Location
Haida Gwaii/North Coast
BC, Canada
Fly-in Access
All-Inclusive?
All-inclusive lodges include:
  • accommodation
  • all equipment/gear/tackle
  • boats and fuel
  • guiding
  • all meals
  • fish processing (unless fishing is catch-and-release only)
See below to find out exactly what is included in the price.
Fishing
saltwater,
Guided
8-10 hours/day
No fly fishing
RATING
Avg.
4.9/5
27 reviews

Overview

Discover one of the few remaining uncrowded and unspoiled regions in the world when you visit the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. The pristine and remote islands lie just south of the Alaska Panhandle and rest on the western edge of the continental shelf. They are legendary for their rich First Nations Haida native culture.

At QCS, we’re all about the experience you and your loved ones have. We strive to give you memories you will cherish forever. This is what makes us so special. Our staff shares this dedication. Personal attention and commitment is our motto.

This is why we have a smaller, more intimate lodge. It’s why our customers become our friends and family. We are passionate about what we do and we want to be more than just a fishing lodge. We want to be your home away from home. We guarantee you’ll catch fish—most of our customers catch between 10-15 fish per visit. But more than that, we promise to do our best to make this an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Haida Gwaii, (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) is renowned as the most successful salmon fishing destination in the world. Why? Haida Gwaii is comprised of over 150 islands providing rich feeding grounds that essentially force every salmon in the Pacific Northwest into a feeding frenzy before they continue on their migration. The result is virtually no down time in-between runs.

What does this mean? It means that we have salmon all season long and no down time catching fish, they’re always passing through. This truly is the longest and largest salmon run in the world. These are fresh, healthy salmon that are transitory; not spawning and at the end of their life cycle.

British Columbia allows you to take more fish home and catch more fish per person than any area on the West Coast including Alaska. No one does it better than Queen Charlotte Safaris! Come experience world class King Salmon fishing like you’ve never seen before.

What makes us unique:

  1. Longer Chinook salmon season
  2. Less crowded
  3. Fish for more species

COVID-19 AWARENESS

Taking 2020 bookings:

Temporary booking policy revisions: Our 2020 guests have been rescheduled to 2021. We are taking reservations for 2021.

Haida Gwaii remains one of the few places on Earth with no cases of coronavirus. For this reason, the communities are uniquely vulnerable and must be protected. Queen Charlotte Safaris Lodge does not take for granted the amazing community which we are so fortunate to be a part of. As a measure of safety to our guests, our staff, and all the communities in Haida Gwaii, we will be rescheduling our 2020 season to 2021.

My team and I are working together to come back in 2021 stronger with new options in trips, more diverse tours, and of course great fishing! For now, and for the summer of 2020 we will continue to share memories of the pristine beauty, culture, along with all the wildlife, the whales, watching the eagles soar above you and landing that mighty Chinook Salmon. Let us not forget all the wonderful conversations, friendships and oh yes, fabulous dinners. This will keep all of us pining for that next great adventure! We look forward to having you back again and again!

A big THANK YOU for your patience and understanding! We are grateful for your continuous support!

What We Catch

List
Species Availability Calendar
  • Halibut
  • Ling Cod
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon - Chinook (King)
  • Salmon - Coho (Silver)
SpeciesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halibut
Ling Cod
Rockfish
Salmon - Chinook (King)
Salmon - Coho (Silver)

Our season runs from June 1 to Sept 1.

Packages/prices

PER-DAY fishing vacation packages start at:

US$1,665.00
CA$2,225.59
£1,270.67
€1,407.81

PER PERSON

4 nights / 3 days fishingDeluxe five day
US$4,995.00
CA$6,676.76
£3,812.01
€4,223.42
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NOTES

Prices based on 4 people per boat. 2 & 3 people fishing packages are available. Additional fishing days and tour packages are available by request. Guests may add 1 day additional fishing or a guided tour onto their package.

