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“Good People and Great Fishing”
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Peregrine Lodge
Red Deer, Alberta
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“Good People and Great Fishing”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was my first trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands and I wanted to take advantage of the world class fishing available there. After some internet research, conversations at the Vancouver Boat Show and speaking to a good friend who used to work there I decided to book with Peregrine Lodge. I was told the lodge is run by very nice people and the fishing is excellent, overall his summary was spot on.

Your trip will start at Landmark Aviation in Vancouver where you will collect your fishing licence (if required), and have a few snacks before boarding an Air Canada Charter to Massett. We received a friendly greeting and confirmed our arrangements on arrival. At Massett we had a short wait before boarding a helicopter (HeliJet is the provider) and flying into the lodge. Once at the lodge our first order of business was to collect our floatation suits for use on the water. They use Helly Hansen two piece suits and have a good selection of sizes. Chances are you will be issued a suit used by someone else just before you arrived and will see a few salt stains on the suit. The suits are in good condition and are much more comfortable than one piece suits I have used in other places.

If you haven't been to the lodge before you will have to ask a few questions to figure out the routine or just be patient and wait for the orientation that is provided just before dinner. You will find many of the guests are long time clients who have been coming to the lodge for many years, our group had several clients that had already been there a couple times this year. That says a lot about their service and the fishing at Peregrine Lodge and I found it lived up to their reputation.

The food at the lodge is excellent with a good variety of entrees and desserts available at dinner. Two of the three fishing days we had sandwiches prepared to order and the other day we had burgers BBQ'd on the water by the Safety Boat Operator. At breakfast you can have your choice of cereals, fruits/berries, yoghurt, buffet style egg dishes or have eggs made to order. Don't forget to take advantage of the pastries and zip-lock bags that are provided, these snacks are especially tasty on the water later in the day.

One of the things I didn't really care for was the fees for upgrading to a larger boat. At approximately $50/day it adds a lot to your total if you aren't expecting it. The guides really prefer working for the larger Edgewater boats and will push pretty hard to get you out of the smaller Mantouks. The reality is the Edgwater boats are a lot more comfortable and give you better range which will be important if you want to fish for Halibut. I think the upgrades could be offered for a little less or perhaps they could just drop the smaller boats and the price quotes you get would more accurately reflect what a good trip will cost.

You should also be aware of the tipping guides before going to the lodge. The expectation is $50 per person / day for the guide in the smaller Montouks and $75 per person / day in the Edgewaters or Trophy's (possibly one more reason the guides push you pretty hard to upgrade) with an additional $35 per person / day recommended for the ground staff to share. All told you can count on $350 per person for the trip. The service is excellent but it is a good thing to wrap your head around the additional costs before booking if you are like me and are stretching the budget to go on what can be the trip of a lifetime.

We had two different guides on our three days and both were extremely good fisherman who know how to fish and work hard to get you the most out of your trip. The 10 1/2 hours per day (except the last day which is a travel day) is plenty of time to try a couple of different areas and cover a couple tide changes. Jorgen was exceptional, we really hit it off with him and had good results with a 40 lb Chinook and quite a few from 20 - 25 lbs while there. We also did pretty well with Halibut hitting the slot limit really well with a 43 lb and a 50 lb Halibut in addition to a few smaller fish. Our day 2 guide was a really good fisherman and worked hard but we didn't connect as well. I wasn't really happy when he replied; "I hate Halibut fishing, it's just a meat fishery" to my question about halibut fishing. I thought I was the client. BEST ADVICE: If you plan to include Halibut fishing on your trip make sure you state that up front so they will pair you with a guide who enjoys this type of fishing and is willing to accommodate you.

The rooms are really quite nice considering how from from a town you are and how difficult it is to get supplies out there. Our room was equipped with a double bed and a single bed which means if you aren't a couple, one of you gets the small bed. The phones are activated for your stay and if required you can make calls for a fee. However, the main reason to go to a remote lodge is to escape the phone so the only use I had for the phone was our morning wake-up call.

On the trip out our pilot gave us a real helicopter ride showing of his skills and the terrain. Most of us really enjoyed this flight but a couple passengers looked a little anxious.

Overall this was a wonderful trip that I would be happy to repeat. It isn't cheap though, my total cost for a 4 day trip for two is roughly the same as a 2 week all-inclusive trip to Sandals La Source Grenada for 2 weeks. I don't begrudge the cost, but it is important you factor everything in before booking. If you are planning the trip of a lifetime and can't afford a couple re-do's Peregrine Lodge is a great choice, it won't be cheap any way you cut it so don't cheat yourself out of the best possible experience by trying to cut corners.

