Are you about to embark on a fishing expedition to Canada, one of the great fishing regions of the world? Before you set out on your all-inclusive Canadian fishing trip, we’ve got some tips on what to pack below!
Passport & Fishing License
If you’re traveling from the U.S. or elsewhere outside of Canada, getting your passport and Canadian fishing license should be first on your list. You need a passport to travel internationally and a Canadian fishing license if you want to fish in Canadian waters on your trip.
Canada requires travelers to have fishing licenses if they are 16 years old or older and plan to fish. You can purchase a fishing license for non-residents online in just a few minutes at the Fisheries & Oceans Canada website. Print it out before your all-inclusive Canadian fishing trip and pack it in your luggage to ensure you don’t forget it!
While we’ll take care of all the fishing gear and equipment for our all-inclusive Canadian fishing trips, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring along some lucky charms! Sointula Lodge will take care of the rods, line, bait, and tackle, but it’ll be up to you to bring the luck to catch the biggest trophy fish possible.
If you’ve got a lucky tackle box filled with trusty lures you’ve used for years, you’re welcome to bring them along for the trip and see how lucky they are in Canadian waters! Bucktail jigs and spinners are typically best for bottom fishing, so if you’ve got a lucky jig or spinner, there’s no harm in bringing it!
Layers of Clothing & Rain Gear
While Sointula Lodge will take care of the fishing equipment, you can focus on ensuring you have the right clothes and gear for a fun and comfortable fishing expedition. It’s wise to pack clothes that you can layer while you’re fishing, such as:
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Light jackets
Depending on how cool or warm it is that day, you can take off or put on as many layers as you’d like. You’ll also want to bring some rain gear as Vancouver Island often receives abundant rainfall.
Comfortable & Dry Footwear
Along with clothing, proper footwear is essential for a comfortable and fun day of fishing. As we said, it often rains on Vancouver Island, so you’ll want footwear that keeps your feet dry throughout the day.
It can also get chilly in the mornings and evenings while fishing out on the water, even in the middle of summer, so you’ll also want comfortable and warm footwear. We’ve found that simple waterproof hiking boots are good for keeping feet dry and comfortable.