Unless otherwise stated, prices do not include taxes, gratuities, or fishing license/stamp.

This lodge charges in $USD.
Prices that have been converted to your chosen currency are based on today’s exchange rate. This lodge charges in $USD, so the amount billed to you may be different than the converted value shown here. Source: openexchangerates.org

What's Included?

How many hours of guided fishing?

8-10 hours

Return transportation:

If YES, the lodge covers all transportation costs to and from the Travel Destination. If NO, you are responsible for all costs getting to and from the lodge.

Equipment / gear / tackle / bait:

Fish processing:

Cleaning, filleting, vacuum packing and refrigerated (or frozen) storage.

All meals / snacks / non-alcoholic drinks:

Alcohol:

Complimentary wine

Other:

Packages include BC fishing license & salmon stamp, custom fish processing, roundtrip airfare (Vancouver to Sandspit), complimentary wine and gourmet meals.

Deposit required: 50%

Balance due: 60 days prior to departure.


If booking after April 1, 50% deposit required, and 50% is due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation Policy: Deposits for the upcoming season may be applied to a trip in the following season if notified prior to November 30. Queen Charlotte Safaris is not responsible for missed flight connections or fishing time lost due to inclement weather, airline delays, unforeseen forces of nature or other causes beyond our reasonable control. We are not responsible for any expenses prior to or after your trip with us. There are no partial refunds for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Travel Insurance is highly recommended: Just as you need home or car insurance, travel insurance is no different. It protects you and the investment. The unexpected can happen. A job loss, sudden illness or injury, death in the family and airline or weather delays. For a small cost you can be prepared and we can assist you. Call or email our office for a quote (see below). What does Travel Insurance Cover: Trip cancellation, Trip Interruption, Flight Insurance, Emergency Medical Transportation, Emergency Medical & Dental Coverage, Collision, Loss Damage of Rental Cars, Lost or Stolen Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay, Missed Connection. Keep in mind, your credit card, homeowner’s policy or medical coverage rarely covers you when traveling. ***Pre-Existing Conditions are covered if you purchase insurance within 14 days of your initial booking deposit.


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Weather

°C / MM
°F / IN.

Temperature, °C

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

mm

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 227 kilometres from the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
6
0
155.2
Feb
6
0
99.3
Mar
7
1
129.1
Apr
10
3
95.7
May
13
6
61
Jun
15
9
55.7
Jul
16
11
57.7
Aug
17
11
81.8
Sep
15
9
141.5
Oct
11
6
212.6
Nov
8
2
202.5
Dec
6
1
182.9

Temperature, °F

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

inches

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 227 kilometres from the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
42
32
6.11
Feb
43
32
3.91
Mar
45
34
5.08
Apr
50
37
3.77
May
55
43
2.4
Jun
58
48
2.19
Jul
61
52
2.27
Aug
62
52
3.22
Sep
59
48
5.57
Oct
52
42
8.37
Nov
46
36
7.97
Dec
42
33
7.2

ACCOMMODATIONS

Description

Our beautiful, modern lodge build from Sandspit Cedar trees overlooks the picturesque Shingle Bay harbour. We will welcome you at the Sandspit Airport to transport you to the lodge that is three short miles away. The quaint town of Sandspit has only 11 miles of paved road, 2 stops signs and more eagles than residents. Once you arrive at the lodge you will settle in, enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres, take a walk on the beach, play horseshoes, shuffleboard or just relax. Our guests rooms accommodate two people per room with private washrooms and showers. Our lodge staff are sincere, professional and you will receive personal service that will be unsurpassed! Queen Charlotte Safaris Lodge is ideal for couples, families, organizations, corporate retreats and the ultimate outdoor enthusiasts. Your adventure of a lifetime awaits!

Details

Corporate buyout:

Contact us for prices.

A corporate buyout is a single group booking the entire lodge. Often done for executive retreats.

