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The Chilko Experience

Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge

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If George Vanderbilt, founder of the Biltmore Estate, and John Muir, America’s leading naturalist who inspired the US national park system, collaborated to build the ultimate luxury/nature experience for their friends and family, it would be the Chilko Experience. A private seven home $10M luxury estate built in the pristine British Columbia wilderness for the use of friends & family. It has recently opened to the public for the first time. It is best of breed because of what it’s not, another lodge. They offer an estate experience. Their strengths are three. World class architecture. They have homes not cabins. A better than world class location in southern British Columbia on a 5M pristine wilderness tract. Lastly, great adventures in the middle of this setting that allows friends to connect with nature at the highest level possible. John Muir would approve.

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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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 for the evening.

*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 at Chilko.  Click here to see more details about the activities such as: 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

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Rate based on 5 day trip (3 full days at the lodge). Tour price from $2550- $6950 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
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed


  • International Flights
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Vehicle rental in Williams Lake
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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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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