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Homfray Channel Desolation Sound, Powell River, British Columbia Canada
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#2 of 12 Specialty lodging in Powell River
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Welcome to Klahoose Wilderness Resort, British Columbia’s newest Indigenous cultural experience. Opened in 2021, an authentic off-the-grid eco-resort. A resort that is 100% Indigenous owned and reflects the Klahoose First Nations traditional values, offers an immersive exploration into this pristine region rich in diverse wildlife, wilderness, and cultural significance. Located within the heart of Desolation Sound, Klahoose Wilderness Resort resides upon Homfray Channel between the Coast Mountain peaks of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast and the Northern Islands of the Salish Sea known to many as Desolation Sound. Newly arrived guests join together on the lodge’s verandah where they welcomed with a traditional Klahoose greeting. Worries instantly disappear as osprey call across the Sound, the vision of an Orca’s distinct dorsal fin breaks the water’s surface, and the ocean breeze wafts through the surrounding conifer forest. Klahoose Wilderness Resort provides an intimate, worry-free experience for families, couples, and individuals who wish to escape into a glorious natural environment, home to a set of the most biodiverse ecosystems on our planet. A visitor’s day fills with adventures, transformational experiences that may include watching Grizzly bears fishing for salmon, kayaking beside a pod of porpoises, and forest hikes into an ancient western red cedar grove. Given its seclusion, Klahoose Wilderness Resort is surprisingly accessible. Guests from Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver Island, and beyond can travel via air (from Vancouver its a 35 minute scheduled flight to Powell River or 1 hour charter seaplane direct to our dock), by car and ferry (half day drive), or boat (45 minutes from Lund to the Resort) to convenient boat shuttle departure sites in Lund on the Sunshine Coast and Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Desolation Sound has been referred as the “Serengeti of North America” for good reason, given its abundance of large marine and terrestrial mammals. Orca and humpback whales, porpoises, harbour seals, and dolphins can be seen throughout the year. Bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons are just three of dozens of avian species that reside in this region. Clams, oysters, crab, spotted prawns, and other shellfish, as well as all five salmon species, form the base diet for these wild species as well as in the indigenous tradition for guests at the lodge. Inlets of the Desolation Sound are famous for one of the most robust populations of grizzlies in the world. Klahoose First Nation also owns and operates the grizzly bear viewing tours, seasonal and wild bear tour observations located in remote Toba Inlet located just 40 minutes by boat from the resort. Natural exploration anchors the foundation of the lodge’s activities. Indigenous guides lead guests on nature and cultural excursions in one of the largest temperate rainforests on earth, and nearby Cortes Island where reside the Klahoose community. Sea kayakers, stand-up paddle borders and intrepid swimmers take advantage of the warm calm waters of the Homfray Channel. Helicopter Tours including heli-hiking, heli-paddle, heli-fly-fishing and glacier walks can also be arranged upon request. Fishing charters are also available. The resort has something to offer for travelers of all ages and interests. The spectacular Lodge at Klahoose Wilderness Resort provides an intimate environment, a 6,100-square foot timber structure hewn of local cedar. Four spacious guest rooms in the main lodge and 3 separate cedar cabins can accommodate an average 14 guests to maximum capacity of 26 guests. The Resort is ideal for private groups and multi-generation family gateway or special occasion such as a small wedding. Each guest room and cabin is tastefully decorated with indigenous artwork from surrounding coastal communities and common space conveys breathtakingly beautiful vistas of Desolation Sound. Guests come together for morning coffee and, after another exceptional day, gather again for evening cocktails from the wraparound deck as the setting sun illuminates the Homfray Channel. Every morning in Desolation Sound an astounding diversity of wildlife awakens to forage, nest, and explore their pristine habitat. For a precious few days from mid-august to mid-October guests are invited within this sublime environment to observe grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Klahoose Wilderness Resort: where the days are filled with a gentle quiet, voices of nature, ancient forests, and culture. Specializing in 3 and 4 night all inclusive wilderness, grizzly bear viewing and cultural packages. From the moment we welcome you to our home we look after every detail.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
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Free airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
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Complimentary welcome drink
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Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Water sport equipment rentals
Patio
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
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Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Sun deck
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Sun terrace
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Homfray Channel Desolation Sound, Powell River, British Columbia Canada
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855georgeaw wrote a review Jul 2022
This was our second time at the lodge. The team that took care of us was excellent. Over and over they shared for us to ask if we needed help or wanted to do different things. The welcome was great. The food was excellent especially the fish and chips. Doug our boat captain was so good to the teenagers that came from Germany. Chris made booking the trip easy and worked with us with a few changes
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Hi George, It was such a pleasure to finally welcome your family again after not being able to travel. It was such a pleasure hosting you all and great to here our team was asking you for any help for different things during your stay. They work hard to make sure each guests stay is special. The Klahoose traditional welcome would have been new for you and happy that you had a welcome to the Klahoose territory. Thank you for acknowledging our chef, our boat Captain Doug and you even included me :) A sincere thank you for choosing to spend your family vacation with us here at Klahoose Wilderness Resort.
