Conuma River, Vancouver Island
Conuma River is located on the road to Tahsis and is quite the river. The Conuma Gorge that is found just off the road is incredible. If you turn right just past the Conuma River bridge and drive up maybe a km, you can view this creek in all its glory, but be careful, if you slip into this gorge, you could disappear for ever. I wonder if this creek has ever been kayaked before or even if it would be possible.
The road to Tahsis is full of wild water and incredible waterfalls. Its one of those drives that just amazes one. Its best to go in the spring during the time when these rivers and creeks are at their fullest. Bring your camera to capture these incredible views and you never know what else you might see, there are bears, cougars, deer, elk and many types of birds and wildflowers here to put on film.
Most of the creeks and rivers in this area are swarming with fish, rainbows, cutthroats, dollies and the odd brown trout so bring your fishing pole too. Below the road, the river quickly calms down and has some great fishing areas available. There are some awesome rustic campsites along this section where you can fish, hike and photograph wildlife all at the same time. Its a pretty awesome river.
The Conuma Fish Hatchery is located just up from the estuary and is a great place to learn about the various fish species that spawn here in the river. To visit it, you must make a reservation.
The estuary is big and full of wildlife, bring your camera and take a hike here, you won’t forget it.