There is a 25 lb weight restriction so I brought a dSLR camera and just one lens, no flash. Having been there I would recommend bringing a good quality compact camera with video capability and a reasonable flash unit to capture some unbelievable experiences. Several of the boats had sea lions steal their salmon from the line and devour them in front of the anglers. The safety boat operator displayed several high quality photos of this activity and all his photos are available for purchase on a USB stick or CD/DVD.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

at end of july, went here with a group of around 30.what a wonderful place and a wonderful experience.was here 12 years ago and loved it and this time around it was even better. The trip to get there is a great part of the experience,a Dash 8 ride to Masset and a 20 minute heli trip to the lodge to land in the front yard.the lodge, the boats,the guides,the dining,the fishing, the ambiance all exceptional.I have fished on the west coast of b.c. for 30 years and this is the only place that I will give a rave review to.If you can, you have to go, it is expensive but you will find that the cost,no matter how much is the best fishing experience value you have ever had.Please do not feed the 5 or 6 deer that will wander around grazing by the heli-pad each evening.please don't pet the killer whates, the sea lions, the seals,the bald eagles etc.etc.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Frisco, Texas
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I am spoiled now and can not imagine going anywhere else for a fishing experience! Flew from Texas to Vancouver, taxied over to smaller airport to catch the prop to Massett with the other guests, served box treat and refreshments. Landed in small airstrip at Massett where the 16 seat helicopters were waiting to load and transport the group for a 15 minute ride to the Lodge that is cut out of the forest on the waters of Naden Harbor. We were welcomed by staff members and were shown to our clean and well-equipped rooms before heading to the main lodge for refreshments [fully stocked bar] and a meet and greet. Dinner and breakfast offer many delectable choices. Its 5 Star all the way with linens and crystal. Socialization is encouraged and is easy. I mean, we are there for the same reason, right....and comparing and sharing fish stories is part of the experience. I met people from Canada, Denmark, Norway and the US.
An early morning [5:30] wake-up call gets the blood pumping and the excitement begins. Head to the lodge for 6:00 AM breakfast and pack your selected lunch and beverages of choice. Pick up your sized flotation suits/boots at the dry room and head down to the docks to meet your assigned guide for that day. Different boats are available and for an added cost, you can reserve a boat with a cover and washroom. It's great for the women who might be a bit shy about using a bucket! All three guides I had were awesome and were excellent teachers. It wasn't long before I had my first 20 lb fish on and the fight was on. I only had two knuckle busters the whole trip [gotta get those hands out of the way when the fish decide to run]. Johnny, Brent and Steve coached me through the catches and I brought back my limit of Spring, Coho and Halibut. The fish is cleaned right there on the dock, weighed, tagged and is vacuum sealed and frozen to accommodate you on your trip home. Walruses were in the harbor to catch the discarded fish parts and watching them was a real treat. A 'drink of the day' is served to each guest upon their arrival on the dock.
Head back to the room to get cleaned up a bit and then on to the Lodge for a happy hour and dinner. Our hostess and owner, Georgia Husby, gave out the awards of the day for the biggest fish caught and recognized large fish caught and released. Be sure and enter in the daily $10.00 pot, you never know when you will be the winner for landing the releasing the biggest fish of the day. After dinner enjoy a game of cards, socializing, or just sitting on the porch watching the BC sunset. I was amazed when it was still light at 10:30. The view is spectacular. Head back to your comfy accommodations and get ready to do it all over again.
Take some cash because tipping is encouraged. [Guides 75+ a day and a one time tip for staff left in the room on the last day]. These staff members and guides work so hard to make you feel like the most important person at the Lodge.
On the last day, be sure and be packed so you can enjoy all the time on the water that you are allotted. Arrive back at the Lodge for early dinner, awards, and goodbyes to the many friends you have made. Load the copters and head back to Masset. Board the plane for Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, board your shuttle for the hotel of your choice. We stayed at the Fairmont, which is right at the airport and they put your fish in the freezer. The rooms are fantastic and prepare for a wonderful night's sleep. Walk to your terminal the next day with your luggage and fish on a buggy and head home...where you will be telling many friends about your wonderful trip to Peregrine Lodge! I'm already planning for next year!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Gulf Islands
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was my second trip to Peregrine and it was a marvelous as the first. The treatment from the Vancouver departure to the trip home 5 days later was first class. The meals were gourmet including the custom made sandwiches we took in the boat each day. Accommodations were clean, quiet and comfortable with the staff cleaning and making up the rooms each day. The fishing guides were experts with everyone bringing home the fish they wanted. There is a strong conservation tradition at the lodge with many large fish measured and released to be allowed to spawn. The outstanding wet weather gear provided to all guest ensured everyone stayed warm and dry. A nice touch was at the end of a long day of fishing to be greeted at the wharf on your return with a hot specialty coffee or other cocktail. "The customer comes first" must be Peregrine's motto as they sure do make you feel welcome and special. Peregrine Lodge is your destination if you want to catch big fish and be pampered and spoiled while doing it?

