2016 Chilcotin Grizzly Fund Allocation

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Tyax Adventures is pleased to announce the gift of $6,750.00 to the St’at’imc Grizzly Bear Research Project as a result of donations collected from our 2016 Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Fund. Our Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Fund is the result of a commitment from both our business and guests to insuring that the South Chilcotin Mountains remain home to a healthy Grizzly Bear population. A percentage of profit associated with all trip costs is given to our Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Fund annually.

The St’át’imc Grizzly Bear Research project, which has been involved in Grizzly bear research and recovery efforts since 1999, supports the collection of scientific data, which aids in the creation of land base management planning in our local and surrounding area. This project is lead by Sue Senger, – PhD, RPBio, PAg, who is the acting Environmental Lead for the St’at’imc nation.

As shared by Dr. Sue, “the 2016 donation will go toward conducting a small-scale DNA grid-based review for the Stein Nahatlatch Grizzly Bear unit.  While this unit is not located directly in Tyax Adventures operating area, this work is absolutely critical to ensuring that the South Chilcotin Mountains never become the southern edge of the Grizzly Bear population. Right now, we are good to simply be acting to ensure the South Chilcotin bears keep doing what they are doing, and supporting conflict management to retain and promote the current unit occupancy.”

We would like to thank all of our 2016 guests for helping make the 2016 Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Fund a generous offering toward keeping the South Chilcotin healthy and sustainable for recreational use.

Going Places: South Chilcotin

” After we arrived at our first camp, Seb said something that really stuck with me (and even 6 months later, I still think about it almost daily); he said, “all we have to do today is eat enough to bike all day”. In a world so fast paced, internet and data reliant, with a million things to get done everyday, you inevitably become disconnected with yourself, and nature. It was the perfect reminder to slow down, enjoy the company you’re with and your surroundings, and be super stoked that you are riding your bike in the wild on some unreal trails!”

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Join One of Our Ladies Only Backcountry Mountain Bike Camps


Calling All Ladies… Are you sick of being left behind when your partner takes off with the ‘bros’ for a backcountry adventure?  Do you want to improve your skills and learn to navigate the backcountry with awesome female friends & coaches?  If so, this one’s for you!

Tyax Adventures is teaming up with professional mountain bike coaches and guides; Sylvie Allen and Emily Slaco to present ‘Ladies Only in the South Chilcotin’ mountain biking adventure camps. Due to popular demand, this year we are offering 3 different camps so you can choose the perfect experience for your level. Join us to spend 2 – 4 days riding the trails in the beautiful South Chilcotin Mountains of BC. All trips start off the adventure at the luxurious Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa before heading out into the backcountry by floatplane (yeah that’s right we fly to the trailhead!),  we will cover tons of epic singletrack, learn new skills, eat great food, see stunning scenery and have an UNFORGETTABLE time!


Option #1 – Ladies Only Explorer Camp: June 23, 24, 25, 2017  (more details)

Option #2 – Ladies Only Ultimate Adventure: July 17 ,18, 19, 20, 2017 (more details)

Option #3 – Ladies Only Epic Experience: August 11, 12, 13, 2017 (more details)

History of Our 5 Historic Backcountry Camps/Cabins

Tyax Adventures’ Backcountry Camps have a rich history dating back to 1947 during which time hunters, miners, outdoor enthusiasts and hard working locals enjoyed, built and maintained these camps. In 2012, Tyax Adventures acquired these backcountry camps from Spruce Lake Wilderness Adventures, which was owned and operated by the Menhinick family. The Menhinick family is a hard working family of many generations that made their living by horse packing into the Chilcotin and put countless hours into maintaining the camps and trails for everyone of both yesterday and today to enjoy. The Douglas family and Tyax Adventures, are honoured to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of these remote and unique backcountry camps.

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Visit Sky Camp: Un-Plug, Explore, Re-Charge

Imagine stepping out of the wood-fired sauna, plunging into the cool clear lake and then sitting on the patio sipping a drink as the sun falls behind towering peaks with glaciers hanging off their flanks. After a day of adventure – be it biking, hiking, canoeing, SUP’ing, fishing – enjoy some time in the wood-fired, lakeside sauna. At night, retire to your luxurious and private safari-style walled tent with lake-filled views. Delight in the spectacular quite surroundings from your personal deck or snuggle into your hand hewn log bed outfitted with a cozy duvet and plump pillows.

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Tyax Adventures’ Response to the Recent Park Management Draft Plan

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May 15, 2016

We have had multiple inquiries regarding our impression of the Final Draft Management Plan for South Chilcotin and Big Creek Parks. It is our view, that the Draft Plan does not provide a balance between the local tourism economy and wildlife conservation. It does not serve the Ministry’s objective to “optimize outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities within parks and protected areas” (Objective 4.4 page 15: http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2016/sp/pdf/ministry/env.pdf#page=5).

Due to the insufficiencies we see in the recent plan, we have put forth a petition to support further revisions. We would like to take this opportunity to share in greater detail our reasons for putting forth this petition.

