Have a trip to Sointula Lodge planned for this summer, but not sure what to bring with you? While we do provide just about everything you’ll need, there are a few items you should bring from home. That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate packing list for your trip! Keep reading to learn everything you should have in your suitcase for an incredible vacation.
Warm and Cool Layers
During the summer months in British Columbia, morning temperatures can drop as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while afternoon temperatures can rise as high as 70 degrees. Dressing for these changes in temperature can help you stay warm and comfortable all day long, so nothing comes in between you and a wonderful time on the boat.
We recommend that you start with a base layer of a comfortable t-shirt. That way if afternoon temperatures rise, you’ll be able to shed your other layers and relax in short sleeves in the warm sun. Over your t-shirt, add a sweater, long-sleeve t-shirt, or sweatshirt. This will insulate you when temperatures are cool. Finally, add a fleece jacket or vest on top for those low morning temperatures. On your bottom half, wear jeans, sweatpants, or whatever else you’re comfortable in.
Sund’s provides waterproof float coats that keep you warm and dry while also acting as a flotation device in case of an emergency if you choose not to bring your own gear. You might also consider adding a layer of thermals underneath as well on days when the forecasted temperature is low. We offer rubber pants to keep your own dry while on the water.
If you don’t want to wear the float coats or rubber pants provided by Sointula Lodge, you are welcome to bring your own. Just make sure that they are waterproof, not just water-resistant, to help you stay dry and comfortable on the water.
Waterproof Hiking Boots
A pair of waterproof hiking boots are perfect for keeping your feet dry and your toes warm, while also giving you plenty of traction while you’re reeling in a big catch. If you don’t want to bring your own, the Lodge does offer rubber boots that you can borrow instead. Don’t forget extra pairs of warm socks, too!
Other Winter Gear
For those chilly mornings early and late in the season, you’ll want some warm winter gear. A hat and gloves are both must-haves, while a scarf, fleece neck gaiter, or buff can protect your face from a cold breeze.
After a long day on the boat, it’s nice to head back to your guest room and change into fresh clothes. While the dining may be world-class, you won’t need any fancy attire. Just a few casual, comfortable outfits to change into for dinner and relaxing in the evenings.
The water along the coast of British Columbia reaches a high of just 60 degrees Fahrenheit, or 14 degrees Celsius. But pack that swimsuit in your suitcase anyway. That is if you want to unwind in the hot tub after you’re done fishing or searching for wildlife for the day!
Out on the tranquil waters of British Columbia, the glare of the afternoon sun can make it difficult to see the fish you’re reeling in or spot marine life in the distance. That’s why we recommend bringing a pair of polarized sunglasses. These act as a mirror, bouncing sunlight away and letting you see clearly without a glare.
If you aren’t a Canadian citizen, you will need to have a passport to get to Sointula Lodge. United States citizens can use a valid U.S. passport, passport card, or a NEXUS card. Remember that it can take up to 6 weeks to receive a passport, so if you need one or yours has expired, apply early and book your trip far enough out to allow time to receive it.
Parents and legal guardians traveling from the U.S. with children under the age of 16 will need proof of U.S. citizenship for each child rather than a passport.
Canadian Fishing License
Besides a passport, you’ll also need a Canadian Fishing License. Everyone, including children over the age of 16, are required to have a fishing license if they plan to cast a line in British Columbia. We ask that you arrive at Sointula Lodge with a printed valid BC Tidal Fishing License in hand so that you’re ready to go right away.
To obtain your fishing license, visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s website. Be sure to select “Pacific” as the preferred fishing region, as that is where Sointila Lodge is located. You’ll need to purchase at least a 5-day license with the dates of your trip filled in properly. Don’t forget to add a salmon stamp as well. Then, print your license and don’t forget to bring it with you.
An Empty Cooler
If you’re flying to Sointula Lodge, we’ll help you pack your catch into wax boxes for safe and easy transport. But if you’re driving, you’ll want to bring along an empty cooler to help get your fish home with you at the right temperature.
With so many things to see and memories to make, a camera, while optional, is definitely something you’ll want to have along!
Start Packing for Your Sointula Lodge Adventure
Bringing along the right gear can help you stay comfortable during your fishing adventure. Simply bring your clothes, passport, fishing license, and personal items, and let us take care of the rest!