What to Bring

Preparing for your Visit

Before our guests make their way out to our lodge, we like them to be prepared and have all of the necessary formalities in place. Below is a list of Required Documents, Recommended Items, and important policies which will be good to understand prior to your trip.

If you have already booked your trip and need to confirm, please fill out the Guest Confirmation Form from our Confirmation and Policies page.  Thank you.


What to Bring

  • Passport

  • Canadian Fishing License

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses (polarized are nice to have on the water)

  • Hat and gloves

  • Warm layers such as: T-shirts, long sleeves, wool or fleece as well as long underwear tops and bottoms. (You can also find a wide variety of Sointula Lodge clothing at our Gift Shop)

  • Jacket

  • Casual attire for dinners

  • Swimsuit for hot tub

  • Camera

If you’re picky about your favourite pair of binoculars, feel free to bring yours, otherwise we have them available on the boats.

Gear we Provide

  • Columbia insulated rainproof jackets to keep away the elements during your stay
  • Rain pants
  • Rain boots
  • Top of the line Mustang inflatable life jackets
  • Children’s life jackets
  • All fishing gear
  • * If you require special sizing please let us know beforehand

Recommended Clothing

Please check the Sointula weather forecast before traveling to the lodge as temperature ranges can be quite extreme in the summer ranging from the high 30’s to 70’s Fahrenheit (2 to 20 Celsius). We recommend dressing in at least three layers while fishing in the morning:  t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, vest or fleece or light jacket over top. Thermal layers are good for keeping your legs warm in the morning, too. Warm socks and waterproof hiking boots are great footwear for the boat. Remember, you can always take clothes off later in the day as the sun rises, but often early morning temperatures are quite cool. The lodge provides warm float-coats, rubber pants and rubber boots for guests to use if you choose to not bring your own gear.  Warm gloves and a hat are a great idea, too. Our gift shop carries some articles of clothing if you need additional items.

Sointula Lodge provides all the fishing gear and supplies that you need. Rubber boots for men and women, rain pants and float-coats (oversized floatation coats that also serve as weather jackets). We provide life jackets for children but our selection of small boots and rain pants is very limited. If you are a very small or very large person, please let us know when making your reservation.

Currency While Travelling in Canada

It is not necessary to bring Canadian cash since merchants receive VISA, MasterCard and AMEX as payment for purchases. Check with your credit card company for international transaction fees.

Official Documents

Fishing Licence

British Columbia requires all recreational fishers, even juveniles under the age of 16, to have fishing licenses. All guests must arrive at the lodge with a printed valid BC Tidal Fishing License.

  • Go to Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Create profile and select “Pacific” as the preferred fishing region.

  • Purchase the 5 day license with your appropriate trip dates filled in.

  • Add a salmon stamp.

  • Print and bring with you to the lodge.


Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity.

For US Citizens, a valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements. Children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship. If you need to apply for a passport, contact Travel.State.Gov  If you need to apply for a passport, please allow six weeks without paying for expedited service.

WiFi and Cellular Service

There is basic Wifi at the Lodge and cellular coverage for the area. We recommend calling your cell phone provider and adding a CANADA calling if you plan to use your phone. If you are on Verizon, they have a TravelPass plan which allows you to use your plan for $10/day. AT&T offers a plan called World Connect for $5 a month that can be used for calls, but not texting.