We have been conversing with BC Parks since 2011 with little success. The recent Draft Management Plan provides little support for our business (Tyax Adventures), or for the value of tourism and recreation in the area. Unlike the strategies shared in the recent Draft Management Plan, it is our view that Tyax Adventures, tourism and Recreation can co-exist with healthy wildlife populations and a high-level user experience.

As you know, Tyax Adventures offers a high quality recreation experience that showcases beautiful British Columbia, while driving regional and international tourism in the region. Along with Tyax Resort and Spa, Tyax Adventures is the major employer in the Region. We contribute significant funds to both manage and maintain the Park’s infrastructure. Financially and logistically, we also support the implementation of Grizzly Bear conservation, and we diligently take action to protect and enhance the Park’s user experience.

Why does the South Chilcotin Mountains and Big Creek Park Management Plan Final Draft not work for tourism and your recreation?

  • It will implement unnecessary temporary and seasonal closures of trails (Draft Plan – p28) and aircraft access (Draft Plan-p26).
  • Using the “precautionary principle” (Draft Plan – p24) these restrictions will go into effect and potentially shut down our business and unnecessarily limit your recreation.
  • It will implement unrealistic limitations on Park visitors including recreationalists and tourists.
  • It will “seek to relieve some of the mountain bike pressure inside the park” without fact to support the impact of mountain biking in the area (Draft Plan – P38).

Here is some information from local sources known for their integrity, and includes over 150 years of combined knowledge and the findings of three local Biologists. This local knowledge and further local scientific research, has yet to be referenced in the Draft Plan and calls into question the above proposed restrictions.

  • The Park area has historically been the most highly used tourism/ recreation area within the greater South Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Unit (GBU). During this time the Grizzly Bear population within the park has been very healthy and continues to thrive.
  • Many of the restrictions above are meant to protect the areas in which Grizzly Bears feed known as critical areas. The assumption implies that people recreating nearby, and planes flying overhead, are displacing bears from these critical areas resulting in stress on the population. One of the best indicators of whether bears, particularly sows, are receiving enough food is the size of their litters. The Park contains numerous sows with 3 and 4 cubs, which would indicate that they are feeding very well and not being deterred from these critical areas.
  • The Grizzly Bear Recovery Strategy for South-Western BC’s main focus is to encourage bears migration from areas of sustainable populations to areas where the population is unsustainable or populations do not exist. It is highly likely that the Bear population within the Park, our main operating area, is at a sustainable level while the surrounding area, the greater South Chilcotin GBU is classified as threatened. Some of the restrictions above to trail use are being suggested to protect migration routes thru the park. In consultation with local Biologists, trail use, particularly non-motorized, is not considered a barrier to bear migration. Rather, highways and railways are considered true barriers, of which we are responsible for none.
  • Within BC Parks own survey a similar number of respondents listed hunting within the park and aircraft noise as a concern. There is a significant discussion on aircraft noise and subsequent strategies to limit flights in the recent Draft Management Plan. Unreasonable limitations of our flights will jeopardize our business. Given the shared concern over hunting and air traffic, it is disturbing that there is minimal discussion and strategy regarding revised hunting protocol within the Draft Plan. This comes in light of the fact that 16 Grizzly Bears that have been killed within the South Chilcotin GBU within the past 11 years and 3 have been killed by local trophy hunters. We can confirm that there have been no recorded Grizzly Bear deaths as a result of airplanes, mountain bikes or other tourist activity within the park.
  • The Draft Plan, although better than the preceding draft, remains challenged in recognizing mountain biking as a legitimate use. Mountain biking has been the main source of recreation within the Park for the past ten years. The South Chilcotin is a World Class Mountain Bike Destination. Mountain biking is a significant contributor to the local economy. From recent survey data collected by Bridge River Valley communities, a large majority of summer visitors are mountain bikers. Given the value of mountain bikers to the local economy, it is our view, that the Management Plan should look toward managing use effectively, rather than suggesting mountain bikers build alternative trails, develop trails outside the Park, and imply that bikers are the main concern in regards to Grizzly Bear mortality.

As a leading tourism operator in the area we deeply value the health of the environment and wildlife as this is directly related to the user experience. These commitments are consistently upheld by the pro-active measures we undertake to protect such values. Here is a sampling of the many actions we have taken to secure our ongoing sustainability:

Grizzly Bears:

  • Donation of 2% of all profit to the Chilcotin Grizzly Bear Conservation fund; a fund that goes directly to the St’át’imc Grizzly Bear Research project, which has been involved in Grizzly bear research and recovery efforts since 1999.
  • Bear-Aware practices implemented on all levels at all Tyax Adventure Backcountry Camps.
  • Annual staff training from professional biologists regarding safe and sustainable bear protocol to support our goal that all staff, guests and bears remain as safe as possible.
  • Transmitters placed on all mountain bike guides for the 2016 season to gather information regarding relative locations and interactions between bike groups and Grizzly Bears.

