First stop on the scenic highway north of Campbell River, Sayward sits pretty on the forested edge of the Johnstone Strait. Get provisions in the village and enjoy a meal. Stroll amidst the giant Douglas firs at White River Park (as stunning in its way as Cathedral Grove further south) or develop calves of steel when ascending the mile-high H’kusam Klimb. Birdwatchers flock to the Salmon River Wildlife Reserve.
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Things to do in Sayward
Spend some time walking the scenic working waterfront trail, bring a picnic lunch and watch the colourful boom boats do their work, catch a glimpse of the marine traffic moving up and down Johnston Strait, everything from cruise ships to container traffic, and in between, a wide range of orca, sea lions, eagles, ravens, hawks, grizzly and black bear that pass through the community on a regular basis. Other outdoor recreational opportunities include caving, hiking, whale watching, fishing, and paddling your way down the Salmon and White Rivers.
Climb Mount H’Kusam
Challenge yourself on this hike to see far-reaching panoramas from the top of Mount H’Kusam. Dedicate a full day to the 23km loop circuit or shoot for a personal best during the Kusam Klimb trail race, held annually on the summer solstice.
Explore Salmon River
Watch for birds, bears and other wildlife at the Salmon River Wildlife Reserve. Guided tours are available.