Comox: gateway to West Coast salmon fishing

Today’s blog post is written by Nathan, a WestJet Customer Service Agent at Comox Airport.

Vancouver Island is lucky to have miles of pristine coastline and amazing sport fishing for salmon. Although Comox isn’t known for salmon fishing itself, it is perfectly positioned to deliver you to the well-known fishing areas on Northern Vancouver Island. These include Campbell River, Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Zebellos, Port Alice, Telegraph Cove, Port Hardy and the many private fishing lodges nestled in secluded bays. Thousands of enthusiasts flock to the area every summer on WestJet, and few, if any leave disappointed.

The WestJet Customer Service Agents in Comox know this time of year as something different – wax fish box season. Throughout the summer months we see hundreds of the distinctive wax boxes brought in by guests, all filled with freshly caught Salmon, Halibut, prawns and more. These boxes are either provided by professional packers, or by the fishing guides, and are perfect for the trip home. Wax fish boxes can also be purchased from WestJet, right at Comox Airport, for a nominal fee.

Some of our guests bring their own hard-sided coolers, which are also allowed to be checked in. Unfortunately, due to the rigors of air travel, we can’t accept Styrofoam coolers or regular ice for your catch. Only gel ice packs are acceptable for travel in checked baggage. See the “Seafood and perishable items” section on our travelling with special items page for more information on what you need to do to prepare your seafood for the flight home. Of course, our regular baggage guidelines, including overweight and oversize fees, apply to wax fish boxes as well.

We look forward to welcoming all visitors to the Comox Valley, no matter what draws you here. We also look forward to hearing your stories as you check in with us to fly home. You’ll probably be a little bit tired, a little bit sunburned, but happy and full of memorable experiences to share with friends and family!

(photo credit: Jeff Sheppard)