What Triptoes Really Likes:
Nestled amongst the towering peaks of the Coast Range Mountains and in Great Bear Rainforest, is Canada’s historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Located in the Bella Coola Valley, the gateway to British Columbia’s largest protected park, this all-season family-friendly lodge provides a luxury base for a multiple of wilderness adventures including grizzly bear viewing, scenic river trips, heli-hiking, fjord trips and nature walks. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is remote yet easily accessed by air and makes an excellent addition to a family holiday in Canada.
The lodge is situated at the junction of the Atnarko, Talchako and Bella Coola Valleys. There is 600 metres of river frontage and stunning views of the aptly named Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Mellikan. It's an exceptional location and has been a favourite place for local First Nations people to camp and fish for thousands of years. The lodge property is also know as Stuie which means "nice place to rest" in the Nuxalk language. The main lodge building is the central location for guests to get together. There is a large living room and dining room with river rock fireplace; a sports bar with billiards table, games and satellite TV; a retail shop; and a guest media room with computer access and fax/telephone service. In addition, there is complimentary WiFi access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins. Each family has it's own private chalet or cabin. There are a total of 11 guest chalets on the property, accommodating between 2-4 people per chalet. Most of the chalets (except for the Hillary and Cougar) are built surrounding a giant central lawn and have excellent views and lots of privacy, guaranteeing a serene setting for your holiday. In addition to the main lodge and chalets there is also a 1,200 sq/ft spa building with yoga stretching room, weights and exer-cycles, massage rooms, showers and a 12 person covered outdoor hot tub overlooking the lawn and the coast range beyond. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is situated just off of Highway 20 about 63 kilometres east of the Bella Coola town site and 385 kilometres west of Williams Lake. This is the eastern end of the Bella Coola Valley and neighbours the dry Chilcotin Plateau. The high pressure air mass on the plateau influences the weather at the lodge creating a micro climate. The lodge area receives on average 70% less precipitation then what Environment Canada posts for the Bella Coola town site. Most of the time it's sunny at the lodge and on some occasions it's the warmest place in Canada. Grizzly Bear viewing is mid -August to October.
The Important Stuff:
After a big day in the outdoors, relax on the lodge deck to sip a drink before dinner, book a therapeutic massage, or enjoy one of the lodge's many amenities. For kids there is lots of room to play and run on the central lawn, a fishing pond and a 18 hole Frisbee golf course in the woods. In addition, there are lots of both outdoor and indoor games available, including Foosball, table hockey, and billiards.
Check-in Day: Any Day
Other Important Stuff:
Dining (Meals are extra unless as part of a meal plan package) All meals are served in the main dining room of the lodge. To compliment your meal there is a well stocked wine cellar with a special focus on New World wines from British Columbia's best vineyards. The chef will post the featured menu for that day in the morning. Due to the small and intimate size of our facility there is just the one set choice. However, care and attention are given to special dietary needs and preferences. Anybody with allergies, a unique diet, or a simple yearning for something not on the menu, please inform the chef at that time so an alternative meal can be arranged. Breakfast Breakfast includes your choice of items from a buffet cereal bar, locally made jams, jellies and marmalades, seasonal fruit, fresh baked items, juices, coffee, and a hot plate from the kitchen based on fresh farm eggs from our neighbours down the valley. Lunch Packed, picnic lunches are a favourite with our adventure clients busy and on the go exploring the valley. Lunches can include sandwiches, soup, energy bars, and fresh fruit. Of course, lunch can also be requested to be served in the dining room of the lodge. Dinner Dinner is the main meal of the day at the lodge and our chefs go all out to make something special every night. All meals incorporate locally grown, fresh organic produce, and herbs from the kitchen garden add fresh daily accents to each plate served. Seafood is also supplied locally and is caught wild in the waters off Bella Coola.
The chalet's vary in their configuration and the most suitable chalet for you will be matched to your booking subject to availability. Grizzly Cabin - California King sculptured bed, single bed in loft. Large walk-in shower. Loft Cabins (the Eagle, Black Bear, Bobcat, Coho, Caribou & Coyote) - Queen bed lower level, double + single beds in the loft. Bath/shower ensuite. Sleeps up to 4. Cougar Cabin - Large one room log cabin with sitting area. 2 Queen beds.Bathroom + shower. Hillary Cabin - Queen bed and bath/shower en suite. Owl & Fox Fisherman's Cabins - Full kitchens + bathrooms with showers. Fox: queen + bunk beds. Owl: queen + 2 single beds. Cabins are studios, sleeps 2 comfortably / 4 in a squeeze.
