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Klahoose First Nation Make Sure Winning Wilderness Resort Built-On Operational Excellence

Skyrocketing fuel prices, soaring food costs, labour shortages and an endlessly hamstrung market recovery are gouging the bottom lines of even the most seasoned hospitality operations. But somehow, fledgling Klahoose Wilderness Resort not only beat the odds, but its team managed to win one of the world’s most prestigious Indigenous tourism awards after just a few short years in operation. Indigenous Worx facilitated a strategic retreat for Indigenous Tourism BC staff at the Klahoose-owned resort last fall, and experienced first hand how the Indigenous nation plays to its strengths while building the capacity it will need for the future. The Klahoose First Nation and its economic development arm Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC) have carefully devised and implemented an operational model that pairs expert management with local Indigenous knowledge keepers and youth to deliver a culturally steeped experience.

Klahoose Wilderness Resort offers unrivalled Grizzly Bear viewing, Indigenous-inspired cuisine, Indigenous teachings and good-old campfire conversation with a large neon Grizzly over your shoulder that’s meant to hypnotize even the most travelled social media buff. Credit: Indigenous Worx.

Throughout the main lodge, dock, or within earshot from the kitchen, Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff work together sun up to sun down in a harmonious balance that mimics the awe-inspiring frequency of Desolation Sound. Open May-October. Book your next corporate retreat or getaway now. Visit


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