As I shared bits and items of my journey to British Columbia final week on Instagram, the commonest query I received was “the place ARE you?”. Nice query and to be sincere, up till final week I might not have been in a position to inform you the place I used to be. Actually once I landed in Vancouver I used to be satisfied we had been going to Jap British Columbia (we weren’t) so needless-to-say this journey was actually off the overwhelmed path.
So how precisely did I find yourself spending per week on the Cariboo Gold Rush Path in Central British Columbia? Let’s talk about…
Just a few months in the past I obtained a textual content from my pal Jonny asking if I used to be concerned with happening a visit with him in BC. Jonny and I met a couple of years in the past after we labored collectively on a visit to Banff. We completely hit it off and I went again to Banff a couple of years later. He now runs his personal enterprise (try Eco Escape Journey) out of Vancouver and has purchasers that he works with on content material creation and social media. One in every of his purchasers within the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Journey Affiliation (CCCTA).
They’d a content material journey deliberate for June and I figured “hey! why not? I’m at all times down for journey”! And journey we did. I’ll be sincere, this journey was each the best of highs and lowest of lows. The times had been exceptionally lengthy but in addition packed stuffed with actions that had been really once-in-a-lifetime. I discovered lots about this area of British Columbia and my hope is that I can encourage you to get off the overwhelmed path and discover the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast your self.
The place is Chilcotin BC?
Let’s first talk about the place I used to be. Anybody who’s from or has visited Canada is aware of how huge it’s. Every province is HUGE with many alternative landscapes and areas to discover. British Columbia is not any exception. From Vancouver to Whistler to Victoria and Kelowna, British Columbia has no scarcity of locations. Nevertheless, the Chilcotin (because it’s known as) is value including to the bucket record. The Chilcotin encompasses the central area of the province simply on the jap facet of the Coast Mountains (the place Whistler is positioned). The Chilcotin itself has a mountain vary stuffed with provincial parks, glaciers and wildlife but is surprisingly accessible from Vancouver – roughly 5 hours away by automobile.
What’s the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast?
The title is sort of complicated, proper? The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast really refers to THREE mountainous areas together with the Cariboo vary to the north, the chilcotin vary beneath that and the jap facet of the coast mountains. It isn’t in truth alongside the coast however as a substitute covers a whole lot of miles from southern to northern British Columbia. It’s a area of central BC.
What’s the Gold Rush Path BC?
Now simply so as to add to the confusion, this space can be typically known as The Gold Rush Path. Why? As a result of this was the trail miners took when trying to find gold in BC. Sure, there was a gold rush in British Columbia and plenty of remnants of it stay alongside the trail beginning in Lillooet all the way in which as much as Barkerville. The path really begins earlier than Lillooet however technically mile zero begins there. You may observe the entire path all the way in which up stopping at many historic inns and places that also protect lots of the remnants from the 1800s gold rush.
Some stops value making alongside the path: Kilby Historic Website, The City of Lillooet, Historic Hat Creek and Barkerville.
Why Go to the Cariboo Gold Rush Path?
There are a pair the reason why one would possibly discover the Cariboo Gold Rush Path however I’m going to slender it down to 3: journey, historic and indigenous journey. In case you are an off-the-beaten path journey junkie, this place is for you. That is very true for mountain bikers who take into account this a few of the finest mountain biking on this planet.
Should you’re a historical past buff who loves studying in regards to the gold rush and historic journey, this space can be for you. As I discussed above, you’ll be able to actually observe the trail all the way in which up stopping at necessary places alongside the gold rush path.
Should you love studying about native cultures and experiencing them first hand, additionally, you will love this area. There are such a lot of indigenous first nations on this space to be taught from. One in every of my favourite components!
More often than not once I write these journey guides I attempt to give an actual route or itinerary you’ll be able to observe. Nevertheless, as a result of we had been on a content material journey, numerous the websites we visited both a) aren’t accessible to the general public or b) weren’t essentially locations I might have chosen to go to (simply being sincere!). So as a substitute I’m going to share my highlights from the Chilcotin Gold Rush Path and locations I feel are value visiting. Let’s do that!
REO Yoga + Rafting Resort [Boston Bar, British Columbia]
Go HERE! If I may have spent all week right here I might have. I’m biased as a result of I like yoga however even when yoga isn’t your jam, this place is for you. The lodging are luxurious glamping with totally outfitted tents which can be cozy, heat but nonetheless really feel such as you’re in nature. Keep within the river tents and also you’ll hear the river speeding all evening – it’s the proper white noise.
