Duration: 9 nights/10 days
- Discover Vancouver from an insider’s perspective
- Explore the stunning landscapes of the Cariboo at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
- Experience a variety of exhilarating outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities
- Sleep in a cozy cabin by the sea at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort in the Great Bear Rainforest, one of BC’s newly protected wild areas
Day 1: Vancouver Exploration
Upon your arrival at the Vancouver International airport, a car and driver will be waiting to whisk you off to the Fairmont Pacific Rim. After settling in, you are perfectly positioned to walk the seawall or explore Gas Town, Chinatown, Coal Harbor, and the downtown core. And we will be happy to point you in the right direction of one of Vancouver’s hottest tables.
Days 2, 3, 4 & 5: Cariboo Wilderness Explorer
Set out the next morning with your car and driver for a glorious journey (five to six hours) up the Fraser Canyon to Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort. The scenery that unfolds as you depart Vancouver is a lesson in beauty: rolling hills give way to river valleys, culminating in a mountain bluff panorama. Fir, Pine, and Poplar trees sway and beckon to the resort’s secluded site. Upon arrival, Allyson and her team offer a warm welcome. Settle in and soak up the serene surroundings. Your first night’s meal will be one of many amazing culinary experiences, highlighting local ingredients and gourmet country cuisine.
Over the next four days explore 80,000 acres of open range with professional Siwash guides. The Wilderness Explorer Program is bound to please all! The best horse riding in Canada, hiking, kayaking, yoga, canoeing, SUPing fishing, shooting, archery, swimming in local lakes, rivers and waterfalls, foraging tours and excursions in the local area are all on the roster. Or perhaps simply enjoy some personal ‘time out’ with a massage.
Meals while at Siwash: B, L, D
Days 6, 7, 8 & 9: Find Yourself at Nimmo
Say good-bye to Siwash and board your seaplane to the wild playground of Nimmo Bay that is the Great Bear Rainforest. Weave the waters of the Broughton Archipelago, discovering all the mysteries that lie above and below. Based on the unique desires of every group, the adventure is a fluid, ever-changing journey. We provide our guests with a wide variety of activities, all focused on highlighting this glorious region. Adventurous guests have the chance to go paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking in remote locations surrounded by wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery. Or, sit back in the comfort of our fully enclosed boat. You’ll be surprised at the multitude of cultural experiences available on this wilderness and wildlife retreat, offering the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the area and its deep spiritual ties to it’s people.
Lunch is always a gourmet picnic, served in a spectacular location: an isolated beach, next to a waterfall, or on board our vessel watching breaching whales and jumping dolphins. We strive to make it a special part of the day! For dinner, be prepared to indulge in a four-course meal back at the lodge. Nimmo features local fresh coastal cuisine, tailored to your needs by our creative culinary team. Finish your evenings wrapped up in warm blankets, listening to the snap and crackle of the fire. Star gaze as you share in music and stories on our floating fire dock.
Meals while at Nimmo: B, L, D
Day 10: Good-bye Great Bear!
After a final full day of activities at Nimmo you will hear the hum of your seaplane ready to whisk you to the Port Hardy airport and then onto Vancouver.
This is a sample itinerary idea. Pricing depends upon seasonality, number of people in your party, and other inclusions. A low season estimate price (excluding taxes and service fees) for a couple is $16,600 CAD per person; for a family of four this estimate is $14,700 CAD per adult and $11,200 CAD per child under 12.
- 1 night in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
- 4 nights at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort (all activities in the Wilderness Explorer Program, all meals, all wine and spirits)
- 4 nights at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (all activities in the Wilderness & Wildlife Program, all meals, all wine and spirits)
- All Vancouver transfers
- Transfer in a luxury SUV up to Siwash (6 hours drive)
- Private seaplane transfer between Siwash and Nimmo
- Seaplane transfer from Nimmo to Port Hardy
- Flights from Port Hardy back to Vancouver
What’s Not Included?
- Fishing licenses
- Helicopter excursions
- Lodge gratuities
- Government taxes