Journey to West Chilcotin

Sept 3-11, 2022
From $5,895

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Trip length: 9 days / 8 nights
Start: Williams Lake, B.C.
End: Bella Coola, B.C.

Group size: 4-8 people

Type: Guided

Price: from $5,895 per person

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Embrace the ranch culture of the Chilcotin Plateau with a stay at a Guest Ranch and daily horseback riding.

  • Marvel at the unique sand dunes of 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 of Bella Coola with local Indigenous guides to learn about petroglyphs and the importance of cedar.

  • 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.

  • Experience homestyle cooking and hospitality at locally-owned lodges and B&Bs.

Read more about our Program Style

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Activities On This Trip

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Cultural

Activities

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Light

Hiking

Flight-seeing

Grizzly

Viewing

Boat

Tour

Horseback

Riding

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Accommodation Style

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B&B, Guest Ranch + Lodge

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

The following itinerary is meant as a guide, and is subject to change. Factors such as weather, availability, and closures due to COVID-19 may impact certain activities. Contact us for more details.

DAY 1: Meet in Williams Lake around mid-day | 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: Dinner.

DAY 2: 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.

 

Day 3: Travel day along HWY 20 | Stop in Redstone for lunch on a farm, featuring meats and eggs raised on the property | Arrive at your guest ranch for a classic Canadian ranch experience | Evening horseback ride | Overnight in Kleena Kleene. Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner both days.

DAY 4: Settle into ranching culture and the relaxed pace of life on the Plateau | Morning horseback ride | Free afternoon to canoe on the lake, go for a hike, or relax on the grounds | Overnight in Kleena Kleene. Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 5: Board a float plane from Nimpo Lake for a scenic tour over the Coast Mountains | Disembark on Turner Lakes to visit the iconic Hunlen Falls | Spend the afternoon hiking around the remote park | Continue your scenic float plane tour over the Rainbow Range | Overnight in Kleena Kleene. Accommodation: Guest Ranch | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 6: Continue your road trip west along HWY 20 | Light hike at Tweedsmuir Provincial Park | Arrive in Bella Coola with time to explore the town at leisure | Walking tour by local Indigenous guides | Overnight in Bella Coola. Accommodation: Lodge | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 7: Grizzly viewing tour via boat down the Atnarko River | Free afternoon to enjoy Bella Coola and hike in the local parks | Overnight in Bella Coola. Accommodation: Lodge | Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 8: 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 9: Transfer to Bella Coola airport | Optional add-on packages available in Bella Coola or via ferry to Vancouver Island | Tour ends. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

This trip is designed for...

Adults and youth age 12+ with interests in outdoor adventure, wildlife, and Indigenous culture and history. Basic mobility and moderate fitness level is recommended. Must be comfortable walking/hiking on light trails for 1-2 hours and riding on a horse for 1-2 hours. Some excursions require sitting for extended periods while driving on uneven roads, and on potentially wavy ocean. Guests must be comfortable spending full days outdoors in potentially inclement weather - we promise it'll be worth it!

Looking for more details, or interested in a custom itinerary?

 

DATES + PRICES

Now booking for 2022!

Guided group tours are available for individuals and private group bookings.

GUIDED TOURS

September 3 - 11, 2022

Per person: $6,695

Private groups (4-8 people): from $5,895/person

All prices in Canadian dollars. GST tax (5%) not included.

 

INCLUSIONS

GUIDED TOURS

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All accommodation for the 8 nights, including two nights at a Bed & Breakfast in Riske Creek, three nights at a Guest Ranch near Kleena Kleene, and three nights at a lodge in Bella Coola.

All breakfasts and lunches, and most dinners; one night in Bella Coola we've left open for you to enjoy as you wish, whether that’s joining the group at the local pub or taking a night to yourself.

All activities listed in the itinerary, including horseback riding, flight-seeing tour to Hunlen Falls, boat tours in Bella Coola, cultural activities, and more. (Contact us for full list of activities)

All transportation from Williams Lake to Bella Coola in a comfortable 15-passenger van.

 

Mosaic Earth guide(s) for the duration of the trip.

Not Included:

  • One dinner in Bella Coola

  • Flights to/from Williams Lake and Bella Coola

  • Travel insurance

  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of your trip for Mosaic Earth guides

  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, medications, snacks, and souvenirs

  • Optional add-on activities pre/post trip, and during free time in Bella Coola

 

GETTING THERE

The trip commences from Williams Lake - beginning around noon on the first day. Mosaic Earth guides meet the group at a central location with our 15-passenger van, or can pick the group up directly from the airport or local hotel.

 

If travelling via air into BC, we recommend booking a connecting flight from Vancouver International Airport to Williams Lake via Pacific Coastal Airlines, and arriving one night prior to the trip start date. We can provide recommended hotel options in Williams Lake.

 

The trip concludes in Bella Coola on the morning of Day 9. We recommend booking a flight from Bella Coola to Vancouver International Airport via Pacific Coastal Airlines. If guests wish to continue their journey in the region, there are vehicle rentals in Bella Coola or you may wish to take the scenic full-day ferry route to Port Hardy. Mosaic Earth Travel also offers tours, guided and self-guided, on northern Vancouver Island. Our team can provide suggestions for pre/post adventures based on preferences.

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Reach out to our team for more information
and to start planning your trip.

Email: info@mosaicearth.ca

Phone: (604) 764-9813

We're here to help design the adventure of your dreams. Choose from one of our pre-designed itineraries or help us create a custom trip unique to your group.

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