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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
Upon your arrival to the Lodge at Chilko Lake, it won't take you long to slow down and slip into relaxation mode. There's plenty of room in your cabins to spread out and unwind. The main lodge is a formidable timber frame structure manufactured from local trees and is the focal point for meals, cocktails and most socializing. Its meticulous construction is more of an art form than traditional building.
Vaulted ceilings, gorgeous slate flooring, leather club chairs, comfy couches and tiffany lamps are commonplace. The lodge has an inviting deck, dining room, wireless Internet and a big screen television (if you must). The upper level is a luxurious suite with impressive king bedroom, sitting area and grand bathroom complete with double headed showers. The ground floor has a bar, games room and access to the popular fire pit area.
The surrounding cabins are stunning. Carefully positioned for view and privacy, they are a mixture of one and two bedroom log and timber frame structures. The cabins are unique but equally breathtaking featuring fine craftsmanship, comfortable furnishings and adorned with magnificent antiques and collectibles. The units are self-contained and have comfortable living rooms, private bathrooms and kitchenettes.
“The Lodge at Chilko Lake” is an upscale, luxurious private residence owned by Phil and Anne Huston who live on-site 6 months of the year. Anne is an antique collector and has lavishly furnished the property while Phil watches his stocks until 1pm and then goes fishing. Both are gracious hosts, philanthropic (when guests are not there, they host dozens of veterans injured in Afghanistan and Iraq) and have a magnificent chef, maintenance staff and a property manager. Needless to say, the residence is warm, friendly and impeccable.
Whichever room style you choose, Ts’yl-os Provincial Park is just a step outside.
With weather that is almost always warm and sunny, you will be able to spend your days experiencing British Columbia's unspoiled Chilcotin wilderness first hand. At these latitudes spring is a glorious time for renewal and boasts the best wildflowers and the longest days of the year. Summer offers the best weather but autumn brings the driest season and the return of millions of salmon. Along with them, comes fantastic eagle, cougar, grizzly and black bear viewing opportunities.
In all these seasons we offer river trips by inflatable raft and by classic hard hulled drift boat, sea kayaking, hiking, heli-hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding – knowing you’ll return to one of British Columbia’s finest “home away from home” at the end of each day.
Upon your arrival to Chilko Lake, it won't take you long to slow down and slip into relaxation mode. Want to cozy up with a good book? Each cabin has a comfortable living room and the main lodge is full of great reading treasures and regional maps to scour over. The Lodge also has wireless Internet and a guest computer to check email. Feeling competitive? We have a wide variety of games and our resident chess champion, Mikey, is always up for a challenge.
How about kicking back with a movie? We have a (discreetly located) large screen TV where you can enjoy your favorite flick along with our famous freshly baked cookies in a bottomless cookie jar.
FISHING INFORMATION FOR THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKEE, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
Considered one of B.C.'s finest fly fishing rivers, the Chilko is an unsurpassed fishing destination. The river’s opulent straights and eddies flicker and splash with the promise of fat, feisty rainbow trout, bull trout and dolly varden. The large salmon cycle and ideal hatches provide ample feed making the fish large and aggressive.The river is a giant bevy of hot spots, with clear shallows and cold, deep pools. Draining the main lake, the waters never cloud and fishing is superb throughout the season. Because Chilko is so remote, for centuries these fish have feasted at will — making them more than game for flies — and certain to dish out a memorable fight.
Expect to catch many rainbow trout in the19-28 inch range – right at your doorstep. The river’s fishing is so outstanding it has been given special “classified waters” status by the Province of British Columbia. You can drift the river with your licensed guide or fish on your own. Either way our crystal clear waters are so inviting you may never want to leave. A veritable bouillabaisse of fish, the Chilko is utopia for anglers of all abilities
Guided fly fishing services utilize our fully outfitted, jet-propelled, fishing boats with fore and aft fishing positions. Other options include drifting and wading a 21-mile stretch of the Chilko River in our classic aluminum dories. Floatplane or helicopter accessed fishing can also be arranged at a number of alpine lakes but few ever want to leave this productive river.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
If hiking is your passion, you can explore a variety of trails in or out of the park. We have maps, books and experience, and can arrange an informative guide to accompany you. For those wanting to experience the ultimate in magic carpet rides, let our helicopter lift you up above the lake into an alpine full of wildflowers. This terrain makes for easy walking and there is almost unlimited room to roam. The 360-degree scenery will make you feel like the gods as you wander among the mountaintops.
