Duration: 7 days
Level: Easy to Moderate
Min Group Size: 2
Max Group Size: 8
Price: $1996 CAD + tax
Departs From: Vancouver
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- All transport from pick up at your hotel in Whistler to drop off at the end of your tour
- Two nights accommodation at Stuart's Lodge
- All camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, headlamp, eating utensils, etc.)
- All meals when canoeing
- Soft beverages during car journeys
- All park permits and fees
What's Not Included
- Meals during transportation
- Meals while at Stuart's Lodge
- Appropriate clothing and footwear
Turner Lakes Canoe Chain
Canoeing is as Canadian as things come and a really great way to experience the great Canadian outdoors. What makes it so special? Well, compared to hiking it can be quite luxurious. Canoes are capable of carrying very heavy loads so luxuries and bigger, heavier gear can be brought with you. What does this translate to for a trip? Bigger tents, more luxurious sleeping mats, lanterns, double burner stoves and more, much more, food.
Though British Columbia is perhaps not as replete with great multi-day canoe journeys as the central and eastern provinces (too mountainous, too much white water) there are still some superb trips to be had with a little effort. King amongst these is probably the Bowron Lake Circuit but equally as beautiful and much less busy is our favourite, the Turner Lakes Chain. A good long drive from Vancouver and fly-in fly-out makes this remakably quiet for such great visual rewards.
Please bear in mind that this is a wilderness trip and the itinerary is only a suggestion and not set in stone.
DAY ONE - We depart from Whistler at 8am to drive to Nimpo Lake where we will overnight at Stuart's Lodge.
DAY TWO - After breakfast at Stuart's Lodge we will fly in to Turner Lake to begin our canoe adventure. Before landing though we will circle in the floatplane around Hunlen Falls so that we get the best, most unadulterated views of one of BC's top 5 waterfalls which is definitely best seen from the air.
After landing we will collect our canoes, load up and begin paddling down Turner Lake to make camp in the late afternoon and enjoy some relaxation time before a hearty dinner. Firewood is provided at all the campsites so you can stay up late if you like and tell tall stories around a roaring fire. Yes, marshmallows are included.
DAY THREE TO DAY FIVE - There are seven lakes in the chain and, depending upon the wishes and strength of the group we will tailor the itinerary to find something to suit everyone. Some may want to get to the farthest point on the chain before returning, some may prefer a more leisurely time paddling around, swimming and taking photographs. There are also hiking trail to be taken should anyone wish to get out of the canoes and back on dry land for a while.
DAY SIX - Returning to Tweedsmuir Air's base camp on Turner Lake in the afternoon we will have time to make one last visit to the viewing area for Hunlen Falls to see if that perfect photo can be captured. Then we fly back to Stuart's Lodge for dinner and a well earned shower.
DAY SEVEN - Leaving Stuart's Lodge after breakfast we will drive back to Whistler where we should arrive by late afternoon or early evening.
Chances of seeing:
- Black Bears - possible
- Grizzly Bears - possible
- Wolves - possible
- Cougars - less likely
- Deer - possible
Please see our FAQs page for an explanation of these ratings.