Room Tip: Single rooms are available on request for a small premium if you are traveling in a small group.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Salt Spring Island
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

With 35 years of fishing up and down the west coast of BC behind me, I've stayed in a lot of lodges, a number in Haida Gwaii and can say this is the best I've experienced, hands down.

Old Bald Guy's review covers it well. The logistics of operating a place Peregrine Lodge must be daunting but are handled seamlessly. Arrival at dinner time is perfect as you get all the paper work out the way [licences, release form, and lunch order], as well as getting sized and suited up with the floater suits and boots for the next morning. At other lodges arrival around lunch time means a frenzy of activity as everyone jostles to get out on the water fast and the stress levels can go up - just the opposite of why I go fishing.

The bar is open [everything included except for premium wines], dinner is served and you get a good nights sleep to set you up for the morning wake up call.
All the staff are very friendly and incredibly accommodating - on occasion I like a little Drambue on oatmeal in the morning and believe it or not it happened at Peregrine.
The rooms are wonderfully clean, the beds are wonderfully comfortable and they've addressed the only problem Old Bald Guy had as they now have water glasses in the room.
A couple of things that stand out besides the staff, food, accommodations and logistics: they promote catch and release - if you release a fish over 30lbs you are entered in a draw for a free return trip and they note every released Chinook on the daily fish board and as you step onto the dock after a cold day on the water you are handed a hot drink.
And of course the fishing is fantastic.
If your can afford the uptick go for a covered boat, even with the cruiser suits it can be darned cold.
If you are unsure of which lodge to pick, choose Peregrine. You won't' be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Ontario
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Reviewed January 8, 2008

I can't say enough about this place.

You begin with a private charter (twin-engine turboprop, a bit noisy) from Vancouver Airport's South Terminal to the small town of Masset. From there, a helicopter ride (16-seater) that deposits you on the Peregrine Lodge's front lawns. At that point, you are handed off to the most competent, friendliest group of staffers you'll ever meet.

The main lodge is warm and comfortable. Guest rooms are not luxurious, but they're well-appointed, clean and comfortable. Besides, that's not where you spend most of your time -- at least not your waking hours.

Food is exceptional, and staff change the seating assignments each day, forcing even the chronically shy to meet people whether or not they want to.

But the real reason anyone goes to Peregrine (or any of the similar places on the Queen Charlottes) is for the salmon fishing, which is spectacular even when your guides tell you it's a bad day.

You're supplied with first-rate gear, partnered with a guide (who will do as much, or as little, handholding as you want), and turned loose onto the north Pacific for 10 hours of fishing per day (7 hours on day 3). They bill it as the best salmon fishing in the world, and to my mind that was no exaggeration.

Your catch is cleaned, frozen and packed for you at the lodge and arrives with you back in Vancouver at trip's end, where a shuttle will drop you off at any number of nearby hotels (you arrive back late, so you'll want to overnight).

It's not an inexpensive experience, but worth every penny in my books.

  • Liked — Exceptional staff and support from the moment of arrival
  • Disliked — No water glass in my room (that's my only complaint)
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled solo
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Property: Peregrine Lodge
Address: 6425 River Rd, Naden Harbour, British Columbia V4K 5B9, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) > Graham Island > Naden Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Naden Harbour
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing world-class fishing packages for the last 28 years, Peregrine Lodge is an all-inclusive, premier salmon fishing resort located in Naden Harbour, Haida Gwaii. We are home to some of the best salmon fishing waters on the coast and we pride ourselves on our exceptional service and hospitality. ... more   less 

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