Bear Camp Multisport Package
Central, British Columbia, Canada
Bear Camp lies deep in the unspoiled wilderness of British Columbia between the mountain ranges of the Pacific Coast, protected by the vast terrain of the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) First Nation People. A safari-style adventure camp with an-interconnected network of elevated decks and platforms, the camp sits at the north end of Chilko Lake and the headwaters of the Chilko River. Forged out of Douglas Fir timbers, it was originally built 1954 as a hunting & fishing camp, but has since been re-created into a funky, world-class adventure and wildlife-viewing destination. Eight spacious and comfortably outfitted safari tents are perched up on wildlife viewing platforms along the water’s edge. The platforms provide you and, more importantly, the resident bears, privacy. 20-25 resident grizzly bears live in the area year round and another 80-100 grizzlies come to visit in late summer and autumn to feed on spawning salmon. The months of September and October especially offer some of the most incredible bear spotting opportunities in Canada -- all from the safety of your platform tent perch.
Society may be far behind you at Bear Camp, but its comforts are not. The camp offers chef-prepared meals, a full bar with boutique wines and microbrewed beers, yoga, massage, and even wi-fi (for those that need it). Meals can be enjoyed deck-top or in the privacy of your safari tent. These spacious and comfortable tents in the trees feature either a king or two double beds, with ample room to lounge on comfortable chairs both inside and out. Plush down duvets keep you warm at night and power stations are available to light up your reading light or charge your camera battery. There are also five full bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.
The crystal clear waters of Chilko Lake stretch over 40 miles along the deep dish of mountains that surround it, making it the largest alpine lake in Canada, across a transitional area from the coast to the interior. This makes for a unique ecology, with a landscape found nowhere else in the Province. The result is a varied menu of outdoor activities, with experienced and passionate guides to lead you. Kayak the lake, hike the area’s many beautiful trails, explore mountain peaks on horseback, fish in a world-class waterway, watch the wildlife from every angle, or simply soak in the views and relax into the silence of this pristine wilderness. Whether it’s an adventurous couple’s honeymoon stop or a corporate retreat, Bear Camp is an unforgettable setting for the adventure trip of a lifetime.
Note: Vacations are created around the packages listed below under “Rates and Vacation Packages.” Please plan and book your stay according to these 4, 5, or 8-day trips. All meals and activities are included in the price of your stay, except helicopter and massage. Specialty trips featuring musicians or sommeliers, or clinics with photographers or authors can be created around your interests and needs.
Open June through early October
Location and Access
Near: Vancouver, BC (about 11 hours north of Vancouver by car)
Guests may access Bear Camp by flying from Vancouver to Williams Lake (an hour long flight) and then taking a scenic four hour shuttle to Bear Camp, charter a flight from Vancouver to Bear Camp, or drive. See “Getting to Bear Camp” below.
Difficulty: Moderate (based on distance)
Forget the time of day. Don’t worry about a schedule. At Bear Camp there is no need for a fixed itinerary. Each day plans are based on your desires. Bear Camp has all the toys: kayaks, SUP’s, fishing boats and gear, hiking trails, mountain bikes, horseback trails, and if you want to treat yourself, a helicopter can be booked for high alpine experience. Geodesic domes to come! At Bear Camp there are so many opportunities to enjoy:
Hiking, Horseback riding, Fly fishing, Kayaking, SUPing, Mountain biking, River float or paddle, Whitewater rafting, Heli-hiking
Directly from the camp, you can explore an incredible number of hiking trails, taking you through terrains for everyone, whether it’s strolling through lush aspen groves, tromping amongst towering old growth Douglas Firs and or tackling challenging mountain ascents.Heli-hiking can also be arranged at additional expense, whisking you away to high alpine valleys and glaciers amongst the largest peaks of British Columbia.
For those inclined to live off the land, the Chilko River is a world-class fishing location where sockeye salmon and rainbow trout abound forming one of Western Canada’s best fisheries. The river has been given the status as protected “classified waters.” Or take your skills one step further and study bushcraft with Grizz. Mike Yates (“Grizz”) is a 75 year old survival expert, who ran a school for decades. A hike or drive up to Scotty Meadows allows you to study with this off-the-grid master, where you’ll learn about plants, wildflowers, and constructing traditional log homes.
River adventures are also an option, from gentle floats suitable for even the littlest adventurers to rollicking rafting through the Lava Canyon section of the Chilko River, which features the longest stretch of commercially navigable whitewater in North America. The Bear Camp Chilko River Combo package combines a stay at Bear Camp with a rafting river adventure, offering you the chance to live it up at camp AND downstream!
Sleeps up to 16
Guests may rent the entire Bear Camp, all eight tents, or a single tent at the camp.
Bear Camp can accommodate 16 people in any configuration of king beds and double beds.
The camp has five full bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.
