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Outdoor Adventures in Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Saddle up for an off-the-beaten-track adventure in BC’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Explore canyons, ranchlands and forest-backed coast by foot, horseback, kayak or canoe.

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Great Bear Rainforest

Catch a glimpse of the Spirit Bear, also known as the Kermode bear, a white-coated black bear... Read more found only in the BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. This area is home to not only some of the last intact temperate old-growth forest in the world, but also to Orcas, humpback whales, eagles, sea lions, otters, porpoises, grizzly bears and black bears. Take the Discovery Coast Connector route to explore BC’s remote and beautiful central coast. Disembark at the village of Klemtu and tour the area with Spirit Bear Lodge, run by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.

Maple Leaf Adventures

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2015) & a "Best of the World" by National Geographic Traveler (2013). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords,...
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Great Bear Nature Tours

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the ...
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Tide Rip Grizzly Adventures

See grizzly bears in the wilds of Knight Inlet. Covered boat tours depart daily from Telegraph Cove, the whale watching centre on northern Vancouver Island. Watch grizzly bears eat salmon & eagles pick up the scraps. You may also see sea birds, do...
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Spirit Bear Lodge

At the village of Klemtu, a tiny mid-coast First Nations community, guides from Spirit Bear Lodge can take you on a guided tour of the wilderness. Look for the Kermode, or Spirit bear, an all-white black bear revered by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.

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Fishing in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Thousands of lakes, countless rivers and endless streams offer anglers unparalleled fishing... Read more options in the Chilcotin. Anglers fishing in the Cariboo Chilcotin can choose from luxury wilderness resorts, lodges or rustic campgrounds. Nimpo Lake is a popular destination for rainbow and bull trout and a hub for floatplane excursions.

Shearwater Resort Adventure Vacations

Shearwater Resort is a sport fishing fixture on the Central Coast of BC for nearly 70 years. We didn't choose our location by accident - we centred ourselves in arguably one of the hottest salmon fishing areas in the world. First Nations know thi...
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Fishing the Lakes and Rivers

Peace-of-mind is your first catch along the Fishing Highway. Highway 24, or the Interlakes... Read more Highway, is a winding country highway between Lone Butte and Little Fort. It leads to more than 100 prime fishing lakes. Settle into a cabin at a lakeside resort and cast away for prize trout and kokanee. For a different kind of fishing experience, head to Lillooet and explore an ancient fishing village on the Xwisten Experience Tour. Learn about traditional First Nations fishing techniques, sample wind-dried salmon and visit an extensive archaeological village site.

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Barkerville

See if you can strike gold in historic Barkerville, a gold rush-era heritage town east of Quensel. A true gold-rush boomtown, Barkerville has come back to life with more than 140 restored buildings and displays (bystanders are encouraged to participate) including a courthouse, 1800s-style school house, stagecoach rides and a music hall. In summer, actors recreate gold rush life.
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Kayaking BC's Mid-Coast

Witness ocean life at its most adorable on BC’s mid-coast. Watch for sea otters, whales,... Read more sea lions, seals, Orcas and dolphins as you kayak among the coves, islets and inlets of the vast Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area, the largest protected marine area on the BC coast. This remote area can be reached only by boat or float plane. A guided trip is recommended for this area due to its remote and isolated location.

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in w...
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Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit

Paddling through the picturesque Bowron Lakes in the Cariboo Mountains is a classic wilderness experience. Hike, paddle and camp along this 116-km/72-mi series of lakes, rivers and portages. Dramatic and varied scenery, thick forests, wilderness camping and plenty of wildlife are all part of the adventure - it’s no wonder that Outside Magazine named this “one of the top 10 canoe trips in the world”. The number of paddlers allowed into the circuit is limited, so be sure to book campsites and a launch date with BC Parks’ Discover Camping Reservation service.
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Sea to Sky Expeditions

Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunn...
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Cariboo Canoe & Kayak Rentals

The Cariboo Chilcotin is famous for its many beautiful lakes & waterways, including the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, Beaver Valley Four Lakes Chain, Nazko Lake Canoe Circuit & more. Explore on your terms by renting a canoe or kayak. Amazing camping,...
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Pathways Canada

Join us on this uniquely Canadian wilderness experience. The Bowron Lakes is a circuit 110 km (66 mi) long with interconnecting lakes & rivers. Offering a variety of landscapes with breathtaking snow-capped mountains, azure lakes, sandy beaches & ...
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Biking in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Swap four legs for two wheels to explore the 150-km/93-mi biking trail network around 108 Mile... Read more Ranch. Ride through meadows and forests, past working cattle ranches, across creeks, around lakes and over rolling hills. In the evening, head to the nearby Hills Guest Ranch for some welcome spa time. Switch gears at Williams Lake, home to more than 300 km/190 mi of trails. There is something here for all levels, including some serious challenges for advanced and expert riders.

