With nothing more than a long-time dream and strong work ethic, Bob Wickwire, and his partners, Larry and Ellen Stanley began a mad journey to pioneer a fishing lodge, somewhere in the wilds of British Columbia. With all five species of Pacific salmon and world-class steelhead fishing, they settled on an untamed, uninhabited part of Canada—Babine Lake where the rule of “survival of the fittest” rings true. Their first lodge, The Last Resort, was a very rustic camp with virtually no amenities; the Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge was the opposite, as they turned it into one of the most exclusive steelhead lodges in the world.
The never-ending struggles, dangers, and successes they experienced along the way makes for a fascinating pioneering adventure. Although some of the events may seem totally unbelievable, they are all true. Devastating storms and floods, marauding wildlife, plane crashes, no road access which meant that everything needed to build, maintain and run the lodges had to be brought in by boat, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter—there were many harrowing experiences.