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February 26, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

QCL is a paradise for anglers however, there is so much more to QCL than what is underwater. The next time you’re at the Lodge take a moment to look beyond the tides and take in the unique beauty Haida Gwaii offers above water.

A secret known only to those who are looking for it, the area is home to incredible bird-watching opportunities. With unique species hiding amongst the forest’s edge, shorelines, rugged coastlines and diving down below the tides.

A few of our favourites to keep a lookout for are:

  1. Eagle

Holding a special place here in Haida Gwaii, the Eagle is one of the most recognizable soaring through the sky and hanging out at low tide.

Powerful and beautiful birds of prey, you’ll find upon reaching maturity these birds are dark brown with a white head and tail. Featuring a beak, feet and irises that are all yellow in colour, with highly developed talons to pierce their prey. Known as opportunistic feeders, these birds can be found wherever they can find something to eat – Whether that is along the shoreline or diving into bait balls.

 

  1. Raven

Also, culturally significant to the Haida people, the Common Raven is an all-black passerine bird that has co-existed with humans for thousands of years. This species is among the smartest animals in the world and is highly regarded among mythology.

The Ravens found in Haida Gwaii are some of the biggest globally, due to the colder weather.  The iridescent plumage and dark brown irises that they feature are among a few of the distinguishable features. Look for these birds in trees along the coastline while out on the water.

 

  1. Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Don’t let the name deceive you, this beautiful bird is a part of the Woodpecker species that regularly drill holes in bark to find food. Your best bet at sneaking a peek at the vibrant red head and breast is to head into the lush, old growth forest. Most often spotted near ground level, you’ll see them feeding on insects tucked away into the bark of Spruce and Hemlock trees.

 

  1. Varied Thrush

A beautiful songbird that features a large, rounded head and a straight bill, and will most often be found amongst the trees. The male thrushes are dark blue-gray and rich burnt-orange with a soot black breastband and an orange line over their eyes., while females feature the same, but muted colouring. These beautifully coloured birds are mixed among the humid evergreens along the Pacific Coast.

 

  1. Black Turnstone

A small and short shorebird, the Black Turnstone can be found along the rocky outcrops forming our little piece of fishing paradise. Identified by the dark black and brown colouring with a white belly and bold patterns only visible in flight, the mature adult’s individual white stripes on each wing, with a mostly white tail.

 

  1. Rhinoceros Auklet

A favourite at QCL, so much so that we named one of our freight boats after it – the Auklet.

A seabird that is closely related to the puffin. Getting its name from the horned bill, this bird can be distinguished among the crowd through its cloudy gray colour, two white facial plumes and the thick orange-yellow bill.

An aquatic bird at heart, keep your eyes peeled while on the water as they are often in large flocks, swimming underwater as they chase prey.

 

  1. Tufted Puffin

Not as commonly seen but certainly a sight to behold if you do, the Tufted Puffin is one of two Pacific Puffin species. Sometimes called the Crested Puffin, this pelagic seabird is thriving with interesting facts – One of is that they nest mostly in deep burrows as it digs into cliff edges, they can get more than 1.5 meters deep.

Identify this bird by their long, pale yellow head plumes and intense red bill that offset the white face and black body. As they spend most of their lives on the open ocean, far from shore, Virago Sound is a perfect viewing spot.

 

  1. Black Oystercatcher

Camouflaged by their dark bodies, and only noticeable by their red orange bills and eyes, and pale pink feet, the Black Oystercatcher goes after marine organisms that are left unprotected when the shore is visible.

Another species with interesting facts – the Black Oystercatcher was first described as being “blood-footed” due to the pink colour of its feet.

 

9.  Harlequin Duck

Another beautifully coloured bird worth looking out for during your time on the fishing grounds is the Harlequin Duck, a small sea duck that boasts many names. With striking plumage, the males are easily identifiable boasting a slate blue body, a white facial crescent, spot chestnut crown patching/flanks and bold white strips. Females are brown with similar telltale facial markings as the male.

Like most ducks, they dive for aquatic invertebrates along the turbulent coastal waters. Keep a look out during the tide changes and wavy days as they favour white water.

 

10. Belted Kingfisher

Featured in our original logo, in 1991, the Belted Kingfisher holds a special place in not only our history but our hearts.

