Look up, way up, to catch a glimpse of the cedar tops. Hike through the woods and a thousand shades of green. Glide through the inlet in a kayak and marvel at the silence and solitude.
Ocean House, located on the remote west coast of Haida Gwaii at Stads K’uns GawGa, is a new, 12-room, fly-in lodge that wraps wilderness and adventure together with Haida culture and luxury.
“You’re surrounded by nature. There’s nothing but the lodge in the inlet,” says Samantha Rullin, marketing coordinator with HaiCo, the company that oversees Ocean House.
There are no roads to Stads K'uns GawGa, so you travel to Ocean House by helicopter. With three, four or seven-day packages, you’ll take guided hikes through the rain forest, paddle board to see marine life, visit ancient villages and explore rugged shorelines.
At the lodge, you can enjoy the spa, a theatre, a lounge and gourmet meals. Everywhere you turn, you’ll be drenched in Haida culture.
“Pre-contact, we had about 40,000 people living here. Haida lived everywhere on the islands. Post-contact, we had 500 people,” says Rullin.
"Ocean House provides a real connection, where guests are able to learn about the Haida, from the Haida.”
You’ll also share the tranquility of the islands. “When you’re based in the city, it’s so loud, there’s constant noise. When you get to Ocean House, it’s silent and the air is fresh. When you go to bed at night, you zonk out from all the fresh air and the day’s experiences, with all these giant trees surrounding you.”