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CHEF BRODIE SWANSON

HAIDA TOURISM EXECUTIVE CHEF

  Passionate about rediscovering the flavour profile of his ancestors, Kil Tlaa'sgaa (Brodie) boldly shares culture by harnessing the bounty of land and sea. Creating inventive dishes by casting aside the techniques used in western cuisine ignites Brodie’s soul, and the result is exquisite. 

The Haida citizen, who spent much of his childhood picking seaweed, digging for razor clams and collecting sea urchins with his family, uses traditional ingredients and techniques to showcase Haida Gwaii’s rich heritage. Chef Brodie’s raved-about seafood fritters, stuffed with rock scallops, octopus, razor clams, cockles, spot prawns, herring roe, smoked cod, and local seaweed, are just one example of how he draws from the memories of his youth. 

RYAN MCDONALD

OPERATIONS MANAGER, OCEAN HOUSE

A member of the Yahgulanaas Raven Clan, Yaahl Gaadas Xyaalas (Ryan) spent the early years of his life in Gaw Tlagee Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. Although an extensive career in the hospitality industry led him off-Island to other parts of British Columbia, he is proud to return as Operations Manager at Ocean House; a position that not only provides a reconnection to his family, but also to the land and culture of his youth. 

Since time immemorial Haida Gwaii has enchanted and inspired; forever imprinting a transformative connection between land and self. We invite you to discover our ancient rainforests, untouched wilderness, treasured heritage sites, and living Haida culture.

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FAST FACTS

▪︎ Established in 2012

▪︎ Haida House Lodge accommodates 24 guests in 12 double-occupancy rooms

▪︎ New in 2020: Oceanfront Cabins, 12 private Haida design inspired cabins, each accommodating up to five guests 

▪︎ Haida House dining room and lounge

▪︎ River view patio

▪︎ Conference Facilities

▪︎ Gift shop featuring local Haida art and products

▪︎ Acreage with orchards

▪︎ Beach Access

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Nestled along the banks of the serene Tlell River, surrounded by ancient forest and open sky, Haida House at Tllaal is a culturally-infused destination resort. Our intimate 10-room lodge and new cabins offer the ideal setting to explore the famed natural attractions, cultural sites and ancient villages found on Graham and Moresby Islands. 

Our new collection of twelve Oceanfront Cabins are designed for guests looking for a private, bespoke experience. The beautifully appointed two-bedroom cabins can accommodate up to five guests and feature a private outdoor hot tub, mini kitchen, indoor/outdoor shower and sweeping views of Graham Island’s picturesque east coast.

The casual-gourmet Haida House dining room, specializing in tide- and farm-to-table cuisine, offers a variety of shareable plates, fresh seafood and charbroiled meat dishes, local seasonal vegetables and decadent house-made desserts.

We invite you to share in the bounty of our treasured land, meet our artists, master carvers and cultural interpreters, and experience our warm Haida hospitality and vibrant living culture.  

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Our team is dedicated to offering an authentic Haida Gwaii experience, enhanced by regionally-inspired cuisine and spa offerings, and Haida arts, culture and heritage programming. Cultural preservation is vital to our community, and Ocean House is passionate about sharing Haida heritage with our guests. 

Ocean House, Haida Tourism’s newest property, is an intimate 22 room lodge, situated on a protected bay on Graham Island’s northern tip; near the village of Old Massett. This pristine setting provides guests with direct access to Naikoon Provincial Park, as well as the authentic Haida arts and culture experiences available in Masset and the neighbouring communities.

The dining room at Ocean House celebrates and showcases Haida culture by harnessing the bounty of land and sea. Our Chef’s elaborate ever-changing tide-to-table seasonal menus feature locally caught Ocean Wise fish and seafood – like wild Chinook and Coho salmon, halibut, lingcod, clams, scallops, and Dungeness crab.  

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Experience the magic of Haida Gwaii with Haida Tourism; 100% Haida owned hospitality.

Haida Tourism boasts two stunning properties, Haida House at Tllaal and Ocean House at Tlaga Gawtlaas, both on Graham Island, the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.

Passionate about providing memorable, immersive Haida eco-cultural experiences, Haida Tourism properties are Sustainable Tourism Gold Certified and managed to the highest standards of environmental stewardship.  

Haida Tourism is an important member of the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo) family. HaiCo focuses on building enterprises that reflect Haida cultural values, creating careers and improving the lives of Haida citizens and the economy of Haida Gwaii.

Since time immemorial Haida Gwaii has enchanted and inspired; forever imprinting a transformative connection between land and sea. We invite you to discover our ancient rainforests, untouched wilderness, treasured heritage sites, and living Haida culture.

ABOUT HAIDA TOURISM

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▪︎ Located a convenient 15-minute drive from the Masset airport and just over an hour away from Skidegate ferry terminal. 

▪︎ Accommodates up to 44 guests in 22 double-occupancy rooms; each featuring a private ensuite and Haida-inspired decor. Rooms offer either a forest or an inlet view. 

▪︎ The Spa at Ocean House is the perfect place to relax. Select from a suite of individually tailored body treatments, facials, and spa packages.