Blue-gray with a white band around the neck and under belly, the Kingfisher sports a large head with a shaggy crest. Females have a rusty band on their bellies, unlike the pure white and blue gray of males. Spending majority of their time perching along the edges of nearby water sources, these birds will hunt for small fish by hovering over the water and diving with their thick, pointed bill.

Around the Lodge, you can spot them when walking the trails and sometimes, they will perch amongst the trees on property. And if you look hard, you might even see a guest sporting a cap with the vintage logo.

These are only a few of the many birds that frequent Naden Harbour and Virago Sound. During your time at QCL, we encourage you to look beyond the tides, towards the skies to see how many you can identify.

Save this for reference and keep an eye out for what other adventures are yours for the taking while you experience fishing first class.


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February 14, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

As the winter months pass us by, we are back with another QCL Signature Series recipe. This time featuring Smoked Salmon, Beets and a Goat Cheese Dressing – A salad perfect for lunch or in addition to dinner.

Materials

  • 3 Beets, medium sized
  • 90ml Olive Oil
  • 115g Goat Cheese
  • 60ml Buttermilk
  • 15ml White Wine Vinegar
  • 5g fresh chopped Dill
  • 200g sliced Smoked Salmon
  • 150g Arugula
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • 2 Green Onions, sliced
  • ½ Lemon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Rub beets with 30ml of Olive Oil and Salt + Pepper
  3. Once seasoned, place beets on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and roast in oven for 40 mins
  4. Remove from oven, peel and slice (or dice) to your liking
  5. In a food processor combine Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, White Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, half of the Dill, and Salt + Pepper to taste. Mix until smooth.
  6. Separate slices of the Smoked Salmon and sliced Avocado
  7. Dress Arugula and Green Onions with dressing. Place on bottom of serving dish
  8. Place Smoked Salmon, Beets, Avocado and remaining Dill on bed of Arugula
  9. Drizzle with more Goat Cheese Dressing, to your liking, and finish with a squeeze of fresh Lemon

Don’t worry if you’ve moved through your supply of QCL caught fish already, our Taste of B-Sea program runs year round. The finest quality fish and shellfish, these products are Ocean Wise and come from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using the most eco-friendly fishing methods.

To learn more and to place your order, contact us | 1-800-688-8959


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February 8, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Most anglers have their favourite fishing gear; special vest, best rod, lucky lures, killer flies, and the list goes on. But one item that seems to be high on the list of essentials is their fishing hat.  And judging by the number of hats we see at the Lodge, we can confirm that is often the case!

For as long as QCL has operated, our guests have received an annual QCL Hat. Sporting this upon stepping off the helicopter has become a welcome tradition. While this tradition is not unique to QCL, we find ourselves excited when our guests love their new fishing hat.

Now, 33 years in, we’re still cooking up new ideas and fresh looks for the QCL cap.  Obviously, the logo features prominently on any design and we’ve moved through a few variations.  The original logo in 1991 was a beautiful Kingfisher, styled in a Haida design by Pat Wesley.  It was front and centre on all Lodge hats until 2002 when we moved to a new logo design that featured the “hooked QCL” which was later simplified to the “hooked Q” that we often use today. Colour is always important; we’ve used various hues of blue, green, chestnut brown and shades from white to black.

Coming up with a hat that appeals to everyone is a daunting task.  But every winter we go on a mission to design something fresh, in hopes that most everyone will love it.  Thankfully, we’ve had our share of winners – in shapes and colours that fit just right with the times – and perhaps some that were loved a little less. It’s our good fortune that most guests are pleased to receive this unique keepsake and are happy to take it home with them. There’s no feeling quite like walking down the street, or across the world, and seeing the familiar Q.

As we always say, fishing is a pastime full of story and tradition, with maybe a touch of superstition involved there too.  One tradition that many of our guests may not be aware of is what to do when your new hat blows off your head while out on the water.  Of course, this happens more often than you might think. Keeping it protected from the breeze as you fly over the water is a timeless trick that needs perfecting. But of course, the proper procedure to follow is that as soon as your hat leaves your head, is to immediately turn the boat around and retrieve it before it sinks!  And, doing so properly means pulling the hat straight from the water and putting it right back on your head, drips and all.

