Camp Highlights

  • Trek one of Canada's out-of-the-way natural wonders
  • Visit the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Edziza Provincial Park
  • Escape the crowds on your own floatplane flight
  • Let us take care of all the logistics

Dates & price

  •  Aug 13-21, 2020
  • $2,850 + Tax / Person

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Let us Help you Escape the Crowds on this Off-Trail, Floatplane-Accessed Backpacking Adventure

Attention backcountry hiking, photography and geology enthusiasts! We’re planning a hiking trip to Mt. Edziza Provincial Park in northern British Columbia for summer 2019. Check out our photo gallery below to see why we’re so excited about this trip! 

If the wild landscapes in Mt. Edziza Provincial Park were more accessible, they would see thousands of visitors snapping Instagram shots every year. As it is, very few groups make it in to the area due to the difficulty of logistics and access. Be prepared to see very few (if any) other groups. 

This floatplane-accessed trek through remote Mt. Edziza Provincial park is a chance to explore one of Canada’s remote wilderness areas. We take care of all of the vehicle rental, the flights into and out of the park, the guides and navigation, and the food. The majority of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is only accessible by floatplane. 

Trek with us through true Canadian wilderness in the summer of 2019!

Camp Objectives

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.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet at 7PM in Smithers, BC;meet and greet and go over gear.
  • Day 2: Get picked up by the guide in a rental vehicle and drive north on the Cassair highway to Tatogga Lake Resort.
  • Day 3: Travel by float plane to Little Ball Lake, short hike to explore area and set up camp for the night. 
  • Day 4: Day hike from camp to get a view of the bright colours of the Spectrum Range.
  • Day 5: Pack up camp and travel west over a pass to Little Arctic Lake.
  • Day 6: Day hike to explore the area around Little Arctic Lake.
  • Day 7: Pack up camp and head south to Arctic Lake.
  • Day 8: Get picked up by floatplane and fly back to Tatogga Lake Resort.
  • Day 9: Drive from Tatogga Lake back to Smithers. Camp ends.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

The trip will be at a moderate pace to allow for photography and potential side trips. Participants will need to be experienced hikers, and have a good grasp of clothing and gear systems. Expect to carry some group gear and food in addition to your personal gear: you will need to be fit enough to carry a 50-60lb pack for several hours each day. Some days will be day hikes from a camp so your shoulders will have a break from the overnight bags but you will still need to cover some distance on the days you move camp.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

All backpacking food on this trip is included. There will be a mix of lightweight but nutritious backpacking meals and snacks to keep you properly fuelled and hydrated for your adventure. All of our food is provided by specialized backcountry caterers based out of the Bow Valley. All front-country food and restaurant meals are participants' responsibility. Please budget approximately an extra $150-$250 for meals on day 1 and day 10. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

All accommodation on this camp is included, from the night of Day 1 up to and including the night of Day 9. Pre- and post-camp accommodation is not included. Your group will stay in cabin accommodation at Tatogga Lake on night 2 and night 7 nd in tents for the backpacking portion of the trip. All accommoadation is double-occupancy. 

Guiding

This camp is guided by an ACMG hiking guide. There is a maximum group size of 6 participants keeping the group small and intimate.

  • "As the float plane left us alone, we felt the elation of having arrived in a vast wilderness without an escape route; a world of self-reliance and trust in each other."
  • “...astounded by Mt. Edziza, the "Ice Mountain", admiring near perfect volcanic cinder cones.”
  • “Mountains in every shade of gold were capped by pristine snowfields.”
- Edziza trip report from Spring 2017 Gazette -

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  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

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Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 8.5 days professional guiding throughout the camp by ACMG certified hiking guides
  • Flights into and out of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park
  • 2 nights accommodation at Tatogga Lake Resort
  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Group backpacking meals
  • All tents, stove and other group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Smithers (direct flights available from Vancouver)
  • Front-country meals in Smithers and Tatogga Lake Resort
  • Pre and post camp accommodation in Smithers
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Alison Cardinal

Alison moved to Canmore from Northern Ireland, and has spent a lot of time hill walking in the rain in Scotland as well as climbing and skiing in Chamonix, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and Kenya. She is a certified backpacking guide and apprentice ski guide certified through the ACMG. Alison is an active trip leader with the Rocky Mountain Section and the National office.


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