Bedwell River

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Bedwell River, Vancouver Island

Bedwell River
Bedwell River, Photo By Bud Logan

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 river runs from Bedwell Lake to Bedwell Sound.

The Bedwell River valley was first surveyed in 1856 by 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.

Bedwell River
Bedwell River, Photo By Bud Logan

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 river 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.

This 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. The wildlife here is awesome, you could see bears, sea wolves, cougars, deer and many other smaller forest animals, the bird life is incredible and if you look to the sea, you could several different types of whalers, sea lions, elephant seals occasionally and various other sea mammals like the sea otters.Bring your camera when you come and take home some memories.

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