South Chilcotin Mountains
We operate from our home-base at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa; set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake this beautiful, luxury wilderness resort is located approximately 5 hours by car North of Vancouver or 1.5 hours West of Lillooet, in the heart of the South Chilcotin.
The South Chilcotin Mountains are located one hundred kilometres north of Whistler, and is British Columbia’s newest provincial park. The 72,000-hectare park boasts some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in BC. Beautiful wildflower meadows, mountain goats, grizzly bears, big horn sheep, humming birds and crystal clear alpine lakes are found throughout the park – all making it a true ecological and recreational wonder.
Coordinates: 50°57’07.20″ N 122°46’22.20 W
Our de Havilland Beaver floatplane flies over the awe-inspiring volcanic and mineral rich mountains that are boarded to the west by the Massive Glacier Fields of the Coastal Mountain Range and to the east by the Mighty Fraser River Grasslands. Dubbed the “Rain shadow Wilderness” for its dry climate, this area contains many broad alpine valleys and a very rich biodiversity. There is lots to explore in this stunning zone.
Option A – Hurley River Summer Gravel Road over Gold Bridge
From Vancouver to Tyax Lodge – 255kms (160 miles) | Total driving time: 4 hours.
From Vancouver take Highway 1 to Horseshoe Bay then Highway 99 to Whistler. 35 kms after Whistler the road forms a “T” you turn left into the village of Pemberton (gas up). After crossing the railroad tracks the road forms a “T” again. You will come to a stop sign where you will turn right onto Birch Avenue. Follow this road that will turn into Pemberton Meadow Road.
After 23 kms (14.4 miles) you will see signs for “Coast Mountain Outdoor School” and Gold Bridge, turn right at the pay phone. After 9 km, you will cross over a bridge and will see a sign “Hurley River & Gold Bridge”, take this road uphill.
This logging road starts out to be steep but flattens out on top. It then goes downhill into the Bridge River Valley. You will see a sign to the right that says Bralorne, but follow the road towards Gold Bridge. After 60kms (35 miles) on this gravel road you enter a road that is seal coated. Turn right. You are now on Highway 40.
After 200 yards (1/4 kms) you see Gold Bridge on the right but stay on Hwy. 40 and after 8 km (5 miles) you see the Tyax sign. Turn left and after another 8 kms you are at Tyax Resort.
Option B – Carpenter Lake Road (Road #40)
From Vancouver: 342 kms | Total driving time: 5 hrs.
Drive from Pemberton to Lillooet over the Duffy Lake Road ( Highway 99 ). In Lillooet get on to the Carpenter Lake Road ( Hwy. 40 ) towards Gold Bridge. When you get gas in Lillooet ask them to direct you. Follow Carpenter Lake Road for 92km until you see the Tyax billboard. Follow that road for 8 km into Tyax Resort.
Option C – Fraser Canyon
From Vancouver: 421 kms | Total driving time: 5 1/2 hrs.
From Vancouver, follow the Trans Canada Highway ( #1 ) through Chilliwack and continue through to Hope and then into Lytton. In Lytton take Highway 12B to Lillooet. From Lillooet take the Carpenter Lake Road to Gold Bridge for 92km until you see the Tyax billboard.
Total driving time: 7 hrs.
Take the I-5 north to Bellingham and exit on Meridian Road. Follow signs to the Sumas border crossing. In Abbottsford, get on the Trans Canada Highway (#1) and continue through Chilliwack to Hope and on to Lytton. In Lytton, take Highway 12B to Lillooet. From Lillooet, take the Carpenter Lake Road (Highway 40) for 56 miles towards Gold Bridge until you see the Tyax billboard.
280 kms | Total Driving time: 4 hours
Drive South of Highway 97 for 102 km. Do not turn off in Clinton. 11 kms before Cache Creek turn right at the Lillooet sign. From Lillooet see Route B.
350 kms | Total driving time: 5 hours.
Drive South on Highway 5 to Kamloops, turn onto Highway #1 to Cache Creek. Take Highway 97 for 11 kms and turn left to Lillooet. From Lillooet see Route B.