We encourage all ages and experience levels to participate in the fun and excitement of sportfishing. Our Captain is a very good teacher.
Do you have lifejackets for children?
Yes! We have lifejackets in all sizes for every passenger.
Do all members of our group need a fishing licence?
Anyone on board who wishes to participate in fishing must have a tidal waters fishing licence, including children (free under 16yrs). If you want to keep your salmon catch you will need to have a Salmon Conservation Stamp as well. Visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada to purchase your licence online.
What is included in a fishing charter?
We provide premium fishing gear, all tackle & bait needed for the day. Your catch will be cleaned & bagged. You may request to drop crab or prawns traps as well if the Captain deems it possible.
What if I need to cancel my booking?
We require notification in writing. You can review our complete Cancellation & Refund Policy here.
Do you offer a whale watching tour?
We are not able to offer a specific whale watching package because in this area we do not have resident whale pods that stay in one general location. The whales that we see off the coast of this part of Vancouver Island are transient whales that are moving through. So, while sighting whales is always a possibility on any of our charters, we cannot make any guarantees!
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, we love animals but do not permit pets on board the vessel.
What time should we arrive & where do we meet?
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booking to allow time to board and do a safety briefing before departure. The Captain will meet you at the grassy area at the top of the dock ramp, Fairwinds Marina at Schooner Cove, 3521 Dolphin Drive, Nanoose Bay, BC.
Is there parking at the marina?
Yes, park in the upper parking lot where there is no time limit. Parking is free.
There are two handicapped parking stalls in the lower parking lot near the boat ramp.
What if the weather is bad on the day of our charter?
Welcome to the wet west coast! Rain is part of the package here on the Island. Charters will proceed as planned unless the Captain decides that it’s not safe out on the water. You can review our Cancellation & Refund Policy here.
What should I wear?
Dress in layers as it can be chilly on the water, and it will be colder in the early morning and after sunset. If you plan to fish, wear items that you don’t mind getting fishy! For the Jedediah Island and Thormanby Island adventures, wear or bring shoes that can get wet. Bring a rain jacket if the weather calls for it.
What should I bring?
Your packed bag will vary depending on the adventure you choose & the weather. Some items to consider: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water shoes/sandals, rain jacket, swim suit, towel, bug spray, snacks, a refillable water bottle (we have filtered water on the boat), camera, medications/Epipen if required, money/credit card for the Secret Cove adventure.
What about food & beverages?
We encourage customers to bring a picnic or whatever snacks they desire for the day. We provide a sparkling juice to all passengers. The galley is stocked with dishes, cutlery, napkins…everything you need to enjoy your picnic on board. If you plan to eat onshore then please bring your own supplies. If you have booked a Sunset Cruise then a savory or sweet plate is included in your charter. If you have booked an early morning fishing charter, then coffee service is included if desired.
In an effort to reduce single use plastic, we do not offer bottled water on board. We have a water filtration system so you can bring a reusable water bottle to fill, or use one of our cups on board. We provide ice.
Can I bring alcohol?
Alcohol is permitted on board as long as it is consumed in moderation. Drunken, disorderly conduct may result in the Captain cutting your charter short without refund.
What shouldn’t I bring?
If possible, try not to bring any glass bottles or breakable dishes on board. Obviously wine bottles are glass so that’s permitted (we wouldn’t make you drink boxed wine!) No pets are permitted. There is no smoking of any kind on the vessel or the dock.
What about seasickness?
Windy conditions and waves are expected in our waters. If you are prone to motion sickness it is recommended that you take a remedy the night before and the morning prior to your charter. Motion sickness remedies do not work once you are feeling ill, so always plan ahead. Eat a light, non-greasy breakfast. Stay above deck near the back of the boat where you can get fresh air and keep an eye on the horizon. Absolutely do not go below deck if you’re feeling sick.
What if I’ve booked a shore excursion and it raining?
Thormanby Island is the only adventure that is unsuitable for wet conditions.
If it is raining, the Captain can make adjustments to your itinerary to keep you comfortable and ensure you still have an enjoyable day. You may choose to reschedule your beach day if desired and as our schedule allows.
We are having so much fun! Can we stay out longer?
Check with Captain Mike to see if this is possible. We will happily accommodate your request as long as we don’t need to be back for another booking. Additional hours are charged at $150/hour.
Will my cell phone work?
Yes, cell coverage is quite good in most locations we visit. Parts of Jedediah Island may have limited service.
May we keep our catch?
Absolutely! It is your choice to retain your catch for personal consumption, as long as it meets the requirements for size and daily limits (limits vary per species and time of year). You must have a Salmon Conservation Stamp added to your fishing licence to keep your salmon catch.
If you plan to keep your catch, please bring a cooler with you (leave in your vehicle). If you would like us to provide a cooler for transport please advise us ahead of time (extra cost will apply).
Will you clean our catch?
Yes! Captain Mike will clean and bag your fish. He will even filet it for you if you ask nice.
Can we have our fish processed and shipped home?
Great idea! We suggest St. Jean’s Cannery www.stjeans.com which has drop off locations in Parksville and Nanaimo. They can vacu-seal fish as is, or you can have it smoked, candied, or made into lox, and they will freeze it and ship it to you. You can also have it canned.
Do you have souvenirs we can take home from our trip?
We have some items available with our beautiful Haida Gold fish logo – teeshirts, hats, toques, water bottles, and blankets. We also have a selection of original carvings and cedar bentwood boxes by Haida artist John Bellis. These items are cash only, purchased on board.
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Nanoose Bay is a rural community of 5,000 residents, located between the cities of Nanaimo and Parksville. Fairwinds Marina is located at
3521 Dolphin Drive.
Driving from Parksville: 13kms from Resort Drive ~14 minutes south
Driving from Nanaimo: 30kms from Departure Bay Ferry terminal ~30 minutes north
Free parking at the marina
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