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Explore remote and untapped frontier wilderness in the heart of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. Float plane access, stunning alpine hiking, canoeing, wildlife and grizzly bear viewing.

Journey into some of the most remote and inspiring Wilderness that Canada has to offer. Experience the untapped beauty of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast!

We paddle through the crystal clear waters of alpine lakes and bike through ancient rain forests and pristine glacial valleys. Our trips include hiking into the majestic snow-capped Rockies, cruising the “Discovery Coast Passage” and kayaking with abundant marine life.

US$2,975

(for 4 to 12 guests)

The Chilcotin

From Williams Lake to Bella Coola, BC

  • Hike stunning turquoise glacier lakes
  • Float plane flight over the Monarch ice fields
  • Overnight in unique back country lodges
  • Visit 10,000yr old Nuxalt petroglyphs
  • View Grizzly Bears in the wild

If you are craving wilderness, adventure, and comfort all in one, this is the trip for you! Canada’s most scenic mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, remote untapped wilderness, passionate professional guides and gourmet meals are just some of the highlights on this inspiring adventure experience. Join us as we journey into one of Canada’s best kept secrets, the undiscovered natural paradise of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region.

Please note:Other dates available upon request!

Day 1Float Plane into Nuk Tessli - Chilcotin Wilderness

Arriving into Williams Lake, we’ll pick you up at your accommodation or the airport and whisk you away into the Chilcotin Wilderness. Heading out over the mighty Fraser River and into the high dry plateau of The Chilcotin, we’ll be on our way to the start of an inspiring adventure! We’ll make our way to Nimpo Lake, The Float Plane Capital of British Columbia, and gear up to fly into The Charlotte Alplands. After boarding our 1949 De Havilland Beaver Float Plane, we’ll fly over into the deep heart of BC’s Coastal Mountains.

After our 20-minute flight, we'll be dropped in one of the most scenic alpine settings in the Coast Mountains, a cluster of rustic cabins called Nuk Tessli. Nuk Tessli is the native word for “The West Wind” and is set on a high altitude lake, bordered by majestic jagged peaks to the south.

These cabins were built by a wilderness dweller herself, Chris Czajkowski. She is a well-known pioneer of the Chilcotin Coast. Her Cabins were built with her own two hands back in the 1980’s. Once we get settled, we’ll head up the North Ridge for a nice hike in the alpine meadows. We’ll have incredible views of Mt Monarch and surrounding dramatic peaks.

  • Accommodation: Wilderness Cabin, Nuk Tessli, Charlotte Alplands, British Colombia (L,D)

Day 2Alpine Lake Canoeing, Hike to Wilderness Lake

An early rise to the sounds of the wilderness, and we’ll be spending the day hiking up to Wilderness Lake, set in the pristine Charlotte Alp lands. This morning we will canoe across Spinster Lake, which is an incredible alpine lake and onto the start of our hiking trails. Our remote network of trails will have us walking through alpine flowers, and past pristine alpine lakes and tarns.

Wilderness Lake itself is bordered by beautiful snow-capped mountains. A truly unique cabin and alpine setting that will leave you breathless. We’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of this place, and be happy to just stay here the rest of the trip! The evening will be spent canoeing around the lakeside & taking in our inspiring surroundings.

  • Accommodation: Wilderness Cabins, Coast Mountains, BC (B,L,D)

Day 3Alpine Hiking Wilderness Mountain or Ridge & Meadows

Today we’ll be getting our legs working, by hiking up Wilderness Mountain, or depending on group fitness a nearby lower peak or beautiful alpine meadows and stunning ridges. Depending on the weather, and how our small group is feeling- There is an opportunity to tackle Wilderness Mountain which stands at an impressive 2,500 metres, allowing one of the most expansive view points, across the dramatic Coast Mountains. With 360-degree panorama views that will take your breath away, this hike is our secret gem.

If the weather doesn’t allow for an ascent of Wilderness Mountain we’ll hike up and over Mt Flattop and around a beautiful alpine lake. There is plenty of opportunity for a variety of incredible hikes to suit many capabilities.

