Nanwakolas Acquisition of Knight Inlet Lodge
November 01 2017
The Nanwakolas Timber Limited Partnership (“Nanwakolas”) and Dean and Kathy Wyatt are pleased to announce that the Knight Inlet Lodge has been sold to Nanwakolas. The sale closed on October 31, 2017. Nanwakolas is a First Nations controlled entity and is mandated to secure economic development opportunities for the benefit of its five limited partner First Nations (Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala, Mamalilikulla, Tlowitsis, Wei Wai Kum and K’ómoks First Nations) within their collective traditional territories.
Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada’s premier Grizzly Bear viewing destination. Located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the coast of British Columbia, the Lodge is a remote wilderness paradise. Situated in Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet, the resort is in prime Grizzly Bear territory where it is not uncommon for guests to see Grizzlies from the deck of the Lodge. In addition to bear viewing there is a full program of wilderness tours including Whale Watching, Rainforest Hikes, Inlet Cruises and Nature Interpretation Hikes. Since its humble beginning as an Eco Lodge in 1995, Knight Inlet Lodge has grown to be an industry leader with innovative and environmentally responsible programs.
Nanwakolas is thrilled to be acquiring the ‘platinum standard setting’ Knight Inlet Lodge - a business that, under the guidance of Dean and Kathy Wyatt, has become the leader in the eco- adventure lodge business in British Columbia, with an international reputation that is second to none. No major changes to the Lodge’s products are anticipated. Nanwakolas is committed to maintaining the Lodge’s high standard, while seeking to introduce a First Nation cultural component to the experiences offered by the Lodge. Nanwakolas is also committed to continuing Knight Inlet Lodge’s long tradition of funding grizzly bear research and environmental initiatives.
Nanwakolas is pleased to announce that Brian Collen is the new General Manager of Knight Inlet Lodge and is uniquely suited to run the Lodge after four years as the Lodge Operations Manager. All other senior management from the Lodge will remain in place. Additionally, Dean and Kathy Wyatt will remain with the Lodge in an advisory and consulting role.
Nanwakolas would like to thank Dean and Kathy Wyatt for their many years of stewardship of the Glendale Cove area and its wildlife, for maintaining a respectful relationship with the Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala First Nation over the past 20 years, and for the opportunity to carry on and grow their legacy.