Chilko Bear Camp Combo

7 Days from $3595.00

In the wilds of British Columbia this unique safari-style wilderness camp will be your home for 3 nights and then enjoy a 3 night rafting trip down the famous Chilko River.

The Bear Camp Combo is the ideal combination of a 3 night stay at Bear Camp with a 3 night river adventure on the Chilko River. Your trip starts with a spectacular plane ride up into British Columbia’s fabled “Chilcotin Country”. Here we will meet your guides and spend 3 days exploring the glorious Chilko Lake region by boat, kayak, SUP, canoe, horse, foot and bike. Each night you will return to the gorgeous safari camp and be treated to outstanding meals and hospitality in one of Western Canada’s most spectacular boutique facilities. Perched high above the shores, Bear Camp is a safari-style tent camp with a Canadian twist.

Your rafting adventure is a journey down the world famous Chilko River which offers dramatic scenery, ever-changing vistas and some exciting rapids. Deluxe camping for two nights, you will hardly be roughing it – as we treat you to delightful meals, guided hikes and memorable evenings under the stars. When we reach the historic Alexis Creek Ranch we’ll be picked up and transferred to the Williams Lake airport for flights back to Vancouver.

What’s Included:

  • Experienced professional guides
  • 3 nights deluxe camping at Bear Camp
  • Expedition equipment including: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, wetsuits, pfd, splash jacket, and dry bags
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6
  • Beer, wine and some liqueurs on the river
  • Park fees and necessary permits

Why the Bear Camp Combo?
This journey of discovery is one of the most ecologically diverse and personally satisfying expeditions found anywhere. We’ll start with a flight over the towering mountains and massive glaciers of the Coast Range to the Chilcotin wilderness. After a few days of exploring the beautiful wilderness of Chilko Lake, we’ll challenge the best section of the Chilko River and the longest continuous stretch of whitewater in North America. The Chilko is considered a Class IV river system with a number of extended drops. On the last day of our expedition we’ll fly back crossing over the 2000-foot canyons of the lower Fraser and the lakes and mountains of the southern Coast Range. The trip combines the best of both world’s – Chilko Lake and Chilko River.

The Terrain
Our trip begins at the north end of Ts’yl-os Provincial Park. Established in 1994, Ts’yl-os (pronounced sigh-loss) is 233,240 hectares in the Chilcotin Ranges of the Coast Mountains. Although Chilko Lake is the center-piece of the park, it is just one of many incredible natural features. Though there is much to explore in the region, it is rugged and unserviced leaving its visitors up to their own devices. This is where we fit in.
The Chilcotin River flows near Nazko Lakes Provincial Park and Stum Lake Provincial Park. Both were recently expanded to protect wildlife habitat and BC’s only colony of nesting white pelicans, respectively. This is the heart of Chilcotin country, where steep escarpments rise from the river to horizontal plains, separated by vertical cliffs.

The Rivers
Participants are continually overwhelmed by the excitement and beauty of this natural corridor. The Chilko flows into the Chilcotin, which flows into the mighty Fraser making this free flowing waterway perfect to raft from May through September. When compared to busy rivers south of the border this circuitous system is a wilderness waterway. The dramatically different sections of river offer a diversity of scenery, wildlife and roller coaster rapids that will keep you grinning from start to finish. Obviously the Province of British Columbia agrees with us as they have established more than 17 new parks in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.

Cultural Notes
To First Nation people of the Nemaiah Valley, Ts’yl-os is much more than a provincial park. Ts’yl-os was a man, or at least he used to be long ago, and like any man he had his moods. Given his towering height of 3,061 meters (Mount Tatlow on a map), it is wise to respect him and especially not to point at him. His presence can be so dominating that when occasional bad weather hits the valley, the 250 native residents wonder if it is a message from their spiritual protector.

For the isolated Tsilhqot’in (Chill-co-tin) First Nation, their agreement on the park represents an important step toward reconciliation with the outside world.

Sample Itinerary

We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every trip is different depending upon the group, other trips in the area, and sometimes the weather. Our daily distances can fluctuate depending on weather, activities, and National Park notices. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like.

Day One (Thursday):

We meet in Vancouver for our for flights to Williams Lake. Important Note for Those Arriving at Vancouver International Airport on Day One: It is essential to arrive no less than three hours before our domestic flight. You need to allow enough time for possible flight delays, time to clear customs, and time to transfer by taxi or shuttle from the Vancouver International Airport terminal to the SOUTH Terminal.

