Stay a few more days in our Lodge, take a packed lunch and have some adventurous trips in the Chilcotin back country, a huge area, stretching from the Fraser River to the Coastal Mountains divide. It's a land of dramatic landscapes and rivers, fantastic rock formations and hundreds of lakes... a land where vast ice fields and alpine meadows contrast the valleys and grasslands.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
The eastern part of the Chilcotin Plateau is an area of dramatic landscapes. The desert-like Farwell Canyon with its hoodoos, sand dunes, and the raging Chilcotin River, is only a short drive from the lodge. Also close by is Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park, a unique landscape of rolling grasslands and deeply eroded gullies, home to a large herd of California Bighorn Sheep. Don't miss river rafting, terrific fishing or birdwatching, hiking, or horseback riding. You can go "forever" on trails and gravel roads with your vehicle or mountain bike.
We arrived here late night by accident, but what we discovered the next morning was so great and beautiful that we decided to stay another night; besides the surroundings, the hosts are really great...
KERSTIN & MICHAEL, BERLIN GERMANY
The Chilcotin River runs through a desert-like landscape; erosion created magnificent hoodoos and sand dunes. Watch the natives fish with dip nets for salmon in the season and look for the ancient pictographs on the rocks.
JUNCTION SHEEP RANGE PARK
This Provincial Park is a unique example of rolling grasslands in BC, with a 4wd vehicle it is possible to follow a public trail that leads to view of the confluence of the Fraser and Chilcotin rivers; a magnificent herd of California Bighorn Sheep roams free in the park.
Further south a lot of backroads will bring you to the Gang Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in BC, situated in a stunning valley, it has its own post office, visits to the ranch are possible.
In summer and early fall there are rodeos almost every weekend. The "big one" is the well-known Williams Lake Stampede (first weekend of July) but it is also very nice to visit a smaller one, be close to all the action and talk to the locals.
For your Chilcotin adventures experience, we recommend Big Canyon Rafting, a spectacular scenic day of rafting on the Chilcotin River. Enjoy Farwell Canyon at its best! You'll have so much fun. Pick up and drop off at the Lodge.
HIKING • CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING • SNOWMOBILING FISHING • CANOEING • KAYAKING
HORSEBACK RIDING • HUNTERS WELCOME
The fishing is incredible, in rivers and lakes and, if you dare, take a dip on one of the many hot summer days. With your own canoe or kayak, you can explore one of the lake-chains. Horseback riding: Outfitters and ranches offer more day-trip packages that provide the ultimate outdoor experience as well as short trips, but you can bring your own horse, for $10 a night it stays in the large meadow in front of our Lodge. Hunters have come to the Chilcotin Lodge for many decades in the season to hunt for different species of grouse, ducks, deer and moose.
CHILCOTIN COAST EXPERIENCE
Sometimes called The Last Frontier for its unique beauty and diverse ecosystems, the Chilcotin-Coast region is one of the most dramatic expanses of wilderness to be found anywhere in North America. Comprised of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Chilcotin Ark—two of the most spectacular and unspoiled wilderness areas of their kind—the 456 kilometers of Highway 20 provide easy access to this prime vacation area. The Chilcotin Coast Experience is three unique resorts/services: The Historic Chilcotin Lodge, Eagle's Nest Resort, and Bella Coola Grizzly Tours, set in three diverse landscapes with terrific wilderness experiences, all at an affordable price. The Historic Chilcotin Lodge is proud to be part of this association. See the Chilcotin Coast Experience webpage for more information.
I've been thinking of you up there in "God's Country." It must be so beautiful right now. I'd love to see the Chilcotin in the winter. Meanwhile, I have my hunting memories to reminisce on until next time. Looking foward to seeing you and staying at your charming Lodge again.
BRUCE & CATHY • VANCOUVER BC (GUESTS FOR OVER 40 YEARS!