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Nanwakolas Timber Limited Partnership, Proud new owners of Knight Inelt Lodge as of November 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.

“We are proud and excited to announce our acquisition of the Knight Inlet Lodge. The Lodge is the crown jewel of wildlife viewing in North America and we look forward to adding the beauty of our culture to this tremendous experience. This acquisition represents a significant achievement for our First Nations toward improving the well-being of their communities, exerting greater control over and protecting their traditional territories.”
Dallas W. Smith
President, Nanwakolas

Dean and Kathy Wyatt

Past owners, as of November 2017, of Knight Inlet Lodge. Click here for more information.

General Manager - Brian Collen

The 2013 season was Brian's first as part of the team at Knight Inlet Lodge. Brian co-founded and operated Pacific Northwest Expeditions, one of the pioneering sea kayak touring adventure companies on Vancouver Island. Having guided in Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago since 1994 he has considerable experience in the area and as a former company owner understands the value guests place on their wildlife viewing adventure.

Harold Payne

Harold, formerly the General Manager of the lodge, is now our shuttle driver and host during the season. Over the winter he is our marine mechanic and the person responsible for all of our boats being in peak operating condition. No one knows the lodge's daily operation better than Harold.

Phil Bergman - Operations Manager

Phil is the person you are most likely to talk to if you call our office. In charge of reservations , among other things, he is the person that will take care of all the details involved in booking your stay. Phil knows our product very well from having spent the previous 20 years, before joining our team in 2008, with Vancouver Island Air, Knight Inlet Lodge's floatplane provider.

Chef Paul Aitken

2012 was the start of Paul's second time as Chef at Knight Inlet Lodge. Having worked at the lodge for more than 8 years, in two stints, Paul is a welcome addition to our Management team. Guests visiting us can look forward to some wonderful meals!

Barb Callander - Accountant

Barb is the longest serving employee of the company and the one who keeps everyone organized.If Barb can't find something we don't have it! A true Canadian Barb spends her winters playing hockey and summers riding her motorcycle.

Mary Talbot - Administration

Mary joined the Knight Inlet Lodge team in the fall of 2015. Her duties include everything from helping in accounting to assisting with reservations. When not busy in the office Mary can be found, in the winter, on the local ski hill.

 

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