History and beauty abounds in B.C.’s Desolation Sound

For a British Columbian, sometimes there is no better place to vacation than in your own backyard.

Our province is filled with endless natural beauty and wonder, yet it also boasts a history as diverse as its people.

At the tip of B.C.’s stunning Sunshine Coast, at the gateway to the renowned Desolation Sound near Powell River, sits the Historic Lund Hotel. Originally built by the Swedish Thulin brothers in 1895, the hotel has served as the heart of the quiet Lund community for decades and previously was a village site of the Indigenous Tla’amin People.

“Found at the end of the road - Klah-ah-men (aka Lund in English) translates into a place of refuge. This is a destination that literally translates into a place to reconnect with nature and decompress,” said Marlane Christensen, Manager at the Lund Hotel.

Beyond being located in one of the provinces most alluring locations of vividly west coast aesthetic, the hotel owners are passionate about taking people back to a time when Canada was a wild and ungoverned land. When people lived off of nature’s gifts and embraced the unique landscape as a treasure.

Starting in October 2018 going forward, visitors to the Lund Hotel will be able to learn the ways of the Tla’amin Nation through cultural experiences workshops along with enjoying the hotel’s significant renovations and budget-friendly options to oceanfront suites. The hotel is home to the local pub, general and liquor store, gas dock and marina and offers a spectacular view of the northern part of the Strait of Georgia.

The Lund Hotel made the news as the result of successful treaty negotiations, when in April 2016, the ‘Lund Parcel’ was included within a self-governing regime of the Tla’amin Nation. The land agreement was 30 years in the making and is a key economic driver of the nation. The agreement solidifies a new era commemorating the resilience of Tla’amin ancestors and elders, while also catering to tourists interested in learning more about the historical occupancy and identity in this beautiful region.

Marlane stated further that, “If British Columbians truly want to understand their history, they need to look back to a time when First Nations freely lived off the land in seasonal and permanent settlement throughout vast traditional territories.”

For more information about the Lund Hotel, please call 604-414-0474 or visit their website.

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