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Eagle Nook Resort on BC West Coast

Eagle Nook Resort and Lucky Sportfishing

In my line of work (Horticulture) there is very little work related travel opportunities other than trade shows and since I own the company I end paying the bill anyhow. I recently had the privilege to do a working/vacation at Eagle Nook Resort on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Eagle Nook Resort is situated in Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast, it has world-class salmon and halibut fishing. You can experience fully guided fishing charters, hiking trails, kayaking, paddle boarding, Bamfield tours, Broken Island group tours, eco adventure tours, and everywhere you look is wildlife.

Getting There

Accessible only by boat, helicopter, or float plane. The staff can arrange your travel options, or if you happen to be on Vancouver Island, (which I highly recommend) you can drive to Port Alberni and be picked up by water taxi from China Creek Marina. From China Creek it is a beautiful 50 min boat ride down the Alberni inlet to the resort.

The Resort

Eagle Nook has 17 rooms, and 2 cabins, the building is situated on a 78 acre peninsula so you are surrounded by water on both sides. There is hiking trails thru out the property with tons of wildlife.
It is truly luxurious with amazing dining. (2 thumbs up to the chefs). The back deck has a hot tub overlooking Vernon Bay so you can sit in the hot tub and have a few beverages and scenery watch.

The Fishing

Fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island is world-class for salmon and halibut. Lucky Sportfishing provides fully guided fishing adventures from Eagle Nook Resort.
They have all of the best equipment and run 26 to 28 ft Grady White boats. You can fish inside Barkley Sound and the Broken Islands or they will take you off shore fishing.
There is no guarantees in fishing, but I have fished the west coast many times and have limited out on my fish quota every time. One of the nicest perks, is at the end of the fishing day you arrive at the dock and the staff clean, fillet, vacuum pack, and freeze your fish.



Eagle Nook and Lucky Sportfishing have all different packages and prices for your getaway. From all-inclusive with fishing, to having your own boat and equipment and using their facilities.

While I was there I saw whales, porpoises, seals, bald eagles, black bear, all different species of birds and of course lots of fish! If you are ever near the west coast of Vancouver Island you should try your luck at fishing. The staff was awesome and the facility is beautiful.

Eagle Nook Resort offers a truly all-inclusive, luxury wilderness experience.


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Mexico Trip Report/Cost breakdown

Mexico Trip Report

We are back from a week in Mexico. Had a fantastic time. This is our six time down to a little town 45min drive north of Puerto Vallarta. We have family that live there six months of the year, so this makes it affordable for us to have a quick getaway.

We bought a direct flight from Victoria to Puerto Vallarta which I used a reward companion fare. There is cheaper flights, but since we were using the companion fare it was worth getting the direct flight, 4.5hrs versus most of the day traveling ( I will take the direct flight, thank you).

We were picked up at the airport and went to the Mega Store for groceries and beverages. Then off to the beach. Since we have been there several times, we stay away from touristy stuff. Mainly went to the markets, visited the small towns and shops, and walked the beach.

Airfare for two with companion fare and taxes $1134, groceries and beverages $69, spending money $350
Total cost for the two of us for 7 days was $1553 Canadian. That is with free accommodations and free use of a car.


Giving up technology for one week

In case you where wondering. In last weeks blog post Giving up technology for one week. I was not bringing my laptop or cell phone with me on holiday. Believe it or not, it was easy; The hardest  for me was not checking email. I had a little bit of a withdrawal from not getting the news or reading all the ER/FIRE blogs. For the week I spent less than 1/2hr with TV, phone or internet.
Now I am back to the grind, I intend to not carry my phone with me everywhere I go and not check email as often. It surprises me how much time is wasted with technology.

Other Blog Trip Report

I always enjoy reading other bloggers holiday plans and cost breakdowns so here is a few you might enjoy. Their pictures are awesome !

MR Tako Escapes spent a month in Okinawa. HERE 
Joe from Retire by 40 went to Cancun Mexico in November part 1 HERE part 2 HERE
GenYMoney spent five weeks in Hawaii in December. HERE


Don’t wait for retirement to enjoy life !!