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TV / Wi-Fi

There is no TV, but in-lodge wifi internet access is provided.

Private Rooms

Each private room has a queen and single bed plus a shower-equipped bathroom.

Getting Here

Fly and Fish


The lodge’s maximum capacity is 4-6 adult guests

Northwest Seaplanes Beaver on its way to Blackfish Lodge.

Getting Here

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.

Driving & Air or Water

If you prefer a more do-it-yourself transportation option, you can drive from Vancouver (or Victoria) to Port Hardy and arrange for your transport to the lodge from there. 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 a 4-5 hour drive to Port Hardy. We will arrange for your 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.

The remarkable view flying over Vancouver Island’s Strathcona Mountains

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. You will need to arrive in Seattle, at the very least, the day prior to your departure to Blackfish Lodge as flights to the lodge depart in the morning. We are happy to recommend hotels convenient to the floatplane terminal.

Important: Full, valid passports are required for every passenger, and each passenger must be legally able to enter Canada.

2024 in-season direct floatplane service: As part of our pre-trip services, we will reserve your floatplane flight from Renton to Blackfish Lodge. From July 1 – September 2, 2024, flights from the Seattle area operate on the following schedule:

• Monday, July 1, Friday, July 5, Monday, August 26, Friday, August 30, and Monday September 2nd.
• From Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 19 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
• From July 22 to August 24 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will take you directly to Blackfish Lodge from the Renton/South Lake Washington terminal. Weather permitting, the view out the windows on these flights is spectacular! Flights leave Seattle around 10:30 AM and arrive at the lodge around 2:15 PM. Return flights from the lodge depart around 2:15 PM and arrive back in Seattle around 6:00 PM.


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.

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 are accomplished at the terminal where you return.


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What People are Saying

  • star rating  After a long pandemic absence, I was able to return to Blackfish. I've missed my annual visit and wanted to share it with my youngest brother. It was a great... read more

    Steve P
    August 11, 2022

    star rating  This was my fishing trip to Canada with my son, and the experience was nothing short of amazing! Chris and Hannah, the owners of Blackfish Lodge, were some of... read more

    July 25, 2022
  • star rating  Fun family fishing trip. We had so much fun, My 7 year old grandson caught his 1st fish. He was pretty happy catching it was right off the dock.... read more

    July 13, 2022

    star rating  My dad and I stayed at blackfish lodge for a week and had an amazing experience!

    Chris was really attentive to the list of things we wanted to accomplish... read more

    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  Staff and fishing guides were absolutely wonderful. Food was excellent. This was a great family trip with teenagers. Wifi available but we were so busy enjoying the... read more

    August 21, 2019

    star rating  My wife and I wanted to take our two grown daughters and two oldest grandsons (ages 10 & 9 respectively) on a unique family vacation that would hopefully provide them... read more

    August 17, 2019
  • star rating  Chris and Hannah and their staff and guides made our stay a real pleasure, we particularly appreciated Chris's patience, kindness and expertise. A wonderful secluded location, delicious fresh meals, lovely... read more

    Michael W
    August 15, 2019

    star rating  The best we had before!Unique place and the best hosts ever!Great lovley and hand made kitchen .Super perfect also the guiding,the guest only has to say what he wnt to... read more

    July 21, 2019
  • star rating  If you think the best places are hard to get too, and away from it all, this is the place for you! Getting here by float plane is an adventure... read more

    September 24, 2018

    star rating  My buddy and I had a wonderful time. I have worked in customer service for 30+ years.
    Everyone at Blackfish made us feel welcome, comfortable and appreciated.
    The fishing was... read more

    Darren Z
    September 24, 2018
  • star rating  Blackfish Lodge and the staff there are really exceptional. The experience we had was phenomenal from the beginning of the trip till the end. The views from float plane ride... read more

    September 14, 2018

    star rating  Had a wonderful time.The food was fantastic, really very, very good. If the lodge were a nearby restaurant I would be frequenting it! Loved the chef.All of the staff was... read more

    August 24, 2018
  • star rating  For the 2nd time I had a fantastic trip to the lodge. The staff, accommodations, food, guides were awesome! I know the rest of my group had a... read more

    Mario V G
    August 20, 2018

    star rating  There are not enough superlatives to describe the experiences at the lodge. There were great days of fishing and slow days of fishing but everyday was phenomenal for sites of... read more

    Patrick L
    July 27, 2018
  • star rating  The food was 5 Star amazing and all homemade and in most cases from something harvested or grown on site. Rooms were super comfy and hospitality of staff was like... read more

    Pamela R
    July 8, 2018

    star rating  Met every expectation, and more, for 3 fly fishing friends from Glasgow looking to experience a fishing adventure of a lifetime. Awesome landscapes. Friendly, helpful and generous hosts. Fantastic ,... read more

    September 14, 2017

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