Tyax Adventures

Get into the wild! Experience the beauty of British Columbia's South Chilcotin mountains with us.

Based at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Adventures offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, flo...

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Chasm Provincial Park

The pine forests of Chasm Provincial Park, just north of Clinton, are home to a wealth of wildlife, including Big Horn sheep, moose, mule deer, and black bear. The park is best known, though, for the Painted Chasm, an 8-km/5-mi-long, 300-m/984-ft-deep gorge with walls of red, brown, yellow and purple, the result of successive lava flows revealed by eons of erosion. A walking trail offers spectacular views, and photo ops, from the southern edge of the canyon.

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Xwisten Experience Tour

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ s...
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Chilcotin Packhorse Trip

Saddle up and spend days on the trail and nights by the campfire in the remote Chilcotin... Read more Mountains. This landscape of alpine, valley and canyon is best explored the old-fashioned way – by packhorse. Outfitters can arrange treks along ancient game trails. Look for wildlife, including moose and bears and camp each night under starry skies. There is also option for just a few days of simple ranch life and shorter trail rides.

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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Tweedsmuir South and Tweedsmuir North Provincial Parks together form BC’s largest provincial park, and one of its most spectacular. The remote wilderness of Tweedsmuir North can be reached only by air or boat; the more accessible Tweedsmuir South is about 400 km/250 mi west of Williams Lake on Highway 20. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, located in the south park, is in a prime location for grizzly bear tours, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in summer; in winter it becomes a heli-skiing base for Bella Coola Heli Sports.
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Whitegold Adventures

The Cariboo Mountains offer spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife & a fascinating gold rush history. Whitegold Adventures combines it all, from multi-day wilderness cross-country ski tours, high alpine hikes to fascinating moose viewing, wildlife...
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Dam Good Trips

Self-guided adventure packages for hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in BC. Get outstanding guidance without the guide. Get the trip of a lifetime without the logistics. We're with you every step of the way. We take care of the details. All you...
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Whitewater Rafting in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Hang on for a wild whitewater ride on a Chilko or Chilcotin river rafting tour. This river... Read more system boasts North America’s longest stretches of consistent class III and IV rapids, including the 22km/14mi of whitewater raging through Lava Canyon. Drift across ancient lava beds and past bizarre rock towers called hoodoos, watching the canyon rims for bighorn sheep, eagles, black bears and even grizzlies.

Hyak River Rafting

Since 1980, Hyak has entertained thousands of guests on river adventures that have earned us a reputation for quality, service & safety. With state of the art rafts & equipment, some of the finest guides in the industry & some of the best food on ...
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Interior Whitewater Expeditions

Set amongst the serene & untouched beauty of BC, our exclusive access to one of the Pacific Northwest's last big volume, free flowing river systems is what makes us one of BC's premier whitewater rafting adventures.

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Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co.

We offer whitewater rafting trips for all levels, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and kayak rentals at our Prestige Lakeside Marina location.

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Places to Stay

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Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, a Gold member of Green Tourism Canada and 2015 Traveller's Choice winner on TripAdvisor, is located in BC's scenic Cariboo region. Accommodations include luxury suites, cabins & lodge rooms for up to 40 guests. Rates inclu...
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Hills Guest Ranch

With over 8000 ha (20,000 ac) of forest and rangeland, Spruce Hill Resort & Spa is a great destination for horse riders and hikers alike. Guests have the opportunity to combine horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking and luxury spa t...
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Loon Bay Resort

Beautiful and quiet resort on Sheridan Lake, 600 m of waterfront, six cabins, RV-campsites with full/partial/no hook up sites, excellent Rainbow trout fishing with sizes up to eight kgs (18 lbs). We rent motor boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, b...
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Nimpo Lake Resort

Nimpo Lake Resort offers five cozy, comfortable, well equipped cabins (two built by the Timber Kings) in a beautiful semi-wilderness setting. The cabins are set on or near the lake, with lake & mountain views & nature at your doorstep. We offer RV...
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Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa

Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing is nestled on the shores of scenic Tyaughton Lake, surrounded by the South Chilcotin mountains. Accommodations feature modern, comfortable guest rooms, a 9 m (30 ft) ceiling dining room, a lakeview patio, a full service bar...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

The south Cariboo is a scenic four- to five-hour drive from Vancouver. Air Canada, Pacific... Read more Coastal Air, and Central Mountain Air fly from Vancouver to Williams Lake; Central Mountain Air flies into Quesnel and some guest ranches have airstrips for charter flights. With the exception of Highway 20 to Bella Coola, BC's mid-coast is accessible only by air or sea. During the summer, BC Ferries' Discovery Coast Connector route provides service between Port Hardy and Bella Bella, Shearwater, Klemtu, Ocean Falls and Bella Coola.

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