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Mauricio Otegui wrote a review Jul 2022
Acapulco, Mexico
Place is incredibly GREAT. Cabins nice but too simple. Nice Deck. I see a lot of areas of opportunity like have a couple of hike routes/trails, pool table, domino, chess games for rainy days. About the Food, GREAT. Logistics for pick up and return very un efficient.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Mauricio, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review here of your recent stay with us! We are happy that you thought resort and food was both incredible and "GREAT"! We also appreciate the feedback about the cabins, activities and the complimentary airport shuttles and water taxi. All great points that we can work on as we continue our first season full here. We truly hope you and your family enjoyed the stay and hope we will see you all again in the future. Thank you from our team here at Klahoose Wilderness Resort.
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Diana T wrote a review Jun 2022
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Klahoose is a very special place, run by people who embody its spirit. When we arrived, we were greeted by the staff in a traditional ceremony, which was moving. While we were there, they seemingly could not do enough to make us feel welcome, tell us about their rich culture and take us out and show us the stunningly beautiful area. When we left, we were seen out by another traditional ceremony, which had some of us in tears. Klahoose is not a luxury inn, which frankly can be found many places around the world. It is rustic and in harmony with its surroundings. The food, however, is world class, made with fresh ingredients, imagination and talent. We enjoyed every morsel! Klahoose is the kind of place to go if you are open to learning new things in beautiful surroundings and soaking up the calm energy of the place. We cannot recommend it warmly enough.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jun 21, 2022
Hi Diana, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review here! When I read your comments "....had some of us in tears", it make me feel so happy and grateful about your experience and I am sure all our team at the resort feel the same way. We are truly thankful to welcomed the three of your and we hope you visit again sometime soon. Thank you again and please take care! Chris
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shanemuldrew wrote a review May 2022
Victoria, Canada
We had a wonderful stay at Klahoose Wilderness Resort filled with many memorable experiences. The setting, facilities and staff are superb! We left refreshed and with a deeper appreciation for indigenous peoples and their cultures.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 30, 2022
Dear Shane, Thank you for taking the time to write your review here and thrilled to hear how memorable the experience was, how refresh you where and most importantly the convention and appreciation of Indigenous people and culture. Thank you both again and we hope to see you another time...to see the Grizzly Bears...here at Klahoose Wilderness Resort. Please take care and thank you again! Chris
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wmpalmer76 wrote a review May 2022
Our amazing adventure at Klahoose Wilderness Resort began the moment we were picked up in Lund by Goat 1, the resort's flashy new water taxi. After a spectacular 40-minute boat ride up the sound to the resort, we disembarked and were warmly welcomed by the entire staff beating drums and singing a traditional Klahoose welcome. Sparkling wine, tea and scones provided welcome refreshment and the opportunity to relax and learn more about the various activities awaiting us before being escorted to our bright and spacious room. Paneled with rustic cedar and heated by a gas stove, our room offered a panoramic view of the sound and mountains beyond. All our meals were beautifully presented and included crisp greens, fresh caught prawns, and a variety of delicious comfort food. Our boat tour in search of wildlife (May is a bit early for most wildlife); hiking in the rain forest up a newly cleared trail behind the lodge (and a shorter scenic walk out to the point), learning to make cedar roses from strips of bark; and listening to stories of the Klahoose First Nations People provided a fascinating perspective on the history, art and culture of this beautiful landscape. Cannot emphasize enough how profoundly enriching these conversations were. A highlight of our trip. Staff provided caring, gracious service throughout our stay and it was not easy to leave after 4 days. We've traveled to many 5 star hotels and resorts, and I'd put Klahoose Wilderness Resort at the top of the list!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 30, 2022
Thank you so much for putting "Klahoose Wilderness Resort" at the tip of your list! We are truly grateful for your detailed review and for spending your vacation with us. Specifically when you say "how profoundly enriching these conversations were" when speaking with the Klahoose First Nation staff and cultural interpreters. It was a pleasure welcoming you both and we hope we may see you again sometime again! Thank you! Chris
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alis0na12 wrote a review May 2022
Heriot Bay, Canada
The most AMAZING, natural, zen place to be. The boat ride there was very nice. The food was really good and the people are really nice. Cabins are clean and roomy. Love love. Can’t WAIT to come back..
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded May 16, 2022
Thank you! Thank you! "Cultural, calming, beautiful, desirable, natural, zen"! We appreciate your kind works so much! We can't wait to welcome you back to Klahoose Wilderness Resort!
