Salmon River Guesthouse
Salmon River Guesthouse is located in the heart of the Sayward Valley on Northern Vancouver Island. Built in the 1919 as the residence of the general store, the house has been gently modernized and renovated but still maintains much of its original character and charm. There are four rooms available so please inquire if you have a group wanting to book an entire house! We have a wonderful dog named Birch that will greet you when you arrive, do not be afraid he is gentle, he is our door bell for when guests arrive. We also have a lovely cat Ernest that is mostly outdoors but sometimes wanders the house looking for a pet or two. Both animals sleep in the downstairs apartment with our caretakers.
First settled as Port Kusum in the 1890s, at the mouth of the Salmon River, the settlement was officially named Sayward in 1911. It was named after William Parsons Sayward, a carpenter and lumber merchant who moved from California to Victoria in 1858, becoming a very successful lumberman on the Island. Although he never visited the Sayward area, the government of the day decided he deserved some honour and so named the community after him.
When the first settlers arrived, there was a small First Nations village on the Salmon River. By 1917, the village was empty, and today the reserve is unoccupied, with most of the descendants living in nearby communities.