Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch. 4-Season Wilderness Guest Ranch located in the sunny south Chilcotin Mountains Park, 4 1/2 hours north of Vancouver. Customized adventures within our 5000 sq-km Guide Territory include Guest Ranch Stays, Grizzly Viewing Stuides, Packhorse Trips, Wilderness Guide Trainin, Alpine Hiking, Fly-Fishing, Mountain Biking and Winter Adventures. Accommodation in our 8-bedroom ranch house or permanent alpine base camps. Licensed guides and sure-footed Cayuse Horses suited to novice or advanced riders. Choose between 4-14 day adventures. All-inclusive adventures. Transportation available between Vancouver and our Ranch with our own Chilcotin Express.
Wilderness Guest Ranch Experience
Wilderness Horse Pack Trips
This is the ultimate adventure! Ride into the backcountry like an explorer with packhorses in tow. Travel the mountains in normadic style, seeing new scenery each day. Follow game trails, cross rivers, and enjoy open-air lunches with the worlds' best views. There are sweeping vistas, turquoise green glaciers, snow caves, and abundant wildlife including mountain goats, bighorn sheeps, mule deer, moose, wolf, grizzlies and black bear. We view them at every opportunity through spotting scopes. Travel mountain top passes, experience wide U shaped valley with their mosaic of wildflowers, wild hay meadows and big-game mineral licks. If your main interest is fishing, let us know and we'll select your camp according to lake or stream interests. Routes and camps dependant on trip levels and seasons.
Wilderness Wildlife Viewing
Understand the life cycles, habits and habitats of our wildlife while contributing to data collection that will help in the long-term management of the species. Collect Grizzly bear samples for DNA research, count age and sex of Rocky Mountain goat, Canadian Moose, or the last of the original population of California Bighorn sheep that spread from California to Central British Columbia.
Wilderness Alpine Hiking
Like true explorers you and your guide(s) will access the alpine by foot, carrying only a daypack. The packhorse carries your personal gear and supplies. Alpine camps are permanent and are stocked with supplies for your adventure. Ranch based hikers choose daily options that include a mix of trails or hikes into the alpine. Camp based hikers can choose between level I, II or III. More seasoned hikers can choose adventures that involve steeper terrain and takes them through a series of alpine camps. You'll experience places you could not see on your own.
Wilderness Fly Fishing
Experience quality wilderness dry fly-fishing with Licensed Angling Guides. Fish for wild rainbow trout, brook trout, dolly varden and kokanee in over 25 remote mountain lakes, rivers, ponds and streams within our 5,000 sq. km angling territory. Our alpine Spruce Lake camp is a fly-fishing paradise for those wanting the thrill of dry fly-fishing. The clear water provides lots of opportunity for sight casting. Fly-in Camp based fishing is for those wanting to overnight in an alpine camp (includes flight). Ranch based fishing is for those that wish to overnight in our Guest Ranch and choose daily from a variety of lakes, rivers and streams (includes daily transportation by vehicle).
Wilderness Guide Training
Training by a Licensed Guide Outfitter...it's what makes difference in the quality of the guide in Adventure Tourism. We have been training wilderness guides since 1990. People from all over the world, from all walks of life, have graduated from our programs and have gone on to fill the employment needs of the adventure tourism industry throughout the world. These programs are about 'guiding in the wilderness' and provide participants with a solid base of combined working knowledge and pratical skills.
Wilderness Mountain Biking
Like true explorers, you and your guide(s) will access the alpine by bike, carrying only a daypack. The packhorse carries your personal gear and supplies. Alpine camps are permanent and stocked with supplies for your adventure. These multi day single-track wilderness bike tours are guided, and they are done in prime biking areas where there is no conflict with horses and hikers. We do not do unguided extreme biking. Our guides are trained in wilderness safety, knowledge of the wildlife and mountain trails. They make every trip a quality wilderness experience. Activity options: Grizzly viewing, fishing.
Wilderness Snowmobile Adventure
Riding a snowmobile is unique to Canada. Riding the Mountain-Tops is unique to the Chilcotin Mountains. Glaciated terrain allows you to sled into places where others only dream of going. When you are based out of our private Lodge, you can ride the packed wilderness trail by day and kick back at the fire place by night. There are 300 km of wilderness trails that range from easy to challenging. Or, base yourself out of our remote alpine mountain hut where the open alpine beckons. Ride miles of deep powder then drop into your rustic mountain top hut for lunch (includes snowmobile).
Wilderness Skiing And/Or Snow Shoeing
Ranch based skiing is ideal for small groups that wish to explore a variety of different packed or powder wilderness trails. Ski in and out of our Lodge on novice to advanced trails. When you're not skiing, enjoy our sleigh rides, horseback rides on whoolly Cayuse horses, biathlon shooting and ice fishing. Wilderness backcountry hut skiing combines the best sub-alpine terrain with facilities on site. Ski from your own exclusive alpine hut in different directions to a new powder bowl, a new ridge or through sub-alpine valleys. Activity options: Horse riding, snowmobile rides.
This is a one-day tour of the western frontier. Our 11 passenger van takes you back in time to the days of the packhorse and pioneer towns. You'll travel a historic highway, view wildlife and a nesting osprey, and see salmon spawning and First Nation fishing. Pick up and drop off is at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, in Surrey, BC. The full day is $200/person, and includes lunch at our Ranch. Trips depart 7 am Sunday/Monday/Thursday/Saturday, and arrive at the Sheraton between 7-8 pm.