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The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort –  Chilko Lake, British Columbia

The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort – Chilko Lake, British Columbia


Parents will do almost anything to improve the lives of their children, but many times don’t know what to do. The Huston’s have a strong opinion about something that benefits all children and adults: Connecting with nature at the highest level possible. The Hustons own the Chilko Experience, located in the wilderness of southern British Columbia.  It’s a very special place. In the late 70’s, Phil discovered BC and never forgot it. In 2000, they bought an old guest ranch as a summer place for their family. In 2002, a five-year build project began that resulted in a seven home $10M estate for the use of friends and family.  With their family grown, the Hustons recently opened their estate to the public.   The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort offers rustic comfort in British Columbia’s vast Chilcotin region, near the crystal waters of Chilko Lake.

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The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort

Their location is on a five million acre pristine wilderness tract so vast it defies most people’s sense of size. Most think a 10,000 acre ranch is pretty large. Now combine 5,000 of them and you’ve got the right size. Phil Huston says he is often asked their exact location and he has come up with a standard answer that most can understand.

“We are 200 miles from the nearest grocery store and cell tower, 50 miles from a post office and 40 miles to the power grid, but at night you can touch the stars. The vastness and purity of the area will overwhelm your senses upon arrival.”

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 Stay in a Luxurious Log Cabin Home

The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort offers rustic accommodations with your choice of three log  and three timber frame homes to stay in.   Your stays are all-inclusive, lodging in a log or timber frame home, chef prepared meals, an open bar and include all guided activities.

Main House

The main house is a 4,000 SF structure which is the hub of operations.  It’s the dining and social center and contains three guest rooms.  The 800 square foot master suite is located on the top floor and features a canopy bed constructed from 600-year-old juniper logs. The lower floor has two bedrooms each with a bath and a king-sized bed.  It’s perfect for large family gatherings.
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Carl’s House

Carl’s House is two bedroom/two baths timber frame.  It offers two king-size beds, and one single and can sleep up to five guest.

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Tower House

The Tower House is 2500 square feet of space with a one bedroom loft and 1 1/2 baths.  It is the owners, Phil and Anne’s custom home, and available for seven night bookings at an upcharge.

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Bryan’s House

The Bryan’s House log home offers two bedrooms and one bath.  It has a queen bed in the downstairs bedroom, and bunk beds upstairs in the second room.  It can sleep up to four guest.

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Annie’s Tea House

Annie’s Tea house log home is perfect for a couple.  It comes with one bedroom and one and a half bath.

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Bunk House

The Bunk House is a timber frame home ideal for families traveling with young  kids.  It comes with three double beds and one king.  It can easily sleep five.  Often families with “older” kids will house them in the bunkhouse while mom and dad enjoy their alone time is a seperate home.  Teenagers also prefer the arrangement.   The Chilko Experience has flexibility to house all families comfortably regardless of size or age.

The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort

Huston observes, “I have had a unique opportunity to observe what few others have. As a father and someone who has spent 17 summers in the BC wilderness and hosted 1,000 plus guests, this is what I know. Exposure to nature at its highest level makes better kids and families. Disneyland is fun, but that is all it is. A bit like cotton candy- fluffy, but hollow. Take the same 10 year old and teach him how to catch his first fish, ride a horse, hike a mountain trail, watch salmon spawn and eagles soar and that experience has substance”

Chilko is a special place like no other. It has snowcapped mountains with 10,000 year old glaciers forming rushing streams that feed blue rivers so pure, all locals drink from them. Chilko Lake is the largest alpine lake in North America. It’s 50 miles long and so beautiful, making Tahoe look like a mud puddle. The outflowing Chilko River has world-class fly fishing and was named Outside Magazine’s ‘2014 Top White Water River in the World’. In the fall, a million Sockeye journey up the Chilko River to spawn and dozens of grizzly bears come to its banks to dine before winter. Photographers from around the world come for this event. Surround this with millions of Aspens turning bright fall colors and you have something wonderful. In short, Chilko is the Augusta National of nature.

