Experience hosted by Doug

  1. 6 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Once-in-a-lifetime
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Doug's rated 5 stars by 99% of guests.

What you'll do

First you must acquire a
“one day” Pacific fishing license for the day you’d like to fish crab. These are available online and you must have one to use my equipment (contact me for assistance). On fishing day we’ll meet in a beachfront neighbourhood of Vancouver. I will take you to the dock where I then give a lesson on baiting and setting your traps. You will also learn to identify your catch by species, size, and sex as It is necessary information to follow the legal parameters. I provide you with upto 2 traps each to use and I supervise as you set the traps. We soak the traps for a minimum of 15 minutes at which point you retrieve them under my supervision and we examine the catch. Once you are comfortable with the process I leave you alone to fish at your own pace. When you are finished (stay as late as 4pm!) for the day the traps will be prepared for storage and collected by myself. Any legal crab you catch are yours to keep. You’ll be targeting two species: Local Red Rock Crab are not available commercially and have some of the sweetest meat in their claws that you could ever eat in your life!! Pristine, Dungeness Crab are world renowned and the West Coast of North America is the only place to get them fresh out of the ocean!

- Smaller groups or kids, $225. Ask me!

- 25% off adventures for
group of 4
Other things to note
It’s very important that you have the B.C. Tidal waters fishing license. You can’t catch crab without it!
First you must acquire a
“one day” Pacific fishing license for the day you’d like to fish crab. These are available online and you must have one to use my equipment (contact me for assistance). On fishing day we’ll meet in a beachfront neighbourhood of Vancouver. I will take you to the dock where I then give a lesson on baiting and setting your traps. You will also learn to identify your catch by species, size, and sex as It is necessary in…

What's included

  • Equipment
    *2 clamshell crab traps per person
    *Bait for each trap
    *Measuring...

Meet your Host, Doug

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 100 Reviews
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On a 2012 coming of age road trip with my brother, my main goal here in Vancouver was to catch my own crab. We looked like quite the amateurs our first day on the dock and accordingly caught zero crabs! After great advice from those in the know and years now of experience, I still learn something on every pull of the trap. It’s such a simple endeavour but there’s always something new to learn and you never know what will be in your trap when you pull it up!
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Where you'll be

From Downtown Vancouver you will pass through the forests of Stanley park followed by the absolutey epic north shore via the iconic Lions Gate bridge to the fishing dock at the West Vancouver waterfront with beautiful views of Vancouver and Vancouver Is

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 100 reviews.

Rosana
January 2022
Great experience with Doug! He was very personable, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. I also appreciated him reaching out to us proactively when he knew that the weather conditions weren't ideal. Highly recommend this experience!
Brandon
December 2021
I took my parents over the Christmas break to spend the afternoon with Doug catching Dungeness and rock crabs. He was very knowledgeable about fishing in the area and was it good fun to hang out with him. After about 4 hours of crabbing we managed to catch quite a few crabs but unfortunately had to release some of our catch because they weren't big enough to keep. At the end of the day, we were able to make quite a nice crab dinner out of our remaining catch! Would highly recommend this experience for anyone looking for something uniquely local to do, defiantly an activity that is kid and parent-friendly. Just make sure to bundle up because it can get quite chilly on the dock during winter months!
Marie
December 2021
Awesome experience! it was cold, windy but we were able to set our traps, go for coffee, check our traps, go for lunch... so, it was perfect! one of the best experience I've had
Octavia
December 2021
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! we had so much fun spending the day out on the pier learning the ropes on crabbing. Doug is an awesome host and provides great instruction and company! The weather held up for us for the day and we got to see lots of wildlife including sea otters, star fish, of course crabs. we will definitely be coming back to crab again. Thanks Doug for the great day!
Roger
December 2021
Doug led a fantastic crabbing trip for both of us -- and we left with a jumbo catch that made for a delicious dinner. He was patient and answered all of our questions. An absolutely great experience.
Rachel
December 2021
Great views, great sea life, was a slower crabbing day but Doug stayed an extra half an hour for us to get one more throw in. Didn’t think we’d spend the whole day there but the 6 hours flew by! Doug definitely gave us a great introduction to crabbing, we’ll be back to the docks soon!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 4 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

BC Tidal waters fishing license (AKA Pacific region license)
Dress for weather
Camera
Water

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.