Ecotourism at its Finest
King Pacific Lodge is renowned for minimizing their carbon footprint and working to preserve the surrounding habitat. But what brings travelers are their luxurious accommodations and the unique access they provide to an untouched rainforest.
Usually when people describe a vacation spot as “on the water,” it’s a euphemism for “on the shore, near the water.” When King Pacific Lodge is described as being “on the water,” it isn’t just a figure of speech. The three-story, 17-suite, luxury wilderness lodge sits on top of a barge anchored in the Barnard Harbour in British Columbia; it is very much on the water.
The lodge is located on Princess Royal Island and is nestled inside Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. With 21 million acres protected by the British Columbian government, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact, temperate rainforest in the world, making this the ultimate destination for any lover of the outdoors.
The adventure begins well before you arrive at your destination. The lodge is only accessible by air. Guests arrive in Vancouver only to board a privately chartered plane for Bella Bella on the North Coast. From there, floatplanes fly them to Barnard Harbour, where they touch down in the harbor on their pontoons and then guests are ferried right to the front door. This wilderness refuge is the very definition of getting away from it all.
The lodge itself is a magnificent conglomeration of rustic cabin splendor and sumptuous contemporary amenities. The weathered wood and leather couches in the Great Hall sidle up to a huge stacked stone fireplace. With many nature-infused decorative touches—a glass tabletop stands on legs modeled after twisted branches—the décor all says cabin hideaway, but the beauty and scale of the place suggest extravagance.
Each suite has a slate-lined bathroom with a soaker tub, perfect for a soothing soak after a day of outdoor adventure. The rooms offer a variety of breathtaking views, from the wildlife-filled forest to the ocean, or the grandiose mountains surrounding the lodge. For those seeking the most luxurious of accommodations, there’s the Princess Royal Suite. It encompasses two floors and offers views of the ocean, the forest, and an incredible waterfall. There is also a dining room able to accommodate eight, a sitting room with a rock fireplace, and the large master bedroom comes complete with a dressing room. As a home away from home, the Princess Royal Suite has everything.
Despite the unique perfection of their lodgings, the thing that King Pacific Lodge most excels at is the range of activities offered in their vacation packages. Operating under a philosophy of “sustainable tourism,” the lodge emphasizes a deep respect for the land and its people. From reducing their carbon footprint by 50 percent to offering a discount to any guest who receives all vacation information electronically, this is ecotourism at its most advanced. Their exclusive clientele have the opportunity to experience the purity of an untouched natural habitat in a way that has become practically impossible.
The daytime activities make the most of the astonishing natural environment. Luxury hiking tours introduce participants to the botanic life and animal population of the wilderness. Some lucky hikers may even spot the endangered Kermode bear, known to the indigenous people as the Spirit Bear. This rare animal is particular to the Great Bear Rainforest and is essentially a black bear with a double-recessive gene that results in its beautiful white coat. September is the ideal time to catch the Spirit Bear feeding in the streams.
If fishing is your game, they offer both ocean fishing programs and guided fly fishing trips. The more adventurous will sign up for heli-hiking, where a helicopter takes you to a secluded mountain so you can hike high above the tree line. Kayaking through the fjords of the Trutch Islands is an incomparable experience, while Orca whales and dolphins make their presence known and bald eagles fly overhead.
The King Pacific Lodge is the vacationer’s gateway to the wonder and spectacle of nature at its most authentic. An ecolodge of this caliber can only be sustained if guests from around the world embrace their principles of respect for the land and the ancient, native culture that fostered it.
For more information, visit King Pacific Lodge online at www.kingpacificlodge.com.