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Wildlife watching safaris from a ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains of BC


View a variety of wildlife on these wildlife watching safaris at a wilderness guest ranch in the southern Chilcotin Mountains. Your licensed guide outfitter offers a 5,000-sq. km operating area encompassing the new south Chilcotin Mountains Park.  Located on the lee side of the Coast Mountains, the South Chilcotin Mountains lie within a transition zone.  This favored position produces a "Rainshadow", and this means sunny skies and a dry climate.  The area is renowned for its bio-diversity, with an abundance of wildflowers, that bloom May to September, and an outstanding variety of wildlife all year round.  

Grizzlies are the symbol of the wilderness. Viewing packages in the spring and fall focus on observing these impressive animals. See these awesome animals in their natural habitat as they progress through the seasons. Spring concentration is in the low meadows during breading season.  Then, follow them into the sub alpine, by horse, 4x4 and foot, and examine their territory marker trees, explore their dens and collect data for our Grizzly Study.  Trails travelled by grizzly bear through the mountains are marked with rub trees or territory markers. You collect the hair from these trees, and GPS their locations for subsequent mapping and analyses.  The alpine meadows provide favored summer feeding ranges, and open areas allow for excellent sightings and photographic opportunities. Viewing is done by foot or by horse, returning nightly to camps.

On the winter predator stalking packages stalk the most elusive predators in North America by 4x4, by foot and by snowmobile.  "Bush Savvy Guides" lead you on these predator quests for Cougar (Puma/Mountain Lion) and Timber wolf.   

Wolf tracking is the ultimate challenge, requiring more patience and cunning than nearly every other form of wildlife viewing. When nature rewards your persistent pursuit, however, you’ll discover the soul-stirring essence of true Canadian wildlife. Hear the mysterious, haunting howl of a wolf echoing through the valley. Feel the spine-tingling rush as you spot your first wolf, darting across the frozen lake in pursuit of its prey. Every moment of our wolf tours brims with the anticipation of what wonders the next moment holds.

On the multi-species safari, you'll peer down into the lush valley bottom at black bears feeding on the fresh shoots of grass. In the deep forests of willow, catch a rare sight of the stately Canadian moose, or read tracks to locate the mountain goat as they lead you to the north facing bluffs where they escape the heat of the day. Your guide will show you how to search for California bighorn sheep as they traverse the high alpine ridge tops, and watch in silent reverence as you come upon the graceful mule deer graze favored alpine meadows. Viewing is by horse or by foot in prime locations, returning nightly to camps.

 

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TRIP DETAILS
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TRIP TYPE
Wildlife Watching
SEASON

Year round

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
20
GUIDE INFORMATION

The ranch has an outstanding calibre of licensed guides.  They come from varied backgrounds and their expertise is matched to each trip.  You will be impressed with their abilities to communicate with guests from every walk of life and level of outdoor skill.  Most important, they know how to judge situations, and assess and determine the abilities and limits of the guests.  Every trip must be educational, safe and enjoyable.

RESTRICTIONS

Camp trips suitable for intermediate to advanced riders with camping experience.  Ranch trips suitable for novice to advanced.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Biodegradable soap/shampoo (camp based only), flashlight, batteries (camp based only), warm sleeping bag to 10 below Celsius (camp based only), towel/face cloth (camp based only), empty pillowcase (camp based only).

5% Wilderness Stewardship Contribution Surcharge applies to all tours.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end at the ranch, near Gold Bridge, BC.  During the summer season take Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler and then Pemberton. Take the Hurley Pass Forestry Road to the ranch. Full directions provided upon reservation.

Van transfer from Vancouver to the ranch can be added for additional cost. 

WEATHER

This 5,000 square km guide territory lies within a transition zone between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau.  This favoured position produces a "rainshadow".  This means sunny skies and a dry bug-free environment.

REGION
Vancouver, Whistler, and Chilcotin
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Horses/tack and the use of ancillary equipment, snowmobile rentals, 4x4 transportation.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Western hat with brim, bandana, rain pants and jacket (no ponchos), comfortable riding pants (jeans), warm jacket (down or wool), long johns, slippers or indoor shoes for ranch, light weight lycra shorts or padded biker shorts, footwear for riding and hiking (good ankle support), rubber boots or gum boots, 2 pairs of gloves, one for riding, one insulated, 1 pair of socks per day, personal toiletries and clothing.  Bring at least two changes of clothes in case you get wet.  Heavy rain gear is less likely to tear.  The lycra shorts are worn under your jeans to prevent chafing and soreness.  There are 'taps' on the stirrups for safety and we recommend hiking or work boots for riding.  Rubber boots should be mid-calf.  

For winter trips bring snowmobile suit or ski suit (lined), warm pants, water proof gear, long johns, 1 pair wool socks, woolen knit cap, 2 pair lined winter gloves, down jacket/ski jacket, slippers/indoor shoes for ranch, good lined outdoor winter boots, personal toiletries and clothing.  

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, good camera, spare battery, lots of film, binoculars, fishing equipment, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

At the ranch accommodations are a choice of either comfortable rooms or chalets with ensuite bathrooms and a varied combination of sleeping arrangements (ie. queen, twin, bunk) all with feather duvets.  The ranch is spacious, complete with two story fireplace, sun room, large central dining room. 

Any guest staying at the guest ranch can expect to experience real western charm and warm hospitality. It's spacious and tastefully decorated in a western frontier theme, complete with a two-story fireplace, sunroom, large central dining room, and a large outdoor deck facing the rugged Coast Mountains. There are regular barbecues, and a family-friendly atmosphere with horseshoe toss, baseball, soccer, volleyball, or badminton as well as board and card games, and a good library. There are also chalet rentals (1-4 bedroom chalets available), which are fully equipped with all the necessities such as linens and bedding, washrooms, kitchen, living room and terrace. 

The alpine camps vary between fully equipped permanent base camps and seasonal camps. The permanent camps include different combinations of log cabins and/or tent cabins for eating and sleeping.  Some of the permanent camps are more developed with gravity fed showers, solar lighting and heaters in the tent cabins.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included.  You will find it hard to believe you are in the wilderness when you are dining on this legendary western fare.  Feed your newfound appetite on unlimited fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of homemade baking, and delicious and hearty main courses.  Your hosts will cook your catch or create vegetarian dishes to suit your style of eating.  Enjoy open air lunches and campfire meals.

4 day tour, available May - October
$2400.00 / per person - CAD
Grizzly bear viewing. May June & September, October. Ranch-based tour by 4x4 or on foot.
4 day tour, available May - October
$2200.00 / per person - CAD
Multi species viewing. May June & September, October. Ranch-based tour by 4x4 or on foot.
4 day tour, available January - February
$1875.00 / per person - CAD
Wolf viewing tour. Ranch-based by 4x4 or foot.
7 day tour, available May - October
$3800.00 / per person - CAD
Multi-species tour. Camp-based by horseback or foot.
7 day tour, available June - October
$4200.00 / per person - CAD
Grizzly bear viewing tour. May, June & September. Camp-based by horseback or foot.
4 day tour, available May - October
$1875.00 / per person - CAD
Multi species wildlife viewing.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposits are non-refundable. 90 day cancellation policy.
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