Northern Galapagos: Eco lodges open in Canada's Haida Gwaii isles
Described by tour guides as the Galapagos of the North, Canada's Haida Gwaii archipelago off the coast of British Columbia is often viewed as secluded by the general public. Now, with the opening of a new luxury hotel at the heart of the archipelago, they're better to visit than ever.
Owned and operated by the indigenous Haida Nation, the newly launched Ocean House just welcomed its first group of tourists in June. Reachable through a 70min jet flight from Vancouver followed by a 20min helicopter flight over a snow-capped volcano, the 10,000 square-foot 5 star retreat is anchored in the middle of a fjord.
With an interior designed by Gina Mae Schubert, inspired by classic Haida art, the hotel stretches over 12 guest rooms, complemented by a lounge, bar, media room, library, an artist's studio, a spa and a dinning room with panoramic water views.
Constantly evolving, the lodge's menu is adapted based on the freshest products available with combinations of sea food, local fish, mushrooms and vegetables prepared by a team of award-winning, co-chefs, that update the Haida's traditional recipes with modern tastes.
Most visits to the lodge are expected to not only take place onboard but also across the region's untapped forests, exploring ancient villages, interacting with sea lions and whales, kayaking near black bears and fishing for salmon, all in absolute tranquility.