Meet Carsten Ginsburg & Tom Hermance
Carsten and his business partner, Tom Hermance, realized there weren’t any accommodations at the town’s ocean inlet and together they wanted visitors to experience the natural beauty of the estuary and coast. They opened the Float House Inn and Carsten admits, “it took a lot of labour and hard work to become what it is.” But their efforts have been rewarded by rave reviews online, praise in the guest books and even nominations for top accommodation lists. Carsten likes being an entrepreneur and enjoys meeting people from all over the world through the Float House Inn.
Carsten loves the friendly and easy-going people in Hagensborg that are always so helpful and considerate. “There are many artists here which keeps life here beautiful and unexpected,” said Carsten. The Central Coast has everything – wilderness, the coast and a road to get here. Carsten enjoys gardening and being out on the ocean. A very special spot for Carsten is North Bentick Arm because, “of its profound beauty and remoteness.” Carsten is passionate about the valley and the importance of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Carsten is an active volunteer with Bella Coola Valley Tourism and feels his coastal town is transitioning from a resource based economy to a tourism based economy. “Tourism will grow,” said Carsten, “and I encourage more people to attempt small businesses.” Carsten says that all money spent locally stays in the community which helps ensure the town’s future. He appreciates the variety of local businesses and frequents Mountain Valley Organics, Moore’s Organic Nursery Garden Centre, Little Nook Café, Firefly Studios, Creekside Studios and the Copper Sun Gallery.
Original. Relaxing. Scenic.
The Float House Inn in Bella Coola, offers unique ocean-side accommodations that have stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding mountain range. Guests can relax on their own private float home in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The Float House Inn makes an ideal home-base for your vacation whether you’re visiting Bella Coola for a relaxing retreat, a fishing trip or a wilderness adventure.
The Float House Inn has an ideal private location at the end of a dock that is just a short walk from the BC Ferries terminal. There are many docks and piers to choose from for enjoyable walks or bike rides. The panoramic views of the entire Bella Coola River Estuary and surrounding mountains make this one of the most scenic locations in the valley.
The Float House Inn is perfect for a romantic getaway or fun for the whole family. The Inn can sleep up to four comfortably and has a full kitchen, fully stocked bathroom with shower and three dining areas. Convenient extras include a propane barbecue, an open deck, a covered deck, a herb garden, free car, and trailer parking. The Float House Inn even offers fresh seafood and scenic cruises by request.
The Float House Inn is proud to have been recently voted “25 Top Unique Accommodations” by Flight Network.
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