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June 12, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Summer is almost upon us, and with summer comes first class fishing trips and fish you can turn into delicacies. The warm weather of the summer calls for our chef’s salmon burgers, to be enjoyed on the patio with friends. Don’t forget to tell them how you brought this one into the boat, among your other fishing tales!

Materials

  • 650g of skinless salmon *This is a great way to use salmon scraps
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 egg
  • 50g Breadcrumbs
  • 10g Pickles, chopped
  • 15g Capers, chopped
  • 2g Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 5ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 5ml Tabasco sauce
  • S+P to taste

Method

  1. Place salmon in a food processor or chop by hand. Pieces should be small, but not fine as you want to have chunks.
  2. Mix chopped salmon and all other ingredients together in large bowl.
  3. Scoop small spoonful of mixture in small pan with a few drops of oil and cook to taste, adjust seasoning and taste again
  4. Form salmon patties on small squares of parchment paper to ease transfer to cooking pan
  5. Heat large pan with natural oil of choice, sear both sides, and cook salmon patties until desired doneness.
  6. Serve on warmed bun with topping and sides of choice.
  7. Enjoy!

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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May 14, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

We’re only a few weeks away from another season of first class fishing! Which means that soon enough you’ll be bringing your catch home to enjoy while sharing stories of your time on the water.

Prepare your Halibut with this Signature Series recipe before your trip, or after. Our chef’s have crafted this to enjoy at any point of the year, with your favourite side dishes.

Materials

  • 4x 170g Halibut Fillets
  • 2g Garlic Powder
  • 2g Paprika
  • 4g Salt
  • 1g Ground Black Pepper
  • 30ml Neutral Cooking Oil
  • 225g Butter
  • 1x Medium Lemon, cut in half

Method

  1. Mix spices together and use to season halibut fillets
  2. In large saute pan place halibut fillets down and sear both sides until both are golden brown, cook 2-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Remove fish from pan once ready, add butter into the hot pan and melt.
  4. Simmer butter for 1-2 minutes and then add juice of lemon.
  5. Simmer sauce for 2-3 minutes while stirring often.
  6. Plate the fish alongside your preferred sides and drizzle lemon butter over top of the Halibut.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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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April 24, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

We strive to push the boundaries when it comes to the level of service we offer and are always looking at new, exciting ways to make the QCL Experience more memorable than the last.

Experiencing fishing first class extends beyond the water into our dining room, with dishes that will create memories all on their own.

Our Food and Beverage team has been hard at work, all off-season, preparing for opening day, May 2024. To those that will be joining us this summer, we have come up with various new offerings for you enjoy!

When it comes to beverages, our team definitely knows how to build a well-rounded menu! On the wine front, we have kept several guest favourites around, such as Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, while updating with some new options like 1 Mill Road Pinot Noir Rose from Naramata, BC. Other than our wine list, we have also updated our QCL cocktail recipes as well as the addition of a couple new canned beverages for our guests to sip on their day on the water.

Not only can we curate an excellent bar list for our guests, but the team has been busy tasting, sourcing and planning exciting new dishes for our guests as well. A few notable items to look forward to would be our Boursin Stuffed Chicken Supreme that will be served in the Main Lodge Dining Room or our Chorizo Hash Bowl that will be available for breakfast in the Main Lodge. Also watch out for our new Après Pêche snacks, exclusively at the Bell Ringer, after your daily fishing adventure.

Remote dining like you’ve never experienced before!

We are thrilled to share this piece of your QCL Experience with you.

 


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April 13, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

We’re back with another Signatures Series recipe to wow your family or your guests. Our Back of House team has done an excellent job creating dishes that are easy to prepare and worth adding to your dinner lineup. This Ginger Soy Lingcod is a great addition to any plate.

