The Chilcotin Coast Experience

Looking for a complete vacation in the Chilcotin-Coast?  Experience the best of it by visiting four unique resorts, set in four diverse landscapes, with terrific wilderness experiences.  All at an affordable price.  Let us help you plan your vacation in the amazing Chilcotin-Coast!

Sometimes called The Last Frontier for its unique beauty and diverse ecosystems, the Chilcotin-Coast region is one of the most dramatic expanses of wilderness to be found anywhere in North America.  Comprised of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Chilcotin Ark - two of the most spectacular and unspoiled wilderness areas of their kind - the 456 kilometers of Highway 20 provide easy access to this prime vacation area.

Eagle's Nest Resort is proud to be associated with these unique resorts.  Below are some highlights:

Highway 20 map

The West Chilcotin

Eagle's Nest Resort is located in the West Chilcotin - where the plateau meets the Coast Mountains.  Here are some things to do that will ensure that you get the most out of this spectacular wilderness area:
Wildflowers on trail
  • Explore Anahim Lake by canoe from the resort to see pelicans, beaver lodges, and much more.
  • Watch the birds!  Eagle's Nest is located on a major migration route, and many birdwatchers have called it the highlight of their birdwatching tour.
Or you can just relax in our Guest Garden with a drink.

Spectacular Floatplane Tours & Fly-in Hiking

Relax at Eagle's Nest and fly to the mountaintops in these one-of-a-kind wilderness experiences!

Hunlen FallsTurner LakeTurner Lake and Hunlen Falls

Situated at the top of a huge escarpment, Turner Lake in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.  At the end of the lake is Hunlen Falls, the third highest free falling waterfall in Canada, tumbling  more than 1,300 feet to Lonesome Lake far below. 

A "flightseeing" tour gives you an opportunity to view the falls, with the option of landing on Turner Lake to hike to the edge of the falls.  Or you can do the hike as a stand-alone fly-in adventure (see pricing below).  There are two short hikes that begin where the float-plane drops you off, each providing magnificent views and an opportunity to experience the awesome grandeur of the falls.

For an independent travel writer's experience of the falls, click here.

Monarch Icefields

Monarch Icefields

At the top of the Pacific Coast Mountain Range, only minutes by air from Eagle's Nest Resort, are the Monarch Icefields.  These are the largest icefields in North America outside of the Arctic Circle, and an amazing sight considering that they are so close to the beautiful summer weather you left behind at Anahim Lake.

Fly between massive mountain peaks and see rivers of glacier tumble down the mountainside like a giant roadway.  It is an experience you won't soon forget.

Rainbow Mtns
The Rainbow Mountains

The Rainbows are very old volcanic mountains, very heavily mineralized, and so colourful they were known by the early indiginous people as the Painted Mountains or the "mountains that bleed".  The red, orange, yellow and even white rocks form brilliant patterns and slide areas that are truly beautiful as you fly beside them. 

See this travel writer's description of these amazing mountains.

Monarch Icefields in Beaver
Flightseeing Tours & Fly-In Hikes

See these sights from the air in a legendary Beaver or classic Cessna floatplane.  Tours can view any or all of the Rainbow Mountains, Hunlen Falls, and Monarch Ice Fields. This unique experience is not to be missed!

Flightseeing Tour:  to all three sights is about 1 1/4 hours in length, and costs about $250 per person (4 people sharing), or $300 per person (2 people sharing).  Hunlen Falls stopover extra.  Custom tours available.

Fly-In Hunlen Falls Hike:  From $250 per person (2 people sharing).

Eagle's Nest can help arrange your tour along with your stay. Just ask us!


The Charlotte AlplandsNuk Tessli

Nuk Tessli Resort is a fly-in lodge located in the spectacular Charlotte Alplands, a completely unspoiled plateau that rolls across the tops of the Coast Mountain Range.  It is on the shores of beautiful Whitton Lake at 1,500 meters altitiude - there is no road access. 

In the surrounding area wildflowers blanket the hillsides, small sub-alpine fir nestle around crystal clear lakes, while caribou and mountain goat roam freely.  The Alplands have the highest concentration of alpine lakes in British Columbia.  It is a pristine wilderness like none other, and a hiking paradise.

Spend a few days to experience this unspoiled paradise, or if you only have a single day to spare, try a fly-in guided hike at Nuk Tessli for a day. Click here for details. 

Discover more about Nuk Tessli at their website, and make it part of your vacation plans.



The Chilcotin Grasslands

The eastern part of the Chilcotin Plateau is famous for its grasslands, deep canyons, sand dunes, and Bighorn Sheep. It is unlike anything else in the region. Enjoy this amazing part of the Chilcotin-Coast while staying at the historic Chilcotin Lodge

Chilcotin LodgeYour hosts Brenda, Kurt, and Kris will welcome you to this charming and unique frontier hotel -  with comfortable rooms and delicious meals.

Chilcotin Lodge is located just 1/2 hour outside of Williams Lake along Highway 20 - the perfect spot to begin or end your Chilcotin-Coast holiday!
Bighorn Sheep
From the lodge you have easy access to Farwell Canyon, with its desert-like atmosphere of sand dunes and hoodoos, with the beautiful Chilcotin River carving a path through the middle of it.  Take a river rafting trip if you like!

Or wander through beautiful Junction Sheep Range Park, a sculpted landscape of near-extinct desert grasslands and deeply eroded gullies at the junction of the Fraser and Chilclotin Rivers, home to a signicant herd of wild California Bighorn Sheep.

See more about Chilcotin Lodge at their website.


Bella Coola Valley and the Great Bear Rainforest

From the Chilcotin Plateau, drop down 5,000 feet to the floor of the Bella Coola Valley!  This is the centre of the area now known as the Great Bear Rainforest.  Get the most out of your stay with a tour from Bella Coola Grizzly Tours.  Your host Leonard Ellis offers modern cabin accommodation and terrific day tours that will make your trip to the Bella Coola Valley a memorable experience.

Take a day trip up some of the longest glacial fjords in the world onboard the 42-foot MV Nekhani. This voyage through the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest will visit wilderness hotsprings and First Nations pictrographs, search out some of the abundant wildlife, with a delicious seafood lunch!

The spectacular scenery of the Discovery Coast is worth the trip all by itself.  Leonard has been guiding people on these waters for over 30 years, and is a knowledgable and charming host.

Or choose a land tour by bus to view magnificent scenery, ancient petroglyphs, the giant red cedars of the rainforest, and perhaps wildlife like grizzly bears and eagles.

To make Bella Coola Grizzly Tours part of your vacation, see their website and let Leonard show you the best of the Bella Coola Valley.


There is so much to enjoy in the spectacular Chilcotin-Coast!

We look forward to serving you.



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