By Tracey Rayson
Notably rugged and remote, which only adds to its allure, the oceanfront village of Lund—the traditional home of the Tla'amin First Nation—is tucked into the woodsy dreamscape of British Columbia's upper Sunshine Coast. Sky-kissing Douglas fir and Western red cedar hug The Lund Resort at Klah ah men, Indigenous for "place of refuge" and, historically, Tla'amin's shelter and pathway along the coast.
The 31-room hotel, formerly known as the Historic Lund Hotel and Marina, is an aspiring comeback story for the Tla'amin, who reclaimed the rights to the territory in 2016. Today, they share a cultural footprint and immersive experience with their extended offerings and the refurbished hotel, the first and only full service, Indigenous-owned and -operated resort on the Sunshine Coast.
Here are just four reasons to escape on a fall getaway to the welcoming retreat...
1. Inspired Tla'amin art and culture
You'll find richly significant artwork and giftware throughout the resort—like the bear—the Klah ah men symbol for protector, an imposing woodcarving on the lobby wall by Coast Salish artist Alano Edzerza of the Tahltan Nation's Raven clan. The etched glass inlay with a storied design on the reception desk is fashioned by Edzerza, too. Also remarkable are the lobby's cedar baskets, woven more than 1,000 years ago.
2. Engaging atmosphere and amenities
Get reacquainted with idyllic bliss as you soak in unrivalled panoramic views of Savary Island, Desolation Sound and the distant Vancouver Island ranges from the over-sized windows or private outdoor decks of suites, or from one of 90 seats on the year-round heated patio. Set out and ignite that inner explorer with an eco-adventure tour by the village's Tla'amin ambassadors, punctuated with storytelling of the Tla'amin Nation's history, culture and geography. Experience water excursions to Desolation Sound and the Copeland Islands, and by foot on the Sunshine Coast Trail. Sea kayaking and Zodiac tours are also available.
"What we've tried to do is build up the experience by adding a lot of complimentary extras, like paddleboards, mountain bikes and fishing," says Scott Wilshaw, the resort's general manager. "Guests get that quick escape and lots of recreation, plus some cultural experience with what's on their doorstep. And it's all arranged for you!"
3. Eat, drink and fuel up
Pull up to the bar—refurbished with locally harvested reclaimed wood from the burned-out town hall—at the Back Eatery (extolled by locals) for daily Happiness Hour (which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Food is delectably fresh (think just-caught seafood) and locally foraged by chef Linton Novak, who, in his words, creates a "delightfully fun menu." Slow-styled mains, handhelds, small plates and shareables are on offer; lots of stunners including a knockout Bannock Benny with smoked salmon and other Coast Salish-inspired dishes. The resort's amenity guide for in-suite celebratory plates and specialty baskets ups the personal touch to the next level. The Sweet Shack is the spot for treats and 13 Moons Coffee showcases a special blend created by the resort. The Stock Pile Market is your one-stop shop for general store supplies, including alcohol and deli fare, and 13 Moons Marina provides day and overnight slips, gas dock, boat supplies and takeout meals.
4. Enjoy the journey with BC Ferries
Facebook/B.C. FerriesThis fall, the resort is giving you—and your wallet!—a break... while encouraging a scenic ride with BC Ferries, the perfect travel partner. The Ferry and Stay package, available at The Lund Resort from September 12th to December 21st, 2019, includes a room rate of $155 per night (based on double occupancy), plus a $25 B.C. Ferries gift card, and a $25 Back Eatery credit per room per stay, which is valid towards lunch or dinner. Complimentary nightly self-parking rounds out the offer. (Remember the booking code: FALL.)