Once upon a time, there was a group of wilderness lodge owners who would frequently bump into each other in industry circles. They quickly realized that they had so much in common as they had all built their businesses from the ground up, in the middle of nowhere! They were all wildlife enthusiasts and champions of the environment. And they all understood exactly what was required to run a luxury wilderness lodge. This special kinship blossomed into a great idea – to form a partnership of likeminded family businesses in the wild!
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
Over thirty years ago, Craig and Deborah Murray established this visionary property with ecological ‘footprint’ in mind. Their son Fraser grew up in Nimmo Bay and has an intuitive knowledge of the land and lodge. He and his partner Becky are always improving upon a model grounded in brilliance. Having worked every job on the grounds, explored every nook and bay, Fraser and Becky know what to deliver to their guests. Their passion for, and commitment to, Nimmo Bay melds with true stewardship of the Earth. The Nimmo team delivers excellent service, dedication to sustainability, and one family’s dream, realized.
Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
Allyson Rogers and her family take great pleasure in welcoming adventurers from around the world to their hidden gem amid the wilds. The story of how it all came to be is what makes the resort incomparably special. Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is the product of Allyson’s vision realized through passion, hard work and endless perseverance; built in harmony with the environment to preserve all that Nature has to offer. When she purchased her piece of paradise in 1991, there wasn’t even a road in to the place. She camped and rode on horseback around the property, getting to know the lay of land. Built from the ground up, the ranch has been operating for two decades now, and has become a world-class wilderness retreat. To make her story and her property all the more unique, in 2017, Allyson and team defended Siwash from one of the biggest wildfires in Canada’s history — resulting in an epic battle. Ever since, they have been nurturing and protecting the regenerating landscape, while teaching about the impacts of climate change.
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge & Bella Coola Heli Sports
Good things come in threes: Beat Steiner, Christian Begin, and Peter ‘Swede’ Mattsson. The stories these characters could tell… Beat of his time squatting in remote cabins while filmmaking, Christian skiing into the wild to shoot over fifty snowboarding and skiing films, and ‘Swede’, whose passion for heli-skiing drives Bella Coola Heli Sports, as he runs all operations with a verve only he could muster. As true backwoodsmen with an unparalleled passion for powder, each brings a long list of professional skills to the table as they uphold the same vision: to perfect the programs at Tweedsmuir and Bella Coola Heli Sports, while having a great time.
The Reimers are an energetic team. Mike is a wilderness guide, an outfitter, and the ultimate outdoorsman. Jeanne is the quintessential host, an unbelievable chef, and a visionary. Together they journeyed into the wild with a dream, and were the first to establish an eco-lodge on Hudson Bay. Mike and Jeanne’s bold endeavors have created a premiere destination for wildlife enthusiasts, inviting all into the fascinating world of the Canadian Arctic.
Colin Griffinson will say he was born to it, in a melodious Irish lilt. As a lad in Dublin he found his sea legs; he’s been exploring ever since. An entertainer by nature, Colin makes his guests feel welcome with a story and a laugh. His mastery of both his ship and the sea secures your trust; you’re in good hands. The Pacific Yellowfin’s crew are like a loyal family; they will lead you into the secret coves, waterfalls, and the ultimate B.C. fishing spots. Colin likes his onboard guests to become “Yellowfinners”. This alchemy usually arrives with the next incoming tide.