Our traverse will start at Little Ball Lake, cross the Spectrum Range to Little Arctic LAke and then onto Arctic Lake. Your flights in and out of the park will give you an aerial view of the scenery.
You can expect to thouroughly explore the rainbow colors of the Spectrum Range. The hike will let you get up close and personal with the volcanic landscapes, and take in the views of this unique region.
The area is rich in natural and cultural history. All of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is part of the traditional territory of the Tahltan peoples. First Nations in the area have used the obsidian glass found in the park for knives and arrowheads for thousands of years. Mt. Edziza, at 2,787m, is Canada’s second-highest stratovolcano. It’s arguably actually the highest volcano in Canada: Mt. Silverthrone is measured at 2,864m, but the glacier on top means that it’s difficult to calculate the actual height of the mountain. While the main volcano has been dormant for millions of years, more recent eruptions around it have dotted the plateau with numerous perfectly symmetrical cinder cones (like Eve’s Cone, Coffee Crater, and Cocoa Crater).
The trip will start in Smithers, BC. Daily flights are available from Vancouver and Calgary. Our camp staff will pick you up from the trip meeting location in a comfortable rental vehicle, and drive you north along the Cassiar highway to the Tatogga Lake Resort. From there, you’ll be picked up by an Alpine Lakes Air floatplane, and flown into Little Ball Lake. Your guide will navigate you across the plateau, through the Spectrum Range and onto Arctic Lake.
From there, you’ll be picked up by floatplane and taken back to TatoggaLake. Because of unpredictable weather that might delay floatplane access or exit, we’ve planned a fairly relaxed itinerary for the traverse. If all goes well, your group may have an extra day or two to explore the area’s culture and scenery.