Located in Klemtu, BC, the Spirit Bear Lodge has become a successful model for conservation-based ecotourism, attracting visitors looking to experience the Great Bear Rainforest’s globally rare species and stunning landscapes. Owned and operated by Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, the lodge pays homage to the traditional long houses built by west coast First Nations and offers lounge/meeting space, an ocean view deck and communal dining. The Spirit Bear Lodge is listed as a Signature Experience once-in-a-lifetime travel experience by Destination Canada. In 2017 the lodge was recognized with the Indigenous Adventure Award.
The UBC Geological Field Station is located in Oliver, British Columbia adjacent to the White Lake Grasslands Protected Area. The new facility will replace existing, aging camp buildings that have reached the end of their lifespan. The Field Station complex consists of: a main building with learning, dining and kitchen functions; a faculty cabin; and, heavy duty tent structures for students. The design expression is functional, spare and simple. The Geological Field Station will be used by students and faculty of the UBC Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.