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Journey to West Chilcotin

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Duration

10 days

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$6,595.00

Overview

From Williams Lake to Bella Coola, this trip is an adventure that spans the heart of British Columbia.

On this West Chilcotin small group tour, we venture through ranch country and the scenic Chilcotin Plateau to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Great Bear Rainforest.

If you would like more information about this awe-inspiring journey to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Trip Highlights

  • Embrace the rural ranching culture of the Chilcotin Plateau with a stay at a Guest Ranch and horseback riding.
  • Hike to the top of the sand dunes overlooking Farwell Canyon, and be on the lookout for bighorn sheep.
  • Embark on a float plane tour over the expansive ice fields, glaciers and alpine lakes of the Coast Mountain Range.
  • Learn about the Indigenous culture of the region, from the desert-like landscapes of Xat’sull Heritage Village to the coastal rainforest of Bella Coola.
  • Visit the iconic Hunlen Falls, dropping 260m from the Turner Lakes chain above, where you’ll spend the afternoon hiking to various scenic viewpoints.
  • Enjoy a walking tour with a guide from the Nuxalk First Nation into a sacred forest to learn about Bella Coola history and marvel at the impressive petroglyphs.
  • Immerse in grizzly bear country with an afternoon gently rafting down the Atnarko River.
  • Journey into the Great Bear Rainforest on a marine tour of the glacial fjords west of Bella Coola, including a stop at the serene natural hot springs.
  • Experience homestyle cooking and hospitality at locally-owned lodges and B&Bs.

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Quick Facts

Min Group Size

6

Max Group Size

10

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Day by Day Itinerary

Arrive to Williams Lake | Optional sightseeing and activities | Dinner at leisure | Overnight in Williams Lake.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals included: n/a.
Visit Xat'sull Indigenous Heritage Village for tour and lunch | Drive up the Chilcotin Plateau | Dinner and free time to relax at historic B&B | Overnight in Riske Creek.
Accommodation: B&B | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visit the scenic Farwell Canyon, a taste of the desert | Hike along the sand dunes | Lunch by the river | Free afternoon in Riske Creek, hiking and relaxing | Overnight in Riske Creek.
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Travel day along HWY 20 | Stop in Redstone for lunch on a farm | Hike along the Chilcotin river at Bull Canyon Provincial Park | Arrive at your guest ranch for a classic Canadian ranch experience | Overnight near Kleena Kleene.
Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.
Settle into ranching culture and the relaxed pace of life on the Plateau | Morning horseback ride | Side-by-side through the forest to a scenic lookout | Free afternoon to canoe on the lake, go for a hike, or relax on the grounds | Overnight near Kleena Kleene.
Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Board a float plane from Nimpo Lake for a scenic tour over the Coast Mountains and Monarch Icefields | Disembark on Turner Lake to visit the iconic Hunlen Falls | Spend the afternoon hiking around the remote park | Floatplane return to Nimpo Lake | Overnight near Kleena Kleene.
Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Continue along HWY 20 down 'the hill' into the lush Bella Coola valley | Lunch by the ocean and estuary | Walking tour with local Indigenous guide to view sacred petroglyphs | Overnight in Bella Coola.
Accommodation: Lodge | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Grizzly bear viewing tour on the Atnarko River in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park | Free afternoon to enjoy Bella Coola and hike in the local parks | Overnight in Bella Coola.
Accommodation: Lodge | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Full day boat tour cruising the glacial fjords from Bella Coola | Take a dip in the natural hot springs | Catch a glimpse of grizzlies, black bears, whales and dolphins | Overnight in Bella Coola.
Accommodation: Lodge | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Morning hike through old-growth cedar forest | Transfer to Bella Coola airport | Optional add-on packages available in Bella Coola or via ferry to Vancouver Island | Tour ends.
Accommodation: N/A | Meals included: Breakfast.

Included/Excluded

  • All accommodation for 9 nights, including 1 night in Williams Lake, 2 nights at a Bed & Breakfast in Riske Creek, 3 nights at a Guest Ranch near Kleena Kleene, and 3 nights at a lodge in Bella Coola.
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners.
  • All activities listed in the itinerary, including guided hikes, horseback riding, floatplane tour to Hunlen Falls, grizzly bear viewing, Indigenous cultural tours, and fjords boat tour.
  • All transportation from Williams Lake to Bella Coola in a comfortable passenger van.
  • Mosaic Earth guide(s) for the duration of the trip.
  • Additional meals not listed.
  • Flights to/from B.C., to Williams Lake, and from Bella Coola.
  • Travel insurance.
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of your trip for Mosaic Earth guides.

Dates & Rates

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Looking for a custom itinerary or different dates? We offer Private Guided Tours for 4 or more travellers. Itineraries are fully customizable to your group’s interests and budget.

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Per person

$6,595.00
Based on double occupancy. Single supplement applicable. All prices are in Canadian dollars and subject to GST tax (5%).

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Guide

Sarah Hain

Based on Vancouver Island, Sarah holds a BA in International Development and an MA in Sustainable Leisure Management. Sarah is passionate about elevating responsible tourism practices that benefit both visitors and residents alike while protecting the fragile environment of the places we love to explore. Sarah has experience guiding in Central America where she led multi-day trips up volcanoes and through the remote foothills of Guatemala. She has since partnered with several non-profit tourism organizations in Guatemala, Belize, Canada, and the US to provide transformative experiences for travellers and empower local communities.

When not working, you can find her skiing, fishing, caring for her chickens, and volunteering her time to restore and protect salmon habitats.

Photographer & Guide

Josh McGarel

An avid photographer for over twelve years, Josh has gained experience with local and international businesses, world-renowned athletes, and individuals to build professional content and brand presence across a variety of platforms.

He has worked on assignment for an expedition cruise operator as Photographer in Residence along the East Coast of Canada, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Here, Josh connected with his love of travel as he documented daily excursions, wildlife, and life onboard, and shared his knowledge of photography through presentations and workshops for passengers.

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Josh has lived in BC since 2014. He spends his time exploring the area by mountain bike and dreaming up crazy photo projects with friends.
Founder & Lead Guide

Pam McGarel

With a Masters of Science in International Development and Sustainable Tourism, Pam has dedicated her career to harnessing the power of travel to support the wellbeing of our planet and its people. She is an experienced guide, planner and project manager with a knack for logistics.

Prior to launching Mosaic Earth, Pam worked in sustainable tourism consulting where she helped develop a globally-recognized certification program for tourism businesses and destinations.

She has experience in public-private partnerships with a polar expedition cruise operator where she built relationships with world-leading field scientists, conservationists, and educators to facilitate their projects alongside the traveller experience. Pam is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Women Travel Leaders, and loves to connect with values-driven tourism professionals.

Originally from Ontario, Pam moved to BC in 2016 seeking outdoor adventure, with favourite activities including hiking, sea kayaking, snowboarding, and road trips around this beautiful province.