Join Austin Adventures Founder & President Dan Austin and his wife Carol for an exclusive retreat in the remote British Columbia wilderness.
This very special September 21-25 trip to The Chilko Experience lodge will be at the height of bear viewing time and peak seasons for foliage, trout fishing, and the Sockeye Salmon run – all based out of a 5-star wilderness lodge.
This exclusive ‘retreat’ will celebrate the launch of the Austin Collection – and is limited to just eight other travelers. The Chilko Experience is a seven-home private luxury estate located on a 5,000,000-acre wilderness tract in pristine British Columbia wilderness.
Lodge owner Phil Huston says, “Imagine you are 20 years old (again), visiting your favorite uncle at his property in the pristine British Columbia wilderness. He has all the toys (boats, ATVs, horses and guides) necessary to explore this vast area and do all the cool things possible. He also has a chef and an open bar, and his local status makes you a local too. You’re not a tourist but an insider while at Chilko. That’s the Chilko Experience.”
“You’re not a tourist but an insider while at Chilko. That’s the Chilko Experience.”
Grizzlies flock to the Chilko Valley during the fall Sockeye Salmon run. It is some of the best bear viewing in North America and you’ll witness the bears (sometimes if you’re lucky, even dozens at one time) feeding on Sockeye salmon in the headwaters of the Chilko River.
The bears are concentrated on a three-mile river segment beginning at the river’s mouth and extending downstream, an area where in some years the salmon numbers exceed one million. The result is that the Chilko River has some of the finest bear viewing anywhere in North America. This concentration of bears occurs because the river is located deep within the BC interior and is the only salmon-feeding option for bears within a 200-mile radius. While there may be more bears located along the coast, with the many feeding options that exist, they are more dispersed and harder to observe.
Chilko Lake grizzly bears (Ursus arctos ssp.) are a large subspecies of the North American Brown Bear. Adult female grizzlies weigh around 130–180 kg (290–400 lb.), and adult males about 180–360 kg (400–790 lb.), with an average length of 198 cm (6.50 ft)!
You’ll be ferried onto the river in boats positioned to witness the feeding frenzy, but at a safe distance. Viewing is accomplished by low-draft riverboats with experienced guides who know to stay at least 50 meters away from the bears in order not to stress them.
“Of particular interest are the mother bears and cubs. Two cubs are common but families of three are seen also. Photographers from around the world come to Chilko to seek the perfect brown bear photo,” Huston says.
While the bears get to feast, fishing for salmon on the Chilko River is restricted to all but those of First Nations descent. “However, the salmon spawn draws large rainbow trout populations that challenge and reward both the novice and experienced angler,” Huston notes.
- ATV tours
- Axe throwing
- Bear watching
- Fly fishing
- Horseback riding
- Lake cruises (powerboat)
- Not answering emails, attending meetings, dialing into conference calls, or otherwise stressing about work…
Guests stay in log or timber frame homes. All meals are chef-prepared, wine served with dinner, there is an open bar for the duration, and ten guided activities included. Privately guided fly fishing is available for an extra fee.
Cost is $3,998.00 plus travel air, double occupancy. Austin Adventures can make travel arrangements (additional cost) from Vancouver, BC. Dates are Sept 21-25, 2018.