Materials

  • Lingcod Fillets | 4 x 170g
  • Ginger Slices | x4
  • Cooking Oil | 60ml
  • Honey | 30ml
  • Shallot, finely minced | x1
  • Garlic clove, finely minced | x1
  • Soy Sauce | 125ml
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

Method

  1. In a wok, heat oil.
  2. Add ginger slices to the wok, lightly fry then discard.
  3. Place Lingcod in the same wok and sear for 5 minutes on each side. Remove the fish and keep warm.
  4. Add shallots and garlic to the same wok and saute slightly. Add honey and soy sauce and reduce until syrup. Pour over fish.
  5. Pour the sauce over the fish, paired with your choice of sides. Serve and enjoy!

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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March 22, 2024 Tayler Fuerst0

Last year, on World Water Day, we announced a new conservation initiative for 2023 – The Guest Water Bottle program.

Each guest was gifted a QCL water bottle for their use at the Lodge, and on the water, with the intention of reducing our plastic consumption. Paired with this was the addition of water bottle refill stations across the property. This program was developed, as most of ours are, by listening to our guests’ needs and suggestions.

There is no doubt that the creation of plastic bottles has a significant impact on our environment. With plenty of natural resources consumed, and pollution produced, we agreed that our consumption was out of balance with our values.

Proud to continue this initiative into 2024, we are excited to share with you the impact we saw in the 2023 season and adjustments we’ve made to better our conservation efforts this upcoming summer.

With 20oz bottle, our collective usage, by both guests and staff, saw a reduction in plastic bottles by over 65%!

Looking to better this number, we have increased the Guest Water Bottle size to 25oz. Additionally, you’ll notice that when on land, we no longer offer plastic bottles but rather will provide a glass or jug of water for your use.

We appreciate each of you in supporting our initiatives to better support the environment we all know and love.

We are looking forward to another exciting season of providing you continued excellence, known only as the QCL Experience.

 

 

 


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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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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 1, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0

Over the years we’ve welcomed many faces to QCL and while we are grateful for our returning guests, we are also grateful for those that are visiting for the first time. In honour of all of you, we’d like to reintroduce you to who we are and what magic lies behind the QCL Experience.

Tucked among the lush oasis of old growth forests and rich waters is a luxury fishing lodge – QCL, a private haven for our guests to escape and explore for more than 30 years. Welcoming guests since 1991, we have created a place where modern day adventurers can enjoy the northwest wilderness perfectly blended with the comforts of warm, attentive hospitality in understated luxury lodging.

After changing ownership 20+ years ago, QCL has grown with new standards of business operation that started the Lodge on our current path.

First and foremost, we are a fishing lodge that strives to provide our guests with the ultimate first class fishing experience. Designed to take full advantage of the unrivaled fishing opportunities available in Haida Gwaii, our fishing grounds offer vast populations of bait fish for productive fishing anytime throughout our season. Our fishing grounds are among the world’s premier fisheries for salmon and halibut, with other species available.

Our guests range from fishing novices to seasoned veterans, and we offer a full range of services to meet these needs. Our boat fleet is specifically designed for performance and safety, allowing our guests to choose to fish on their own, self-guided, or benefit from the assistance of a professional guide, guided. Our fishing program is designed to offer even more flexibility with variable start times for guests who are eager to hit the water at dawn, or for those who prefer a slower start to their day.

The QCL Experience does not end once our guests return to the dock – with an elevated standard of hospitality across property, our accommodations, dining services and amenities are among the cornerstones of QCL’s luxury.

Upon booking, guests have the choice of accommodation (based on availability); each room and/or venue offering something for everyone. For those looking for the finest in what QCL has to offer, our private houses are the perfect off the water experience, with a private hot tub, chef, and hostess the QCL experience is tailor-made for you. And for those looking for constant adventure, we have limited spots available on our MV Driftwood.

Guests immediately feel at home in the comforts of the stunning Main Lodge, made from lodgepole pine, as it is the centerpiece of QCL. Upon returning from the water, guests find their way to the Lodge to sip a craft cocktail by the crackling fire in the great stone hearth, take in the setting sun views from the hot tub or sauna, or share stories around the harbourside firepit.

