CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — Walters Cove Resort has re-opened after more than a two-year hiatus. The land-based lodge on Walters Cove Island was forced to close in 2020 primarily due to COVID-19 restrictions and the additional discovery of structural deficiencies. Fortunately, KCFN Marina & Campground LP (KMCLP) managed to retain a new floating fishing lodge through a lease arrangement and meet the pent-up demand.
Englefield, the floating fishing lodge owned by Vancouver Island Forest and Marine (VIFM), has been acquired by KMCLP to continue to do business as Walters Cove Resort, boasting a spacious lounge, dining room, gym, hot tub, massage room and ensuite washroom with shower in all guestrooms.
“When we notified our customers that we now plan to open in 2022, they did not hesitate to book with us. Despite our late start with our marketing efforts, we have already reached over 95 per cent of our revenue goal, with many thanks to our loyal clients,” says Terry Schultz, general manager, KMCLP. Schultz has also noted future plans of expanding into eco and cultural tourism.
“The re-opening of Walters Cove is an important step towards re-establishing our operations and re-building our economy within the Kyuquot Sound in a post-pandemic and economic reconciliation era,” says Cynthia Blackstone, CAO for KCFN Government and Board Chair, KCFN Group of Businesses. “The introduction of the new lodge will be the first of many important changes for the company and community in 2022.”
“We look forward to celebrating the re-opening of Walters Cove Resort, and on behalf of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nation, we extend our sincere thanks and welcome both our loyal and new guests into the Kyuquot/Chechleset territory,” says Legislative Chief Tony Hansen.