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Tawna2022 wrote a review May 2022
Victoria, Canada1 helpful vote
My stay was incredible!!! The food was so fresh and delicious. Beautifully served and decadent in flavour. The staff was amazing. Always there for everything. The second I thought to ask for anything they already had it and were bring it. Honestly I cannot say enough thanks. I felt so welcome and cared for. 100 % attended to. Gracious thanks. I can’t wait to see you all again soon. I look forward to sharing the resort with my family and friends.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded May 16, 2022
Hi Tawna, thank you so much for adding your review of your stay with us! Our team at the resort will be overjoyed when they read this! They work very hard to make sure each guest is taken care off, comfortable and that eveyone feels welcome. Thank you again and we look forward to your return with your family and friends!
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JoanWV wrote a review Oct 2021
West Vancouver, Canada21 contributions9 helpful votes
In early October we took a trip to Klahoose Wilderness Lodge in the hope of seeing grizzly bears. We were not disappointed. We drove to Lund where we left our car and where we were met by members of the Klahoose Nation for our 50-minute boat trip to the Lodge in Homfray Channel in the heart of Desolation Sound. This scenic ride reminded us that British Columbia is as beautiful as any coastal country including Norway, New Zealand and Chile. We were welcomed with a traditional song by Randy, the cultural guide for our stay. Randy is a carver and designed the logo for the lodge with its welcome meaning “It’s good to see you”. The lodge has both cabins and hotel rooms overlooking the channel where otters, seals and sea lions enjoyed the calm waters. The weather was so lovely on one afternoon that several guests took advantage of the paddle boards and kayaks to enjoy the calm deep water in the warm autumn sun. For two days we were driven to Toba inlet via Desolation Sound in all the moods of the west coast: fresh snow on the mountains, clouds dancing along the hills, sunshine enhancing everything around, and then one day of rain to remind us that we are on the far reaches of Canada’s west coast. We had two full days of grizzly bear watching and were fortunate to see a mother and cub at very close quarters and several male bears: all fattening up on the shrubbery surrounding the Klite River as the salmon run was almost over. The lodge has built six “towers” that provide shelter and excellent viewing of the wildlife. Food and drink were plentiful. Delicious breakfasts set us up for the morning, and then a picnic lunch at the dock, pre-dinner appy’s and drinks before three course dinners. If we were hungry in between, the baker had all manner of cookies and cakes to ensure we did not go hungry. This was a great opportunity to visit the more remote areas of BC and be introduced to Indigenous Culture.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded Nov 2, 2021
Dear Joan, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review! This an an excellent walk through from your arrival and traditional welcome by Randy to your time enjoying the resort its food and off course marine life, grizzly bear viewing and Indigenous culture! We hope the next time you visit Norway, New Zealand and Chile you will be reminded that these places are as beautiful as your home here in coastal British Columbia :). Until next time, take care and we look forward to seeing you again here at Klahoose Wilderness Resort!
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mikal2021629 wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our booking was to see grizzlies and we weren't disappointed they added humpback whales as well. Extolls the beautiful B.C. coast in raw nature. Very comfortable accommodation with excellent meals. All staff and guides were personable leaving us with a great family feeling. Special kudos to Leon, who did everything from boat captain to guide. Another to Randy who gave us much insight to the Klahoose Nation culture. Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Responded Oct 25, 2021
Hi Mikal, Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your recent stay with us here at Klahoose Wilderness Resort. It will really help other guests learn about the experiences. Happy you enjoy the Indigenous culture with Leon and Randy and where able to see the grizzly bears and humpback whales that frequent Toba Inlet and Desolation Sound. Also great to hear you enjoy the accommodation and had excellent meals. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thank you from all of us ta Klahoose Wilderness Resort !
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nickmcdonogh wrote a review Oct 2021
North Vancouver, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
If you’re looking to relax and go on an adventure all at the same time then this is the trip for you. My favourite part was taking a boat through some of the craziest landscapes to see grizzly bears for the first time! Definitely a memory I’ll never forget!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded Oct 22, 2021
Hi Nick, Wow...really grateful for your review! Yes, Toba Inlet is a beautiful deep water fjord with towering mountains and the land of grizzly bears. So happy it was your first time seeing these amazing animals. It was a pleasure having you and happy you we made some special memories for you. Until next time and thank you from all of us at Klahoose Wilderness Resort.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Klahoose Wilderness Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Klahoose Wilderness Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Klahoose Wilderness Resort?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a view of the mountains, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Klahoose Wilderness Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Klahoose Wilderness Resort?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
Does Klahoose Wilderness Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Klahoose Wilderness Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Klahoose Wilderness Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Klahoose Wilderness Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Klahoose Wilderness Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Klahoose Wilderness Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.