Plan Your Fishing Trip

Pre-trip Information

Things to do after booking your trip.

Complete our Pre-trip Questionnaire

This information will help us have everything prepared in advance for your trip this summer. It’s easiest and best to complete and submit the form online. Alternatively you can download the form and forward a completed copy to our office by fax (604.247.1256) or by mail.



Your QCL Visit and COVID-19

Like all of you, we at QCL have been closely monitoring the global health concerns related to COVID-19.  The management team at QCL will continue to follow the status of the outbreak and its potential to impact the QCL experience for our guests and staff alike.

The QCL team recognizes that challenges exist that are to the largest extent beyond our control. For those things that are within our control we take our responsibility to be prepared as a top priority.

This summer, after extensive planning and preparation, we were finally able to open the lodge on July 10, 2020.  To ensure the complete protection of the local community we chose to do all of our travel exchange through the Prince Rupert airport on Digby Island, ensuring zero contact with any of the Haida Gwaii population. This arrangement, though it required a lot more helicopter time, turned out to be an excellent and efficient way to do the changeover.  Using two chartered aircraft, guests had minimal wait time in the terminal and they were on the boats and “gone fishin’” very quickly after arrival at the lodge.

At the lodge we adopted a number of measures that you are very familiar with… Physical distancing, wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer frequently, all now part of everyday life.  We created spaces for guests to safely enjoy dining and partying and fishing and telling stories.  We want you to have fun!  But we need everybody to pull together and take care of one another.  And that’s the way we rolled, and we’re very happy to say it worked!

We are especially pleased with our 3-year old program to place trained emergency doctors on site every day of the season. They have their own clinic and equipment on site and are our best source of accurate up to date information. We’re grateful to have such an experienced team behind us and these guys are a really important part of our QCL family.  Now, more than ever, we are excited to be leading the industry with this type of service.

At Queen Charlotte Lodge we are looking forward to our 2021 season, adding the highest level of diligence to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.  We know we can’t control what may come in the next few months from a global point of view.  However, we also know that we can provide the safest environment while you enjoy one of the most pristine, remote and simply amazing parts of the world. Thank you for choosing QCL as your remote fishing and adventure destination.

We will continue to keep you informed on this site as the summer of 2021 approaches.


Pacific Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence

IMPORTANT:  Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) issue all Pacific Tidal Waters Sport Fishing (TWSF) licences electronically through the National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS). New Pacific Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Salmon Conservation Stamps for the 2020-2021 season are available for purchase effective April 1st 2020.  Once you register, you will also be able to replace a lost licence or renew future licences through NRLS.

Heres the link to purchase your licence: https://recfish-pechesportive.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm



As a result we no longer issue the Tidal Waters Sport Fishing licence to our guests.  You will need to register online and purchase your licence prior to your arrival at the Lodge.  Please remember that you do need to purchase the Salmon Conservation Stamp as part of your licence!

If you have any questions or problems pertaining to your licence, call DFO’s licensing help desk directly at 1-877-535-7307.


Pleasure Craft Operators Card & Boater Proficiency Requirements

Guests coming up to the lodge should note that anyone operating a boat in Canada must possess a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or attend a Boating Safety Orientation prior to leaving the dock.  This of course does not apply to guests fishing with a guide.  So all guests fishing self-guided should be sure to bring their PCOC cards along if they have them.

In short, anyone planning to operate a boat during their stay at QCL must have either one of the following options:


Be in possession of a Pleasure Craft Operators Card (which is available online with a study guide and a test at a cost of about $40) The guest must be in possession of this PCOC card along with their fishing licence while they are out in the boat.

Attend a boating safety orientation upon arrival at the lodge where the individual must initial each step of a prescribed form, verifying that they have been suitably instructed in the safe operation of a small watercraft. The completed form must be signed by a lodge representative and the guest must be in possession of the form along with their fishing licence while they are out in the boat.



Service, facilities, accommodations, and food and drink were first rate at every level and venue and I can’t say enough about the friendly, cheerful attitudes presented by everyone. Staff provided information and direction from before we left, at the airport, on the plane, throughout our stay, and even on the return journey making sure we were hooked up with our gear and more important – our fish! Overall a memorable experience and a first class trip!

~Ron R on TripAdvisor