WiFi available:

Maximum capacity:

16

Average travel time to fishing grounds:

45 mins.

Amenities

Washers and dryers are available for your use at the lodge.

Meals

The fish tales begin on your way back to the lodge each night and will continue at the dinner table over delicious meals prepared by our chef and team. We proudly serve many dishes indigenous to the islands. The heart of many places starts in the kitchen and we guarantee the food will be as memorable as the fishing! Our team is professional, sincere, friendly and will provide you with personal service that will be unsurpassed anywhere!

BOATS

Description

Beautiful, custom made with enclosed cabin, fully equipped, heated and has a flushing head.

Details

Bathroom:

Heated cabins:

Ratings and Reviews

“I have fished and filmed all over British Columbia and Alaska. I have not found fishing to be better anywhere than the west side of the Queen Charlotte Islands. This archipelago of more than 150 islands is phenomenal for Chinook “King” Salmon, Giant Pacific Halibut, Ling Cod and Yelloweye Rockfish.

Valerie and her crew are the perfect hosts. Queen Charlotte Safaris Lodge is very close to the greatest sportfishing on the globe. The ride through the Skidegate Narrows on the way to the “west side” is breathtaking. We often see deer, whales, porpoise, eagles, bears and sea lions along the way. This, combined with the majestic beauty of the Queen Charlottes is awesome. I have often said the ride through the Narrows alone is worth the price of admission.

My wife and I have also taken our daughters, their husbands and our grand children to Queen Charlotte Safaris. Along with the very best sportfishing, there are many other things to see and do in the Charlottes. The ecotourism is unbelievable. On our last few trips we have toured Graham Island and visited Queen Charlotte City, Tlell, Port Clemens, and Massett at the very north head of the Island. What beautiful sights, friendly people and so much fun. Visiting the brand new Haida Heritage Centre is now a must on all of our visits to Queen Charlotte Safaris Lodge.

For a lot of reasons, I highly recommend Queen Charlotte Safaris, Sandspit, British Columbia.”

Danny Jackson
Producer for Angler’s Chronicles and Fox Sports West Television


“If you are looking for a world class fishing adventure, I recommend, and without hesitation or reservation, Queen Charlotte Safaris. QCS is a family oriented lodge located in the Haidi Gwaii (the Former Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia. I have fished many other lodges in Canada and Alaska, and QCS, bar none, remains at the top of my list. I just completed my fifteenth year fishing in Cartright Sound as a QCS guest. Valerie and her staff will stop at nothing to make your stay at QCS the memory of a lifetime. Valerie can control everything except the weather and the fishing, and as to the latter, the fish are always there. Even when the weather (read wind) is tough, the guides can put you into wind sheltered inlets. You will catch fish.”

Stu Holmes, Claremont, CA.


“Queen Charlotte Safaris is a special place; from the incredible fishing, to the cozy and welcoming feel of the lodge serving delicious meals, to meeting new people. Located on the Queen Charlotte Islands: an unbelievable adventure in itself! The overall experience is so powerful that it has brought us back 10 years (Art) and 6 years (Donna – started later)!”

Art Pearce and Donna Lenherr Kinney


“Queen Charlotte Safaris is a great place to relax and be totally taken care of while you fish for some of the worlds best Salmon, Halibut, and Lingcod. If you like to be outdoors and ocean fishing it’s the best deal out there! The lodge is comfortable fun and the food is great. The staff work really hard to make your time enjoyable and you cannot beat the calm, clean, natural, isolation of Haida Gwaii Island. I can’t wait to go again!”

Jaime Glimp, Buellton, CA


“I can’t say enough about the wonderful adventures I have had over the past few years with the Queen Charlotte Safaris organization on the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada. The whole package which includes the Salmon and Halibut fishing, seeing the wild life such as the whales – eagles – bears – deer – and the beauty of the trees and mountains are totally second to none. The lodge accommodations and the food is all 5 Star. I promise to return each and every year together with family and friends for more great adventures.”

