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.
Through the eyes of the travellers
Things to do in Sayward
- Challenge yourself on foot or mountain bike, then enjoy the see-forever panorama 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.
- Watch for birds, bears and other wildlife at the Salmon River Wildlife Reserve. Guided tours are available.
- Fish for steelhead and salmon from the Port of Kelsey Bay wharf.
- In the Village of Sayward, check out artist Hetty Frederickson’s “Valley of a Thousand Faces” (a unique outdoor portrait gallery), then dine in a café wrapped in 26 tons of steel logging cable.