Klahoose water taxi business ready to make waves

 CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC), the economic development arm of the Klahoose First Nation, has a brand new water taxi designed and built to their specifications, continuing a year of milestones for the community.

The sleek black vessel, named Goat 1, features the nation’s symbol of a mountain goat. It has special additions such as lookout windows and a walk-around cabin. Built by BRIX Marine in Port Angeles, WA, the boat was financed through a partnership with Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation.

The capacity of the boat is 12 passengers, and it will primarily serve the captive clientele of various QXMC divisions, such as forestry and tourism, said General Manager Bruno Pereira. They are also planning to advertise passage for the public on runs such as Campbell River — Cortes Island, and Campbell River — Lund.

QXMC has other water-related projects on the go. Klahoose Shellfish has been farming geoducks near Squirrel Cove since 2008, and a new addition to aquaculture this year is kelp. This edible seaweed is sold for culinary purposes as wakame or kombu, and has also grown in popularity in skincare products. Pereira said the kelp expansion will help them diversify the aquaculture portfolio, thus mitigating risk, as well as promote sustainability in their operations. 

Another economic interest being explored by QXMC is bottled glacier water, and there is a source close to the Klahoose Wilderness Resort in Desolation Sound.

Pereira acknowledged that he works with a great team and is especially grateful to Klahoose Chief Kevin Peacey and his visionary leadership. The chief also serves as QXMC chairman of the board and has steered projects such as the company officially taking ownership of Gorge Harbour Marina Resort on Oct. 4, another business expansion for the nation on its traditional territory.

Chief Kevin Peacey of the Klahoose First Nation with the new water taxi. Photo by Peter Wrinch.

Top photo credit: The new QXMC water taxi has already ferried passengers to and from the Klahoose Wilderness Resort this fall. Photo by Peter Wrinch.