Some friends and I went salmon fishing off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, around the Queen Charlotte Islands. You're in the ocean, but it doesn't feel like it because there's no heavy surf. There are beautiful fiords, bald eagles in the sky, dolphins in the water and orca whales going all around. The whales come right up to the boat. It's a real place for a naturalist. At night we tied up in small coves and slept on the boat.
DISCOVERY: You can bring your fish to Hardy Buoys in Port Hardy and they will smoke it. They also sell fresh-frozen locally caught coho and something called "Indian candy."
--Compiled by LESLEE KOMAIKO