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Ben catches himself a rippa
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Accommodation in Sonora
Whale watching

Sonora Fishing Lodge

Thursday, June 10, 2004
Ben continues his Canadian adventure and is out for the biggest salmon of the sea!

The Discovery Islands are part of a chain of 6000 islands along British Columbia's coastline between Washington and Alaska. Lying between Campbell River and British Columbia, they provide some of the world's most spectacular scenery and recreational activities.

The main islands are Quadra, Cortes and the Outer Islands, of which Sonora is part, towards the northern end of Desolation Sound. Formed more than 10,000 years ago through glacial activity, the Sound is a jewel in a crown of jewels. Intricate waterways dotted with fish farms, kayak lodges and logging camps weave between the islands.

The only access to the Outer Islands is by private transportation — water taxis, kayaks, canoes, boats and floatplanes.

Sonora is almost totally unpopulated, but pristine waters, thriving wildlife and precious old-growth forest lure visitors to share its unspoiled beauty.

Sonora Resort offers a clever blend of five-star luxury with exhilarating outdoor adventures, all less than an hour by seaplane from Vancouver.

The sport fishing paradise has expert guides, outdoor gear, fishing rods, bait and top-of-the-range Grady White boats. You choose saltwater fish or salmon fish … or try both. After all, the area is known as the salmon capital of the world!

Chinook and king salmon are plentiful year round, coho and silver, mid-June to September, pink in July and August, chum, September and October, and sockeye, July and August.

There are unparalleled opportunities for catch-and-release fly fishing for amateurs and professionals. Surrounding lakes and rivers teem with trout. You can travel to them by helicopter or state-of-the-art speedboat. A very experienced guide will accompany you.

Sonora Resort has just 25 rooms, all with magnificent water views. There are two pools, seven hot tubs, tennis court, games room, gourmet dining room, fitness centre, virtual golf, spa therapies and relaxation services. The outdoor heated pool has ocean views, volleyball net and in-pool bar. There is a fully-stocked fly fishing pond for catch-and-release fishing.

To add to the serenity of Sonora, there is a wonderful Japanese garden of deep greens, cascading water and, in the centre, a three-metre Japanese maple. The garden has sunny spots where you can contemplate just how good life is.

You can eat at the outdoor Tapas Bar or indoors, take a picnic lunch or have a hot meal delivered to your boat during the day.

Sonora offers plenty of wilderness tours. View black and grizzly bears foraging for shellfish in Bute Inlet and experience Devil's Hole and Arran Rapids, two ocean rapids. You could be lucky enough to see orcas, minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphin, porpoise, sea lion and seals.


Sonora Island in British Columbia, Canada


Sonora Fishing Lodge has two-night packages, including return economy airfares from Vancouver, accommodation, meals and guide, starting at around $1860. They operate from May to mid-October.
Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles with connections to Vancouver starting at $2613 ex Sydney, $2698 ex Melbourne, $2701 ex Brisbane, $3002 ex Adelaide, $3516 ex Perth and $3598 ex Darwin per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.

More information

Sonora Resort
Suite 200 4440 Stark Street
Richmond BC V7B 1A1
Ph: 0011 1 604 233 0460
Fax: 0011 1 604 233 0465

Qantas: 13 13 13

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