Our 2024 hat is well on its way to the Office, ready to continue the loved tradition. We cannot wait to share it with you all, you’ll only have to wait a little bit longer. For now, here’s a little teaser.


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January 13, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

The New Year is officially in full swing and we’re here to bring you another QCL Signatures Series recipe.

Straight from our Chefs to you, the Herb Crusted Halibut. This recipe is nostalgic for us, as it was featured on our Main Lodge A La Carte menu, many years ago. Who remembers it?!

Change up your weeknight dinner routine with this Herb Crusted Halibut – Pair it with your favourite side dish and a glass of white!  A quick, easy and delicious meal made with your QCL catch.

Materials

  • 4x 170g Halibut Fillets
  • 65g Panko
  • 20g chopped Parsley
  • 15g chopped Dill
  • 15g chopped chives
  • 15ml Olive Oil
  • 5g Lemon Zest
  • 6g Salt
  • 2g Ground Black Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all ingredients, except the halibut, together.
  4. Pat dry halibut and lay out on baking sheet.
  5. Generously spoon the bread crumb mixture fillets and lightly press.
  6. Bake in the oven until crumb topping is lightly browned and fish flakes easily with a fork, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with your loved ones!

Don’t worry if you’ve moved through your delicious catch already, our Taste of B-Sea program runs year round. The finest quality fish and shellfish, these products are Ocean Wise and come from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using the most eco-friendly fishing methods. 

To learn more and to place your order, contact us | 1-800-688-8959

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January 2, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

It’s 2024! Full of promise for the adventurous among us; turning the page on another year is something we look forward to. Around here, we know it’s time to roll up our sleeves and prepare for the downhill rush to Opening Day! It’ll be here before you know it.

A seasonal resort is, by definition, something special. It’s not a place you can just drop into anytime you feel like it, especially when there are no roads to get there! In our case there is only that precious 100 days between Spring and Autumn when everything lines up and it’s “the place to be” for epic wilderness and your first class fishing adventure. To make that happen consistently, our team spends the other 265 days of the year planning and preparing for your arrival. That’s why we’re so thrilled to greet you –  We’ve been waiting!

In the meantime, our managers have been looking at staffing, lining up our best returning personnel with keen new recruits to deliver signature QCL hospitality and services. Consistency is paramount to us. Many of our guests tell us that the culture of our crew is what truly sets us apart – beyond the location and the facilities – and we’re quite proud of that.

For our 34th season we’re looking forward to seeing almost all of you back again! The demand for spots this coming summer has been incredible, and our office team has been juggling groups, dates, boats and guides around to ensure we satisfy everyone’s needs. There are still some 2024 trips available but we’ll be attending 3 trade shows in the US, starting in mid-January, so don’t expect to have much choice available after that. To avoid missing out, it’s best to connect with our Sales Executive team soon!

Until the season begins and as the holiday season winds down, on behalf of the entire QCL Team, we wish you the best for 2024!


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December 22, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0

Like most, we often find ourselves spending the final few weeks of December reflecting on the previous year. As we shift towards the New Year and upcoming season, we want to take a moment to thank you.

Thank you for choosing QCL, thank you for enjoying all the little moments that define us, thank you for allowing us to help create memories that will never be forgotten.

Whether it was your first visit to the Lodge, or your thirtieth, we experienced new adventures alongside you. We saw your first-ever catch. We saw your fish-of-a-lifetime. We watched your breath taken away by the Orcas, Humpbacks, and stunning scenery. We watched as you drank a Fishmaster Caesar, and we cheered with you as you rang the bell. And, we smiled as you enjoyed the meals our chef’s created. The 2023 season was a culmination of all your dedication to adventure, your enthusiasm, your laughter, and quality time. And now, with you, we are counting down the days until the 2024 season!

On behalf of the entire QCL family, we wish you the happiest holidays! You make it possible for us to share our passion with you and we appreciate your support. Here’s to 2024 being better and more adventurous than ever before.


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December 13, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0
The Holiday’s are quickly approaching and with them come the holiday get-togethers. Shake things up and wow your guests with this Salmon Dip recipe. It’s the perfect pairing for your holiday party.
Check out our signature Salmon Dip recipe below, and don’t forget to check back monthly as our chef’s create new recipes for you to enjoy your catch or Taste of B-Sea order.

