Your Vancouver Island charter fishing destination is closer and more accessible than you may think.
Travelling to Campbell River
Campbell River is mid-Vancouver Island on Highway 19. You can get here by car and ferry, or by air.
Once you’re on Vancouver Island, Campbell River fishing is about an hour and a half drive from Nanaimo and around three hours from Victoria.
Find us at the Coast Marina
Outsider Charters Inc. is located at the Coast Marina, 1003 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC, across from Tyee Plaza shopping mall and next to the BC Ferries terminal for Quadra Island.
Some airlines have direct flights to Campbell River (YBL), and others fly to nearby locations on Vancouver Island such as Comox (YQQ), Nanaimo (YCD), or Victoria (YYJ). Links below.
If you’re driving from the mainland, there are a number of ferry routes to get you to Vancouver Island. See the links below for suggestions.
Flights & Ferry Routes
Flying Directly to Campbell River
Flying to Nearby Vancouver Island Locations
Canada – US Ferries
Why Our Guests Come Back
I’ve fished on the inside and outside of Vancouver Island for several years, and the trip this year with Outsider Charters was the best experience yet. The boat was spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room for myself, my wife, and our three young children. Our guide Chris was patient, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be around. He made sure we enjoyed ourselves, and we all caught our limit both days we went out. Can’t say enough about this experience . . . Highly recommended!
Had a fantastic afternoon salmon fishing with Chris. Chris is a very personable person and is a very interesting person to talk to, and he knows a lot about fishing too. He helped us land a couple of massive ones. He is great with kids too! If you are looking to go fishing in Campbell River, I would recommend you hire Chris for a few hours.
First fishing charter we have been on, Chris was AMAZING, to say the least. He is very informational, and knows his stuff! It was a great time being out on the water with him, even if we got stuck in that squall, he was concerned for our safety and acting accordingly to get us out of the elements! I know who I’ll be fishing with again, what a great guy!
Wow, what a day! Been trying to catch a salmon since I moved to the northwest over 40 years ago. Chris made it happen, & talked me through bringing it in & on the boat; a 16 lb chinook. Chris’s expertise and soft spoken guidance made for a great day of fishing. Will definitely use Outsider Charters again.
We had a fabulous 8-hr day of fishing with Chris! He’s a patient, kind, and responsible guide . . . we caught our limit. Then we spotted two pods of humpback whales, and Chris was as excited as we were to observe these remarkable creatures . . . Our day was the best of both worlds — catching fish and observing nature. Highly recommend him anytime!
Outsider Charters Inc. provided an excellent fishing experience. It was our first deep sea fishing trip. Chris made us feel comfortable from the beginning, explaining the basics of fishing, step by step. It was clear he was very experienced, enjoyed what he did, and made it fun. We even were fortunate to see 3 Humpback whales . . .
Luckily, we were able to book a last minute charter with Chris. He runs a super tight boat, clean, and has an excellent safety plan in place, which includes an in depth orientation on how things work. We went out looking to land some big ones, and had a fish on the line within 5 minutes. It was a beautiful (and very tasty) ling cod. Throughout the 5 hour trip, we had some great conversations with Chris, and some excellent fishing…
We had an amazing day on the water. Chris was punctual and prepared for a day of fishing. He had checked weather, wind and current patterns for the day which provided optimal conditions. The boat was clean and comfortable. Chris is a knowledgeable and hardworking guide . . . If I’m ever in the area again I’ll be giving Chris a call.
We had the absolute best time catching salmon with the fellow who runs this charter. He was professional yet engaging and was the best teacher and genuinely tried his best for us to have a successful and fun fishing trip. Highly recommend this charter for your fishing needs, we will most definitely be back next year
1st class salmon fishing trip. We had an awesome day on the water. Chris is an excellent guide, made sure we had a lot of fun, and got everything we wanted out of our fishing trip. The boat is really well setup and with Chris’s help we caught a whole range of fish and managed to fit in some sight seeing. Definitely recommend Chris and Outsider Charters.
What a blast. Captain was super knowledgable about fishing . . . it was clear he was focused on making sure the group had a good time. Boat was perfect for a group, lots of space to spread out and a good mix of inside and outside space. I’ve done several fishing charters in the past, and this was by far the best.
Chris made this an amazing experience for my entire family! He took the time to learn about all of us at the time of booking to make sure he could accommodate our needs, which were quite varied. Beyond organizing our trip, Chris was a great guide. He was knowledgeable, patient and fun to spend the day with. He says we got lucky but I think a lot of it was his skill in coaching us and knowing the best places to fish 🙂 Would recommend Outsider Charters to anyone who is looking for a great fishing adventure!!
Fantastic day on the ocean! I’d like to give kudos to Chris and Outside Charters. We enjoyed a great day salmon fishing. Chris is knowledgeable, friendly and has one of the nicest and best equipped fishing boats on the west coast. The full cabin was nice to be able to get in out of the elements . . . Highly recommend booking a charter and we will definitely use him again.
Great day on the water today. Chris runs a first class operation. He runs a new NWAC boat equipped with very good reels, rods, riggers and motors. The boat is solid, steady and comfortable. He will work an area hard, then be willing to move on, or change gear if no action after a while. He communicates well. No surprises. His concern about angler safety is present right from the start . . . I have fished with many guides over the past 20+ years in the PNW and would definitely recommend Chris.
Awesome Family Fishing Trip We had a great family salmon fishing trip with Chris. He was excellent from the first contact. We appreciated the time he took to share information and answer our many questions. All 4 of us had a great time, each catching multiple fish with each of us getting a nice keeper. We would definitely recommend Chris with Outsider Charters for anyone looking for an awesome fishing experience. It seemed he did everything possible to make it a great experience for us and we are sure he will for you as well. Thanks Chris!!
Trip was amazing, Chris is a great guy…very knowledgeable, a professional, and the tunes were the best! Definitely recommend to anyone, way above our expectations
Excellent Charter. Chris was a great guide and host and definitely wanted us to enjoy the fishing experience. His boat was very clean and well equipped. Chris was very knowledgeable on where and how to fish and catered to me being a novice, his patience and friendly demeanor was amazing. Both my husband and I can’t say enough great things about what an amazing experience we had. It was such an enjoyable afternoon and we will definitely come back . . .