Rates and Vacation Packages
Bear Camp Multisport - $665/night per person at double occupancy, $915/night for private tent*
4 day/3 night, 5 day/4 night, 8 day/7night trips**
King tent (1 king bed) - $665/night
Shared tent (2 double beds) - $665/night
Private tent (single occupancy in either a king or double unit) - $915/night*
Guests will stay at Bear Camp, using it as their base camp to explore the wilds and varied terrain of the Chilcotin’s waters and mountains. Cast a line in crystal clear waters, drift or ducky the fast and friendly upper Chilko River, hike the Coast Mountain ranges and sea kayak on a wilderness lake that stretches more than 50 miles without even so much as a road.
- Deluxe safari-tent accommodations
- Roundtrip transfers from Williams Lake
- Meals, beverages and all activities
- Optional heli-hikes and massages are also available at additional cost
Note: 4 day/3 night, 5 day/4 night, 8 day/7 night trips available.
**4 day trips will arrive on a Thursday and depart on a Sunday.
**5 day trips will arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Thursday.
When booking, please select dates to accommodate this schedule.
Additional Packages Offered (More info here)
Please inquire for pricing.
Bear Camp Chilko River Combo
Add a 2 day/1 night rafting river adventure on to your Bear Camp Multisport package that challenges the world-famous Lava Canyon of the Chilko River. Ranked by Outside Magazine as the BEST river trip on the planet in 2014, you will challenge miles upon miles of exciting whitewater.
Grizzly Bear Viewing at Bear Camp - 4 day/3 night, 5 day/4 night, 8 day/7night trips
SEPT. & OCT. ONLY
Bear Camp will be your home from which to explore Chilcotin’s bear country for a 4, 5, or 8-day stay.
Ranch and Raft - 10 days/9 nights
Enjoy three nights at Bear Camp, a three day river adventure on the Chilko River, and a three night stay at a spectacular guest ranch and spa resort.
Bears and Whales - 7 days/6 nights
Combine 3 days of grizzly bear and salmon viewing at Bear Camp with 3 days of whale watching.
*All prices are per person, with two guests sharing a tent (double occupancy). Pricing for single occupancy at Bear Camp is an additional $250/night per person. Rates includes beer, wine, liquor, all food, apps, guided hikes, boating, kayaking lake and river, SUP, horses, bikes, fly and spin fishing, bushcraft and shuttle transportation to and from Williams Lake.
What You Need to Bring
- Only your sense of adventure
- and a headlamp
- Hand-ground organic coffee, wholesome and plentiful meals, an varied selection of boutique wines and local beer
- Experienced and passionate guides
- Fleet of Kona mountain bikes
- Sea kayaks
- Yoga classes
- Solar lanterns
- Charging stations available in each tent
Getting to Bear Camp
Guests have several options to get to Bear Camp.
Scenic four hour shuttle from Williams Lake: flight is $400 per person, shuttle included
Hop on a round trip commercial flight from Vancouver (YVR) to Williams Lake Airport (YWL) where Bear Camp staff will greet you and drive you across the beautiful Fraser River and Chilcotin Plateau to Bear Camp.
One-way charter flight options from Vancouver: $700 per person for a direct charter to Bear Lake and a commercial flight back to Vancouver from Williams Lake.
A one-way charter flight direct from Vancouver to the grass airstrip at Chilko Lake takes just over an hour. This spectacular flight lets you soak up the jaw dropping scenery of the Coast Mountains (the Cascades). Your return trip to Vancouver will be via private ground shuttle to Williams Lake, then a commercial flight to YVR. Flight/shuttle options can also be reversed.
Round trip direct charter flight from Vancouver: $1000 per person
Charter a flight from YVR to the grass airstrip at Chilko Lake where Bear Camp staff will pick you up.
Charter flight in a float plane from Vancouver: Please inquire about pricing
A float plane from YVR can drop you off right at the dock in Bear Camp.
Guests may drive themselves. Most choose one of the charter options above. The drive is about 11 hours from Vancouver, four hours from Williams Lake (last hour or so is on a gravel road). Detailed directions will be provided if guests choose this option. There is no cell reception or reliable GPS in the area.
50% payment due at time of booking. 50% remaining balance due 100 days prior to arrival. If booking is made within 100 days of arrival, full payment is due at time of booking.
No food is allowed in the sleeping quarters. Guests may dine in the dining hall or deckside.
All payments are non-refundable.
No pets please.
Solar Lanterns or Lighting
Rates and Availability
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Specific Rate Details
*All prices are PER PERSON, with two guests sharing a tent (double occupancy). Pricing for single occupancy at Bear Camp is an additional $250/night per person. Rates includes beer, wine, liquor, all food, apps, guided hikes, boating, kayaking lake and river, SUP, horses, bikes, fly and spin fishing, bushcraft and shuttle transportation to and from Williams Lake.