Tlupana River, Vancouver Island
The Tlupana River is a great place to fish, hike or just visit. You can also get in some awesome kayaking in the Tlupana River canyon. The River canyon route is a relatively easy route through a narrow gorge. The canyon is bordered by very impressive old growth forest. One section of the route flows between overhanging walls that are only a few meters apart.
Kayaking this canyon should only be attempted during the low water period of late summer.
Tlupana River flows into Nesook Bay in the Tlupana Inlet. The river empties into the ocean here, just up the estuary from the bay, you will find the Nesook River where it joins with the River, thus creating a great estuary where there is all kinds of life.
Many seabirds visit this estuary to nest and feed. You can see black bears during the salmon runs and there are plenty of other animals here, both land and marine.
An estuary is a body of water formed where rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the seawater. Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are nurseries for many types of sea life. Although influenced by the tides, estuaries are protected from the weather that brings in winter storms by its forming of delta islands and is used by over 75% of all commercial fish at some point in their lives.
The fishing in the Tlupana river estuary is great, you can troll in the waters out in the bay or fish from shore in and above the mouth. The place where the Nesook joins the Tlupana is quite productive.
There is an abundance of bird life here to capture on film so don’t forget your camera when you visit.