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August 3, 2020 Duane Foerter0

Photo: With the abrupt and premature close of our 2020 season our Guide Team chose to express themselves!
Like the photo?  Check out the video: https://youtu.be/nK7-KOPtFG0

After months of intensive preparation and so much anticipation, we managed to open the lodge to commence our 30th season on Friday July 10th. For 3 wonderful weeks we hosted hundreds of guests from BC and Canada who came and enjoyed the QCL Experience here in remote Naden Harbour. They caught lots of fish, were held in awe of the beautiful environment and its wildlife and were treated to the wonderful hospitality of our staff.

The detailed protocols that we developed to protect everyone from Covid-19 proved effective and there were zero signs or incidents of any infection. With five more weeks to go, our program was running perfectly and everyone was supercharged to deliver an amazing experience to new guests arriving by helicopter directly from Prince Rupert Airport on Digby Island via our Vancouver-chartered 737.

And then…  it was over.

Please read the statement below and if you feel inclined, please express your concerns to the Premier in Victoria [email protected] and your local MLA.

We would greatly appreciate your support!  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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 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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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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October 5, 2019 Duane Foerter0

QCL and the rest of the Sport Fishing Industry were notified in mid-September that one of our major competitors were suspending operations. This was definitely a shock as they have hosted thousands of guests since opening their doors in 1994.  West Coast Resorts operated two lodges on the west coast of Haida Gwaii, so we know that their customers will miss fishing at Englefield Bay and Hippa Island.

QCL estimates that 2000 or more avid WCR clients will be looking for a new home in Haida Gwaii. It would be an understatement to say that our phones and Sales Executives have been busy since this announcement.  As the dust starts to settle and we review our 2020 bookings we see that we are just now over 70% booked for 2020.  Another way to look at things is that we only closed our doors for the 2019 season 30 days ago and we are already almost three quarters full.

We are excited to be booked to this level as the 2020 season is still almost a year away. We are happy with this up-turn in business, however, we are also worried about our existing, loyal guests. We have made every attempt to reach out and let folks know about WCR and the effect this has had on our available space. We want to make sure our existing QCL clients have a chance to reserve their preferred space so we urge you to reach out to us and let us know what your thoughts and plans are for 2020.  After a great 2019 fishing season we want to see you make it back up to QCL in Haida Gwaii for another amazing trip next year. Help us help you!   We strongly suggest you call us soon at 1.800.688.8959


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September 24, 2019 Duane Foerter0

The bears have moved to the streams and the sound of the geese staging in the estuary rings across the harbour…Autumn has arrived.  Our lodge guests have been home for a while now, sharing their tasty fish dinners with friends and family, spiced with lively stories of how they managed to catch such wonderful food.  Another summer of fishing, friendship and fun has concluded at QCL, for the 29thyear!

It’s amazing how each season unfolds.  As familiar as it is to those of us fortunate enough to be here every year, there is always some mystery in how it will all turn out. The weather and the fish are the obvious wildcards…cross your fingers on that!  But the parts that are within our control are what we have the most fun with. It’s thrilling to roll out a new program each season and see how everyone likes it.  Sometimes it’s a facility change, like the beachside sauna and hot tub or Smoke & Oak –our whisky and cigar retreat on the hill.  Last year we launched a Steak & Lobster dinner at The Bell Ringer.  This season we introduced an exciting fleet of 8 beautiful new boats to help bring our guided fishing program up to where we want it.  Next summer…who knows?

Certainly, we hope that our guests enjoy our programs and facilities; and by all accounts we think they do, but it’s the hospitality of our people that they appreciate the most.  We feel that our QCL staff truly enjoy being here, helping to create a memorable QCL experience for all of our guests.  At the end of the day, and at the end of the season, that’s what matters most.  Thanks ever so much to all of our guests who joined us in Naden Harbour this summer and to all of our staff and management who made it all come together! We hope to see you next year!


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August 16, 2019 Duane Foerter0

QCL salmon fishingThe tides of August have been generous so far and QCL anglers have certainly enjoyed the benefits! The salmon action has been outstanding, particularly for beautiful strong Chinooks in the 15-25-pound class. We’re getting them inshore in all the favourite places too. Coho action has been productive but more widespread, with anglers generally targeting waters a little farther offshore in 150-225 feet, fishing from the surface down to around 60-feet. The numbers are there but the bulk of Coho are still averaging under 10-pounds, a little lighter than normal for this time of the season. But no one is complaining with these chrome-silver bullets providing tons of exciting action wherever we find them! Down at the Bell Ringer, the sound of the Tyee Bell is pretty common each evening with a few over-30’s being either reported or weighed-in every trip.

QCL salmon fishingThis week our two largest Chinooks, both scoring out at 42-pounds, were released. Fishing with veteran QCL guide Tegan Baxter, Ray P turned back a stunning fish on Monday and on Thursday an equally impressive Tyee was released by Odon D and his guide Kyle Bell. Great work guys and thanks for choosing to release those amazing fish!

With only 5 trips left to go for the 2019 season we’re super-thrilled to see such consistent fishing and particularly good weather! There’s no space left this year but we’d certainly encourage anyone hoping to come up next summer to make plans now as most everyone is talking about their return trip in 2020!

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