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It's family time all the time!

If you're looking for a new experience, one in which 'remote' has nothing to do with changing the television station, then a visit to the traditional Tsilhqot'in territory of the Xeni (pronounced 'honey') Gwet'in is in order.

Caretakers of this land for more than 10,000 years, the Xeni people offer fun, adventure and learning experiences for people of all ages. The best way to begin your family adventure is a visit to the Xeni Gwet'in Traditional Village. There you'll meet with a local Xeni guide for a tour of the site and sit down together to share a meal cooked over an open fire. You'll likely hear the legend of Tsil?os – and you'll learn to be wary not to point at him unless you want some bad weather to move in.

The Traditional Village includes a winter lodge and covered shelter and was developed to interpret the culture and traditions of the Xeni Gwet'in. There are demonstrations on how to prepare meat and dry fish, and how to roast or cook under ground in the ancient ways. The site provides a space to share traditional botanical, medicinal and ecological knowledge as well. Overnight lodging in the Earth Lodge can be arranged.

Your home away from home is one of several lodges in the territory that have signed a Sustainable Tourism Protocol with the Xeni Gwet'in in support of environmental protection and the development of sustainable tourism. These lodges offer incredible wilderness experiences including horse pack trips, alpine hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing on the region's many rivers and lakes. Family run, warm and hospitable, lodge owners are happy to organize tours to the Xeni Gwet'in Traditional Village and transfers to any of the several annual Xeni Gwet'in festivals and events. They often employ the Xeni as guides and are able to offer cultural knowledge along with access to a magnificent and pristine wilderness.

Each lodge has its own unique personality and will envelope you and your family in their own brand of warmth and hospitality.

Campsites


Campsites

Two rustic campsites serve as staging areas to the remote backcountry and as destinations for campers. Camping is permitted at these designated sites.  Nu Chugh Beniz campground located at the south-end of Chilko Lake is reached via Hanceville with sixteen defined sites. There are eight rustic sites at Gwa Da Ts'ih campground located at the north-end of Chilko Lake (via Tatla Lake).  Facilities at both campgrounds include water pumps, tables, fire rings, pit toilets, and limited firewood. Note: Due to bear hazards, Gwa Da Ts'ih campground may be closed during salmon spawning season (mid-August to mid-October). For more information see the BC Parks website at www.gov.bc.ca/parks

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Snowy Mountain Outfit
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Snowy Mountain Outfit

Contact:
P.O. Box 79, Nemiah Valley, B.C. V0L 1X0
Phone:
778-417-0052
Email: snowymountca@yahoo.ca

Snowy Mountain Outfit is located in the heart of Nemaiah Valley, British Columbia, Canada, nestled in the lush woods of the picturesque Coast Mountain range near stunning Chilko Lake.

You will enjoy your stay in our cozy, handcrafted log, bed and breakfast lodge. From here you may launch out on a day trip and/or overnight horseback ride in the pristine wilderness of Tsy'los Provincial Park, where photographers have captured the world class beauty of the snow-capped peaks, wild horses running free in the wind, mountain sheep high up the mountainside, or a grizzly bear ambling off into the forest. The vistas offered here are nothing short of breathtaking.

Snowy Mountain Outfit – Jon and Tracy Tanis came to Nemiah 23 years ago to have their first child and raise a family in a small community. Their love of people naturally drew them to offer accommodation to visitors. They offer three rooms with a capacity for five guests in their lodge in addition to outdoor teepee's. They are a musical family and most evenings include a spontaneous session along with guests who enjoy guitar, violin, mandolin, flutes and the joy of song. In addition to warm and charming accommodation, Jon and Tracy will customize adventures for guests of any ability including trail rides, hiking and photography expeditions.  Snowy Mountain Outfit relies primarily on word of mouth for business. Jon comments "We love meeting our guests and are genuinely interested in their stories and in sharing this beautiful place with them. Our guests become our friends and we have kept in touch with many for years after their stay."

Lodge Personality: Warm and welcoming; approachable, artsy and entertaining

Jon's Favority Memory: Making new friends with guests and watching them connect with the land – there is a moment when everything gets quiet.

