History of Klahoose Resort
Klahoose Wilderness Resort was original erected in 2008 and the originally named Homfray Lodge after the channel where it is located. The resort is within the territory of the Klahoose First Nation and in proximity to our neighbours of the Homalco, Kwakiutl, and Tla’amin Nations.
Klahoose Wilderness Resort sits on the remote shores and calm waters of Homfray Channel (Thee chum mi yich – meaning further back inside), just north of the Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park, the Sunshine Coast and just south of Yekwamen (Toba Inlet) on the southern edge of the lush Great Bear Rainforest and coast mountain range of the beautiful British Columbia's Pacific Coast.
Homfray 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.
Improvements were added to this Sunshine Coast wilderness lodge after 2011 including: a new 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, kayaking, yoga retreats and Klahoose grizzly bear viewing tours in Toba Inlet.
In 2020, Homfray Lodge was purchased by Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC) , the Klahoose First Nation’s Economic Development Corporation and relaunched as Klahoose Wilderness Resort. The BC Resort now offers immersive Indigenous culture experiences alongside the outdoor experiences such as kayaking, nature and wildlife viewing and grizzly bear tours in nearby Toba Inlet.
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. Stays at this BC resort are all inclusive for 3 or 4 nights and all details for your day of adventures, accommodation, meals and cultural experiences, wildlife and grizzly bear viewing are included.
The resort offers two accommodation options including Lodge Rooms and private cedar Cabins. The private cabins offer one- and two-bedroom options, while the guest suites are perfect for two guests. All of the accommodation have a private bathroom, and offer ocean views.
You have to see it for yourself to truly experience the beauty and natural wonder of the area. We absolutely love the Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, Toba Inlet and Klahoose Wilderness Resort, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Grizzly Bear Viewing
The Klahoose peoples have lived in Yekwamen or Toba Inlet on the central west coast of British Columbia, since time before memory.
Here on the edge of the great bear rainforest 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 rainforest backdrop draws grizzlies to this remote river where they socialize with each other and feast on the bounty of fresh salmon.
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 2021 now serving his third term as Chief. Since then we have expanding the viewing areas, all set in different locations along the remote river in Toba Inlet. We provide six fixed viewing towers 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 August to October our guests of Klahoose Wilderness Resort enjoy grizzly bear viewing tours, led by our Klahoose guides in Toba Inlet.