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Rose Harbour Guest House

Gwaii Haanas National Park Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia V0T 1S0 Canada
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Gwaii Haanas National Park Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia V0T 1S0 Canada
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This is essentially a hippie commune, which means that the food (cooked on an old-school wood stove) is outstanding and the intimacy with nature is extreme. The location, like the rest of Gwaii Hanaas, is exquisite. Your host Goetz is affable but a bit prone to ranting about his legal run-ins with the park administration. On the downsides, the place is primitive - run-down in some places, smelly in others, and some of the staircases are essentially ladders. The (outdoor) toilets are right out of the seventeenth century.
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Please don't support these people. They run an unregistered, in inspected restraunt and their buisness model relies uponillegally fighting, processing and selling fish. Don't fall for the hope, Don't support poachers!!
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This was a week long trip I took with four women friends. We arrived to warm welcomes and a quick tour and orientation of the property. Shown to our rooms in a guest cabin. Rustic and basic but clean and cozy. Plenty of field guides and other related reading material in the book shelves. A wood stove for heat and plenty of fire wood available. Heather kept things clean and well supplied, and started the fire in time for us to have hot showers when we returned each day after our adventures. Our meals were served in Susan's home and were the best food I have had, almost ever. Lots of fresh greens from the garden, really fresh seafood, and tasty treats, supplied for picnics on our outings. No meat and mostly organic and all delicious. Susan and Francis manage to cook these amazing meals on a wood stove and small two burner gas hotplate. They were both so caring and nurturing of us. Our guide Goetz, took us our on exciting boat trips to view wildlife that included, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otter, puffins and many other birds. He took us into the rain forest and showed us giant trees, and tiny mosses. He is knowledgeable and obviously loves his surroundings. He paced himself to our abilities and let us take our time exploring the place. We always felt safe and well cared for whether in the boat or on the beach. We had lots of fun with him and many laughs. We had music and good conversations in the evenings. Goetz plays guitar beautifully. When we left we felt as though we had made new friends and vowed to return. If you are looking for a peaceful nature getaway this can't be beat.
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Wij bleven een week in Rose Harbout Guest House, gefundeerd door een voormalig walvisstation. Het is een plek voor mensen die wel van een beetje avontuur houden. Het lijkt wat primitief maar alles is er: buitentoiletten, douchen in een voormalige werkplaats met houtgestookte boiler, reeen in je achtertuin en arenden en ijsvogels op het balkon! Iedere dag een andere excursie met de rubberbooy, veel weidse natuur, walvissen, zeeleeuwen, papegaaiduikers, en niet te vergeten een bezoek aan een al 100 jaar verlaten First Nations dorp waar de oude totempalen nog aan de waterkant staan.... Verzorging door de zeer deskundige Tassilo Goetz, en voor de inwendige mens door Susan Cohen doe er al tientallen jaren vegetarisch kookt uit eigen tuin, met eventueel vis die zij op de dag zelf ving ! Wij voelden ons enorm verwend. Je komt er met een watervliegtuig vanuit Sandspit (half uur), een rubber boot (5 uur), of.... per kano! Aanrader!
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We stayed here one night as part of a Moresby Explorers tour. Scenic and convenient location for visiting SGang Gwaay. Hats off to neighbours and co-hosts Susan Cohen and Goetz Harnisch for amazingly diverse and productive gardens and general ingenuity to survive on the edge of the continent. The guest house is small and very basic. I don’t mind the wood stove, outhouse or wood-fired shower, and the beds are adequate but the furniture looks and feels like discards from a thrift store. For meals at Susan’s house, be prepared for a 100-yard walk which can be very wet (rain, long grass beside the path, and a bridge without railings over a small stream), and if you didn’t bring inside shoes, be prepared to wear your socks on a floor of reclaimed bricks. The food is organic and tasty, but slow (buckwheat pancakes – two people get one at a time, so if you want a second, be prepared for a half-hour wait; maybe the cook could get a few into a warming oven before guests arrive).
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CanadaBritish ColumbiaHaida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)Graham IslandQueen Charlotte City
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