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Tahsis - Fisherman's Paradise
Tahsis is 100 miles west
of Campbell River via Highway 28. The distance from
Victoria to Tahsis is 421 km, 263 miles, average driving
time is 6.5 hours.
The small community of Tahsis at the end of a gravel
road north of Gold River attracts anybody looking
for rugged outdoor adventure. Marine fossils have
been discovered near Tahsis, and in the Marble Meadows
area within Strathcona Provincial Park. The port town
is perfect for exploration of Nootka Sound and nearby
In 1778, Captain James Cook landed
at Friendly Cove, which is 19 sea miles from Tahsis
and Bligh Island, and is the birthplace of BC Captain
Cook's visit began the contact between Europeans and
the aboriginal people. This area is popular for deep-sea
fishing for salmon, snapper, cod and halibut with
the world-class fishing grounds of Nootka Sound and
The 6th annual fishing derby will
be held this year during the third weekend of August
on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th. Photos of
the 2002 derby can be found at Westview Marina's website:
The Sound is also very popular with
scuba divers, canoers and kayakers.
Hike or enjoy beachcombing along West
Bay Park, walk through remote forests filled with
wildlife including Roosevelt elk, deer, bears, cougars
and wolves. Explore the caves or heli-ski at Rugged
Hop aboard the Uchuck III, for a cruise
of historic Nootka Sound. The Uchuck 111 is a passenger
and freight vessel that provides service in Nootka
and Kyuoquot Sounds, including Gold River and Tahsis.
The Uchuck 111 gives passengers the opportunity to
see the daily activities of a working coastal vessel.
During the summer, scenic day cruises through Nootka
Sound, with a stop at historic Friendly Cove are offered.
This is the ancestral village of the Mowachaht people
and the site where Captain Cook first landed. Throughout
the year passengers can take day trips to Tahsis or
a two-day trip to the community of Kyuquot. Transportation
and launches for canoeists and kayakers along this
route can be arranged.
Tahsis is the finishing line for the
annual Great Walk. In June, hundreds of people walk
- and some run - the 63-kilometer (42 mile) gravel
road between Gold River and Tahsis. Billed as North
America's toughest walk, the fund- raising event attracts
people from around the world vying for the coveted
'Burning Boot' certificate, signifying completion
of the grueling walk. The Walk Chairman can be contacted
at (250) 934-6667, through the Tahsis Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsored by the Tahsis Lions Club, PO Box 430, Tahsis,
B.C. V0P-1X0, Canada.
26th Annual great walk on June 7 2003
2002 UNOFFICIAL RESULTS of the walk are: Approx. $130,000.00
raised for various charities! Participants Registered:
996 walkers Participants Started : 882 walkers Participants
Finished : 743 walkers
BY ROAD: From Port Hardy, take Hwy.
19 (the Island Highway) south to Campbell River. Turn
right at the intersection with Hwy. 28 (the Gold River
Hwy.) Once in Gold River, connect onto the gravel
road. The trip from Port Hardy takes about seven or
eight hours. From Nanaimo, take the Inland Island
Highway north to where it connects with the Island
Highway at Mud Bay. Continue north to Campbell River,
where you will connect with Hwy. 28 (the Gold River
Hwy.). BY AIR: Scheduled airline connections are out
of Vancouver to Campbell River or Port Hardy. Floatplane
service is also available.
For the photography buff, Tahsis is
unequaled for beautiful scenic photo opportunities.
The sunsets are unrivaled, and the landscape is breathtaking
in its beauty; the wildlife is plentiful. Winter affords
us with plenty of snow scenes and summer brings the
flowers and lush, green landscapes.
So bring your camera, whether it be
a disposable camera, 'toy' camera, 35mm or digital.
You will get great photos with any of these cameras.
I know you will enjoy your visit to
Tahsis, whether your interest is fishing, canoeing,
scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, ocean cruising, or
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