For more information visit www.snowymountainoutfit.com

Taseko Lake Lodge
Horses-Taseko Lake
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Taseko Lake Lodge

 

Contact:
PO Box 4232
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 2V3

Phone: +1-604-484-5174

Taseko Lake Lodge and its cabins are in a spectacular location beneath the towering Ts'yl-os Mountain chain. Beece Creek, which flows past the decks of the lodge is great for fishing. Taseko Lake is only 10 minutes away.The deluxe guest cabins and main lodge are of log construction and fully serviced for your comfort. Our six cozy log cabins are situated along the beautiful glacier fed Beece Creek.

Sig and Kelly Reuter love the untouched wilderness that surrounds Taseko Lake Lodge and are excited to share the beauty of the land with guests who are able to reconnect with nature and with each other. Having spent the majority of their lives in the wilderness, Taseko Lake was finally the place where 10 years ago they decided to raise their 4 children and 33 mountain horses – the only form of transportation used at the Lodge. Spectacularly situated near 8000' Vick's Mountain and Taseko River with glacier fed Beece Creek flowing among the cabins, Taseko Lake Lodge offers a rare combination of tranquility and vibrancy. Using their knowledge of log home construction, Sig and Kelly have rebuilt the private guest cabins with full bathrooms and cozy wood stoves. They offer a family destination as well as corporate retreats for up to 16 guests. Packages range from ranch vacations to extended pack horse expeditions for all levels of experience. Daily activities include a choice of hiking scenic river trails, scrambling to mountain tops, canoeing the blue waters of Taseko or riding through miles of untouched meadows and alpine scenery. When asked what drew them to hospitality, Sig comments "It is important for people to reconnect with their true priorities and values. We enjoy offering people this opportunity in a crystal clear mountain environment.”

Lodge Personality: Wild and free

Sig's Favorite Memory: Watching individuals finally let go of life 'in the fast lane' and begin to regenerate through their enjoyment of nature in its purest form.

For more information visit www.tasekolake.com

Tsuniah Lake Lodge
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Tsuniah Lake Lodge

 

Contact:
Box 4685
Williams Lake, B. C.
V2G 2V7

Phone: (250) 392-5612
Fax: (250) 392-4959
Or call Toll Free: 1-888-TSUNIAH (878-6424)

A Delightful homey atmosphere awaits you at Tsuniah Lake Lodge.
There are ten spacious cabins, each with 2 bedrooms, private baths, and a sitting room. You can cozy up by your wood stove and enjoy your view.

Tsylos Park Lodge
Horses-Taseko Lake
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Tsylos Park Lodge

Contact:
PO Box 2560
Williams Lake, BC
Canada V2G 4P2

Phone: 250-483-4368
Fax: 1-250-483-3451
Toll Free: 1-800-487-9567
Radio: 250-481-0052

Tsyl'os Park Lodge – We accommodate 16 guests at the lodge in our four individual rooms and three log cabins. All of our rooms and cabins have private bathrooms with showers. Our main lodge and dining area has a large stone fireplace, comfortable couches, a hot tub on the back porch and of course a stunning view of the mountains and Chilko River. Many evenings are spent sharing our daily adventures around the fireplace with a cocktail, soaking in the hot tub looking at the stars or playing horseshoes along the river.

The McLean's have been offering horseback riding and fly fishing adventures into the Chilko Lake area since 1957. People from around the world come to Tsylos Park Lodge to relax, have fun, and experience a multitude of great outdoor passions from the comforts of the lodge or on a week long mountain adventure. The interactive environment between guests and crew offer an immediate feeling of belonging and inclusion. Everyone shares at least one thing in common and that is the love of the outdoors. Regardless if they come as a single traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, everyone is always part of the group. With multiple activities and packages to choose from guests can spend a great day horseback riding,
fly fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing or enjoying a spectacular trip by boat up Chilko Lake. At the end of a great day everyone meets back at the lodge for icy cold drinks, a hot tub, and a delicious, gourmet meal prepared by the in-house chef. The large stone fireplace and over-stuffed chairs provide a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone can share their lively stories of the day. The saying is "heaven is in the details" - Karen McLean and her great crew take care of the details to provide guests with a relaxing, fun filled, enjoyable vacation.