- Free Wi-Fi throughout all the chalets and the lodge
- Pool / billiards
- Foosball table
- Table hockey
- Gym – kick & boxing bag, weights & chin bar, stationary bikes, yoga balls & mats
- TV games (Wii)
- Table games – chess, cards & poker, backgammon, Trivia Pursuit
- Movies – big screen TV with surround-sound
- Books & literature
There are several adventure packages that are available to pre-book. These packages include your accommodation, your meals and planned guided activities. A popular 3/4/ or 5 night package for families, is the Tweedsmuir Explorer: Wildlife Rivers and More. Tweedsmuir Explorer: Wildlife Rivers and More Trip Highlights Luxury accommodation at the historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge in private chalets Hike and wander old growth forests looking for signs of wildlife Drift the scenic Atnarko River to fish or to simply enjoy the serene views and do some grizzly bear viewing! Drive the rugged Tote Road exploring old homesteads and trappers' cabins Learn about the region's First Nations cultures For more details of this trip or any other custom packages, please contact us at Triptoes.
Stuff for KidsTweedsmuir Park Lodge is fantastic for families and the lodge caters very well for children.
- Icelandic ponies also make their home at the lodge.
- There is a kids fishing pond with kid sized fishing rods.
- There is a large lawn and a big variety of lawn games.
- There is a games room with a pool table, archery, frisbee golf and more!
Things To Do
Outdoor & Active:
Wildlife & Grizzly Bear Viewing Platform - Spectacularly located on the banks of the pristine Atnarko River and only 200m from the lodge, the platform is for the exclusive use of our guests and affords fantastic views up and down the river where grizzly bears are often seen feeding on salmon in September and October. Spa - Large 12 person hot tub and first nations teepee sweat lodge Walks & Hikes - Old growth, scenic trails, both around the lodge property and at other points in the Valley Mountain Biking - We have a range of mountain bikes that guests may use for free. Recommended ride includes the Tote Road and for a minimal charge, we can organise a shuttle ride to the top of The Hill (the infamous Highway 20) Fishing - To increase your chances of catching a fish, we recommend hiring one of our knowledgeable, local guides. For more info, see our guided fly-fishing page. Note: we encourage "catch and release" and there is a minimal rental charge for rods and waders. Frisbee Golf Course - 18 holes, past the stables and into a beautiful old growth fir forest. Lawn Sports (croquet / bocce / soccer / football / frisbee / volleyball) Swimming - there are some classic swimming holes in the Atnarko River including a rope swing! Inner Tube Floating on the Atnarko River BC Parks "Belarko" Bear viewing stand (entrance by donation) Pond Fishing & casting practice (from dock, especially great for kids. We have kid rods available. There's small trout in the pond) Additional Cost Activities Grizzly Bear Viewing - Located in the Great Bear Rainforest, the award-wining tours enable guests to observe grizzlies from non-motorized, comfortable drift boats on the Atnarko river. In addition to the boats, the lodge is located very close to a Bear Viewing Platform run by BC Parks. This free-of-charge facility is only a 15 minute walk, or guests can use the free mountain bikes or a lodge member can do a drop off and pick up. Scenic River Drifts - As the McKenzie drift boats do not use a motor the silence offers the opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal (bears, eagles, fish, birds, wolves, deer etc) Heli Hiking - The lodge's helicopter adventures are designed to accommodate many different levels of fitness and interest. From short leisurely walks to long strenuous hikes, where even ropes may be needed, each hike has one goal in common. This goal is to expose guests to wild and beautiful places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Guided Fly Fishing - Drifting down the Atnarko in our McKenzie river boats, stop at all the best fishing holes along the way, fishing for King Salmon and Trout. Guided Nature Walks - Extraordinary walking tours in the Bella Coola Valley. From alpine to ocean, and old growth forest to volcano, these eco-escapes are ideal for all ages and abilities. Fjord Trips - Cruise the fjord and take in the magical scenery. Set prawn and crab traps, visit the ocean side hot springs, the giant cedar and the historic Tallheo Cannery. Valley Tours - Explore the local geography and the culture of the Nuxalk First Nations people. Stops can include the ancient petroglyphs, the harbour, and Walker Island Park…… Bird Watching - Warblers, Ptarmigans, Water Dippers, Bald Eagles, Hummingbirds, Owls, Falcons, Hawks and Kingfishers can be spotted in and around the lodge and park.
The lodge has its own restaurant. Meals are included in the adventure packages whilst a meal plan can be purchased. Please note the next nearest place to eat is a 45 minute drive from the lodge.
Closest City & Distance:
Vancouver is the closest city and is a 1 hour and 10 minute flight or 12-14 hour drive.
From Vancouver, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a 12-14 hour drive. Please contact us at Triptoes as we can arrange your itinerary with other suggested stops.