Active + Adventure

Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

British Columbia: Fish Finding From 13,000 Feet

If helicopters can whisk us to hidden fluff for heli-skiing, why not to hidden holes for heli-…fishing? That's the premise behind Nimmo Bay, a British Columbia–based company that uses whirlybirds to find fish along the frothy rivers of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland. On the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest—the world's largest temperate rain forest—anglers leisurely rise from queen beds in waterfront chalets and load up on eggs and coffee. Around 9:30 a.m., it's time to grab the rods (Nimmo Bay offers both fly-fishing and spin casting) and board a Eurocopter AStar to rotor off into the otherwise impenetrable 30,000 acres of cutthroat, Pacific salmon, and char territory. Fish not biting? Not a problem—chopper to the next spot. Or break for lunch at 8,000 feet. Or direct your pilot toward the crashing waves off Vancouver Island; this summer, heli-surfing joins the knee-weakening list of otherworldly trips. Need more convincing? Helicopters are actually an eco-friendly alternative to other wilderness entry methods. As Nimmo Bay owner Craig Murray says, "To fly is human—to hover, divine."

Departures: Spring–Fall

Price: From $6,585 for three days, including heli-fishing, lodging, meals, most alcoholic beverages, and resort amenities such as a hot tub, billiards room, sea kayaks, and water trampoline; originates at Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

Nimmo Bay
Tel: 800 837 4354 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 956 4000

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