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July 9, 2020 Duane Foerter0

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally ready to open the door for the 2020 season!  We’re so excited about the excellent crew that we’ve assembled this summer.  Training week has been a breeze with so many talented and enthusiastic young people looking forward to welcoming our guests.  Last night our culinary team presented a delicious and varied new menu for the dining room that we’re sure will have you asking for some recipes!

Waterside, the action has been hot and heavy on the fishing grounds with plenty of bright chrome Chinook and Coho salmon in all the usual places… and yes, the Tyee bell has been ringing!  Continuing our fleet replenishment, we have five brand new boats this year including the first three 21-footers which, I gotta say, are really sweet units!

All of our transportation this summer will be via direct fights between Prince Rupert and Naden Harbour.  We have taken this extreme measure to ensure the safety and security of all the citizens of Haida Gwaii.  In compliance with provincial regulations we’ve implemented protocols throughout the property to ensure everyone’s health and safety this summer.

The weekend weather is for light to moderate winds swinging between SE and SW with typical island weather… “a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 15.”  No matter how much things change, some things never do!

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March 6, 2020 Duane Foerter0

Like many of you, we at QCL have been closely monitoring the global health concerns related to COVID-19, and we appreciate this is a very dynamic situation. The management team at QCL has been and will continue to closely monitor the status of the outbreak and its potential to impact the QCL experience for our guests and staff alike.

The QCL team recognizes that challenges exist that are to the largest extent beyond our control. For those things that are within our control we are going to take our responsibility to be prepared as top priority.

Preparedness needs to be the byword from this point forward. Given that our opening day is May 29th we are grateful that we have time to undertake steps necessary to ensure your safety. Even before you arrive you can be assured that we have screened all staff prior to heading up to the resort. Once there, and before opening day, we will prepare and deliver training of new standards of care in our handling of all aspects of service delivery. Enhanced food preparation procedures, staff cleanliness protocol, increased sanitizing stations and education will all be completed before the first guest arrives. We are working with our air carriers to make sure that they are an integral part of the team as they also add enhanced procedures and protocol.

Of utmost importance is the placement of trained emergency doctors on site every day of the season. They have their own clinic and equipment on site and are our best source of accurate up to date information. We’re grateful to have such an experienced team behind us.  Now, more than ever, we are excited to be leading the industry with this type of service.

At Queen Charlotte Lodge we intend to operate “business as usual” for our 2020 season, adding the highest level of diligence to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.  We know we can’t control what may come in the next few months from a global point of view.  However, we also know that we can provide the safest environment while you enjoy one of the most pristine, remote and simply amazing parts of the world. Thank you for choosing QCL as your remote 2020 fishing and adventure destination.

We will continue to keep you informed on this site as the summer approaches.


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March 5, 2020 Duane Foerter2

Our current e-newsletter is out this week with the latest updates on the goings on at QCL. With only 85 days to go before opening day (Wow!) everybody’s in high gear around here in preparation for our 30th season!  If you don’t currently receive our e-news you can easily sign up from our website… there’s a little Newsletter form at the bottom of almost every page!

To read the current edition just click on this link:    http://createsend.com/t/r-EB269230CB0F6A022540EF23F30FEDED

 


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February 24, 2020 Duane Foerter0

QCL Kingfisher DerbyThe QCL Kingfisher Derby has been annual tradition for many years. In fact, many of the participants have been fishing this derby for more than a decade!  The Kingfisher is a Catch & Release salmon derby that happens in mid-June – so that means Chinook salmon.  Fish guided or self-guided, weighted rods or downriggers; Go with what you know!  All entered fish are measured, scored, revived and carefully released by derby marshals.  Guides may not touch the rod.  It’s 3 exciting days of intense fishing effort, right down to the wire on the last day.  More than once the winner was netted in the final hours of the derby!  To spice up the competition a bit, there is one prize for largest killed salmon; often a strategic decision!  With an entry fee of $2000 per angler the top prize has ranged from $40K to over $60K.

QCL C&R This year’s event, our 18th Annual, is our biggest yet, with the richest prize pool ever!  It’s a highlight of the summer with over $100,000 up for grabs for anglers pursuing the largest Catch & Release salmon.  Top prize for the largest salmon released will be minimum $50,000 and there are prizes for runners up as well as daily catch.  It’s a party all weekend with special treatment from the food & beverage department as well!  Tons of fun!  At this time there are still a few spaces left so if you enjoy a little competition in your fishin’ you should give us a call today!

 


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January 21, 2020 Duane Foerter0

Come see us in Puyallup!This week members of our sales team are attending the annual Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup; look for Roger, Craig and Kevin at Booth #621.  We’ll be at the Pacific Northwest show in Portland on February 5-9. At the same time we’ll be in Reno for the big Safari Club International show.  Remaining spaces for the 2020 season are going even more quickly now with show season in full swing.  If you haven’t reserved your dates for this year you’d best not delay any longer!


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January 8, 2020 Duane Foerter0

Happy 2020! While the lodge is buttoned up for a long winter’s nap, we’re busy with plans to make our 30th season the best one ever!  As we look forward to an exciting year ahead, we’re most thankful for the great relationships we have with all members of what we call the QCL family. Sharing time and experiences together up at the Lodge is a privilege that we truly appreciate.

Totem House at QCLThe 2019 season was a very good one at QCL with memorable fishing, wonderful guests, terrific staff and mostly favourable weather. We’re well into the serious preparation phase for the 2020 season and the excitement level around here is definitely ramping up. Judging by the fantastic return bookings and the volume of new guests already committed to visit us this season, we’re going to have a very busy summer!

Members of our sales team are currently attending the annual Safari Club Convention in Dallas; look for Roger, Craig and Kevin at Booth #962.  We’ll be at the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup later this month as well as the Portland show in February. At the same time we’ll be in Reno for the big Safari Club International show.  Space for 2020 have sold notably faster than “normal” so if you haven’t reserved your dates for this year you’d best not delay any longer!


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December 24, 2019 Duane Foerter0
We Wish You a Merry Christmas! All of us at QCL in Haida Gwaii hope you enjoy wonderful days with loved ones over the Christmas holIday. Thank you for making so many great memories with us this year!