The Chilcotin region in south central British Columbia (BC) is one of the most pristine wilderness tracts in North America. Its 32 million acres host 950 residents or one resident each 52 square miles. The Chilcotin is the last frontier and a wildlife paradise. It is host grizzlies & black bears, wolves, cougars, coyotes, lynx, moose, mule deer, mountain goats and sheep and scores of bald eagles. The Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge is your base camp in this oasis of nature. An all-inclusive lodge in a gorgeously built log or timber frame home, chef prepared meals, an open bar and all guided activities.
Day 1 : Arrive at Chilko Experience Lodge Days 2-4 : Chilko Adventure Activities Day 5 : Fly home
Relax in your wilderness hideaway with chef prepared meals and guided tours
Cruise the Chilko river by jet boat to view wildlife and sightsee
Explore 500 miles of backwoods trails by ATV
Horseback ride to find secret mountain top fossil beds
Arrive Williams Lake, British Columbia, and make your way* to the Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort (approx. 3 hour drive) your home away from home. Once at the lodge meet your hosts and enjoy a beverage of your choice. Tour the 25 acres of grounds, visit all the homes and learn about log and timber frame architecture unique to North America. Then it’s back to the main lodge for appetizers and drinks before a chef-prepared dinner. After dinner, enjoy a pleasant evening at the lodge, around the fire pit or journey to your cabin to retire.
*There are several options for arriving to the Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge via commercial flights and car rental, direct charter flight, or a scenic drive from Vancouver, BC. Please inquire and we can help you figure out the best option!
After a hearty breakfast, choose from a variety of activity options based on time of year and weather conditions. There is 'no size fits all' doctrine here. Such activities include: touring the 50 mile long Chilko Lake by cabin cruiser, stop for a picnic lunch and a bit of fishing; horseback ride to find a secret mountain top fossil bed; explore 500 miles of backwoods trails by ATV; cruise the Chilko river by jet boat to look for wildlife; explore the surrounding forest on miles of hiking trails; or enjoy various water sports on the lake like kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and swimming; try your hand at Chilcotin Darts where Viking-style axes are hurled at wooden targets. In the fall, the river teems with Sockeye salmon where grizzly bears coming to dine. Everyday choose from as much or as little activity as you desire.
Day 5 Fly home
After a hearty breakfast or even a good lunch, depending on departure schedule, return to Williams Lake for your journey home.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.