|Date Published||December 18, 2013|
|Company||Queen Charlotte Lodge Ltd.|
|Article Type||December 2013 Issue|
|Category||Articles, Cover Story|
Time is money. This oft used clichÃ© was the driving force behind Queen Charlotte Lodgeâ€™s strategic initiative to offer direct air service from Calgary to the queen charlotte islands. Guests want to spend time fishing and entertaining in this remote part of the west coast of British Columbia. However, with many fishermen requiring a day pre-trip and another post-trip, the total time requirement for corporate organizers and their valued guests is often just a little too much. as one client stated, â€œitâ€™s not the money it is the timeâ€. we canâ€™t take the days off â€“ we need to be at home managing our businesses.â€
One company listened – Queen Charlotte Lodge selected prime dates during their May-September season and created the Direct Flight option. Imagine showing up at the Airport in Calgary and boarding a Boeing 737 jet at 7:30 AM and finding yourself on the water fishing by 10:30 AM the same morning. Clearly, the Direct Flight Service resonates with Albertan corporations and their guests as a number of the select dates are sold out and others are filling quickly. As Brian Clive, Vice President of Sales and Corporate Relations stated, “the opportunity to recognize and meet a demand is rewarding. We believe that the Direct Flight Service, incorporating the Boeing 737 to the Queen Charlotte Islands and then the short hop to the Lodge utilizing the executive style Sikorsky S76 helicopter, is unique and could not be any smoother or quicker.”
Leaders in today’s hectic business environment know there is a need to escape the daily grind and make the time to decompress. That’s why a few days spent at Queen Charlotte Lodge is the perfect solution. Often groups that visit QCL put the trips together to strengthen relationships with clients and staff. The quality time shared on a QCL escape will cement those very special relationships. Memories and bonds are created that will last a lifetime. Companies that understand this concept are always viewed as the leaders in their field. Even when the decision to attend the Lodge on a getaway is evaluated on a business basis, the result is a positive Return on Investment. Clients order more and more often; the results are real.
QCL has the facilities to really let you get down to business. The Totem House Conference Center is well equipped with a boardroom and adjacent multipurpose facility to accommodate workshops and meetings, complete with satellite and Wi-Fi communication. The flexible hospitality program allows for easy scheduling of work and play.
In the case of Queen Charlotte Lodge, pictures do not do justice to the facility or area. Land based remote lodges are rare and this Lodge and its accommodations are truly spectacular. For more than 20 years ownership has been enhancing and refining the park-like setting that is Queen Charlotte Lodge. A true Northern jewel that is guaranteed to “wow” hosts and guests alike.
With 5 different accommodation venues to choose from, guests and the Adventure Specialists at QCL can work together to create the perfect situation for any group.
The Main Lodge is the natural choice for many of the guests and can be used for groups from two to forty-eight. It features twenty-four spacious ensuite rooms, each with an unobstructed view of the beach and docks and direct and easy access to the Kingfisher Lounge and dining room.
The Charlotte House is the ideal retreat for groups of up to twelve who would like to have some space to themselves for social and business functions. A private hot tub, lounge, barbeque area and massive ocean view deck create the perfect setting.
The Haida House is a warm cedar clad chalet located right on the waterfront just down the beach from the Main Lodge and is ideal for six to eight fishermen. With a private hot tub and lounge, this venue proves to be popular every year.
The Totem House is the spectacular log chalet right on the waterfront offering the utmost in comforts, luxury and amenities. Definitely the flag ship on the property. Eight guests are pampered with their own private server and chef. The private hot tub on the spacious upper deck is the perfect place for a scotch and cigar and find the time to recount the time on the water. It does not get any better.
The final venue offering is the one that die hard fishermen should take note of. The MV Driftwood is a one hundred and ten foot renovated and restored classic coastal tug. The vessel stays right out on the fishing grounds for your entire stay. No need to “pull lines” and head on home each night. Right on the water you are already home. With accommodation for up to twelve guests the experience on the MV Driftwood is definitely unique and as exclusive as you can get.
At the end of the day the “hook” is the fishing. Large Chinook salmon is the true trophy target for the sportsman. Coupled with the wild, acrobatic Coho salmon and the legendary strength of the halibut, QCL boasts fishing grounds that are “world class”. When one combines the opportunity for amazing season-long fishing with quality custom fishing vessels and equipment, it becomes clear that the Queen Charlotte Lodge has anticipated every need.
For 2014 QCL has introduced more Direct Flights from Calgary to Masset in the Queen Charlotte Islands. With flights in June, July, August and September, one can find a time that works and save the hassle and significant cost of traditional trips originating and ending in Vancouver. Corporate hosts and their guests will appreciate the exclusive nature of these trips. The entire schedule is listed below:
Fri May 30 – Mon Jun 2: Grand Prairie/Fort St. John
Fri June 6 – Mon June 9: Calgary SOLD OUT
Mon June 9 – Fri June 13: Calgary
Fri July 18 – Mon Jul 21: Calgary SOLD OUT
Fri Aug. 22- Mon Aug. 25: Calgary
Fri Aug. 29- Mon Sept. 1: Edmonton / Calgary
Should any of these, or any other dates be of interest, contact Queen Charlotte Lodge and let their Adventure Specialists design a trip and package for your corporate retreat. It is just that easy! www.queencharlottelodge.com