Uncover British Columbia's Coast Mountains

Uncover British Columbia's Coast Mountains

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CARIBOO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Coast of British Columbia is comparable to Alaska's Last Frontier, but it's only an hour away from the international hub of Vancouver.

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UNCOVER BRITISH COLUMBIA'S COAST MOUNTAINS

CHILCOTIN WILDERNESS | NIMPO LAKE | BELLA COOLA VALLEY

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast of British Columbia is comparable to Alaska's Last Frontier, but it's only an hour away from the international hub of Vancouver.

 

That's just one of the reasons it's on the top of our travel list for this year. With grizzly bears trundling along riverbeds packed with salmon, towering mountains jetting up from all sides of your backcountry log cabin, and lush forests throughout, this is the ultimate tour of British Columbia's Cariboo region. You'll kick off the week at a remote spot in the Chilcotin Wilderness, hiking every day out of your cabin in a land few visitors ever see. Then, zip over towards the coast where you'll tour the fjords by boat, see ancient petroglyphs, and spy for grizzlies. The Bella Coola Valley is a little-known gem that has so much to discover, from Pacific Northwest art to totem poles storied in the history of the local people. All too soon, you'll be soaring over the Coast Mountains in all their glory back to Vancouver and reality.

This trip is one of our few departure trips. You'll be traveling with a group of other adventurous souls who love to hike, departing August 30. Please note all travelers must be at least 18 years old.

 

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Day 1

INTO THE CHILCOTIN WILDERNESS

BACKCOUNTRY LOG CABIN

 
 

The first day of the adventure begins in the remote Chilcotin town of Anahim Lake. Your guides will meet you upon arrival and take you down the road to nearby Nimpo Lake, “The Float Plane Capital of British Columbia.” Quickly get familiar with your gear as you prepare to take off into the wilderness for the next four days. Before you know it you'll be climbing aboard a 1949 De Havilland Beaver to fly you deep into the heart of British Columbia's Coast Mountains. Just 20 minutes later, drop down into a remote alpine valley. Here, you'll find your base camp for the next few nights—a remote backcountry cabin set right on the shore of Wilderness Lake. Soak in the beautiful alpine views and your first sunset at this magnificent spot and keep an eye out for resident cariboo!

 
 

Day 2

ALPINE WILDERNESS HIKING FROM THE CABIN

BACKCOUNTRY LOG CABIN

 
 

Wake to the sound of the lake lapping on the shore and tuck into a delicious backcountry breakfast prepared by your guides. You'll need the fuel—later that morning, you'll embark on a full day exploration of the surrounding valley by foot. Hike up to the base of a nearby glacier, continue on to explore part of Wilderness Mountain, and finally traverse a ridge line to get stunning views of the Coast Mountains and Waddington Range. That evening, rest your weary legs with a canoe cruise around the lake and a whiskey cocktail on the deck of the cabin—the perfect end to a day spent out of doors.

 
 

Day 3

ALPINE HIKING TO FLAT TOP MOUNTAIN

BACKCOUNTRY LOG CABIN

 
 

On the third day of your British Columbia adventure, you'll put your legs to use once again. Set out for another full day of hiking in true alpine paradise. Today's goal: summit Flat Top Mountain. This is only accessible during good weather (and with fit legs), and if it's within reach you'll want to remember your camera. Views of Mount Monarch and other nearby peaks are simply staggering! The way down is just as beautiful with a winding trail through alpine flowers, alpine lakes, and an area where wild caribou are often spotted. 

 
 

Day 4

SCENIC BEAVER FLIGHT BACK TO NIMPO

NIMPO LAKE CABIN

 
 

On day four, you'll leave your little piece of wilderness and return to Nimpo Lake by way of one seriously spectacular flight in the Beaver (the flight itself was voted one of the top five in the world). First, you'll fly over the Monarch Ice Fields—some of the most heavily glaciated sub polar mountain ranges on earth. Watch for Mount Waddington (at 13,175 feet high it is hard to miss), Hunlen Falls (Canada's third highest waterfall), and see how many countless turquoise lakes you can spot. That evening, enjoy a hot shower to wash the wild off of you before enjoying a delicious gourmet dinner. You'll be spending the evening on Nimpo Lake in a classic Canadian log cabin.

 
 

Day 5

BOAT RIDES, HOT SPRINGS, AND PETROGLYPHS

LODGE IN BELLA COOLA

 
 

The next day, you'll awake to the call of loons on the lake. Enjoy the solitude as ospreys dive into the water and muskrats and beavers make their way across the shoreline. Breakfast and coffee await before another day of adventure in British Columbia. After breakfast, you'll drive with a guide to the gateway of the Great Bear Rainforest and coastal town of Bella Coola. On the way you'll traverse the famous Heckman Pass with an altitude of 5,000 feet with Pacific Northwest views around every turn. Grizzly bears, giant cedar trees, and waterfalls can all be spotted within minutes of each other. That afternoon, you'll board a private boat to head into the South Bentick Arm of the Bella Coola fjord. With a local captain who knows all the stories and history of the surrounding area, you'll be in good hands (he'll even take you to a secret hot springs deep in a cedar forest—serious wow points). That afternoon take a short hike to marvel at 10,000-year-old petroglyphs that few tourists will ever have the chance to see. Your lodging for the night is a local lodge.

 
 

Days 6, 7

GRIZZLY BEARS AND HIKING IN BELLA COOLA VALLEY

LODGE IN BELLA COOLA

 
 

On day six, you'll rise early to track grizzly bears deep within the Bella Coola Valley. With a professional guide at the helm you'll drift down the Atnarko River waiting for the bears to appear around each bend. When there aren't any bears within view, there is still plenty to enjoy! Salmon swim and spawn right beneath the water's surface and bald eagles nest int he trees above the river's edge. This is the Pacific Northwest at its best. That afternoon, you'll hike through ancient forests with lush mossy undergrowth that seem a whole world apart from the Chilcotin Wilderness you explored earlier this week. 

On the last day, you'll take a morning hike through the local forests and visit a couple of art galleries in town. All too soon, it will be time to depart Bella Coola. But don't despair—the hour-long flight to Vancouver is just as unbelievable as the rest of your time has been exploring British Columbia's remote coast.

 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Explore the lesser known Cariboo Chilcotin Coast in British Columbia
  • Wander into the home of various wildlife such as wolf, caribou, black bear, grizzly bear, wolverine, and moose 
  • Hike through the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the best places in the world to view grizzly bears in the wild
  • Travel deep into remote regions of BC to test your scrambling skills on Wilderness Mountain
  • Hike through giant cedar groves to find rivers teeming with late-summer trout
  • See some of the most inaccessible and unexplored mountain chains in North America, home to British Columbia’s highest peaks and most spectacular alpine wilderness
  • Soak up all the solitude you can take combined with alpine hiking, way-out-there cabins, and grizzly viewing 
 
 

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