What to Expect at Bear Camp
Your vacation time is valuable, and we want to make your stay at Bear Camp an experience that has you coming back again and again. With a list a mile long of activities to enjoy, a scenic backdrop better than any postcard, we have something for everyone, everyday.
Imagine a group of friends or family, all with different interests: some want action and adventure in the mountains with a group, others prefer a tranquil day on the water, some want to decompress through yoga and massage, while others want to sample the whole menu! Bear Camp is a place where you can have it all, and still come together for something that everyone can get on board with – happy hour on the patio, overlooking stunning wilderness.
Leave the details to us as we provide hand-ground organic coffee, wholesome and plentiful meals (Sample our June 2017 menu here), an interesting selection of boutique wines and local beer, top-of-the-line equipment, experienced and passionate guides, an endless backyard of pristine wilderness and wildlife viewing.
We pride ourselves on running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Put away your watch, no need for a fixed itinerary, each day we make our plan based on what you want to do to optimize your time. At Bear Camp, we have all the toys: kayaks, SUP’s, fishing boats and gear, hiking trails, mountain bikes, horseback trails, and if you want to treat yourself, a helicopter can be booked for high alpine experience.
Bear Camp is a safari-style adventure camp, an-interconnected network of elevated decks and platforms, standing riverside on the Chilko River. With eight safari tents for a maximum of sixteen guests, you are sure to have all the attention or privacy you want. Your spacious tent in the trees offers either a King or two double beds, with ample room to lounge on comfortable chair sets both inside and out of the tent. Plush down duvets keep you warm at night and power stations available to light up your reading light or charge your camera battery.
A 1954 fishing cabin is nucleus of our safari camp; we have transformed this space to present our open kitchen, where you can watch our Chef in action, cozy up in the lounge or toast to your day in the funky dining hall with full bar. Meals can enjoyed deck-top or in the cabin and there are a total of five full bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets, all closely centered in and around the main cabin.
Travelling to this place is like travelling back in time, before an age of development or resource extraction. For the untouched wilderness of the area, we owe much gratitude to the rugged and remote location but also the keepers of the land: the First Nation’s People of the area, called the Tsilhqot’in (Chill-co-teen).
The crystal clear waters of Chilko Lake stretch 65kms along the deep dish of mountains that surround it, making it the largest alpine lake in Canada. The south end of the lake touches the immense Coast Mountain range and the river drains to the North into a broad lava plateau. The diverse area is hugely important as it is a transition area from the coast to the interior, and for that reason, it boasts a unique ecology that is found nowhere else in the province!
In 2012, after years spent guiding in the area, Brian McCutcheon and Ashley Scanlan finally had an opportunity to purchase a piece of heaven. Off-the-grid, along the shores of the Chilko river, lay a fishing and hunt cabin built in 1954 called “Tullin Mountain Holdings”. Finally with a place to call their own, the property was transformed and Bear Camp was born!
Professional timber-framer Cody Stewart and the artistic engineering of Josh Currie were the cornerstones of this passion-fueled project and without them, Bear Camp would never have gotten off-the-ground (so to speak). Others were also quick to join the team and together, we started to build our dream.
While maintaining the character of the original log building, Bear Camp has had a full make-over! Interior design has modern flairs while honoring the wilderness dwellers who came before us: river rock showers, flush toilets, a cozy lounge, full bar and history-steeped dining hall are all part of the camp’s new life! Year after year, we find ways to make the camp better.