History of Klahoose Resort
Klahoose Wilderness Resort was original erected in 2008 and the former name was Homfray Lodge. The Resort is within the territory of the Klahoose First and in proximity to our neighbours of the Homalco, Kwakiutl, and Tla’amin Nations. Homfray Channel, in Desolation Sound, is the location, and the channel was named after a civil engineer Robert Homfray, Civil Engineer , b.1824 d, 1902. Homfray attempted to find a better way to the Chilcotin Gold fields via Bute Inlet with the aid of the Klahoose chief.
Substantial further improvements were added after 2011 including: a new duplicate chlorine water filtration system; environmentally friendly septic system; hydro electric system, thanks to a river that runs through the property, with 24/7 power and back up generator; a massive dock for water sports and marine activities.
In 2017 the resort was re-imagined as an all-inclusive eco-resort with stays including wilderness cruising, marine adventures, yoga retreats and Klahoose grizzly bear viewing tours in nearby Toba Inlet.
In 2020, Homfray Lodge was purchased by Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC) , the Klahoose First Nation’s Economic Development Corporation and re-named Klahoose Wilderness Resort. The Resort now offers Indigenous experiences alongside the wildlife viewing and grizzly bear tours as part of the experience.
The main lodge is of massive cedar timbers and includes the dinner area and a lounge where guests can sit by the fire and relax after a day’s adventures.
The Resort offers two accommodation options guest rooms and private cabins. The private cabins offer one- and two-bedroom options, while the guest suites are perfect for two guests. All of the accommodation has a private bathroom and offer views of Homfray Channel.
You have to see it for yourself to truly experience the beauty and natural wonder of the area. We absolutely love it at Klahoose Wilderness Resort, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Klahoose Coastal Adventures
The Klahoose peoples have lived in Yekwamen (Toba Inlet) on the central west coast of British Columbia, since time before memory.
Here stands, towering cedar trees interwoven with glacial streams and rocky shores that welcome the arrival of spawning Pacific salmon each year, a cycle that has taken place for a millennial on the traditional territory of the Klahoose First Nation people. This breathtaking backdrop draws grizzlies to the Klite River where they socialize with each other and feast on the bounty of fresh salmon. Since 2016, the Klahoose First Nation have operated exclusive bear tours here, with Klahoose guides. From here we watch the grizzly bears form viewing platforms set along the Klite River.
From August to October our guests of Klahoose Wilderness Resort enjoy grizzly bear viewing tours, led by our Klahoose guides in the Toba Valley.
Our Klahoose guides are trained with the standards and best practices of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association making your experience comfortable and fun, while we safely view the grizzly bears. The tours include a traditional welcome by our guides and a fully ten minute drive to the viewing platforms, set along the Klite River, where you will enjoy the grizzly bears with our Klahoose guides.
In 2016 Klahoose Coastal Adventures started offer grizzly bear viewing in Toba Inlet, for the first time sharing the traditional territory to guests from all over the world. Our first grizzly bear viewing platform was constructed in the summer of 2016, when James Delorme was chief of Klahoose. In 2017, Kevin Peacey was elected in as Chief of Klahoose, and has been re-elected in 2019 now serving his second term as Chief. Since then we have expanding the viewing areas, all set in different locations along the remote Klite River. We provide six viewing towers set along the Klite River, that provide optimal sight lines to this natural phenomenon. Our grizzly bear tours are intentionally small to allow for the most intimate experience with the bears. Listen closely and you will hear their heavy breaths mingle with the rushing water - it is an exhilarating and truly amazing spectacle not to be missed!
From late summer, grizzly bear viewing tours are included in your stay.