▪︎ Ocean House Dining Room and lounge

▪︎ Fitness facility

▪︎ Upper courtyard oceanview patio

▪︎ Theatre room featuring screenings of Haida cultural films

▪︎ Library with specially curated books and games

▪︎ Gift shop featuring local Haida art and products

MARKETING CONTACT
 SHAWNA MCKAY
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 AVRIL MATTHEWS
 e. avril.matthews@beattietartan.com / o. 250.507.8359

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JOURNEY TO THE FABLED SHORES OF HAIDA GWAII

The distant archipelago of Haida Gwaii, off of the northern coast of British Columbia, was recently recognized by the New York Times as one of the “52 Places to go in 2020”. Why? It’s a temperate wonderland boasting tranquil bays, towering ancient rainforests, endless stretches of sandy beachfront and special protected places, like UNESCO World Heritage Site, SGang Gwaay and Naikoon Provincial Park. Haida Gwaii’s unique fauna has evolved and thrived over thousands of years; with six of its ten native land mammal subspecies not found anywhere else on earth, including North America’s largest black bear. The region is equally rich in Haida heritage and culture and as such, attracts visitors from around the world who are seeking authentic Haida experiences and sustainable eco-adventures. 

100% HAIDA HOSPITALITY

With the Indigenous tourism sector growth outpacing Canadian tourism activity overall, Haida Tourism is perfectly poised to meet the increased demand. The company is 100% Xaayda (Haida) owned and committed to creating careers for - and improving the lives of - Haida citizens and bolstering the local economy. Passionate about providing memorable, immersive Haida eco-cultural experiences, every element of Haida Tourism is guided by the Haida concept of Yahguudang: respect for all living things and the interdependence that binds us. 

A CULTURAL JOURNEY GUIDED BY CUISINE

Executive Chef Brodie Swanson - whose Haida name Kil Tlaa'sgaa means strong voice - creates a sense of place through his culture-infused cuisine. Passionate about rediscovering the flavour profile of his ancestors, Brodie boldly shares his heritage by casting aside western cooking techniques and harnessing the bounty of land and sea. Brodie’s inventive take on traditional dishes and impressive original creations promise to surprise and delight. At Ocean Houseguests will discover an elaborate, ever-changing tide-to-table seasonal menu – featuring locally caught Ocean Wise seafood like wild Chinook and Coho salmon, halibut, lingcod, clams, scallops and Dungeness crab. Haida House is equally memorable with its delicious regionally inspired farm- and forest-to-table fare. 

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VENTURE INTO THE WILD

Consider Ocean House your gateway to Haida Gwaii’s untouched wilderness. A few minutes north of Ocean House, the quaint community of Masset is one of Haida Gwaii’s top gateways for wilderness adventures. You’ll find boat charters, offering cultural sight-seeing and wildlife watching excursions, available from the village’s bustling harbour. The marine life is abundant in the pristine waters that surround Graham Island. Twenty species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in the region and the spring and summer seasons promises regular Grey and Humpback whale sightings. Over 1.5 million seabirds’ nest along Haida Gwaii’s coast and Masset’s Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, a sprawling protected habitat for sandhill cranes and migratory birds, is wonderous for naturalists and birders.

ANCIENT HERITAGE AND RICH LIVING CULTURE

Explore this distant, untouched land to experience ancient heritage and rich living culture. Ocean House, located on Haida Gwaii’s Graham Island off the northern tip of British Columbia, offers unparalleled access to the region’s famed eco-attractions and treasured Haida sites. The boutique hotel’s peaceful setting evokes a sense of tranquility, although the vibrant artists village of Gaw Tlagee Old Massett is mere minutes away. Since time immemorial, the inlet and surrounding land was an important Indigenous trading center. Today, the village is home to many prominent Haida artists and master carvers. It’s in this land, which rests on three of the region’s 11 ancient sites, that you’ll find Haida Gwaii’s famed soaring poles; carved to honour and preserve traditions upheld since time immemorial. 

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NEW OCEANFRONT CABINS OFFER PRIVATE HAIDA GWAII ESCAPE

Haida House has unveiled twelve new Oceanfront Cabins, located within a short walk of the main lodge. This new adventure collection embraces the spirit upon which Haida House was built, and offers guests a private, immersive experience. The Haida-inspired architecture, interior design and décor pay tribute to Haida Gwaii’s rich heritage and vibrant living culture. Each of the beautifully appointed two-bedroom cabins can accommodate up to five guests and feature a queen-sized bed and a double/single bunk, private hot tub and sweeping coastal views. Haida House is now accepting reservations, available on a per-night basis, for the summer of 2020. 

ALL-INCLUSIVE ECO-CULTURAL ADVENTURES ON HAIDA GWAII

Journey to the edge of the world and trace the footsteps of the past with Haida House. Choose from a three-, four- or seven-night all-inclusive package, complete with regionally-inspired meals and daily eco-cultural adventures led by local Haida interpreters and guides. Excursion highlights range from beachcombing at Agate Beach and hiking Tow Hill in Naikoon Provincial Park, to an immersive full-day tour of the Kay Linagaay Heritage Centre and Museum and attending a traditional Haida dinner.

CELEBRATE WITH HAIDA HOUSE

Host a bespoke wedding or special private event at Haida House. Guests will swoon over the pristine, faraway setting, sweeping coastal views and array of cultural and eco-adventure opportunities. Exquisite farm- and forest-to-table regional cuisine and warm Haida hospitality complement the guest experience to create a memorable milestone occasion. Haida House is pleased to tailor private events in the Xaayda Gud Ad Is Naay conference room that overlooks the picturesque Tlell River, or at an outdoor space of your choosing. 

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