My recent posts about our Canadian vacations as a child careened back into my head as I leafed through Continental's Hemisphere magazine during our flight to Seattle last week. An article about an unusual spot in British Columbia popped off the page--a floating lodge!
Every spring the King Pacific Lodge, a 17 room/suite luxury lodge is towed from its winter home in Prince Rupert to its anchorage in Barnard Harbor in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, the world's largest remaining tract of temperate rainforest. In 2006, a coalition of native people, the Britisch Columbian government, and private enterprise placed 21 million acres of the rainforest under protection to safeguard it for future generations. The lodge operates on a "triple bottom line" philosophy which includes a deep respect for the land, for the people of the land, and an understanding that sustainable tourism can only happen with visitors who feel the same way.
The lodge is built of native pine, fir, cedar, and stone on a 120x60 square foot barge. It has a wrap around deck, spa, Jacuzzi and plunge pool. Orcas, humpbacks, bears, seals, sea lions, sea otters, and eagles can be found in the area and wilderness guides are available to help you find them.
Guests are flown in from Bella Bella (about 2.5 hours from Vancouver) by float plane. What a way that would be to start a vacation!