A Relaxed and Unique Floating Home for your Adventures
In 1988, Chris Bennett decided to fulfill the dream of owning his own British Columbia fishing lodge. For folks wanting to do some fishing in BC, he designed and built a solid floating structure that would provide a cozy, personal, and comfortable place for his guests to visit.
Using red and yellow cedar from the nearby forests, Chris and local craftsmen milled the lumber on site and worked together to build Blackfish Lodge. The lodge is heated by a woodstove and has solar power and a generator to provide electricity (we usually turn the generator off for sleeping).
There is no TV, but in-lodge wifi internet access is provided. Each private room has a queen and single bed plus a shower-equipped bathroom.
The lodge has a kitchen, dining area, and a great room, all with spectacular views. We’re also pleased to offer our guests the use of our lovely sauna.
We have a widely varied collection of CDs, and an upright piano for those who like music during their time at the lodge. You’re also welcome to bring your own music CDs or digital music device to set the mood of your trip. Additionally, the lodge is wheelchair accessible (be sure to coordinate with any air or boat travel).
Quality Food & Drink
We believe that providing ample, high quality, and delicious food adds to the overall pleasure of your visit. Meals are served and cooked family-style. Our cooks will delight you with both the quality and quantity of food. Of course we have famous British Columbia
seafood delicacies: fresh crab, prawns, salmon and halibut. Good access to fresh produce ensure both variety and quality of meat and produce. You may find homemade soup, prime rib, lamb, fresh salads, pasta, and vegetables on any given night. We also do much of our own baking, and our greenhouse supplies fresh salad greens and herbs. We also serve award winning Okanagan Valley and imported wines, beer, and other beverages.
If you’re going to be out on an all-day salmon or fly fishing trip, we’ll make sure that there is a generous supply of food and hot and cold drinks on the boat. You can certainly request any preferred foods in advance of your visit. We will also be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Again, just let us know in advance or fill out our guest preferences worksheet.
Limited Party Size
Parties of 5 or 6 will have exclusive use of the lodge. The lodge’s maximum capacity is 6 adult guests.
Located within the southern confines of the new Great Bear Rainforest preserve and framed by the rugged mountains of the Coast Range to the east and beautiful Vancouver Island to the west, the wilderness area that surrounds Blackfish Lodge is spectacular.
Vertical rock walls plunge into the ocean and 5,000+ foot mountains brood over inlets and fjords. Along with fishing in BC, a rich variety of wildlife is experienced each day of your visit. Untouched streams tumble through lovely rich forests to join the saltwater. The scent of cedar is borne on the breezes.
Other interesting sights and activities will keep you occupied in your non-fishing hours. Explore pristine saltwater lagoons, or go whale- or bird-watching. Have a long picnic lunch in the Burdwoods—one of the most unique and loveliest spots on the West Coast. Perhaps just enjoy curling up with a good book in front of the lodge’s cozy woodstove.
No Canada fishing lodge vacation, salmon fishing trip, or fly fishing trip is complete without many opportunities for various kinds of animal watching experiences. The waters of Blackfish Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait, Knight Inlet, and Kingcome Inlet are home to a large and famous concentration of orca whales. Other marine mammals that frequent the area are harbor porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbor seals, Minke whales, humpback whales, and grey whales.
Bald eagles are a very common sight as are ravens, kingfishers, and herons. A large variety of other aquatic birds are also present. As you are fishing or moving from place to place, you may see bears, deer, mink, and river otter.
The local area offers you a number of fascinating diversions. Visit the very eclectic Billy’s Museum and Gift Shop in the nearby hamlet of Echo Bay. Or have us arrange a day with Nikki van Schyndel, author of the book “Becoming Wild“, at Echo Bay EcoVentures who will take you to play with dolphins, witness primitive fire-making, savor wild meals, feed eagles, wander through wildflowers, picnic amid totem poles, listen to legends and stories of survival, and discover the secret spots of the Broughton Archipelago during their one-of-a-kind speedboat tours or onboard presentations. Nikki will customize every adventure to help make your wilderness dreams come true. Both children and adults will enjoy this.
We also have kayaks for our guests’ use. Both a one-person and two-person kayak will be available for paddling fun at no charge to Blackfish Lodge guests. There are some nice spots to visit. A liability waiver signature is required prior to use.
Our guests can enjoy many of these extra pursuits at no additional charge. Advance notice is advisable for some of these activities.