Unwind at King Pacific Lodge

Location Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, Canada
Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest sweeps along British Columbia’s Inside Passage and is more than twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. In the midst of all this unbroken, pristine wilderness, more than 150 miles (240 km) from the nearest paved road, is the King Pacific Lodge, a floating fishing lodge moored on the serene waters of Princess Royal Island’s Barnard Harbor, home to black wolves, grizzlies, black bears, and a maximum of thirty pampered guests.
The flight there takes you over nothing but trees, lakes, and rivers, the lodge’s isolation is genuine enough to lure A-listers such as actor Kevin Costner, who is a longtime devotee. Every spring this unique hotel is towed 100 miles (160 km) to the north, moved from its winter home in the coastal town of Prince Rupert to its summer surrounds on Princess Royal Island, where the lodge’s seventeen rooms offer either wilderness or ocean views and access to everything that true wilderness is meant to be.
Humpback whales have been known to breach in the waters of Barnard Harbor just a few feet away from the lodge. Guests can kayak to uninhabited islands or take guided hikes to as-yet-unnamed peaks. If you’re lucky, you may even be fortunate enough to see the rare Kermode “spirit bear”—a black bear with a recessive gene that gives it a white coat.
King Pacific Lodge sits on an old navy barge and was designed by a team of marine architects. A Toronto-based firm was responsible for the hotel’s interior, which features furniture made from driftwood and unadorned wooden railings and overhead beams above Inuit tapestries hanging alongside paintings by local artists. Its hull contains freezers and coolers to store meat and fish, and vegetables are flown in weekly with the hotel’s guests.