Ownership of the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort (GHM) officially transferred to the Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC), which oversees the business ventures for the Klahoose First Nation, on Oct. 4.
The sale of the resort was finalized two months prior with previous owners Richard and Michelle Glickman. Over their decade and a half proprietorship of the GHM, the Glickmans had made major investments into updating the facilities, which receive a huge influx of summer tourists, many arriving by boat. Bill Dougan and Tammy Allwork have been managing the resort for many years, becoming nearly synonymous with the operation in the wider community. Allwork’s parents had owned and operated the very same resort in the 1970s.
Bruno Pereira, general manager of QXMC, emphasized that the long-term vision focuses on keeping the GHM open to the locals, who are the primary patrons in the off-season.
"We want to keep it a community place and a Cortes landmark," he said.
A ceremony to officially commemorate the transition to new ownership is planned for early December.
"We feel that this is a great opportunity for everyone - for the resort, the community and the Klahoose. Keeping the business in local hands was important to us, and there simply is no one more local than the Klahoose First Nation," the resort’s manager Bill Dougan emailed about the transition.
The resort’s previous owners, Richard and Michelle Glickman, had not replied to a request for comment by the time of publication.