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Meals Prepared by Chefs

Make sure to bring your appetite because they offer three chef prepared meals daily in the main house. Lunches are sometimes packed depending on the day’s activities. Breakfast would make a lumberjack smile with a full buffet breakfast awaiting you each morning. Dinner is usually fresh and local. Wild BC salmon, halibut, or prawns from nearby Bella Coola are favorites. Local ranches provide beef and fowl. Pastas, curries, and other ethnic dishes appear. Special dietary requests are easily handled.

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Activities On The Property

Guest can explore the length of Chilko Lake on a warm sunny day by cabin cruiser, with stops at points of interest, test the fishing and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Experiencing nature at its highest level changes people. It inspires and humbles at the same time. We realize man is not as significant as he thinks he is. The ‘How’ of this experience is important. We experience nature by doing cool things in the middle of it,” says Huston.

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Guests enjoy both four-legged and four-wheel touring. Horseback trail riding to a hidden mountain top fossil bed takes a full day, but is well worth the effort. Chilko also has 500 miles of backwoods to explore by ATVs- probably the favorite guest activity. Some teens forget they have legs, but find them for a hike up Tulin mountain.

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There is lots to do on the water. Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboards, and swimming are all options. Everyone loves Chilcotin darts. It’s a competition course where guests learn how to throw Viking axes at wooden targets. A few minutes of instruction is all that is required. There is something fun for everyone to do every day, regardless of age or experience. When the activities are done it’s time to go back and ‘rough it’ at the “Four Seasons,” as one guest called the Chilko Experience.

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Huston believes sleeping in a tent is over rated and hasn’t done so in decades. “I enjoy my wilderness adventures in four to eight hour increments,” says Huston.

“Then, I like returning to a hot shower, a soft bed, a good drink, a chef prepared meal and interesting company. Most guests do, also. Generally this is difficult at most facilities, due to transit time to and from activities, but not here.”

The staff and owners accommodate every taste and accompany you on many adventures. You certainly won’t be bored at Chilko.

Huston says, “The Chilko Experience does three things exceptionally well that makes me proud. Our architecture is world class: no tents here. Our location is a pristine 5M acre wilderness tract in southern BC. Travel is shorter and the season longer, drier and sunnier than Alaska. There are no lines, tour buses or cruise ships for hundreds of miles. Lastly, guided activities are absolutely essential to defining the experience. Hands on, laugh your tail off real fun is what we do. Boots on the ground, paddles in the water, fish on the line, sights seen by few- are what we have. Doing fun things in the middle of beautiful scenery is the ultimate way to encounter nature. Add family and friends and it just does not get any better. As a result, we make better kids and families.”

The hospitality of Phil and Anne, the excellent cuisine, the refinement of the rooms, and the pleasant evenings under the stars, make the lodge unique and the experience unforgettable.

So book your log cabin early because they book up fast for the season (June – September)!


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To Inquire about availability and rates at The Chilko Experience, British Columbia’s Exclusive Wilderness Resort, by email at or phone 1-888-865-7136 or completing the form on their website:

Travel Options to The Chilko Experience:

Option 1: Fly commercial into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and take a sixty minute charter flight directly to Chilko. Land transportation to Chilko Experience provided.

Option 2: Fly commercial into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Then fly commercial into Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada.  Land transportation from Williams Lake to the Chilko Experience is three hours by vehicle.  National is the only rental agency at the Williams Lake airport.

Option 3: Drive to The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort. We are a 3 hour drive from Williams Lake, 10 hour drive from Vancouver, or a 5 hour drive from Bella Coola, BC, Canada. The final stretch of road is gravel so a 4WD vehicle is recommended, but not necessary.


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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Brianna
    March 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    This looks like an amazing getaway. My husband would enjoy this property immensely!

    • Carmen
      March 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      They have everything on the site that you need. I especially like all the activities available for the kids. Plenty to keep you busy all day.

  2. Emily
    March 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I have spent time up here over 6-7ish summers since my Uncle Phil has owned this place through my childhood, teens, and now adulthood and I can honestly say that I would chose this over any beach, resort, or vacation hotspot you could show me! I discover something new every time I’m there and I can’t wait to be back there this year!

    • Carmen
      March 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Emily, I can see why it was such a special place for you growing up. My kids love everything about the outdoors, and especially somewhere they can drive an ATV. 🙂

  3. Voyager
    March 12, 2016 at 12:05 am

    This place looks wonderful, straight out of a fairy tale. The cabins look so immaculate and perfect, looks like an idyllic place to catch some rest.

