The Fun of Discovering Wilderness Travel
Getting to Blackfish Lodge is a fun, interesting, and scenic part of your adventure. Floating peacefully in a private inlet on remote Baker Island, Blackfish Lodge is only accessible by floatplane or boat. The lodge is about 35 miles northeast, across Queen Charlotte Strait, from Port McNeill (which is located on the northeastern edge of Vancouver Island).
To see a wide-area satellite photo of the area click here. To see a more detailed, zoomed-in satellite photo of the area with Baker Island as the main feature and the lodge’s tiny little bay slightly above and right of center, click here. You can keep zooming for even more detail. For those of you with a detailed local map or nautical chart, Baker Island is just west of the small community of Echo Bay, Gilford Island. The latitude/longitude/GPS coordinates are as follows: N 50:45:155, W 126:32:391.
From Seattle by Air
If you are flying in by plane to Seattle from another city, you will arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just south of the city. Please note that a valid full wallet passport is required for ALL passengers traveling from Seattle to Blackfish Lodge.
Via in-season direct floatplane service: If you’re traveling to Seattle from elsewhere, you will need to arrive in Seattle, at the very least, the day before your floatplane flight to the lodge as these flights depart early in the morning. As part of your package to our British Columbia fly-in fishing lodge, we will reserve a floatplane flight for you with Kenmore Air. Kenmore Air is one of the largest and most highly regarded floatplane operators in the world.
From June 11 through September 7, 2019: Kenmore Air has scheduled flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays that will take you directly to Blackfish Lodge from their North Seattle/Lake Washington terminal. Weather permitting, the view out the windows on these flights is spectacular! Flights leave Seattle around 9:00 AM (check-in is at 8:00 AM) and arrive at the lodge around noon. Return flights from the lodge depart around noon and arrive back in Seattle around 4:00 PM.
Flying to the lodge, Canadian customs and immigration clearances are typically accomplished with a routine stop in Nanaimo, BC – about one hour into your flight. Returning to Seattle, US customs and immigration procedures area accomplished at the Kenmore Air terminal.
From Vancouver by Air
With our “Fly and Fish” package, we’ll book you on a comfortable Pacific Coastal Airlines commuter flight from Vancouver Int’l airport to Port Hardy, BC You will seamlessly connect, via local floatplane service, to the lodge from Port Hardy. Flights from Vancouver Int’l to Port Hardy operate daily, year-round.
Alternatively, at significantly higher cost, there is water taxi service (Silver King Marine at 250.956.4047) from Port McNeill to take you directly to the lodge.
By driving and air or water
If you prefer a more do-it-yourself transportation option, you can drive from Vancouver (or Victoria) to Campbell River or Port Hardy and arrange for your transport to the lodge from either of those cities. This will take the better part of a day. From Vancouver, take a BC ferry to Nanaimo (about 2 hours) from either Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, or Horseshoe Bay, a little northwest of Vancouver. Once you get off the BC Ferry in Nanaimo, it is about a 2 hour drive to Campbell River or a 4-5 hour drive to Port Hardy. You’ll still need to arrange for floatplane or water taxi service (see above) to the lodge and, depending on when you arrive, you may need to stay overnight in Port Hardy or Campbell River.