The off-again, on-again Klahanie Resort overlooking Howe Sound in British Columbia is back on with a new multimillion-dollar plan.
The Squamish Chief reported that the resort is to be built on 34 waterfront acres at the gateway to Squamish across from Shannon Falls Provincial Park on land owned by West Vancouver’s Bahadur Karim. Klahanie was first proposed in 2007, but when the economy took a downturn, so did the project.
The new configuration is for a $400 million, five-star destination resort, hotel, restaurant and spa. The site also includes an upscale, full-service campground with 34 “canopy suites” on the northwest portion of the site, homage perhaps to the current Klahanie Campground that has existed on the site for close to 40 years and will eventually be displaced by the project.
An open space, called “The Great Lawn,” is slated for the entrance to the project.
“Providing a public space in Squamish to be able to take in the falls and the Chief and to be able to gather,” said Paul Fenske of Ekistics, the Vancouver architectural firm in charge of the project.
In addition to a 50-unit upscale hotel, the project includes 75 cliffside-terrace suites with individual ground level entrances that step down to a pool, according to Fenske. Sixteen 1,600-foot family-sized villas would be adjoined to the hotel by a footbridge and sit on the southern waterfront.
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