The History of Nanook and Beyond…
Before Nanook Lodge, there’s a long line of anglers in the Anderson family! Sam’s great grandfather, August Anderson, was fishing for salmon in Sweden during the late 1800’s before moving to America. His son, Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Galesburg, IL, was an avid angler and instrumental in building fishing lakes for his constituents. Joe’s son, Raymond, fished extensively in southern Florida as well as the warm waters of Lake of the Woods, Canada.
Raymond introduced the art of angling to son, Larry, at the age of four. Larry did the same for his son, Samuel August. Sam and Larry have fished all over the Rockies, Mexico, and Belize, and, of course, the Inland Passage of BC since 1978!
Larry and Sam Anderson started Nanook Lodge in 1998 after the purchase of a cabin and 4 acres on Stuart Island the previous fall. Over 4 long months, the lodge, the docks and the guesthouse buildings were built by Larry, Sam and a host of tradesmen. Literally as the last carpenter went out the back door, the first guests arrived in May of 1998.
Operating continuously since then, 2016 will be the lodge’s 19th year in business. Lodge facilities, kitchen, outbuildings and amenities have been upgraded every year to provide the best fishing and adventure lodge in the Pacific Northwest.
Nanook Lodge caters to serious anglers, families looking for adventure and corporate outings seeking upscale accommodations in a rustic resort setting. Our service-oriented staff offers a unique blend of urban comfort and wilderness adventure. It’s just a short seaplane ride from downtown Seattle to our dock in the “Great Bear Rain Forest.”
My sister, Nicole, and I grew up in suburban Denver, which meant we were lucky enough to explore the vast expanse of the Rocky Mountains. We would spend our weekends and holidays with the family in the Rockies, whether we were skiing, hiking, and horseback riding, and, of course, fishing! Looking back, we realize how fortunate we were to live in such a beautiful place.
Our mom took us to a dude ranch every summer growing up in southern Colorado, where we took care of horses and felt like cowboys and girls! Our mom’s parents were from AZ, and my grandpa, Myron, a real deal outdoors man, would tell us stories and give us inspiration for future times.
Our dad, Larry, from a very young age, has been fishing, and was always teaching us about hunting and fishing growing up. We spent many days with him, dressed like serious anglers, in the summer sun in Alcova or Lake McConaughy cruising in his first cruiser, Nanook #1. When dad got this boat, an 86′ Sea Ray, it was shortly thereafter he was convinced by a friend to try his ‘fly’ for salmon on Vancouver Island, B.C. After this first experience, we never left! Nicole and I would tag along to Quadra Island, BC every summer to explore with our dad and fish our butts off! Grandma and Grandpa, Ray and Barb, would join us from Texas, as they liked the area dad chose to be! This area of the world inspired our dad to finally bring his dreams and passion into fruition.
This upbringing definitely influenced my sister and I to love the outdoors and respect all that it has to offer. Nicole still lives in the foothills of Colorado working with a study abroad organization that designs programs for high school students. She comes to BC often to help out and oversee the operation, which my dad and I operate from May through September.
Nanook Lodge, the Anderson Family Lodge, has been a huge success amongst lodges and resorts on the west coast of BC. We’ve had 18 years of exciting fishing, big smiles and happy guests, and lots of laughs! This is what keeps this place going and will do so for years to come!
We couldn’t have done it without the love and support from our family, friends and anglers alike. Come and join us… it’s an experience you’ll never forget!