SEATTLE, WA — Outdoor retailer and lifestyle brand evo, has announced the acquisition of Whistler, BC-based Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, owner of the world-renowned Journeyman Lodge.
With the purchase of CCWA and Journeyman Lodge, evo adds hospitality to its growing ecosystem, and continues to expand its presence in Canada. evo currently operates 5 stores in Whistler and a Canadian eCommerce site.
Located 90 minutes north of Vancouver and 20 minutes south of Whistler Village, Journeyman Lodge has long been a dream destination for Nordic skiers and backcountry enthusiasts in search of deep powder.
Hand-built by members of Whistler’s backcountry ski community in the 90s, the 5,000-square-foot Journeyman Lodge currently accommodates 24 guests and offers an escape into true Canadian wilderness.
In addition to operating Journeyman, CCWA operates 18,000 acres of public land surrounding the lodge in partnership with the Province of BC. This spectacular wilderness area includes 47km (29.2mi) of groomed ski trails, 17km (10.6mi) of snowshoe trails, 14km (8.7mi) of summer hiking trails, and averages 6.8m (22 ft) of snowpack a year.
“I’m personally very grateful to have this opportunity to carry the torch forward as we look to establish Journeyman as a centerpiece for the community in the Sea to Sky and beyond,” said Bryce Phillips, Founder and CEO of evo. “When I moved to Whistler in 1997, had someone told me that one day we’d be in a position to work with Brad and his team to continue their vision, I would not have believed it.”
Brad Sills, CCWA President, and visionary creator of Journeyman Lodge, offered his thoughts on the change of hands. “I’m feeling quite confident that the transition from Callaghan Country over to evo is a really good one. It’s based on the shared values that the companies have, including respect for the communities that we live in and work in. I really look forward to working with Bryce and his team in the coming years.”
evo will take over operations of Journeyman Lodge on October, 5 2021. Christian Begin, ski-industry veteran and co-founder of Bella Coola Heli Sports in BC, will serve in the position of General Manager.