Multi-Use Education, Safety and Enhancement:

  • All guests receive detailed instructions on proper trail etiquette for encountering another party be it horseback riders, hikers or bikers.
  • Extensive trail maintenance is done annually by Tyax Adventures to remove dangerous deadfall and other potential hazards.

Float Plane sustainability:

  • Most flights into the park are completed by 11am daily, leaving substantial time for zero plane traffic.
  • We fly a limited number of flights into the park daily.
  • An investment of $50,000 has been put into our plane for 2016 to reduce noise by 20%.

We support the movement to keep the South Chilcotin Park intact and healthy as a conservation area, but we support a plan that can achieve this goal in combination with keeping the Park accessible to multi-use recreation. Recreation and Conservation need to be considered equally in the Management Plan and with proper strategic planning and research, this can be attained.

In conclusion, we would like to see the recent South Chilcotin Mountains and Big Creek Management plan revised to recognize that multi-use recreation and Tyax Adventures are a vital part of the Park. These components must be protected and valued equally with conservation efforts that are rightly supported by local and factual scientific research.

Please contact us with any questions you may have, and we thank you for your support as we work to secure access to the park. Here is a link to the South Chilcotin Mountains and Big Creek Park Management Plan Draft – March 2016. Here is a link to our online petition. And if you are inspired further, please contact your local MLA to share your concerns or place a comment directly to BC parks by following this link.

Sincerely,  Dale Douglas

HelloBC Travel Deal – 4 Day/ 3 Night Backcountry Horseback Excursion


A Travel Deal not to be missed! Discover for yourself some of the most impressive high-country scenery anywhere in the world for a 30% reduced rate.

Wind your way on horseback past the glacier dotted peaks that vault defiantly into the crystal blue sky, descending into meadows of wild alpine flowers bursting with vibrant colours. While in the backcountry enjoy comfortable accommodations in our camps located throughout the South Chilcotin Mountains Park. Each day you’ll explore new terrain by horseback, allowing you to venture further afar. You’ll also have time to explore each area by foot, take a boat out for a row on Spruce Lake, fish in lakes brimming with trout and hang out by the campfire under a star-filled sky unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Required fitness: Intermediate to Advanced (past horseback riding experience recommended)
Tour includes: 1 night Accommodation at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa + 2 nights in our Backcountry Camps, all meals, expert guide, camp host, horse companion
HelloBC Travel Deal Price: $935 per person (double occupancy, minimum 2 people) regular price $1335
Dates: June 20, 2016 or July 11, 2016

Book Now by contacting us

New This Season…

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The opportunity to explore stunning mountain terrain for multiple days in the wilderness carrying only a small daypack is truly unique! Thanks to our evolving network of 4 backcountry camps and one cabin, the dream of traveling by foot, bike or horse from camp-to-camp is now a reality and is certainly a must on adventurers’ “to-do-list.”

Our 4 Backcountry Camps and 1 Cabin, each offer a unique location and experience. The camps are always evolving and updates are being made regularly as we strive to meet and exceed visitors’ expectations at each of these remote settings. Check-out these updates:

  • Spruce Creek Camp has a new cabin that makes cooking, eating, and hanging out around a warm wood stove truly enjoyable and relaxing. With hot running water in the bathroom now, warm showers are also a true delight!
  • Bear Paw Camp, one of our more remote and strategically placed camps, has received a new roof completing the cabin that houses a new kitchen with hot running water! Now there’s lots of space to dine, warm-up and hang-out in comfort.
  • Trigger camp, our simplest and most rustic accommodation, now has 5 walled tents to match the other camps and running water.
  • Eldorado Cabin, our highest elevation accommodation sitting at 6,300’, is newly equipped with an updated cook stove, wood shed, and new outhouse.
  • Sky Camp, our most luxurious, remote and private camp, has 3 new package deals that make it accessible to more people.

We hope that you are able to get deep into the Chilcotin and experience the wonder of the vast wilderness trail network, enabled and made comfortable by nights at one of our unique backcountry camps. Please peruse our website and contact us with questions or booking inquiries.

Go Deep. Go Camp-to-Camp

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Imagine traveling deep into the mountains as far as your heart desires via foot, bike or horse, drinking-in the magic of a true wilderness experience. As you discover the South Chilcotin’s unique and vast trail network that creatively meanders through untrammelled forested and alpine terrain, your adventure could be 2 days… or 7 days. Your choice, as you arrive nightly at a camp ready to serve-up warm meals, comfy beds and a myriad of memories.

We want you to experience the magic of a multi-day trip into the heart of the South Chilcotin Mountains. So, for a limited time book one night between June 1 and July 25, 2016 at a Backcountry Camp, mention “South Chilcotin Magic,” and you will receive a 30% discount on subsequent nights booked at the same camp. Space is limited and offer expires March 31, 2016. Contact us to book this special offer. See you soon!