Oceans of Fortune
Over the past 30 years, British Columbia’s salt-water sport-fishing industry has undergone substantial evolutionary change. All but gone are the days of rudimentary fishing camps with small aluminum boats and minimal creature comforts, thanks to a pair of ambitious business partners who arrived on the scene in 1988 with two Boston Whalers and a problem to solve. Download our Complete History PDF.View History
Inaugural scouting of the area.
Brian Legge joins Rick Grange as a partner. They purchase two Boston Whalers, hire seasoned guides and take over a block of rooms at a lodge on Graham Island to host guests. Marine conservation is already at the forefront of their minds.
A fishing club is born.
Rick and Brian realize there has to be a better way to accommodate their guests. They decide to construct a land-based lodge from which to offer the ultimate fishing experience.
Acquisition of North Island Lodge.
While the land-based lodge is being constructed, a five-year old barge is acquired and renovated into high quality, rustic yet elegant accommodations.
Work begins on The Clubhouse.
Ground is broken and within a year the rudimentary foundations of what is to become The Clubhouse is completed.
North Island Lodge opens.
In Beal Cove on the lee side of Langara Island, the northernmost point in the Queen Charlottes, North Island Lodge operates for its first season.
The Clubhouse opens.
The Clubhouse staff welcome their first guests. Posh accommodations and an array of superb food and wine complement the world’s best ocean fishing.
Helicopters enhance the experience.
The decision is made to charter guests from Vancouver to an airport in Masset, where helicopters await to take them to the lodge. Other lodge operators have no other option but to follow suit.
Fisheries & Oceans announces that a zero-possession limit for Chinook Salmon in the waters off Langara Island is being considered.
The Outpost opens.
Luckily the onerous possession ban doesn’t materialize and the new The Outpost welcomes guests to enjoy its exclusive luxurious environment and incredible fishing on the wild west coast of Graham Island.
An office is secured just steps away from Vancouver International Airport’s south terminal. Now staff can see guests off and provide assistance upon their return.
Inaugural Fishing for Kids Tournament.
An annual fishing tournament to raise money for BC children’s charities and enhance the company’s efforts toward corporate responsibility is started.
David Hawksworth & Friends Culinary.
On our quest to develop some new initiatives, we come up with our most popular - and most delicious - event. It becomes an annual tradition at The Clubhouse.
Renamed, but still remarkable.
The name of The Queen Charlotte Islands officially changes to Haida Gwaii. It means “islands of the people” in the language of the original habitants.
A banner year.
June through to the end of September 2013 was a season to remember. Guests enjoy a record number of calm sunny days along with consistently explosive Salmon fishing.
Looking forward to next season.
All signs are positive for another banner year ahead.