Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about fishing with Trailhead? Look below for a list of answers to common questions from our guests.
- What is included in a fishing package?
- What is not included in a fishing package?
- Can I bring my own fishing gear?
- Can I bring my spouse/partner (who does not want to go fishing) along with me?
- Can I bring my 10 year old child with me?
- What if one of the friends from my group cancels?
- Can Trailhead Resort handle a group of 12 to 15 people?
- We live on Vancouver Island. Can we charter a boat for the day?
- Are accommodations available to non-fishing guests at Trailhead Resort?
- How long does it take to drive to Trailhead Resort?
- What documentation do I need to get through the Canadian border?
- Do you supply rain gear?
- What communication services are available at your lodge?
- Do we need a fishing license?
- How many fish can we take home?
- How do I get my fish home?
- What other activities are there to do?
- What can I buy from the Trailhead Store?
- Can we bring beer to have on the boat?
What is included in a fishing package?
Your fishing package includes comfortable lodging, a full 8 hour fishing days and delicious meals on the days you fish. We supply a fishing guide, bait and tackle and clean your catch at the end of the day.
What is not included in a fishing package?
A fishing licence, fish processing, shipping containers, (all are available for purchase at Trailhead Store) alcoholic beverages and gratuities are not included in the package price.
Can I bring my wife, who doesn’t want to go fishing, along with me?
Yes, you can bring non-fishing guests with you. Their package price includes lodging and dinners, they are on their own for breakfast and lunch. Non-fishing guests would share a bed with a fishing guest and depending on availability they may have to share a bedroom with one other member in your group. We have great beaches and hiking trails that non-fishing guests can explore.
Can I bring my 10 year old child with me?
It would depend on the level of fishing experience your child has. Trailhead's boats do fish 25 miles offshore on the Swiftsure Bank and some people do get seasick. While many groups will opt to continue to fish when an adult member of the party experiences seasickness, this is typically a much more difficult option to choose where a child is concerned.
Also, it should be noted that your child would be considered a person on the boat, so a license would need to be purchased (child licenses are available) and a fee would be applicable.
What if one of my friends from my group cancels?
The individual price does go up if the number of people in your group goes down. If you can’t find another fishing buddy to take your friend’s place, your group can use your friend's deposit to augment the increase in price.
Can Trailhead Resort handle a group of 12 to 15 people?
Yes, Trailhead Resort has 3 charter boats and can host large groups. A group of 12 to 15 people would have the Lodge all for themselves. We can also offer assistance with planning, derby prizes and poker chips.
We live on Vancouver Island. Can we charter a boat for the day?
Yes, one day fishing charters can be booked when boats are available; the policy is to reserve these charters during the same month as the fishing day. For example, a fishing day in July would be booked in July.
Are accommodations available to non-fishing guests at Trailhead Resort?
Yes, we do rent out our lodging to non-fishing guests year-round, though at the height of the fishing season (July and August), availability is limited and priority is given to our guests on a fishing charter package. As such, we do encourage prospective guests to phone us to check availability during these months.
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How long does it take to drive to Trailhead Resort?
Trailhead Resort is just a quick two hour drive from Victoria or Nanaimo, BC.
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What documentation do I need to get through the Canadian border?
Depending on how you are travelling to Canada and where you are travelling from, the documentation required to enter the country will vary. As of June 1, 2009 under the Western Himisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), visitors from the United States who plan on driving across the border will need a valid passport or passport equivilant (enhanced drivers' license, for example) to enter the country. US visitors arriving by air will need a valid passport.
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*** Please note that border regulations are subject to change. Please do not rely on the information presented here and check the latest travel requirements for your country before you depart to Canada. This information was last updated January 31st, 2012.
Do you supply rain gear?
Yes, we do supply rain gear, boots, pants & coats, if it is needed. You should bring warm clothes as it can be cool out on the ocean.
» What to bring.
What communication services are available at your Lodge?
Cell phones do have limited service in Port Renfrew and they roam through the United States. We do offer complimentary Wi-Fi; ask for the password at check-in.
Do we need a fishing licence?
Yes, you will need to purchase a fishing licence and salmon conservation stamp before you go fishing for the day. They can be purchased on-line (Canadian guests only), at various locations, or at Trailhead Resort.
How many fish can we take home?
Fish limits are set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and are subject to change. Please refer to our fishing regulations page for the latest maximum quotas.
How do I get my fish home?
Most of our guests have their fish vacuum packed and flash frozen at Trailhead Resort. After vacuum sealing the catch, the fish is then pack into a shipping crate (sold at Trailhead Resort, or brought by the guest) and take their fish home on the plane or car with them. This helps to preserve that "just caught" freshness all winter, until the guest can come again the following fishing season.
What other activities are there to do?
There are many outdoor activities and attractions in and around Port Renfrew. For a few ideas, visit our About Port Renfrew page.
What can I purchase at your Store?
The store at Trailhead Resort carries a wide variety of items, some of which include: fishing tackle, camping gear and a wide selection of gifts and clothing that make perfect gifts for loved ones, or for yourself as a souvenier.
Can we bring alcoholic beverages to have on the boat?
Yes, alcoholic consumption (within reason) is permitted on the boat as your Guide will be in control of the vessel. As a courtesy to other members of your fishing charter, and for the safety of yourselves and your Guide, responsible drinking while on board the vessel is expected.