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The Chilko Experience

Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge

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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-by-Day Summary

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

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  • Independent

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Day 1 Arrive at Chilko Experience Lodge

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!

Day 2-4 Chilko Adventure Activities

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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

  • 1 Breakfast
After a hearty breakfast or even a good lunch, depending on departure schedule, return to Williams Lake for your journey home.

Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort

Per person starting at


Rate based on 5 day trip (3 full days at the lodge). Tour price from $2,550- $6,950 depending on length of trip and season.

Round trip direct charter to Chilko Lodge from Vancouver, BC available for $700 per person.


  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 5 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $300 Vehicle rental in Williams Lake
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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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.

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