Sayward is about an hours drive north of
Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Sayward
is located in the Salmon River valley. Population is about 1200, the valleys
economy is forestry based, but tourism is starting to be a big source of
employment and I think, will be the job creating force in the future.
You can go fishing here for trout,
steelhead and salmon or canoe the river, we used to put in at big tree creek and
then canoe for 5 days until we would reach the estuary. There are many great
bird watching areas with many types of birds and during the salmon run, you can
watch black bears fishing in the salmon river. Fall and winter are good times to visit the Salmon River estuary to view winter
waterfowl. Spring is also a delightful time due to the prolific nesting around
the estuary. At one time the Salmon River estuary was home to the island's
largest wintering population of Trumpeter Swans, which are still numerous here.
The village maintains a few trails in the estuary to make your viewing experience
even more special.
round access to sheltered, open waters, filled with insects and
vegetation has made this estuary a very important winter
destination for thousands of waterfowl and shore birds. During
the winter, birds can be seen in the thousands, including large
numbers of Green-Winged Teals, Golden Eyes,
Widgeon and Mallards
along with Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks and
numerous shore bird species.
Cougars and black bears can be seen on the South side of the
estuary, along with rare sightings of wolves.
plentiful estuary grass support a healthy population of deer and
elk. Just off shore from the estuary Orca, Minke and, Grey
whales pass on a regular basis.
this year, we had the pleasure of watching a fin whale swim past
With about 175 to 200 cm of rain annually
and temperatures in July averaging 18c and in January, averaging 0c. The
surrounding area is truly a rainforest.
There are great hiking opportunities in the
valley, hikes the kusum climb, kings peak trail and many others.
Kelsey Bay harbor is the only small craft harbor located between Campbell River
and Port McNeill on Johnstone Straits. It offers a loading ramp, a derrick, a
break water system and a boat launch ramp is located at the end of the old BC
Ferries' parking lot.