 

MATERIALS

  • 226g of room temperature cream cheese
  • 125ml sour cream
  • 15ml fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2g fresh chopped dill
  • 2g fresh chopped chives
  • 5ml horseradish
  • 120g of chopped smoked salmon
  • Salt + Pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream the cheese using a mixer.
  3. Once smooth, add in sour cream, lemon juice, herbs, and horseradish and combine.
  4. Finally, add smoked salmon to the mixture. Taste and season to your liking.
  5. Place mixture into an oven safe dish, place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until dish reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Serve with crudité, crostini, or naan bread.
  7. Enjoy!

Don’t worry if you’ve moved through your delicious catch already, our Taste of B-Sea program runs year round. The finest quality fish and shellfish, these products are Ocean Wise and come from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using the most eco-friendly fishing methods. 

To learn more and to place your order, contact us | 1-800-688-8959

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November 28, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0

The holiday season is fast approaching and with that so do the holiday get-togethers, dinners, and celebrations. And while the Lodge does not operate throughout the winter months, our offices are busy in preparation for the upcoming season! Each month, in lead up to May, the buzz in the office becomes more energetic, more infectious – We already can’t wait to see you all again.

In preparation, our Food and Beverage team works diligently to curate the perfect wine. Pulling inspiration from prior years, guest interests and what is well revered in the industry, our team also works with our Head Chef to ensure the list developed best complements the flavours on your plate.

As we move into the holiday season, we are excited to share with you some QCL favourites.

Perfect to start off the day, a meal or a celebration, you can never go wrong with a sparkling wine.  

Our go-to sparkling is the Mionetto Prestige Treviso Brut. A well-balanced dry sparkling that showcases a straw-coloured yellow hue. Aromas of golden apple, white peach, and honey. This Prosecco delivers a lively mouthfeel and a clean finish.

And, if you haven’t already been introduced to Lambrusco, we recommend checking it out! This sparkling red is a treat for your palate. The pale ruby colour and constant perlage feature aromas of apple, red fruits, and strawberries. Finishing dry with a hint of salt, this wine pairs well with conversation or a meal.

Pop the top and enjoy!

If you’re looking for something to pair with your holiday dinner, look no further than our very own backyard. British Columbia produces incredible wine. Support our local industry this holiday season with a wine paired perfectly with your turkey dinner.

Right in the heart of the Okanagan, sits Checkmate Winery.  Producing only Chardonnay and Merlot, Checkmate focuses on the unique qualities that each vineyard brings to the table. For each style of wine the vinification (wine making) process remains the same in order to display the unique minerality that the different vineyards accent. While any of their Chardonnay’s will make the perfect accompaniment to your turkey dinner, our favourite is the Fool’s Mate. Complex with notes of stone fruit and graphite, the minerality developed a generous mouthfeel.

For a red option, look towards Code Estate, their Pinot Noir is the perfect twist to a classically white wine dish. This Pinot Noir features a silky-texture with aromas of cherry and raspberry. These evolve on the palate and finally, express a long finish with spice.  A relatively new winery, Code is a family business that promotes bio-diversity through organic farming of their 10,000 vines.

Lastly, if you’re looking for something to simply enjoy on its own, we’ve got you covered.

Finally, fill your glass with our guest favourite red – Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon. Stunning with intense aromas of tobacco, dark chocolate shavings, black currants and hints of savoury notes. The layers this wine features will grace the palate along with a full body and balanced acidity.

Wines are created to enhance the special moments in life and we hope these help accentuate your holidays!


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November 20, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0

The days are shorter, the air is cooler, and the holiday season is right around the corner! It’s the time of year where we are reminded to slow down, reflect on the last 12 months, and to spend time with the ones that matter most.

As with everything in life, the holiday season is different for everyone. Whether you’re jetting off somewhere warm or cozying up by the fire amongst snowfall, celebrating with lots of festivities or relaxing with quiet nights in, there is always something to look forward to.

The QCL team looks for the perfect gift to pair with the quality time the holidays allow and when it comes to the anglers in our lives, we might know a thing or two! Let us help you spread some cheer this holiday season!

UNDER THE TREE

–   Surprise everyone with this year’s feature hat. Usually reserved as an on-season exclusive, we’ve decided to give everyone one last chance at grabbing the 2023 fan favourite. Perfect for those who visited this past season but might have lost theirs to the wind and sea!

