West Coast Wilderness Lodge, it's
all about the VIEW, the Fine Dining, and the FUN!
Never... before our visit to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia...
have we vacationed in a locale where fine food and natural splendor so
exquisitely complimented one another. This is a destination where each
vista rivals the next for "most stunning to the eye," most satisfying to the spirit,"
or "most rewarding for the naturalist."
Just reviewing the photographs of the view of Jervis Inlet
from the deck of West Coast
Wilderness Lodge makes my heart sing! This setting was, for us, the
unrivaled jewel of the Sunshine Coast. The only place to be at the
Lodge (if one wasn't eating at the Islet Restaurant) was out on
the deck with a book, a coffee, or a glass of wine and fresh smoked
salmon (but that's eating again) ...... OR out on the still deep
blue inlet with a kayak!
Islet Restaurant at West Coast Wilderness Lodge
My question for Paul, the owner of this relatively new "lodge
in process" was, "How do you find a place like this?"
"You look hard and long," he told me. "And you buy it the
moment you find it!"
Below, view from
the deck at West Coast Wilderness Lodge....
Jervis inlet (seen here) is hugged by deeply forested mountains and islets
that serve to shelter the waters for boaters and wildlife alike. Somehow,
starfish and ocean kelp seem out of place in these warm waters, but of
course, this is all seawater and home to some of the richest ocean diving
in North America. We were told that while surface waters are warm
to the touch, diving suits are required when swimming in the much
colder seas ten feet below the surface.
Mr. Bald Eagle is
doing a little "kayak
from a wooded islet in
Now to the FUN! I've said before that the best
view of any
beautiful waterway comes from out there in the middle of it! West Coast
Wilderness Lodge overlooks one of the more popular and most beautiful
kayaking areas on the coast. Here, wildlife (and sea life) is diverse and
accessible...even to the novice kayaker.
Safety first on a
guided kayaking tour of Jervis Inlet.
Kayaking from the dock
at West Coast Wilderness. Looking to fly in on a seaplane from Portland?
This is the place.
Directions to West Coast Wilderness Lodge
From Highway 101, turn
onto Egmont Road and follow it for nearly 6 km to a junction with a large
sign for Egmont Marina. On the right you will see a large wooden fence and
a sign for West Coast Wilderness Lodge.
West Coast Wilderness
Egmont, BC V0N 1N0
Directions to Skookumchuck Narrows
Follow Highway 101 north, past Garden Bay and the Pender Harbour area and
take Egmont Road. To reach the rapids you will need to walk an easy
4 km trail past Brown Lake. The opportunity to walk among ancient stumps
and old growth cedars was a high point of our trip. The day we visited,
the tide at the Narrows was at a relatively low point so the walk was
great. Be sure to carry water with you on the hike (and all hikes).
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