Lodge Personality: Tsylos Park Lodge is like putting on your favorite pair of blue jeans, they just fit and they make you feel good. It is a relaxed, upbeat, unpretentious and comfortable place to be.

Karen's Favorite Memory: The family has experienced decades of adventures while here in the Chilko Lake area and enjoys sharing the 'love of the land' with people from all over the world.

For more information visit www.tsylos.com

Yohetta Wilderness Adventures
Horses-Taseko Lake
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Yohetta Wilderness Adventures

 

Contact:
RR#5, Box 62
Tibbles site
Quesnel, BC
CANADA
V2J 3H9

Phone: 250-720-7607

The Yohetta Wilderness area is one of the very few pristine wilderness areas still left in the world. What is very unique to this wilderness is the proximity to Vancouver and Whistler. It is only one hour’s flight from Whistler crossing the most spectacular mountain scenery which you can imagine. You will fly over ice fields, glaciers, massive rock cliffs and mountain lakes as well as glacier fed rivers. This will bring you into the rain shadow of the Coast Mountains.

Yohetta Wilderness Adventures, is located on the shores of Tuzcha Lake near Tsy'los Provincial Park and offers its guests incredible wilderness experiences that include 3-7 night horse pack trips, hiking and, according to Mike, one of the best chances you'll ever have to see grizzlies and mountain goats. Guests arrive by floatplane charter from Whistler, Vancouver or Campbell River, by fixed wing private plane to the lodge airstrip or by a 4x4 road and stay in six cabins with a central dining lodge that accommodate a maximum of 24 people.

Buck Mountain is right out the back door and has healthy populations of mountain goat, sheep, bear and many other wildlife. Horse pack trips venture into Tsy'los Provincial Park where, amid the Coastal Mountains' glacial lakes and the Chilcotin Mountains' pristine rivers, guests are treated to magnificent alpine scenery, wildflowers, fabulous fishing and experiences that "always end up being more than they expected".

Lodge Personality: Strong, quiet and deep

For more information and reservations, visit www.yohettawilderness.com.

Tatlow Mountain Outfitters

Horses-Taseko Lake
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Tatlow Mountain Outfitters

 

Contact:
RR#5, Box 62
Tibbles site
Quesnel, BC
CANADA
V2J 3H9

Phone: 250-249-5056

Tatlow Mountain Outfitters are licenced BC Hunting Guides and Outfitters offering guided big game hunts in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Canada. The big game hunts offered in this region of British Columbia are: California Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Trophy Mule Deer, Moose, Black Bear, Cougar, Lynx, Bobcat, Wolf, and Coyote. We offer top notch accommodations, knowledgeable licensed hunting guides and excellent big game populations within one of Canada’s premier hunting destinations.

Dalijaqox Guest House

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Dalijaqox Guest House

 

Contact:
Jim & Dinah Lulua
Nemiah Valley, BC
Phone: 250 394-7063

Located on the shores of Chilko Lake in Nemiah Valley, Jim and Dinah welcome you to their log home and culture. Ask Jim and Dinah to take you out on a boat tour or a vehicle tour to some special sites.

Dalicheqox B&B – Jim and Dinah Lulua – If you're looking for a home away from home, a stay with Jim and Dinah at rustic Dalicheqox B&B is the place to be. Located in the heart of Nemiah Valley on the shores of Chilko Lake, Jim and Dinah offer a maximum of four guests an authentic cultural immersion into the Xeni Gwet'in way of life. Included with your overnight stay in their home are three meals and a first hand opportunity to learn about the Xeni Gwet'in history, traditional ways, stories and legends or spend a week with them at their traditional fishing camp every August catching and smoking their sockeye salmon for winter. When asked why they have opened their home to visitors from around the world, Dinah says "It's a wonderful opportunity to get to know different people and understand why they have come here."

Lodge Personality: Warm and comfortable

Dinah's Favorite Memory: Sharing Xeni stories after dinner and learning about other people and their traditions.