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

      It’s certainly a place to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors.

  4. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers
    March 12, 2016 at 12:50 am

    What an incredible place, I love the log cabins especially the Tower house, it looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale! We love to get close to nature but also like a little bit of comfort so this would be a perfect spot for us.

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      My kids would probably pick the tower house for them to stay in. I’m sure the view from the tower is spectacular.

  5. Mariaabroad
    March 12, 2016 at 1:45 am

    What an amazing place. I can see myself making memories with my family there, enjoying the scenery and outdoor activities and then getting pampered by the chefs with a delightful meal.

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I’m all for staying in a log cabin home and not having to worry about cooking for the family.

  6. carla
    March 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Ok I want that canopy bed! I think I wont be able to get up at all. BTW awesome photos.

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Something about sleeping in a log cabin in a canopy bed makes it even more special.

  7. Mar Pages
    March 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    This looks perfect. It looks like photos from a history book, but better! Waking up to lakes and mountains have to be one of the best things to experience, especially with food prepared at amazingly as that!

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      It’s a beautiful property surrounded with spectacular views of the mountains, and lake. I really like that they take care of everything for you.

  8. bc21578
    March 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Carmen, I love how u included the map!

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      I think it’s important for people to see where the property is located and the distance to the nearest airport.

  9. Patricia - Ze Wandering Frogs
    March 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    wow, this is a fantastic place! I think I could move there right now. Our kind of scenery, house is gorgeous…

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      I’m not much of a nature person, but it’s a great place to go and spend a family vacation for a week.

  10. Cassie @ Cass Travels
    March 13, 2016 at 5:25 am

    This looks like such a dream! I grew up in Alberta and miss seeing stuff like this so much!

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I haven’t been to Alberta but I hear it’s very nice too. We really loved being in Canada. The air is so fresh and the people really care about keeping everything so clean.

  11. Holly
    March 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    The fact that it sits somewhere on that 5 million acres of land is crazy within itself. Just wow. Looks really nice and the views and scenery are something else!

    • Carmen
      March 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      The good thing is you don’t have to worry about your neighbors because you’re on your own property for miles on end.

  12. Darlene
    March 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, luxury indeed! Straight out from a dream. Looking at the pictures, it makes you want to never go home and just stay there. What a beautiful view outside too.

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Each cabin is unique in style and they all have great views of the lake.

  13. Natalie Deduck
    March 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    WOW!! What a stunning place!
    I was imagining how amazing the nights there must be. The clear sky full of starts and the silence…
    I´m sure a week there surrounded by nature is the solution we need for our daily life stress. The activities sounds fun too, I would love to go kayaking all day and only go back to the cabin for a delicious dinner 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Nothing like looking up into the sky filled with stars at night in the middle of nothing, and enjoying the nature all around you.

  14. Aileen Adalid
    March 14, 2016 at 12:30 am

    WOW. I’ve actually never stayed in a cabin before so this is an adventure that I’d love to experience. Thanks for sharing yours — now I badly want to have something similar haha

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      They have seven log cabin homes to choose from Each of them is unique in style and great for a vacation getaway.

  15. antonette
    March 14, 2016 at 1:41 am

    This is one of the regions in BC I’d love to visit one day. I sell trips to Canada for work and unfortunately somehow never got around to heading out here. The Chilcotin region is quite popular with the Dutch as well and I can totally see why they would love to stay in a beautiful place like this 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      It would be hard for anybody not to want travel here, once you go you will fall in love with the place.

  16. Danielle Des
    March 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    These cabins look so homey! I’ve never stayed in a cabin before and these look luxurious. The views looks spectacular as well.

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 14, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I’ve stayed in a few log cabins homes before, and its a unique experience. My favorite time is when the sun starts to set while sitting in front of the fire place.

  17. Faith
    January 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    B.C at the best of times is an incredible experience but I so want to stay in that little tiny cottage Annie’s Tea House I can just imagine this place in the quiet of winter with the beautiful snow coating everything and a roaring fire…heaven

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 17, 2017 at 8:35 am

      It’s definitely a winter wonderland with beautiful scenery in all directions.

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