Horseback rides can be organized in advance to accommodate guests' experience and interests. Friendly horses and astute wranglers can tailor rides for all abilities on mountain trails, through fields of wildflowers, or along the river. Half-day and full-day rides are available with advanced notice. You’ll soon know what we mean by “happy trails”.SEA KAYAKING
Explore the lake in total tranquility. Whether on your guided excursion in the main lake or simply poking along the shoreline on your own, our fleet of comfortable and stable double and single kayaks will be a great way to spend any part of your day. Mornings present all sorts of wildlife opportunities – otters, beaver, bears and birds of prey – while late afternoon is time for the perfect catch. Days are long in the north but alpenglow sunsets are worth the wait – especially from the seat of your boat.
Screaming single track, winding dirt roads, coasting along the rivers edge or gliding through pine-scented forests, we’ve got it all. We can even lift your bikes to the alpine where you could ride for weeks without ever seeing a soul. Our guided bike trips include Kona mountain bikes, vehicle support and a knowledgeable guide. What more could you want? Eliminate the hills? We can do that too!
The Lava Canyon section of the Chilko River offers the longest stretch of commercially navigable whitewater in North America. Unmatched in its diversity and enormous stretches of continuous Class IV whitewater, you will be treated to rollicking hydraulics and towering standing waves that cascade for more than 20 miles through deep and narrow lava gorges. The river trip completes at the junction of the Taseko River where a helicopter whisks you back up river to the lodge.For those not seeking Class IV excitement, the Upper Chilko offers a most incredible ride of a different kind. Floating right out from the lake, we can travel a half-day (10 miles) or an entire day (21 miles with a picnic lunch) down to a pull out at respective points above the bigger rapids. Traveling by raft you will challenge some exciting water that is still appropriate for little ones. If you want to raise your adventure coefficient, try doing this stretch in an inflatable kayak where you’ll get up close and personal to this fast stretch of water.
For the ultimate in scenic rides - and ideal for photographers - try a dory ride on this breathtaking stretch. In a dory you get a wild ride but soak up the scenery instead of waves. During salmon season, the dories provide an unobtrusive way to float among the bears.
HOW TO GET TO THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
A one-hour flight from Vancouver and Whistler – but world’s apart, The Lodge at Chilko Lake is intentionally hard to drive to so its intimacy will never be compromised. You can drive in from Highway 20 (Between Bella Coola and Williams Lake) but the flight by small aircraft to our airstrip is the best way to start your trip.
Direct flights to The Lodge depart on Thursdays and Sundays from Vancouver. Alternatively, if you prefer a private charter, simply contact us and we’ll set you up with your own private plane or floatplane from downtown Vancouver or Whistler. Commercial flights are available to nearby Anahim Lake (1.5 hr drive).
En route you’ll fly over a virtually endless wilderness – staggering mountain ranges, eternal glaciers, epic pine forests, mythic waterfalls, lakes so pale and blue they look like tropical seas – needless to say, The Lodge at Chilko Lake is top shelf living but lets not forget why you come here…it’s the adventure of course…
2015 RATES AT THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
Seven day EXTREME rafting adventures are $7995 pp.
Week long rafting adventures on the Chiko-Chilcotin Rivers are $3295 pp.
$1000 per person per night for all other adventures.
Kids 6-12 are $500/night and children 5 and under are $300/night.
WHAT'S INCLUDED AT THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE
Luxury accommodations, meals and all activities (guided hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, sea kayaking, horseback riding, fishing (river & lake) and boating), professional guides,
rods, reels, goretex waders and felts, tap beer, house wine, fishing is from jet boats (rowing), drift boat and selected wading areas.
Optional heli-hike available for an additional cost.
NOT INCLUDED AT THE LODGE AT CHILKO LAKE
Premium wine and spirits, fishing licenses, transportation to Chilko Lake Lodge.