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With the arrival of our final tour bus on September 12th, the inaugural summer season for our lovely new hotel is reaching its’ conclusion. Reviews have been spectacular, and Kwa’lilas quickly vaulted to #1 in Tripadvisor’s North Island Hotel category, surpassing nearest competitor Quarterdeck Inn and Marina by a full point. Ha’me Restaurant and Nax’id…

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation-owned property to immerse visitors in history, culture May 17, 2017 (Port Hardy, BC)— Kwa’lilas Hotel, the first-Aboriginal owned hotel to offer stay and play cultural experiences on the North Island, opened its doors to the world today after a year-long renovation from the ground up of the former Port Hardy Inn, celebrated through…

Jackie Hildering— a biology teacher, cold-water diver, underwater photographer, and humpback whale researcher living on North East Vancouver Island—came to Port Hardy to deliver a training session to our k’awat’si Tours team. Knowing tours would be operating in an area where she does extensive research, k’awat’si Tours caught Jackie’s eye a couple of months ago,…

Want to be part of the KEDC team? Now is a great time! On February 23 from 3-6pm, join us at Pier Side Landing to meet the team and learn more about the jobs available. We’re looking to hire people in food and beverage (both servers and kitchen staff), guest services to work at the…

        Our Executive Chef, Jevon Thow, has been working hard to develop the menu for the restaurant at Kwa’lilas Hotel. The assortment of North Island fare includes a traditional salmon trio, creamy chowder filled with local seafood, and seared wild salmon. Whether you’re looking for a few nibbles or a complete main…

Kwa’lilas Hotel is pushing forward with final design elements in various areas of the hotel. In an exciting step, both the restaurant and pub have received their official names and signs designed by the hotel’s art curator, Shain Jackson, are complete. The Elders’ Selection Committee named the pub ‘Nagilas, which means place to drink. The…

k’awat’si Tours is currently applying to become a member of NIMMSA – the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association.  The group conducts conservation and business activities to benefit marine mammals, the economy and the marine environment off of the North Island. Its members are involved in a wide range of activities, from research to responsible…