–   Our Taste of B-Sea program is the perfect, unexpected gift for those that like to host or the seafood lovers in your life. QCL sources the finest quality fish and shellfish available – all caught right here in British Columbia. These products are Ocean Wise, sourced from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using eco-friendly fishing methods. Connect with Reservations Coordinator, Maria Wong to arrange | mwong@fishqcl.com

–   Anyone who loves to fish for salmon would be thrilled to unwrap an Islander Reel and is a sure way to turn a hobby into an obsession. The Islander MR3 Mooching reel is available in 5 colours. Connect with Retail Administrator, Zoe Zahri to arrange | zzahir@fishqcl.com  

A FIRST CLASS FISHING EXPERIENCE

–   QCL is more than a fishing trip, it’s a luxurious adventure rooted in passionate hospitality. Go above and beyond and surprise your loved one with a first class fishing experience they’ll never forget. Connect with our Sales Executive team | 1 800 688 8959

TRIP ADD-ONS

Know someone that is booked for a trip to QCL in 2024? Treat them to the following on-site amenities to ensure their summer fishing adventure is above and beyond. Connect with Reservations Coordinator, Maria Wong to arrange | mwong@fishqcl.com

–   Book them in for a treatment at the Twin Creek Spa. After all, is there a better way to end a day on the water than with a massage?

–   Treat them with an exclusive dining experience at the Buoy or Bell Ringer.

      • The Buoy, Japanese Inspired Experience | This space is a perfect opportunity for guests looking for a one-of-a-kind special experience. Sit back and enjoy not only amazing eats and first-class service, but amazing forest views. Inspired by Teppanyaki, this semi-private dinner features our chef’s take on the traditional Teppanyaki meal with a West Coast twist.
      • The Bell Ringer Seafood Boil | One of the most attractive outdoor dining experiences in Haida Gwaii, but with propane heaters, the Bell Ringer has become a crowd favourite amongst QCL guests. The Bell Ringer isn’t your average floating dock… to be able to sit and watch sea lions & orcas playing in the harbour with a drink in hand, incredible food in front of you and amazing company is something to behold. Where East and West coast mix, the Bell Ringer Seafood Boil is QCL’s take on the traditional meal.

–   Surprise them with an upgrade!

      • Platinum Package | Defining fishing first class, the Platinum Package elevates the guest experience by considering some of the most important elements and wrapping them into one all-encompassing bundle.

 


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November 14, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0
The best part of bringing your catch home is treating your loved ones to a delicious meal but we know cooking fish the same way can become tiresome. For that reason, our chefs’ have put together a new blog series for you! Learn mouth-watering ways to prepare your catch or Taste of B-Sea purchase.

Check out our signature Cedar Plank Salmon recipe below, and be sure to check back monthly for new featured recipes!

MATERIALS
  • Food Grade 16″ Cedar Plank
  • 1-2 Chinook/Coho Salmon Whole Filet
  • 1-2kg Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
  • 1500ml Heavy Dark Maple Syrup

METHOD

  1. Submerge your cedar plank in water overnight.
  2. Combine syrup and soy sauce. Stir and reserve.
  3. Leaving skin on, portion cut your salmon filet into 60g portions. Try to ensure each are roughly the same size and dimensions.
  4. Submerge cut salmon into syrup/soy marinade, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. One hour prior to cooking, remove salmon from the marinade and set on cooling racks placed over a baking sheet to allow fish to air dry and excess marinade to slough off.
  6. Preheat BBQ to high.
  7. Arrange portioned salmon on cedar plank, leaving small gaps between each piece.
  8. Place on hot BBQ slats, close lid and reduce heat to a minimum.
  9. Cook covered for 6 minutes, and check fish for doneness; look for medium moist, with a slight gradient from outside to center.
  10. Take cedar planks off BBQ once cooked and serve.
  11. Enjoy and create new memories around the dinner table!

Don’t worry if you’ve moved through your delicious catch already, our Taste of B-Sea program runs year round. The finest quality fish and shellfish, these products are Ocean Wise and come from some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world using the most eco-friendly fishing methods. 

To learn more and to place your order, contact us | 1-800-688-8959