Nanook Lodge, A Wilderness Adventure
Our tiny floatplane descended down towards the waters of the secluded wilderness around British Columbia, and I caught a glimpse of where we would be spending the next few days. I immediately felt so excited. There is nothing quite like the great outdoors. We landed on the glassy green water, and stepped off of the aircraft directly onto the dock of Nanook Lodge. The sun was shining and there was an easy breeze blowing through the air. Before I deplaned I could hear music coming from the dock, which seemed to be precisely portraying my surroundings. Smiling members of the friendly staff were there waiting to greet us, as we looked around in awe of our picturesque surroundings.
This outdoorsy paradise is Stuart Island, one of the Discovery Islands of British Columbia, located between northern Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Coast. Stuart Island is home to exclusive billionaire’s fishing lodges and gigantic private estates. Nanook Lodge is the only lodge on the island open to the public. It is privately owned and cannot be reached by ferry. Our flight via Kenmore Air landed us in the water directly in front of the lodge- due to the fact that there are no cars or roads and the only way to get around is on foot or by boat.
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The Pinterest-worthy property of Nanook Lodge houses a rustic yet wonderful main house with seven bedroom suites and a detached cabin-like lounge area where everyone meets up for meals and the like. We booked the entire lodge for our stay, so we had the property all to ourselves. The chef cooked me delicious vegetarian meals and made sure to cater to everyone else’s dietary needs as well.
For me, this was a place of sheer happiness, no worries, and good old-fashioned adventure. The expansive views from the lodge were incredible. Nanook Lodge specializes in salmon fishing due to it’s spot-on location for reeling in large Chinook salmon, a prized and sought-after catch for a sporting angler. I was happy to learn that we had our own private guides and boats to do whatever we pleased. I requested to go on a wildlife tour and my guide, Sam, took me to see bald eagles and bears, while another guide took my husband out to go fishing. At night we all sat around the campfire roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, and having a grand ol’ time!
Nanook Lodge reminded me of staying at an old friend’s home, but with a private chef and personal tour guides to show us around. This was quite refreshing; so much better than being at some big resort with a bunch of random strangers. To top it all off, the kids were just as happy here as the adults. My conclusion is that Nanook Lodge is a fantastic destination for a summertime family vacation! And remember…
Your favorite destinations were just spots on a map, until you traveled there. So get up and go TRAVEL to make lasting memories!
Prices are around $1000 per person, per night, all inclusive.
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