Our House Has

Your Hosts Charllet and Susan Musgrave

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

“The Guest House"





   About Our Guest House in Masset

 The Copper Beech Guest House

Copper Beech House Inn has had a long history of entertaining strangers, and of offering strangers the added pleasure of making instant friends in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. David Phillips, who was the proprietor for over twenty years, passed on the business to his long-time friend, Susan Musgrave, on July 6, 2010. Susan, an established Canadian poet, writer and teacher, has lived on Haida Gwaii since the early 70s.

She even lived in Copper Beech House, upstairs in “The Secret’s room” back in the day when it cost $1.00 a night, and, if you were lucky, you got a boiled egg for breakfast.

The rates have changed with the times, and so have the pillows, and the fine linens (all new this summer) but the same fine old charismatic atmosphere, a tribute to David’s legacy, remains.



Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Avoid surprises for yourself and your intrepid hosts by keeping these considerations in mind. Check-in time must be confirmed in advance, so we can be at home to meet you.

Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
If you require an early or late arrival, we will try to accommodate you. However, it must be pre-arranged. If you arrive earlier you are more then welcome to drop in, introduce yourself(ves) and store your luggage.

No smoking in the house... otherwise a sadly necessary cleaning fee of $150 will be charged. But it’s okay to smoke outside on the decks, or on the beach, or by the propane tanks on the docks (just kidding.)
Wheelchair accessible. Pet Friendly. Inclusive atmosphere.

(Feb 2014)



We serve an Off-the-Continental Breakfast: coffee (we even have a Nespresso machine if you are dying for a latte or a cappuccino, a selection of Murchie's and David's teas, juice, fresh and stewed fruit (including local wild berries,when in season) and rhubarb, homemade granola and yoghurt, and Susan's 30-hour Natural Leaven Bread.Preserves are made from local berries: salmonberry/raspberry/wild strawberry/blackberry and cloudberry.We serve marmalade, too, though the oranges have to be imported. Climate change has not yet made it possible to grow citrus trees on Haida Gwaii, as far as I know.

Breakfast is served between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please let Susan know the night before if you wish to have breakfast earlier than 8 a.m.



In the interest of dispensing with plastic bottles (we have no recycling facilities for these on Haida Gwaii, alas) your bathroom comes equipped with a Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash dispenser filled with Sea Wench Naturals – a limited and exclusive (not to mention guilt-free: no small animals lost their eyesight so that we humans could be more beautiful) line of wild and organically grown plants from one of the most stunning gardens in Clayoquot Sound off Tofino, B.C.,

Sharon Whalen and her partner (a former Haida Gwaiian, Chris Taylor a.k.a. Big Foot - Sharon and Chris met on Haida Gwaii almost thirty years ago) spend their days concocting soaps, shampoo, body oils, pain salves, body lotion, face cream, and much more.

Sharon’s also branched out to make a dish soap and a insect repellant ("Bugger Off!") that smells yummy, unless you are a mosquito, a horse fly, a black fly or a no-see’um.

Staff CBGH


Recent Testimonials from our Guests:

Thank you so much for our visit. I place Copper Beech House at the top of our near perfect vacation. I saw angels everywhere. You made every minute comfortable, charming & exciting. The food, the guests, the books & art! The feeling of being in the right place. We'll miss you. Take care everyone,

~ Allan & Donna June 25, 2013

Email from Douglas Coupland, on being informed of Susan’s recent purchase of Copper Beech House:

That's such exciting news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't think of a better match on so many many levels.

“Dripping with character…”
Brenda and Richard from Fort St. John, B.C., June 2010


“You now own the most important house in New Masset.” 
- Christopher from Connecticut - landscape architect of Martha Stewart’s gardens, July 2010


“The epitome of eclectic”
Becky from Metchosin, B.C. July 2010

“I had such a good time at the Copper Beech House that I couldn't let go of my key, which I found in my pocket upon my return, and which is now in the mails via Canada Post.
- Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo, August 2010


“Copper Beech House has spiritual power – healing power.”
- Ira, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, August 2010