Western BC is home to some amazing wilderness and wildlife.
This trip combines both of these worlds to one amazing adventure like no other.
Starting with five days in the remote Coastal Mountains, hiking, canoeing and much more. You'll get to see why BC is so famous for it's wilderness.
Massive glaciers, mountains, many colored lakes, big waterfalls and, all with no other tourists to spoil the experience.
For the second part of the trip, we'll head to Vancouver Island looking for the most amazing wildlife you can imagine: Grizzly bears, Black bears, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, Bald eagles and much more.
This is an adventure you will never forget.
Day 1 | September 11, 2020 | Hunlen Falls
We'll start our BC wilderness adventure by taking a beautiful 20 minutes float plane flight from Nimpo Lake to Turner Lakes and Hunlen Falls.
Hunlen Falls is Canada's 3rd highest waterfall, located at Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
Our hike today will take us to 2-3 view points of this amazing waterfall. We will get amazing views of the fall from right above it and from a distance.
In the afternoon, we'll go on another float plane flight. This time, to Nuk Tessli, a secluded hiking lodge where we'll spend our next few days exploring BC's wilderness.
Day 2 | September 12, 2020 | The Mammaries
On our first day at Nuk Tessli, we'll hike up to The Mammaries.
The trail will take us north of the cabins into the forest. After about an hour of hiking up, we'll get above tree line and go through a few beautiful meadows. We'll continue going up to a small peak.
The spectacular view from the top of this trail will give you the feeling of a classic wild BC hike.
There's nothing better then having launch in front of the massive Monarch Mountain massif and Tweedsmuir Park's amazing mountains and glaciers.
Day 3 | September 13, 2020 | Ice Lake (Jacobson Lake)
Ice Lake (Jacobson Lake) is located in the heart of the Coastal Mountains and it's truly one of the most unique and wild places in BC.
We'll start the day by taking an amazing float plane flight over the massive Monarch Ice Field (the biggest ice field outside of the Polar circle). We will also fly over many waterfalls, huge cliffs, lots of lakes with a many colors, glaciers and more. Keep your camera handy.
After landing at Jacobson Lake between the floating ice, we'll get on a small boat and go for a ride in front of the glacier wall that flows and breaks into the lake. If we're lucky, we might see some ice breaking.
Then, we'll dock in a safe place and hike for about 30 minutes to the edge of the glacier. On the way, we'll get some amazing views of the glacier from above it.
In the afternoon, we'll return back to Nuk Tessli for a dip in the amazing hot tub.
Day 4 | September 14, 2020 | Canoeing Boundary Lake
Today we'll explore the art of canoeing. Nuk Tessli is connected to two other lakes with short portages between each lake. We keep canoes on each lake making the portages very easy and fun.
A short ride with the small motor boat will take us to the end of Nuk Tessli Lake, where we'll hike for about 150 m to Cohen Lake and to the start of our canoeing experience.
We'll paddle Cohen Lake to it's end, while enjoying the amazing feeling of true wilderness, the cool breeze and hopefully some Canadian Loons.
At the end of Cohen Lake, we'll leave the canoes and hike for about 2 km to Boundary Lake through some beautiful meadows full with flowers and mushrooms.
At Boundary Lake we'll paddle to one of the islands and have launch.
On the way, we might see some Bald Eagles and their massive nests.
Day 5 | September 15, 2020 | Angelheart Lake Loop
Today, our adventure will take us to the Angelheart Lake loop. This is a very fun an beautiful day hike.
The day starts with a short boat ride to the end of the lake. From there, we'll hike up through the forest for about an hour before getting above tree line.
Will continue through a maze of little lakes and get to North Pass Lake. A short snack and we continue up to North Pass ridge. We might encounter a few Marmots along the way.
We'll enjoy our lunch on the ridge in front of the Morch Mountain, Angelheart Lake, Anvil Mountain, Wilderness Mountain and many more.
The trail then goes down in a loop through a flowery meadow with little stream and back to the beach where we started our hike.
Day 6 | September 16, 2020 | Grizzly bears and the Bella Coola Valley
The Nuk Tessli part of our trip is over and it's time to move to the next part, the animal viewing part.