Al O’Brien, Tuscon, AZ


“Year after year we choose to return to Queen Charlotte Safaris because of the success we have each and every year. Valerie and her staff are so much a part of our wonderful outdoor experience that they seem like family to us. It feels like a family reunion for us each time we return. The accommodations are excellent and the food, without question, is fit for a “King”. I have been fishing the West Coast of British Columbia for many years and know that the areas we fish with Queen Charlotte Safaris are among the most beautiful and productive anywhere on the West Coast. We are treated to the thrilling catch of Tyee Salmon, Coho Salmon, Cod, Snapper, and Halibut. Their boats are well maintained and captained by very helpful, knowledgeable and experienced West Coast Fishermen with excellent tackle for landing the big one! I would recommend Queen Charlotte Safaris to any fisherman, from the beginner to the most seasoned angler. Good Luck and may all your lines be tight lines.”

Bruce W Leavitt, Burnaby, BC


“Three fishing vacations at Valerie’s Queen Charlotte Safaris have convinced me that EVERYONE should experience this first-class lodge at least once. Valerie is hospitable, organized and smart. The lodge is run like a family resort—warm, friendly and welcoming. Staff is superb; rooms are cabin-like and comfortable. The food is prepared by graduate chefs making each meal an adventure. And you can’t beat the company of bald eagles perched in the trees outside the lodge. Fishing boats are first rate with skilled skippers, first class tackle and personal attention and who can argue with return baggage of 150 lbs of gorgeous salmon, halibut, cod and snapper? Valerie is the best!”

Hanne Mintz, Los Angeles, CA


“Valerie owns and operates a Fishing Resort Experience that I recommend to add to your Bucket List!The experience is of Number One Quality from the minute the vacation is booked. Valerie pays attention to every detail and all one needs to do is sit back relax and enjoy the fun!”

Kathleen Rankin, Boise, ID


“For our wedding anniversary, Dennis and I were going to go to Hawaii until we were talking to Valerie in Las Vegas at her booth for QCS. Her excitement about the fishing safari won us over…we dropped our plans for Hawaii…and we are so glad we did. The experience fishing with QCS was amazing. Valerie and her Director of Sales & Marketing, Sharyl ensured our trip was the best ever, making sure every accommodation was perfect, and it was. In fact, we got to fish with Sharyl and her fiancee Dan…Sharyl and I are now known for the ‘Fish Dance’. Additionally, the staff at QCS are professional and friendly…couldn’t have had it any better. We highly recommend everyone to experience fishing with QCS…we will definitely do it again. Thank you Valerie, we love you!”

Joyce and Dennis Smith. Simi Valley, CA

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Details

  • Pack Light – Air Canada allows 2 carry-on items (maximum 22 pounds each) and 1 checked item (maximum 50 pounds). We highly recommend bringing carry-on luggage for a more convenient travel experience.
  • Cell phone service is available in Sandspit, coverage is spotty and varies by provider.
  • You do not need a voltage converter. Canada & U.S. are on the same system.
  • Contact your credit company and cell phone carrier to let them know that you will be traveling to Canada. This informs them that you are going to be out of the country and may have charges while traveling and you do not get an additional cell phone fee.
  • International Travel: When you arrive you’ll be at the International Terminal. Go directly to customs, clear customs, pick up your luggage (if you checked any) or if you have just carry-on bags, proceed to Domestic Departures, CONCOURSE C. Do NOT go to the South Terminal.Domestic Travel with in Canada: You will arrive in concourse B or C. Proceed to concourse C.For those traveling to Vancouver Internationally please allow a minimum of 2.0 hours between flight
Special Requests
  • Please notify us at least 30 days prior to your trip regarding any medical, physical, or dietary needs or concerns including food allergies e.g. non-dairy, non-wheat, other.
  • Let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion such as a Birthday, Wedding, or Anniversary. At QCS we love celebrations!

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