Bedwell River

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Bedwell River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
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 by John Buttle in 1856, he found gold in the valley. When the miners got wind of this gold find, the rush was on. Miners came searching for the gold and the merchants were right behind them. A city grew and it was called Bear City. The city had all the amenities, a whore house, grocery and sundries store, a taxi service, but by the end of WW2 the town was almost gone, the forest was very quickly reclaiming it.  This remote area now offers awesome hiking,camping, fishing, along with some of the most amazing  kayaking in the world.

Bedwell River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Bedwell River, Photo By Bud Logan

Most of the west coast of Vancouver Island is the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Peoples. Their oral history tells us that 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, 12 km north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Bedwell River can only accessed by float plane by boat, its a short trip from Tofino and well worth the time. This river is lightly fished so the fishing is just pretty awesome, the 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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