“GET READY TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND LEAST EXPLORED REGIONS”
Float plane transport from Whistler to Sky Camp.
Fully supported trip with cozy accomodations.
FLY INTO OUR REMOTE MOUNTAIN ECOLODGE.
Fly in to our remote mountain eco-lodge for comfort, exploration & serenity. Each day our camp’s expert guides lead you on inspiring adventures. At night, retire to your private Safari-style luxury wall tent with lake filled views and delight in the spectacular northern lights from your personal deck or snuggle into your hand hewn log bed outfitted with a cozy duvet and plump pillows.
The Perfect trip for Family Reunions, Friend Retreats and personalized travel!
In addition to our guided adventures, each day you will have time to explore on your own or relax near camp. This trip is perfect whether you are simply yearning to recharge your batteries or undertake a monumental adventure challenge like summiting an unnamed snow-capped peak
The Day-to-Day Plan
BC Island Hopping by Bike
Day One - Vancouver to Whistler
Meet your guides in the lobby of the Blue Horizon Hotel in Vancouver. We will drive through scenic Stanley Park, over the Lion’s Gate Bridge and through posh West Vancouver. We will then head north along the rugged coastline of Howe Sound, stopping for a short hike to the foot of 1200 ft. Shannon Falls. From here, we ascend into the mountains and arrive in Whistler by 3:30pm. This mountain town has developed into an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca, with miles of wilderness hiking and biking accessible from your hotel After checking into the intimate Legends Lodge, you are free to explore Whistler Village and also obtain fishing licenses. Arbutus Routes will provide bicycles for those that want to explore the entire valley. This evening, attend a casual group dinner in the village. Overnight at the Legends Lodge
Day Two - Fly to Sky Camp and hike to heavenly knolls
Enjoy breakfast in the village before the short 5-minute drive to the floatplane dock. Here, overlooking Green Lake, snow-capped Wedge Mountain and Armchair Glacier, you will see our private floatplane arrive to whisk us into the most pristine backcountry in North America – Sky Camp on Crystal Lake. Shortly after arrival, our Sky Camp host will provide a tour and orientation to learn about our home for the next few days. After we have had an opportunity to settle into our safari style tents, we will hike to the Heavenly Knolls. After a brief safety orientation and canoe operation overview, the hike begins with a short canoe/kayak ride across the lake to the beginning of today’s trail. We will hike to the summit of Heavenly Knoll and across a series of ridges consisting of rounded exposed granite. Upon arrival back at base camp, you can choose to relax in the wood-fired sauna or continue paddling around the lake while your guides prepare tonight’s dinner
Day Three - Adventure and Relaxation
Awaken to the call of the resident loons and eagles and prepare for the day’s events with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy the magic of the quiet tranquility as you take a walk along the shoreline or push off in a canoe or kayak and glide through mist on the glassy morning lake surface. After breakfast, we will hike to The Lord’s River. This is an 8-mile, round-trip hike through newly-made trails and paths in the woods. Eventually, we make our way to a granite outcropping above the Lord’s River. Here, lunch will be served while we relax at the foot of the 10,000 ft. snow-capped peaks rising abruptly from the river’s edge. The return hike includes a short detour to a waterfall, plus a beautiful pond where we frequently see moose feeding in the shallows.
Day Four - Hike to No Moose canyon falls
Another peaceful morning begins with freshly brewed coffee awaiting in the Sky Camp Lodge. Mornings are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, or fishing when the lake is calm, quiet, and crystal clear. Fish from the dock, belly boats, from shore or from one of our kayaks or canoes. You may bring your own rod and tackle or use some of the camp gear. After breakfast, we will have an opportunity to work off our meal with a hike to No Moose Canyon Falls. Today’s hike will bring us down to the South end of the lake before venturing up to a dramatic canyon with waterfalls pouring down from the glaciers above. Our hike showcases grand views of the area as we look west to the Coast Mountains and east into the Chilcotins for an incredible diverse view. Return to camp for a lakeside sauna visit and a glass of wine as the sun dips behind the mountains.
Day Five - Hike to ponds of youth
After another amazing breakfast, we will hike north of Sky Camp and Crystal Lake to a valley with amazing crystal clear ponds. Before the afternoon breeze picks up, these shallow, strange and picturesque ponds have such clear water that they appear to have no water in them at all. They are a great place to see moose wading in the shallow water. We will have lunch on the trail. Adventurous group members may continue on to a long sandy beach where the glacial Lord’s River enters enormous Taseko Lake, one of the longest lakes in British Columbia. It is home to traditional territories of the Xeni Gwet’in, or Nemiah people, of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. One-quarter of the famous Fraser River salmon are born here. After returning to camp, you can choose to relax in the Lodge, paddle around the lake in a canoe or kayak, or take one of the camp’s mountain bikes out on the newly developed trails. These clean and newly made trails have been cleared of branches and debris for your enjoyment!
Day Six - Fly back to Whistler
Relish in your last morning relaxing in our wood-fired sauna, enjoying a final hike or last paddle beneath the peaks. In the afternoon, it is time to return over the mountains and back to civilization. We will enjoy a celebratory lunch in the village on the patio of lively Milestones restaurant, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Following lunch, we will shuttle back to Vancouver and arrive at the Blue Horizon Hotel between 5:00pm – 7:00pm. (Hotel is not included this evening.)
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Frequently asked Questions
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Arrival & Departure Information
Airfare is not included in the cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. We recommend your airline flights be scheduled to arrive the day prior to your trip start date and depart the day after your last trip date. Flights can be booked to arrive and depart from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Vancouver or Victoria International Airport, British Columbia. Before purchasing your ticket(s), please check with our office first to insure that your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. Arbutus Routes cannot be responsible for penalty fees or additional airfare costs as a result of trip cancellations or changes to tour itineraries.
All itineraries start from Victoria, BC unless otherwise requested.
You will return to Victoria between 2:30pm and 3:30pm on the last day of your trip. Please do not schedule return flights before 5:00pm, as we can always be delayed on the ferries. If you must schedule a flight out earlier than specified, please notify our office and we will do what we can to accommodate and assist you in getting to the airport on time. We can always help with planning if unsure of how to best structure your arrival and departures into the area.
What if I'm a single Traveler?
All trip prices are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement of $450.00. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate of the same sex if one is available.
What if I have medical needs?
If you have any physical or psychological medical conditions, it is very important you let us know well before departure by filling in the appropriate spaces in the medical information portion on your personal information form. Trip leaders have the right to deny participation to anyone at any time during the trip if they feel the trip member is mentally or physically incapable of continuing and/or if a trip member’s continued participation jeopardizes the group’s or his/her own safety. Under either of these circumstances, refunds are not given.
All guides carry a basic first aid kit for emergencies. Please be aware that hospital facilities for serious medical problems may at times be a long way away, that a doctor may not always be available, and that evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. Your guides do not carry prescription medications, and no refunds are given if you have to leave the trip.
I have my own pedals and shoes?
You’ll always be more comfortable on your own setup, pedal tension can be a very personal setting. The bikes come equipped with Flat pedals or SPD clip ins. We do not rent cycling shoes but we do sell a range of Giro mountain bike shoes and other pedals in store.