Here is some information to help you plan for your trip.
1. Float Plane
The float plane leaves Vancouver, B.C. at 1pm on your designated departure day. The float plane company is Seair Seaplanes and they are located at 4640 Inglis Drive, Richmond, B.C. (1-800- 44SEAIR). From Vancouver International Airport it is about a 10 minute cab ride to Seair. If you are driving, Seair is approximately 3 hours from Seattle but allow yourself some extra time for possible border delays. They have ample free parking. Simply check with the Seair desk for parking instructions.
If you are traveling to Vancouver by air and wish to arrive at the lodge on the same day, please try for a Vancouver arrival time of no later than 11:30am. This will give you enough time to collect your bags and catch a cab to the Seair float plane terminal.
On your return trip, you will arrive back in Vancouver at approximately 4pm. Please allow yourself a minimum of 1.5 hours for domestic flights, and 2 hours for international flights, if you wish to fly home the same day.
If you are planning to overnight in Vancouver on either side of your stay with us, we recommend the The Pacific Gateway Hotel. They have a nice facility and offer freezer storage for your fish as well as shuttle bus service to and from the airport. They offer a fisherman's rate of approx. $179 CDN. Their phone number is 1-888-937-2810. If booking your room online, enter our Code: "SPRI".
Please keep your luggage down to a minimum! You are allowed 25 lbs. per person on the float plane. If possible, soft duffel/sport bags are ideal for transport on the float plane.
Please be aware that all travellers coming from the U.S. will require a passport. If you do not have one already, please apply soon.
If we can answer any other questions you may have, please contact us at your convenience. We are looking forward to have you fish with us!!
What to Bring
Our weather at Coastal Springs can be quite variable. Our daytime temperatures can vary anywhere from 45 F / 7 C to 80 F / 26 C, so layers of clothing work the best. We have insulated cruiser suits and boots at the lodge, so there is no need to bring heavy outerwear or raingear. The following is a suggested packing list, which you can use as a guide.
- 2 pairs comfortable “fishing” pants. (Jeans, sweat pants, etc.)
- 1 pair long underwear
- 2-3 t-shirts
- 2 turtle neck or long sleeved shirts
- 2 sweat shirts
- 1 warm sweater
- 1 light to medium outer coat
- 4-5 pairs warm socks
- 1 comfortable hat (rain and sun)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 pair tennis shoes
- 1 pair water resistant footwear (avoid heavy hiking boots)
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Personal toiletries kit and medications
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
- A good book
Wine is served free of charge with every meal during your trip. Beer is available for sale at the lodge. If you would like any hard liquor, you can either bring it yourself*, or phone us a pre-order and we’ll have it at the lodge when you arrive.
(* U.S. visitors to Canada are allowed 1.14 litres/40 ounces of hard liquor duty free.)
If you have any further questions regarding your trip please contact us at your convenience.