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Lakes & Rivers
Located on the west coast of Vancouver
Island is the absolutely beautiful Bedwell River Valley. This is one of the most
awesome places on Vancouver Island and one that everyone should visit at least
once in their life time.
The Bedwell River valley was first surveyed
in 1856 by a botanist named John Buttle, who found gold in the valley. Word
spread quickly, and by the 1860s the first gold rush was on. As miners moved in,
so did merchants and a town was born, they called it bear city.
By the end of the second world war,
the town had all but returned to the
forest and was now a ghost town. You can still see some abandoned gold mines and the
overgrown remnants of Bear City, this town was once prosperous enough to boast
its own madam run flop house, grocery store and taxi service.
This remote area offers awesome, hiking, sailing, mountain biking and fishing.
The kayaking and canoeing here is the best in the world.
Most of the west coast of Vancouver Island falls within the traditional lands of
the Nuu-chah-nulth First Peoples. Archaeological evidence indicates they have
lived along the west coast of Vancouver Island for at least 6,000 years.
The Bedwell River Valley is located at the head of Bedwell Sound, nine miles by
water north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Bedwell River
Valley is accessed by float plane or a 30 minute boat trip from Tofino.
The Bedwell River is hardly fished so the
fishing is just incredible, there is a winter
Steelhead run in February and March that is really good and
Dolly Varden are in abundance through out
the whole river and the sea run Cutthroat
fishery in the fall is one of the best on the Island.