Camp Highlights

  • Explore one of BC's biggest but less well known parks.
  • Stay at historic cabins and have the freedom of day hikes in the area.
  • Catch a floatplane to access the remote cold fish lake.
  • Look out for caribou, lynx, bears, wolves and other wildlife.

Dates & price

  •  August 21st-28th 2020
  •  $2,795 + Tax

Tecnica supports our Trekking Program and we thank them for their assistance.

Experience Canadian Wilderness Away (a long way) from the Crowds

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness is one of the largest parks in BC and boasts a vast terrain of grassi plateaus, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife. The park is located 500km north of Smithers BC and is only easily assessable by float plane.

Our camp takes you to this remote wilderness where you can explore from the comfort of a cabin. The cabins were originally built in 1948 by a hunting outfitter and are on the lakeside of Cold Fish Lake where the group will fly into.

Let us take care of food, guiding and logistics so you can enjoy the quiet and remoteness that is Spatsizi. 

Camp Objectives

Our trip will begin with a float plane ride over the park to the old hunting cabins at Cold Fish Lake. This will be base camp for the rest of the trip. Your flights in and out of the park will give you an aerial view of the scenery. 

You can expect to see lots of wildlife and very few other people. Spatsizi Plateau is a Wilderness Park and all activity is monitored to keep the park in it's natural state. Some areas of the plateau are part of the range of the largest herd of woodland caribou in BC. The terrain was formed from volcanic activity and rivers that carved through the land. For this reason the terrain consists of grassi plateaus, snow capped peaks, lakes, rivers and water falls. Not all trails are regularily maintained so be prepared for an adventure. 

This area was originally the territory of the Tahltan First Nations. The name Spatsizi means "red goat". The area was given this name because the mountain goats in this area would role in the red dust (iron-oxide) of the hills, changing their white coats to red.

The trip will start in Smithers, BC. Daily flights are available from Vancouver (WestJet and Air Canada) 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 Air floatplane, and flown into Cold Fish Lake. Your guide will navigate you across the plateaus and around the park.

From there, you’ll be picked up by floatplane and taken back to Tatogga Lake. Because of unpredictable weather that might delay floatplane access or exit, we’ve planned a fairly relaxed itinerary for the trip.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

 

  • Aug 21st: Meet your guide Alison at 8pm at the Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers. Meet and greet and trip overview.
  • Aug 22nd: Drive to Tatogga Lake Resort. Divide food and group gear.
  • Aug 23rd: Take a float plane to Cold Fish Lake. Check out the cabins and go for an aftternoon hike if time permits.
  • Aug 24th: Pack a lunch and take in the views after climbing up the Spatsizi Plateau
  • Aug 25th: Danihue Pass Trail
  • Aug 26th: Icebox Canyon or Nation Peak
  • Aug 27th: Get pick up by the float plane and head back to Tatogga Lake Resort
  • Aug 28th: Drive back to Smithers. Camp ends or maybe a celebratory dinner with the group before parting ways?
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. However because the camp is based out of cabins and day hikes from there, only day packs will be needed to be carried each day

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 7. Pre- and post-camp accommodation is not included. Your group will stay in cabin accommodation at Tatogga Lake on night 1 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.

Adventure Map

more information

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • 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

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
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Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 7 days professional guiding throughout the camp by ACMG certified hiking guides
  • Flights into and out of Spatsizi Wilderness Area 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 Smithesr 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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