The End of an Era

 

A message from the Sund Family to our customers- In 1984, Dave and Sally Sund bought Sund’s Lodge with their two young sons in tow, and started running the lodge as a family in 1986. For over three and half decades, the Sund’s have owned and managed Sunds Lodge, working alongside an amazing service and fishing staff that turned the Lodge into one of the premier fishing lodge operations in British Columbia. The family learned early on how important the staff was in creating the guest experience, so for the entirety of the Sund’s Lodge operation, the Sunds prided themselves in finding, training, and retaining some of the best employees in the fishing lodge industry. The “Sunds Lodge Way” was a focus on relationship and customer experience and getting the most out of taking guests out each day into God’s great creation of the Inside Passage. Now as the Sund family says goodbye to the Sunds Lodge operation, our hearts are grateful and our memories are full. As Dave Sund has said, “We’re not going to cry its over, but we’re going to be smiling it happened.”

From the Staff to our guests- we just wanted to say a huge thank you from the Sund’s Lodge staff for yet another unforgettable season! After our last group of (amazing!) guests left the dock, the staff took the next couple hours and days to close up, pack up, and reminisce about the past few summers working in this incredible piece of paradise. Thank you to all our guests for sharing your time, stories, advice and memories with us, we have made so many new connections and friends from all over the world, and we want to thank you for choosing Sund’s Lodge. Its our pleasure to share with you the beauty of the area, and the connection to wildlife that we all grew up experiencing. We hope you felt right at home while you were at our service.

To the Sund family- thank you from your staff for making us all feel like a part of your family as employee’s, and for providing us with opportunities we could not get at any other summer job. Thank you for helping us through university, our first cars, raising our families, relationships, life, influencing our work ethic from here on out and allowing us to create lifelong friendships between us staff members. We will miss Dave’s dance moves in the dining room to “celebration” and his morning pep talks to the guides with his daily advice being “go where the fish are.” Sally, thank you for all the help, good conversations and positive vibes, and we’ll miss seeing Scott and Heather and the kids running wild having the summers of their childhood here at the lodge. The staff wishes you all nothing but the best moving forward in your next chapter in life, and thank you for choosing us as your staff.

We are excited for the Barlean family to take over for next season as they continue to build upon the extraordinary lodge experience the Sunds have created. A couple things in store for next season are expanded fishing areas and a “refresh” to the lodge and cabins.  Many of the staff will be returning next year, and they hope to see some familiar guests visiting in 2018.  The Barleans will be taking over the social media accounts soon, so please keep following for updates on the upcoming season and of course, our big fish contest winners!