We'll start the day with a float plane flight back to Nimpo Lake. From there, we'll hop on the van and drive for about 1.5 hours down to the Bella Coola Valley.
Our goal of the day - Grizzly bears. We'll go to the two viewing spots and wait for the bears to come and fish for Salmon.
In the afternoon, we'll go on 3 hour small boat tour down the river. Floating and looking for grizzly bears along the shore. When we'll see a bear, we'll stop and enjoy the show.
Day 7 | September 17, 2020 | The ferry to Vancouver Island
It's time to get off the mainland and take the ferry to Vancouver Island.
We'll board the ferry early in the morning heading to Port Hardy, a small town in Northern Vancouver Island.
The ferry takes 10 hours and it goes through some beautiful scenery. The Bella Coola fjord is is surrounded by big peaks, forests and glaciers.
Day 8 | September 18, 2020 | Wildlife watching tour
Our first full day at Vancouver Island will take us on a tour to see Grizzly bears and marine wildlife.
This full day tour will be the opener of a few other wildlife tours we'll take on this part of the trip.
We'll board a small but fast boat and go looking for all kinds of marine wildlife and both Black and Grizzly bears coming to shore at low tide, looking for seashells between the rocks.
After the tour, we'll hop on the van and drive South to Campbell river, where we'll spend the night.
Day 9 | September 19, 2020 | Ocean Wildlife tour
Today our main goal is to see as many ocean wildlife we can see. We'll go down to the docks and board a small Zodiac boat.
For the next few hours, we'll be looking for Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, Bald eagles and more.
We'll also experience the high and low tides and the whirlpools made by it.
After the tour, we'll go for a short and scenic hike with some beautiful and big waterfalls.
Day 10 | September 20, 2020 | More Grizzly bears
Grizzly bears are fascinating animals and today we'll get a chance to see them in their natural habitat at Bute Inlet. This is a full day tour guided on land by the local Homalco First Nations.
On land, we'll take a van and drive along the rivers, looking for bears, bald eagles and more.
This is one of the most exciting days of this trip.
After the trip, we'll start our drive to Nanimo.
Day 11 | September 21, 2020 | Nanimo and Vancouver
This is our last full day of the trip.
We'll start the day with a hike up to a beautiful viewpoint of the town of Nanaimo and the mainland far away.
After the hike, we'll board the ferry from Nanimo to Vancouver where we'll spend our last night.
For our last night, we'll go out to eat and celebrate the end of this amazing trip.
Day 12 | September 22, 2020 | This is the end
That is it. Our trip has come to its end. From here, you'll each go on your own way.
Dates, cost and administrations
Cost - $7199 CAD.
There's a 5% discount for those who sign up before January 1st, 2020.
Small group - up to 8 guests.
The trip starts at Tweedsmuir Air in Nimpo Lake on the morning of September 11, 2020. Therefore, you should spend the night of Sptember 10, 2020 in Nimpo Lake or Anahim Lake. We will be happy to assist you with booking that night.
The trip will end in Vancouver on the morning of September 22, 2020.
Sleeping in hotels or log cabins all days of the trip.
Two guests per room when sleeping in hotels.
2-4 guests per cabin when sleeping at Nuk Tessli. Each cabin has two floors. More info about Nuk Teslli's cabin here.
All breakfasts and lunches along the trip.
Dinners - 0nly on the Nuk Tessli days - 1 - 5.
Three - five float plane flights (Weather allowing).
15 passenger van for transportation.
Two bear tours.
One wildlife tour.
Two Ferry rides.
Cost does not include
Flights or other transportation to Nimpo Lake, BC (We would love to assist you with booking flights to Anahim Lake).
Tip to our guides etc.
Payment and cancellation policy
A 25% deposit is required to secure the reservation. $150 CAD of of this payment is non-refundable.
Full payment is due 60 days before the first day of the trip.
Cancellation 60 days or less before the first day of the trip will be forfeit.
Nuk Tessli Wilderness Experience is not responsible for any weather conditions affecting any flight schedules.