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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 Vancouver

  • 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 1Arrive to Williams Lake, float plane

Arriving into Williams Lake, we’ll pick you up at your accommodation 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 trustee 1949 De Havilland Beaver Float Plane, we’ll fly over into the deep heart of BC’s Coastal Mountains.

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

Our cabins were built by a wilderness dweller herself, Chris Czajkowski. She is a well-known pioneer of the Chilcotin Coast. Her Cabins were built by her own two hands back in the 80’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 2Hike to Wilderness Lake, canoeing

An early rise to the Loons this morning, and we’ll spend the day hiking up to Wilderness Lake. This day hike will have us canoeing across Spinster Lake, exploring some remote trails, walking through alpine flowers and swimming in crystal blue glacial lakes.

Wilderness Lake itself is bordered by beautiful snow-capped mountains. 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 and taking in the inspiring surroundings.

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

Day 3Hike Wilderness Mountain or Mt. Flattop

Today we’ll be getting our legs really working, by hiking up 900 metres! Depending on the weather, and how we're feeling- we’ll tackle Wilderness Mountain 2500 metres, for an awesome view point, right in the middle of the 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. Up here there is plenty of opportunity for a variety of incredible hikes to suit many capabilities.

  • Accommodation: Wilderness Cabin, 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 pilot and board the plane for an incredible scenic flight!

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 830ft, 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. If you want to try some fishing, we’ll set out in some 14 foot aluminum boats, and troll the lake with a few beverages… Tonight's accommodation is set right on Nimpo Lake, in some classic Canadian log cabins.

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

Day 5Glacial valleys, giant trees, ancient petroglyphs and grizzly bears!

After waking from the call of the Loons, and starting the day off with a delicious breakfast and great coffee, we will make our way to Bella Coola. We’ll drive the famous “Heckman Pass” altitude 1,524m of grades up to 18% which takes us into the stunning 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 leave you breathless. Truly a secret place that will inspire you! 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 10,000 years ago!

Later on in the afternoon, we'll go looking for Grizzly Bears! We’ll set you up with a professional local Bear Guide, who will take you in a drift boat down either The Bella Coola or Atnarko Rivers, to watch "The Grizzlies", as they feed on the spawning Salmon. 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.

  • Accommodation: The Unique Tallheo Cannery or a Bella Coola Lodge, BC (B,L,D)

Day 6Mountains, fjords and the Bella Coola Valley

Today we’ll get up high into The Coast Mountains! 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 enjoy a tasty lunch mountain top before making our way back to our accommodation.

  • Accommodation: The Unique Tallheo Cannery or a Bella Coola Lodge, BC (B,L,D)

Day 7Farewell!

Last day of our unique adventure through The Great Canadian Wilderness… We’ll say goodbye mid-morning and board our last scenic flight from Bella Coola to Vancouver, over the Magical Coast Mountains.

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