Bear Camp Activities
There are an endless number of great trails accessible right from Bear Camp. From undulating paths through lush aspen groves, to salmon forest with towering old growth Douglas Fir, to challenging mountain top ascents, there is something for everyone, everyday.
Heli hiking can also be arranged at additional expense (but is worth every penny) and visits a number of valleys and nearby glaciers where few if any, have ever set foot.
Our horseback guides grew up in these parts and were riding high in the saddle before they could even walk (true story). Now third generation professional cowboys, let our wranglers introduce you to the rest of family: the herd of sturdy mountain horses that take you steadily and safely to vistas beyond description. These rides are the real thing, and meeting the locals that care for these beautiful animals is a pleasure of it’s own.
A veritable bouillabaisse of fish, the Chilko is utopia for anglers of all abilities. The river is a giant bevy of hot spots, with clear shallows and deep pools. Draining the main lake, the waters never cloud and fishing is superb throughout the season. The river is “fly fish only, catch and release” and we have jon and drift boats with all the necessary gear to wade and fish this pristine waterway.
We can teach beginners to fly fish or you can take a spin rod on the lake, the choice is yours.
Chilko Lake is one of the world’s premiere alpine lake destinations where you can explore by boat in total tranquility. Surrounded by massive glacier-capped peaks and a road-less wilderness, you will spend the days paddling the lake and enjoying shore-side picnicking. We get plenty of sun up here, so it’s ideal for maximizing your day, and just when you think it can’t get any better, the alpenglow sunsets take your breath away.
During bear viewing season, most of the bruins congregate right at our doorstep so we do not have to paddle far to watch bears feeding on Mother Nature’s bounty.
Flowing single track, winding dirt roads, coasting along the rivers edge or gliding through pine-scented forests, we’ve got it all. Our fleet of Kona mountain bikes come with vehicle support and a knowledgeable guide. What more could you want? Eliminate the hills? We can do that too – just hop in the truck!
Float right from Bear Camp, we can travel a half-day (10 miles) or an entire day (21 miles with a picnic lunch) by raft or inflatable kayak (aka “ducky”) and navigate some fun and scenic water that is still appropriate for little ones.
The ultimate in scenic rides – and ideal for photographers – try a dory ride on this breathtaking stretch. In a drift boat you get a fun ride but soak up the scenery instead of waves. Our drift boat is also ideal for fly fishing outings and during salmon season, the dories provide an unobtrusive way to float among the bears.
A 30 minute journey up the lake takes you into even more dramatic scenery and to one of our favorite places on Earth, “Honeymoon Point”. For a perfect day on the water we bring kayaks, SUP’s, fishing rods, beach games, and a deluxe picnic. You will be stunned at the scale of this majestic place and wonder how an area of such vast wilderness could be kept secret from the rest of the world.
Hike or drive up to Scotty Meadow to meet, 75 year old survival expert, Mike Yates, a.k.a. “Grizz”. Mike ran a survival school for decades, and was better known as the official Marlboro Man for the cigarette manufacturer’s advertising series in Europe and abroad. Participants will see how to live off-the-grid, learn about plants and wildflowers, as well as learn about constructing traditional log homes. By the day’s end you will be ready to face even the worst zombie apocalypse…or at least light a fire and build shelter!
If you really want to get high, let the helicopter do the work and whisk you away to the high alpine. You’ll feel like you are on top of the world as you stare out at the largest peaks in British Columbia, challenge yourself on a mountain traverse or simply relax with a champagne lunch after a swim in glacial pool or waterfall (ok, maybe just a quick dip!). One thing is for sure, this luxury is work every penny!
A 2-day/1 night Chilko River Expedition can be added on to any Bear Camp adventure as they dovetail perfectly
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 18 miles through deep and narrow lava gorges.
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