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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.