Thursday, July 29, 2010

Catchin' sun and salmon on British Columbia's Sonora Island

I'm on my third and final day here at Sonora Resort on Sonora Island, BC. Located in what is called the Discovery Islands, Sonora is one of the outer islands. The only way to get here is via boat, float plane or helicopter. I did the latter, flying from YVR to Sonora Resort in a 15-seat helicopter; the scenic trip took a mere 50 minutes, and we landed on the resort's heli-pad.

My itinerary for the girl getaway was fairly simple: take a mini-R&R with three other women during the last week of July. Not only did we find an ample supply of sun, two of us caught salmon. That's me in the photo with fishing guide Tommy Thompson, after reeling in an 18.5 chinook (king) salmon. Tommy was a great guide, and was also a member of the Canadian Olympic Ski Jump team. He still skis in the winter and fishes in the summer -- what a great gig! The other woman in my boat, Wendy Hartley, pulled in a nice nine-pounder.


We celebrated our superior fishing skills with a couple of Canadians (beer, not people!) on the deck of Sonora Resort, followed by a yummy lunch of burgers, fries and salads. Later that afternoon, we went on a wilderness tour in a smooth-riding 12-seat boat with pilot and narrator Ben. It was an hour of seagulls, seals, eagles, whirlpools, blue sky, forests and water. The couple next to me from Wales summed it up in one word, "Fantastic!"

The food at Sonora Resort has also been fantastic; the staff helpful and sincere; and the accommodations top notch. Oh, I do have one last thing to do before flying back to YVR: enjoy an hour-long massage at the resort's Island Currents Spa, followed by a farewell lunch on the deck. So long, sweet Sonora!

 

Photos by Sue Frause