Quatsino Lodge, E335 Quatsino Road
Quatsino Lodge, E335 Quatsino Road
Quatsino Lodge is located in Quatsino Sound, in the upper north-west region of Vancouver Island. This region provides phenomenal and consistent fishing opportunities, an abundant array of marine and other wildlife, and gorgeous scenery. The area around the lodge is home to resident deer, bears and eagles as well as sea life such as otters and seals. Only a short boat ride from road access, Quatsino Lodge provides a west coast experience with convenience.
Quatsino Lodge is a small, personal, fully catered land-based sport fishing and kayaking lodge. It has been in operation for 13 years and is extremely popular with its numerous satisfied guests, many of whom have been repeat clients of the owners for years, if not decades. The business is very profitable and enjoys good annual retained earnings. There is a well established reputation and clientele base, and the upcoming season (2018) is already fully booked and there are expressions of interest and commitments going into 2019.
Everything required for a turn-key operation is provided in the sale. This includes the wheelchair-accessible lodge, which will accommodate up to 20 guests and a full complement of staff. There are substantial foreshore improvements, which will accommodate up to 8 west-coast caliber sport fishing boats. These facilities have power and water as well as a 30x20ft floating fish processing/equipment storage unit. These foreshore facilities, as with the upland improvements and all vessels, are well maintained and in good serviceable condition. The moorage is situated on a fully licensed foreshore lease. A fleet of 5 fully maintained, equipped and properly powered boats is also included.
The 5200sqft home-style lodge sits on over 6 acres of land with approx. 653ft of oceanfront that encompasses a protected bay and provides for excellent, private deep-water moorage – arguably the best protected moorage in all of Quatsino Sound. A boardwalk stretches through the manicured front lawns between the lodge and foreshore facilities.
Domestic water is from a 180ft drilled well and complemented by a water license for a creek that runs through the property. There is a permitted waste water management system in place. A big bonus is that the property benefits from conventional power as Quatsino is service by BC Hydro, so no need for generators. There is excellent cell service in the area, and land line telephone service at the Lodge.
The property has proper commercial zoning to accommodate the current use and also to allow for future development, such as the construction of stand-alone cabins for guest accommodations. Zoning would also permit a liquor store, a restaurant and hotel-style accommodations.
Quatsino Lodge has developed a phenomenal reputation and business geared towards sport fishing activities. During the off-season, additional revenues have been generated by providing accommodation and meals for forestry-related work crews – loggers, bridge and road builders, engineers – as well as for other organizations such as BC Hydro and Coast Guard. In recent years the lodge has also accommodated the crew for the TV series Alone, which has filmed on northern Vancouver Island. There is real potential to diversify and expand into other services, such as fresh water fishing, providing the option for clients to bring their own boats, eco-tourism, wildlife tours, more kayaking adventures, etc.
The current owners have mastered maximizing the guests’ experience and the business opportunity, more so than most other operations of this kind throughout the coast. They have marketed and encouraged guests to take advantage of the shoulder seasons, considered by many to be less than prime time fishing opportunities. This is not the case on the west coast. Chinook salmon travel the coastline in early spring, and there are an abundance of bottom fish at this time of year as well. The late summer and early fall provides great coho fishing and offshore fishing for albacore tuna. With this in mind and through good marketing, the Lodge’s season begins in early spring and runs into October.
Although it is the primary draw, it is not only about west coast sport fishing for salmon, halibut and other bottom fish. There is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy, from seals and sea otters to whales, eagles, bears, deer and sea birds. There are many other activities such as kayaking, prawning, crabbing, and at certain times of the year fresh water fishing in the numerous estuaries and rivers entering Quatsino Sound. The Lodge provides a complement of recreational equipment such as kayaks for the guests’ use and enjoyment. Quatsino Sound is a photographer’s paradise, with amazing vistas and wildlife to capture. This is a lodge that can cater to families as much as to fishing groups, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Unlike many west coast lodges, Quatsino Lodge has the benefit of relatively easy access, providing options and cost savings for guests. Float plane access is an option, however there is easy boat access via Coal Harbour or Port Alice, which are both drive-to communities on Vancouver Island.
Quatsino is a historical boat-access coastal community founded in the late 1800s, with a current population of approximately 40 year-round residents plus a complement of part-time and seasonal vacationers. Quatsino is situated 12 miles south of Port Hardy only 5 miles south from Coal Harbour by boat. The community is serviced with a local road, hydro electricity and telephone. There is a government wharf and post office.
Quatsino Sound, one of the last great west coast frontiers easily accessible for the outdoor enthusiast and avid sport-fisherman, offers a great variety of activities throughout the network of protected inlets and the access to the open west coast. As well there are numerous rivers and lakes abundant with trout, steelhead and spawning salmon in the fall. Colony Lake and Little Colony Lake are within easy walking access from this property. Seventeen miles to the southwest out Quatsino Sound is the open west coast of Vancouver Island that offers spectacular fishing for salmon, halibut and other species. The marine life and other wildlife in addition to the beauty of the west coast are unsurpassed.