CHILCOTIN COAST EXPERIENCE
A wilderness vacation you will not soon forget
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.
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 Historic Chilcotin Lodge is proud to be part of this association. See the Chilcotin Coast Experience website for more information and how to reserve your vacation.
THE WEST CHILCOTIN
EAGLE'S NEST RESORT
Eagle's Nest Resort is located in the West Chilcotin—where the plateau meets the Coast Mountains. Here are some things to do that will ensure that you get the most out of this spectacular wilderness area:
Hike the beautiful Rainbow Range Trail in historic Tweedsmuir Park
Walk along the edge of an ancient volcanic canyon at The Precipice
Take a spectacular floatplane tour to Hunlen Falls, the Monarch Icefields, and the Rainbow Mountains (see below)
Explore Anahim Lake by canoe from the resort to see pelicans, beaver lodges, and much more.
Watch the birds! Eagle's Nest is located on a major migration route, and many birdwatchers have called it the highlight of their birdwatching tour.
Or you can just relax in our Guest Garden with a drink.
SPECTACULAR FLOATPLANE TOURS & FLY-IN HIKING
See the sights from the air in a legendary Beaver or classic Cessna floatplane. Tours can view any or all of the Rainbow Mountains, Hunlen Falls, and Monarch Ice Fields. This unique experience is not to be missed!
Flightseeing Tour: to all three sights is about 1 1/4 hours in length, and costs about $250 per person (4 people sharing Beaver), or $300 per person (2 people sharing Cessna). Hunlen Falls stopover extra.
Fly-In Hunlen Falls Hike: From $250 per person (2 people sharing).
Eagle's Nest can help arrange your tour along with your stay. Just ask us!
Turner Lake and Hunlen Falls
Situated at the top of a huge escarpment, Turner Lake in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. At the end of the lake is Hunlen Falls, the third highest free falling waterfall in Canada, tumbling more than 1,300 feet to Lonesome Lake far below.
A "flightseeing" tour gives you an opportunity to view the falls, with the option of landing on Turner Lake to hike to the edge of the falls. Or you can do the hike as a stand-alone fly-in adventure (see pricing below). There are two short hikes that begin where the float-plane drops you off, each providing magnificent views and an opportunity to experience the awesome grandeur of the falls.
For an independent travel writer's experience of the falls, click here.
The Rainbow Mountains
The Rainbows are very old volcanic mountains, very heavily mineralized, and so colourful they were known by the early indiginous people as the Painted Mountains or the "mountains that bleed". The red, orange, yellow and even white rocks form brilliant patterns and slide areas that are truly beautiful as you fly beside them.
See this travel writer's description of these amazing mountains.
At the top of the Pacific Coast Mountain Range, only minutes by air from Eagle's Nest Resort, are the Monarch Icefields. These are the largest icefields in North America outside of the Arctic Circle, and an amazing sight considering that they are so close to the beautiful summer weather you left behind at Anahim Lake.
Fly between massive mountain peaks and see rivers of glacier tumble down the mountainside like a giant roadway. It is an experience you won't soon forget.
Hike along the moutaintops in these one-of-a-kind guided adventures! With your experienced guide you will hike through the valleys and alongside alpine lakes at the top of the Coast Mountain Range. Or fly-in to the edge of a massive glacier for a spectacular glacier hike. For adventurous day-hikers, these experiences are not be be missed!
BELLA COOLA & THE GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST
BELLA COOLA GRIZZLY TOURS
From the Chilcotin Plateau, drop down 5,000 feet to the floor of the Bella Coola Valley! This is the centre of the area now known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Get the most out of your stay with a tour from Bella Coola Grizzly Tours. Your host Leonard Ellis offers modern cabin accommodation and terrific day tours that will make your trip to the Bella Coola Valley a memorable experience.
Take a day trip up some of the longest glacial fjords in the world onboard the 42-foot MV Nekhani. This voyage through the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest will visit wilderness hotsprings and First Nations pictrographs, search out some of the abundant wildlife, with a delicious seafood lunch!
The spectacular scenery of the Discovery Coast is worth the trip all by itself. Leonard has been guiding people on these waters for over 30 years, and is a knowledgable and charming host.
Or choose a land tour by bus to view magnificent scenery, ancient petroglyphs, the giant red cedars of the rainforest, and perhaps wildlife like grizzly bears and eagles.
To make Bella Coola Grizzly Tours part of your vacation, see Chilcotin Coast Experience and let Leonard show you the best of the Bella Coola Valley.