Included in your keep are 2-Three yoga courses a day (combination of hatha, vinyasa and yin), Three meals, lodging and a rafting journey down the river. Rafting isn’t my cup of tea however I’m glad I did it and this space of British Columbia is completely stunning. It’s thought-about the very southern finish of the gold rush path and is just about Three hours from Vancouver. This place is an absolute steal and excellent for a weekend getaway or yoga retreat.
In your approach from Vancouver cease for a hike within the Othello Tunnels and delightful views on the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park.
Lillooet, British Columbia
That is technically mile zero of the Gold Rush Path nonetheless this space gives greater than meets the attention. It’s additionally solely about 2 hours from Whistler so may undoubtedly be a day tour from there. Right here had been some favorites:
This is without doubt one of the finest indigenous tourism experiences I’ve had. Cease in at Xwisten Experiences to expertise how the Bridge River First Nations have been fishing on this area for 10,000 years in addition to an indication of their wind dried salmon. Additionally they take you as much as the place the pit homes are positioned and I don’t take into account it a coincidence a fantastic eagle was flying over us. This expertise is so particular. Be sure to sign-up for a tour!
Fort Barens Vineyard
I used to be not anticipating there to be nice wine in Lillooet however boy was I unsuitable. BC is understood for his or her Okanagan wines however Lillooet is quickly to be on the map. Cease in for a tasting and go residence with a bottle (or three!) of their scrumptious varieties. The setting is straightforward on the eyes too.
Break up Rock Environmental
I’m a botanical geek so I liked stopping in at Break up Rock to be taught in regards to the native natural world is the area in addition to check out (and purchase!) a few of their home made tub and sweetness merchandise. You too can hike round their property and take a look at the man-made salmon run that was constructed to assist protect the salmon that come by means of the world.
TBH the lodging on this space are slim pickins’ so I don’t have a selected place to advocate, nonetheless it’s solely about 1.5 hours from Gold Bridge and Tyax Lodge (extra on this beneath) so it’s an ideal place to cease out and in of that space.
Gold Bridge, British Columbia
This location is unquestionably the furthest from Vancouver, nonetheless it additionally gives the quietest and least trafficked space we visited. So for those who’re actually seeking to get away from all of it, Gold Bridge is for you.
I extremely advocate staying right here throughout your journey. The lodging are very nice (not tremendous excessive finish however not tremendous rustic both) with stunning views of the mountains. What I liked most about this place was the record of actions obtainable. You may canoe, paddle board, go on a float airplane journey to a neighborhood glacier, go to the spa and the record goes on. There are an abundance of actions at your disposal that will let you discover the world.
To not be confused with Tyax Lodge, Tyax Adventures is a separate firm that gives excursions and lodging throughout the Gold Bridge space. Their excursions are undoubtedly extra of the rugged selection and designed for individuals who love journey. Since this put up is all about honesty, I actually was not a fan of their tenting lodging. Your woman can camp however this was REALLY rustic. Although I’m positive the rain and freezing temps didn’t assist.
If I had deliberate it I might have simply finished one in every of their float airplane day journeys to hike within the Spruce Lake space however for those who’re huge into mountain biking or need one thing actually off the overwhelmed path their tent camps are at all times an choice (although don’t imagine their web site – this isn’t “glamping”).
Saved the perfect for final! Should you love horses or have needed to do a horseback using journey, you HAVE to go to Chilcotin Holidays. We did a day journey by means of the mountains although they provide multi-day and week pack journeys along with their day rides. We completed up the day with a white harvest meal that includes regionally foraged meals like wild onions and potatoes, soopolalie berries and even wild elk and bear! The group right here is form and affected person and I really liked this expertise.
From flying over a glacier in a float airplane to crawling right into a grizzly bear den, this journey wasn’t quick on journey. I’m considerably biased however I actually do assume the Chilcotin Gold Rush Path is a worthwhile go to for those who’re coming by means of British Columbia or need to discover extra of your province. This journey actually gave me numerous perspective on how a lot Western Canada really has to supply and the way little of it I’ve really seen. I want a stable nap after 17-18 hour days however I’m already scheming methods to get again.
So inform me: Have you ever heard of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast + Gold Rush Path? I’m excited for extra of you to find it!
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