Grizzly bear cubs in Bella Coola at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Photo: Mike Wigle.
Engaging Locals

Peter 'Swede' Mattsson – President & Operations Manager

Peter 'Swede' Mattson of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola, BC

Swede is a character of some renown and is currently the driving force behind Bella Coola Heli Sports and Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. He is also President and Operations Manager.

Swede started his professional career in the hospitality industry, and as your larger-than-life host, it shows. He emigrated from Sweden to Whistler, Canada in '81 and hasn't looked back.

Swede is an expert skier and climber, and has participated in expeditions all over the world. He began his profession as a Mountain Guide in the mid 1980’s. Courses and diplomas followed, including many years spent as a Heli-skiing/Climbing/Ski touring guide and owner of a guiding company.

In 1995, Swede formed Mountain Sport Productions, specializing in coordination and mountain guiding for the film and television production industry. In 1996 he worked for Greenland Outdoors Inc., researching and developing adventure sport programs, including heli-skiing, for tourism in Western Greenland.

Today Swede lives in Bella Coola, walking distance to the lodge, and is your host. During the day, he likes to work in the garden, doesn't like the computer, and his primary focus is to develop and perfect the outdoor programs being offered at the lodge.