Serving as the hub of our Food and Beverage programs, the Dining Room is located on the second floor of the Main Lodge. Guests looking for an espresso and fresh baked pastry, an afternoon bite or 3 course meal and extensive wine selection, this is where you’ll find it. Our menus emphasize the local seafood, nod to a classic steakhouse, and honour the flavours of the West Coast. Alongside the Dining Room, our guests often find themselves recharging in the Angler’s Club Lounge. Located on the first floor of the Main Lodge, this is home to our wine cellar, main bar, and pool table.

For those in search of a lively location to start or end the day, we have the Bell Ringer – a simple concept that is often imitated but never replicated. Located on the dock, this is the spot to grab a coffee before heading out on the water, and sharing stories of the days catch while you wait for it to get weighed.

Not to be confused with the MV Driftwood, our on the water dining experience for all guests. For those looking for break to their fishing day the DW offers a lively lunch location with tales of the morning and views of the rugged landscape.

Over the years, QCL has learned what best inspires the dining experiences that create irreplaceable memories and from this inspiration we have created two quintessential dining experiences – he Bell Ringer, and the Buoy dinner. Available for a fee, they create a semiprivate dining experience that cannot be rivaled in our remote wilderness.

We understand that the definition of adventure and luxury varies from person to person, and we strive to provide each of our guests with a personalized experience. You can anticipate this personalized experience from the moment you book your trip, to arriving at the lodge, whether they are on the water or in the dining room. Among other amenities such as our spa, fitness center, hot tubs and saunas – the staff is truly the hallmark of your trip. The QCL Crew is always present to ensure your visit to QCL is truly an unforgettable memory.

It is worth noting that while we do our best to share the QCL Experience with you here, there is nothing similar to the feeling you get from stepping off the helicopter after a scenic ride across Haida Gwaii.

Thank you for booking your first class fishing experience with us, we cannot wait to welcome you!


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August 13, 2023 Tayler Fuerst0

We have the privilege of witnessing firsthand, the incredible flora and fauna that Haida Gwaii has to offer. QCL is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife making it the perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

For many, both guests and staff alike, one of the highlights of visiting the Lodge is the opportunity to spot black bears, eagles, deer, humpback whales, orcas, dungeness and red rock crab. These incredible creatures are a testament to the diversity of life in Haida Gwaii and observing them in their natural habitat is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Fishermen aren’t the only ones that love QCL, birdwatchers find the Lodge to be a paradise as well. From the bald eagles to the hummingbirds and kingfishers, QCL provides a front-row seat to some of the most magnificent birds in the world. Whether you’re watching them hunt, feed, or simply soar above the trees, you’ll be in awe.

And let’s not forget about the whales. During the season, guests often have the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures up close. Their acrobatics and feeding displays are truly a sight to behold.

Oh! And the orcas and pilot whales. Now if you thought I already touched on these in the previous paragraph you would have made a very common mistake. Those well versed on this northern archipelago will inform you that, believe it or not, these are actually part of the dolphin family.

In addition to the wildlife, QCL is also surrounded by lush forests, open, wind blown areas with stunted vegetation and oxbow laden rivers. From the towering trees to the tiny flowers and ferns, the flora of Haida Gwaii is equally impressive to the fauna.

The towering trees that dominate the forests of Haida Gwaii are ancient Sitka Spruce, some of which are over 1,000 years old. These towering giants provide habitat for a variety of species, including the incredible bald eagles. Beyond the Sitka Spruce, the island is home to a rich diversity of plant life, including mosses, lichens, an array of flowering plants and the aforementioned ferns. The coastal areas are dotted with shoreline vegetation including seaweeds, kelps, and eelgrass beds, which provide habitat for a variety of marine life. Whether you’re taking a leisurely hike or simply enjoying the scenery, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty at every turn.

At QCL, we are passionate about preserving the natural beauty of Haida Gwaii for generations to come. That’s why we take great care to minimize our impact on the environment.

Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the great outdoors, you won’t be disappointed by what you find here.