Nimmo Bay Passes From Father to Son
May 04, 2012
(News Release) PORT McNEILL — Passing a family business from father to son is a time-honoured tradition not often seen in these days of rapidly evolving technology and career hopscotch.
But in the years since Fraser Murray began guiding guests of the Nimmo Bay Resort on successful fishing expeditions at age seven, he has grown to know that his heart — like his father, Craig Murray, before him — is in Nimmo Bay and that is where he belongs.
“I am thrilled that Fraser is taking over the operations of Nimmo Bay,” says Craig Murray, “He grew up out here and has done every job possible at the resort over the years. He is uniquely qualified to keep it going in the tradition it was built in. And I’m still around as a resource if he needs any advice — business related or fatherly!”
Working beside and supported by his partner, Becky Eert, Fraser Murray, 34, has officially taken over as operations manager of both in-season and off-season at Nimmo Bay Resort. For many years the resort has benefited from Fraser’s management of in-season operations, including his idea to build six cabins hovering out over the tide and his construction of the floating fire dock.
“Fraser is an artist. He has a passion for aesthetics and spatial relationships which works so well with Nimmo Bay Resort’s culture of living among and respecting nature,” says Becky Eert. “His ideas for the resort are based on a vast knowledge of Nimmo Bay, the surrounding waters and the rising mountain ridge lines that can only be known by someone who has grown up here.”
Although they had met 10 years prior, Eert 29, fell in love with Murray while working as general manager of Pescatores Seafood and Grill in Victoria — a job that she credits with giving her the confidence to be in a position of authority, and to gain respect from guests and staff. These qualities will benefit Eert as she takes on the role of Nimmo Bay Resort’s in-season host and operations manager; in the off-season she and Fraser will be working on marketing and promotions.
“Becky credits her father for her love of the outdoors. She was born and raised in Duncan and spent her summers camping with her family on Quesnel Lake. Her father has an innate orientation to the environment and finds harmony when in nature,” says Fraser Murray. “I think she has inherited those gifts from him.”
Together, this young, purposeful couple has taken Nimmo Bay Resort by storm, bringing new ideas and technology with them. From May to mid-July, Nimmo Bay Resort is expanding its unique offerings to include programs focusing on health, yoga, wilderness viewing, marine adventures, as well as helicopter hiking.
These new experiences focus on getting out of the city and into nature. They include luxurious accommodation, abundant and nutritious meals, energizing and powerful yoga, and daily wilderness adventures plus the option to add in a heli-hike.
Fraser and Becky have also introduced a wilderness and wildlife program. This program is offered throughout the season and offers incredible marine adventures to its participants. Activities include, whale watching, bear viewing, coastal hikes, cultural boat tours, and much more. In addition to these activities, guests will continue to stay in the private cabins and have full use of the resort’s beautiful facilities.
Despite the changes to management and the extended season, Nimmo Bay Resort will also continue to offer its unforgettable heli-fishing, heli-fly fishing, and heli-venture packages.