Please make sure your gear is packed in soft luggage as this will allow for easy storage and transfer into the aircraft. As soon as everyone’s gear is stowed, we will board our plane for the incredible flight over the mountains and glaciers. Upon arrival in Williams Lake, you will be met by our drivers for the shuttle to Chilko Lake. Once at the headwaters, we will check into Bear Camp, meet our guides, go over last-minute details and issue expedition equipment. Tonight will be a delightful riverside feast. Overnight Bear Camp

Day Two and Three:

Based out of Bear Camp for two more days, participants have a choice of hiking Mt. Tullin, fishing for record trout, kayaking on crystal clear waters, horseback riding or exploring the region via mountain bike. No matter what you decide, its certain to be magical days in this prisitine environment allowing you to unwind and prepare for your exciting river adventure. Overnight Bear Camp.

Day Four:

After a hearty breakfast, we will head to the boats, go through the safety procedures for the trip and teach any “would be” paddlers the basics. The swift currents and gentle rapids will carry more than 21 miles to our camp, located in a beautiful meadow along the riverbank and surrounded by lodgepole pines. Upon arrival we’ll go through the camping procedures and then enjoy the first of many delightful meals in the wilderness. There will be plenty of time for a leisurely walk, fishing for rainbow trout or simply watching the bald eagles from the river bank.

Day Five:

You will quickly notice that the pace of the river has increased. Today we descend through Lava Canyon and challenge the longest, continuous rapids of the trip. Heart-stopping hydraulics and towering, standing waves cascade for more than 18 miles through deep and narrow lava gorges, making for some non-stop excitement. It is no surprise Lava Canyon has become world-famous among whitewater enthusiasts. Depending on the trip, we will choose a secluded riverside camp just above or below where the river doubles in size as the turquoise Taseko River joins the Chilko.

This afternoon we run the “Gap”-a 20-foot wide chute that carries us into the Chilcotin River. The river valley opens as we emerge on the Chilcotin Plateau. Once at camp, a delightful evening under the stars and celebration is in order after a fun-filled day of adventure in North America’s longest stretch of continuous whitewater. Overnight Chilcotin River

Day Six:

After a riverside breakfast we have a mellow morning floating downstream to the village of Alexis Creek. At lunch we will meet our drivers for a shuttle back to the airport and flights to Vancouver. Weather permitting and depending on flight schedules, we plan to arrive back at the air terminal by 4:00 PM, but recommend participants plan to overnight in Vancouver.

About Bear-Camp

In the heart of British Columbia just a one-hour flight north of Vancouver and Whistler, Bear-Camp offers the Chilcotin region’s most hospitable and unique accommodation experience. Situated at the north end of Chilko Lake and the headwaters of the Chilko River, Bear-Camp is the only operation adjacent to Ts’yl-os Provincial Park. The waterfront camp is comprised of 6 deluxe safari-tents built on top of wildlife viewing platforms at the water’s edge and a spacious dining/lounge tent overlooking the river.

Once you get to Bear-Camp you’ll be dearly spoiled. From morning coffee service on your waterfront deck to outstanding food (we have been featured in Bon Appetit and Northwest Palate magazines) to amazing activities. Treat your palette to fresh gourmet cuisine starting with wholesome breakfasts, picnic lunches, indulgent hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine before your sumptuous family style meal in our spectacular dining tent. All the while you are immersed in the great outdoors and the adventures that await…

Food created from some of the finest local seafood, fresh organic produce and perfectly prepared wild game will tantalize your taste buds. So whatever you pack for your trip, make sure to bring your appetite. In summer we suggest you plan to dine at least once by campfire under the stars. Bear-Camp also features eclectic wines and some say “you haven’t lived” until you’ve tried single malt scotch over ten thousand year old glacial ice.

We have a yoga instructor on site to lead daily classes and should you need a little extra help to soothe your spirit, book our massage therapist for a relaxing treatment in the privacy of your own tent. Unwind and pamper yourself—you’re on vacation! We also feature a variety of specialty weeks ranging from Wilderness Gourmet and Edible Adventures to Yoga and Spa retreats, photography workshops or birding so check our schedule for details.

Departure Dates:

2018 – TBA

Trip Length: 7 Days
Trip Price:

$3,545 per person, based on double occupancy

What’s Included:

  • Experienced, professional guides
  • 3 nights deluxe camping at Bear Camp
  • Expedition equipment including: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, wetsuits, pfd, splash jacket, and dry bags
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6
  • Beer, wine and some liqueurs on the river
  • Park fees and necessary permits

Not included:

  • Air packages R/T Vancouver to Williams Lake plus transfers on commercial plane $400 pp
  • One-way direct charter to Bear Camp/ return to Vancouver commercial plane from Williams Lake $700 pp
  • R/T Vancouver to Bear Camp airstrip by direct
  • charter plane $1000 pp

Float plane or heli access – quotes by request

Deposit: $1000


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