Strawberry Island is located East of ‘downtown’ Tofino. It’s a quick 30 second power boat ride from the Tofino Marina. It’s also easily accessible by paddle board, kayak or row boat. Back in the day this island was called “Leach Island”, but was later changed to Strawberry Island because locals loved to pick wild strawberries here. We also like to add that the island is shaped like a strawberry.
Around 40 years ago, Rod Palm (Grandad) purchased Strawberry Island. He and his wife raised his 5 kids here. They lived in an old ship called “The Norvan” (built in 1900). In 1903 the vessel was used as a ferry service that sailed from North Vancouver to Vancouver under the name “North Vancouver Ferry No. 1”. In 1925, M.R. Cliff of Vancouver purchased the ferry vessel and had it rebuilt as a steam tug boat.
He renamed it “The Norvan”. When Rod and family acquired the island, they decided to haul the vessel from the water and ground it onto the island. Rod states they “accomplished this by using three 50-ton hydraulic jacks. The bow would be lifted a foot, then the stern a foot, then the jacks were put on an angle to facilitate sliding sideways.” The Palm family resided on this ship for many years. He says that “the house-works look shabby, but it’s all edge grain first growth cedar that I chainsaw milled from beach combed logs and there are no knots in the siding or facia.” Rod still lives on The Norvan. He overlooks the entire town of Tofino and its beautiful marinas.
Our team spends most of our time on this Island, so we figured this would be the perfect name for our fishing charter company. One of our guides, Brett, lives there permanently as his wife Pearl is Rod’s daughter. She is the only ‘child’ who never left the amazing Strawberry Island.
The surrounding homes that sit on the water attached to the island are floating homes. These are available to book!
We offer accommodation packages when you book a fishing charter, island/wildlife tour and/or hot springs cove tour. Options are to camp on the island or to stay at one of the floating homes or cabins (if they’re not booked).
We offer inshore and offshore guided fishing tours, wildlife/scenery tours and floating homes to stay at! Our floating homes are fisherman / camping style (basic but has everything you need). You can create your perfect day by mixing and matching tours for a full day of fun and experience. Check out the ‘rates’ page for prices. Visit our ‘tours’ page for more details on what each excursion entails. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (250) 726-8658 for more info.