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What Our Guests Say

  • We truly had a fantastic hike! We appreciate all the organizing and coordinating in making it a wonderful time. Thank you for all of your lugging and slugging! It was an unforgettable time!

    --Carol, Carla, Liz, (Ontario) and Sabine (Austria)
  • I also very much appreciated both your help (and patience!). It was definitely an incredible trip and one I won't ever forget.

    --Tracy, British Columbia
  • The guides were very very professional and I felt very safe in terrain which is different from North Yorkshire. They produced meals from those rucksacks which my husband thought I was pulling his leg. We did see some envious looks from fellow campers too.

    --Kate, Scarborough, Great Britain
  • I really appreciate all your hard work and guiding skills. It is what made the trip so memorable.

    --Kevin, Northwest Territories
  • We had a great time and all the aches and pains were worth it!! By the time we got back to my house we were feeling great. Elaine felt very proud of herself. Anyhow, I think you are amazing guide and I hope we didn't wear you out!

    --Denise and Elaine, Calgary

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The Tour

The Spruce Lake area in the South Chilcotin Mountains is a favorite place of many outdoor guides. The summer comes into full force by late July, and a profusion of wildflowers breaks out into an explosion of colour. They carpet the meadows in the sup-alpine and alpine areas of these fabulous mountains, giving hours of visual pleasure.

The Southern Chilcotins have been identified as the most important unprotected area of wilderness in southern British Columbia.

Carved by glaciers, shaped by time and decorated by nature, the South Chilcotin Mountains have a magnificent mixture of valleys, flowered meadows, alpine terrain, and abundant wildlife. Coupled with a low level of visitors, these features make this appealing to those looking for solitude and remoteness.

Our route through the Chilcotins Mountains have been designed to fully appreciate the diversity of the region. We have added a layover day in an alpine setting to enjoy the incredible scenery and to further explore surrounding peaks.

The Southern Chilcotins have been dubbed "Wildflower Heaven" for good reason. Alpine meadows present a tapestry of colours representing a variety of flower families. If you are a bee, or was one in another life, or just enjoy the smell and look of a flower garden gone crazy, then the Chilcotins is the adventure for you.

Indeed, the Southern Chilcotins are one of British Columbia's best kept secrets.

 

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Itinerary

This is our typical itinerary. (Because we are travelling in wilderness, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a tour actually runs.)

A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration.

Day 0: Arrival in Vancouver. This denotes the day or days spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip.

Day 1: We will leave Vancouver for our five hour drive to the trailhead at Gun Creek, north of Pemberton. The drive, along Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, is an extremely scenic one. We will stop at Whistler, renowned ski resort for lunch. Once we arrive at the trailhead, we will have a fairly flat hike to our first night's campsite at Jewel Creek.

Day 2: We will continue to follow Gun Creek. The trail gradually climbs to an area called Cowboy Camp where we will make camp. The spot is used by horse outfitters as a staging area for their trips into the Chilcotins.

Day 3: Another fairly easy day, as we hike to Trigger Lake.

Day 4: We are now ready for a tougher day of hiking. We will leave Trigger Lake and negotiate a steep ascent of Deer Pass. The payoff for our grind will be incredible views. Our campsite is Tyaughton Lake. Depending on the weather and the disposition of the group, we may decide to camp in the alpine area and do some day hiking. There is no end to the possibilities here and you'll never tire of the landscape that surrounds you.

Day 5/6: If we decide to continue down from Deer Pass and camp at Tyaughton Lake, we will use Day 5 to hike to Spruce Lake, a beautiful mountain lake. The hike, along a ridgeline, skirts the southern flank of Mount Sheba. We would then use Spruce Lake as a base from which to explore the surrounding area on Day 6.

Day 7: We will begin a strenuous hike up to Windy Pass and establish camp here. Windy Pass presents another excellent site from which to enjoy the alpine environment.

Day 8: Return to Vancouver for late afternoon.

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What's Included

Coastal Bliss provides the essential elements of the hike for you:

West Coast Trail sample menu
  • Transportation from and to the departure location
  • All park fees for the Trail
  • Professional guides
  • All meals (except on travel days)                   SAMPLE MENU
  • tent (shared)
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide

We can't provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Hiking Boots
  • Some food (on travel days)
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Backpack (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent)

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Getting There

If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return.

You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.

Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)

Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)

Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals.  Tel: 1 250 758-2133

BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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Where to Stay

Vancouver Pick up & Hotels

Accent Inn, Vancouver Airport
10551 St. Edwards Dr. (off Hwy #99)
Richmond B.C. V6X 3L8
Ph: 604-273-3311 Fx: 604-273-9522
email: accent@accentinns.com

(Guests can receive a 10 % discount at Accent Inn if they identify themselves as guests with ‘Coastal Bliss Adventures’)

Victoria Pick up & Airport Hotels
Pick up: Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations near the ferry or airport:


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Preparing

How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.

Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready. We've also included a couple of infographics to help you along.

 

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Need Gear?

We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it. 

Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.

Hiking Tours:

Item  Cost
Sherpa for Hiking Tours  $2399.00
Backpack Rental  $55.00
Sleeping Bag Rental  $55.00
Thermarest Rental  $20.00
Gaiter Rental  $15.00
Rental Bundle 1-Sleeping Bag+Thermarest+Gaiters or hiking pole  $80.00
Hiking Pole Rental (one)  $7.50
Rental Bundle 2-backpack+gaiters+hiking pole  $76.00
Rental Bundle 3-backpack+sleeping bag+Thermarest  $117.00

 

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The South Chilcotins is a very large area. We are specifically talking about the Spruce Lake area near Gold Bridge, BC. This area is home to a number of outfitters that provide horseback tours, bicycle tours, and tours by air.
Moderately Strenuous: parts of the walk take place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths), hiking days can be 5 to 7 hours, weather and conditions can significantly increase difficulty.