  • Accommodation: Wilderness Cabins, Coast Mountains, BC (B,L,D)

Day 4Fly over the Monarch Ice Fields, Try your hand at fishing in Nimpo Lake

Today we will no doubt want to take it a little easier, after our adventure from yesterday. After a relaxed breakfast we’ll head back down to Nuk Tessli, a peaceful 3.5 hour hike where we’ll meet our trustee pilot and board the plane for an incredible scenic flight recently voted one of the Top 5 in the world!

You’ll start off by flying over the Monarch Ice Fields. These Ice Fields are some of the most heavily glaciated sub polar mountain ranges on earth. You will see BC’s highest peak, Mount Waddington pierce through the sky at an impressive 4,016 metres. Add in an astonishing amount of glaciers and brilliant turquoise filled lakes, vastness, and majestic Coastal Mountains, this flight makes for a memorable experience. View Canada’s 3rd highest waterfall, Hunlen Falls 830 feet, along with views of the remote lake chains of Turner Lakes. Talk about flying high!

Arriving back to Nimpo Lake, you’ll have a chance to try out some awesome fishing that Nimpo Lake is famous for, or enjoy some down time for yourself. Tonight’s accommodation is set right on Nimpo Lake, in some comfortable classic Canadian log cabins.

  • Accommodation: Lakeside Log Cabins, Nimpo Lake, BC (B,L,D)

Day 5Glacial Valleys, Giant Trees, Ancient Petroglyphs & Hot Springs!

Enjoying the call of the Loons, a delicious breakfast and coffee, we shall set out for another day of beauty and adventure! Today we’ll be making our way to the gateway of the Great Bear Rainforest and coastal town of Bella Coola. We’ll drive the famous “Heckman Pass” altitude 1,524 metres and grades up to 18% which takes us into the stunning and remote Bella Coola Valley. This deep glacial carved valley is an undiscovered natural paradise. Abundant wildlife, Giant Cedar Trees, mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls - this is a landscape that will stay with you forever. Truly a secret place that inspires us and our adventure seekers! A place that is not touristy, off the beaten path and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, be the first to tell your friends about it!

Well spend the day making numerous stops, short hikes, and some exploring of the valley. One of these will be to see the Ancient Petroglyphs (rock carvings). Set amongst the giant cedar trees, these carvings are said to be some of the oldest, dating from over 10,000 years ago!

In the early afternoon, we’ll head out into the South Bentick Arm of the Bella Coola Sound, and explore the waterways of this magical place. Our Captain is a true local, who loves sharing his knowledge and adventures of living in such a wild place! He’ll take us to some secret hot springs set deep in some Giant Coastal Cedar trees, where you can have a nice soak!

  • Accommodation: Bella Coola Lodge, BC (B,L,D)

Day 6Grizzly Bears, Alpine Hiking Bella Coola

Rising early, we set out to go see Grizzly Bears!

We’ll set out with a professional local Bear Guide. This guided Bear watching trip takes place in river drift boats and rafts, which provide for unique opportunities to see these animals from the river wilderness while they feed and fish for salmon on the river’s edge. Grizzly bear watching extraordinaire!

If there is one way to see the beautiful Kings of the forests, this Drift Tour is the one! It’s a must do for everyone visiting the dramatic Bella Coola Valley.

After some lunch, we’ll set out and get up high into The Coast Mountains that surround the Bella Coola Valley.

We will take a 4-wheel drive road up to the start of an inspiring hike. Here we’ll hike through alpine meadows, and alpine lakes, a gentle day hike to 360-degree views of the expansive Coast Mountains, fiords and the Bella Coola Valley. The best short hike we’ve ever done! The pictures from up here are worth the journey alone. We’ll have a chance to swim in pristine alpine lakes for the brave ones in our group, before making our way back to our accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Bella Coola Lodge, BC (B,L,D)

Day 7Farewell!

Today is the last day of our unique adventure through the Great Canadian Wilderness... We’ll go for a walk amongst the giant cedar trees, before returning to Williams Lake, while other guests who choose to fly from Bella Coola to Vancouver, will be dropped off at the local Bella Coola Airport.

Guests returning with the guides will have a 5-hour drive back to Williams Lake. The group will be returning to Williams Lake by 3pm.

Thank you for travelling with us!

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