Travel Trade & MediaEcotours-BC Travel Trade and Media Info
HistoryEcotours-BC evolved out of a lifelong passion for the outdoors, nature and wildlife. Beginning over 35 years ago the owners started out as Guide Outfitters hosting hunters and often non-hunting companions who came to see the country, the wildlife and a different way of life. There is a saying that “all old outfitters become conservationists”. Moving from the hunting of grizzly bears to observing, photographing and teaching others about the bears was a natural progression. The guide outfitting experience provided the knowledge and tools to become premier grizzly bear, wildlife and nature specialists. Spending so much time observing bears, wildlife and nature in the raw has provided an unlimited learning and teaching medium. Today Ecotours-BC remains on the cutting edge of wildlife and nature programs that shows clients how to connect with nature becoming part of the forest - seeing the forest and its inhabitants from the inside out rather than simply looking from the outside in.
Established in the early 1980’s the Company morphed from Cariboo West Outfitters to Ghost Wilderness Resort, a large resort catering to primarily to fisher people and boaters on Quesnel Lake, to Pyna-tee-ah Fly Fishing offering some of the finest wild trout fly fishing in the world along with grizzly and wildlife viewing as an incidental part of the adventure to a full time ecotourism under the Ecotours-BC brand. Ecotours-BC offers a variety of outdoor adventure and nature programs suitable for people of all abilities. Our specialty is grizzly bear watching. Our “Bear Whisperer™” program – Grizzlies, Wilderness and Nature – The Cycle of Life and Walk With The Grizzlies has been recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience. We are proud members of the CTC Canadian Signature Experiences Collection since its inception.
Family owned and operated we created this business from a passion for the big bears and the outdoors. We live here year round and employ locals.
The ExperienceEcotours-BC is a Canadian Signature Experience provider connecting mind, body and spirit with the natural world sharing iconic Canadian wilderness experiences and creating special moments where time stands still for family, friends and special people in your life. These are one of a kind bucket list experiences. Its natural wildlife viewing and nature in the raw. Our goal is to deliver meaningful, memorable experiences that help guests discover themselves through nature.
Ecotours-BC tours are fully guided ensuring you get the most from your experience, ideal for those seeking the excitement of high adventure in the outdoors and the comfort of lodge amenities and relaxation at the end of the satisfying day. The natural terrain of our large operating area allows us to host guests of all ages and we have hosted some with mobility challenges. Our caring guides set a pace that ensures everyone’s experience is the best it can be.
LocationCentral British Columbia in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism area. Owned and operated by Gary and Peggy Zorn, Ecotours-BC/ Pyna-tee-ah Lodge & Fly Fishing is located in the old gold rush village of Likely, British Columbia at the outlet of Quesnel Lake and at the base of the Cariboo Mountains in central British Columbia. Approximate driving time from Williams Lake, the nearest regional centre, is about one and a quarter hours ; from Vancouver, approximately 8 hours travel time via Highway 1; from Whistler approximately 5 hours travel time via Highway 99 and 97; and from Jasper approximately 8 hours via Highway 5 and 97.
The LodgePyna-tee-ah Lodge
4911 Quesnel Forks Road
Likely, British Columbia
Ph: +01 250-790-2292
Websites: www.ecotours-bc.com and www.fly-fishing-canada.com
The lodge grounds covers 5 acres of lovely natural and landscaped grounds on the Quesnel River. Pyna-tee-ah Lodge has 6 very comfortable double occupancy rooms with maximum capacity of 12 – 14. There is a large social area with spectacular natural rock fireplace, dining and kitchen area, pool table and gift shop and fly fishing den. The lodge is renowned for its country style gourmet fare, homemade from locally sourced ingredients. Clients love the authentically Canadian hospitality and family oriented homey atmosphere that totally speaks relaxation for all visitors. New to the lodge in 2013 is the lovely log structured gazebo situated centrally creating a lovely outdoor space for the relaxation and enjoyment of all guests. Free Satellite WiFi is available for guest use. Sorry, cell phones don’t work here.
The lodge also has a limited number of full service RV hookups.
Lodge packages are all inclusive – accommodations, meals, snacks, fully guided adventure experiences, adventure equipment.
Guests need to bring – waterproof raingear (jacket and pants), waterproof hiking footwear, warm clothing that can be layered, day pack to carry extra items such as camera gear, etc. A complete list is provided at time of booking.
Tours start on arrival day (check in after 3 p.m.) with an orientation and Q&A session and dinner at 6 p.m. and end with breakfast on departure day (checkout time is 10 a.m.). The daily programs begin with early breakfast in the lodge and depart for the viewing area for the day (a packed lunch is provided) returning to the lodge around 5 p.m with dinner at 6 p.m. Evenings are free to relax at the lodge, walk along the river, explore the gold rush village of Likely, read your favourite book or socialize with other guests.
There are no room keys. Likely and the lodge is completely safe. Guests may keep valuables in their vehicles or request safekeeping by the hosts if they wish.
Special Food Requests. Our professional chef and kitchen staff can meet the needs of most dietary restrictions and requirements with tasteful meals and snacks to satisfy the most discerning diner. Advance notice of dietary requirements is required.
Alcohol Policy. Even moderate alcohol consumption would interfere with delivery of safe, memorable experiences because the type of experiences we offer and the uneven terrain in most areas. Alcohol is permitted when served by staff at meal times. Wine or beer is served with dinner. If you prefer other types of beverages you can bring them with you or they can be purchased on arrival at the local liquor store for your pleasure after the tour day.
Travel TradeEcotours-BC offers net rates for all inclusive experiences booked though travel trade partners. We offer both FIT and Group rates and program options. There are no blackout dates. Reservations are required and accepted as received. If you are an Inbound Tour Operator or Travel Agent please contact us.
Trade / Media Contact
Gary and Peggy Zorn
Ph: +01 250-790-2292
Websites: www.ecotours-bc.com and www.fly-fishing-canada.co
Awards and Accolades, Media2017 - EcoTours-BC makes the FlightNetwork's Top 40 Canadian Adventure Experiences
2016 - EcoTours-BC has been chosen as one of the Top 15 Eco-Adventures in Canada by Expedia
2016 - EcoTours-BC makes the FlightNetwork's Top 50 Canadian Winter Experiences
2011 – Designation as Canadian Signature Experience by Canadian Tourism Commission.
2010 – EcoTours-BC receives Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award for contributions to the tourism industry.
2009 - Billy Connolly’s Journey To the Edge of The World – documentary featured grizzly bear viewing on Mitchell River with Ecotours-BC.
Member of Canada’s Ultimate To Do List.
In The MediaRM Magazine – Bear Safety RM Magazine 2013 Read Article
Westworld Magazine – Bear Soul Westworld Mag May 2012 Read Article
Salmon, Eagles and Bears – oh my…. Debbie Stone
Ecotourism Canada Magazine – The Bear Whisperer™ Read Article
InterviewsPassion For the Planet UK – Bears In Canada - Peggy Zorn with Chantal Cooke
OtherNikon Wilderness Adventures
BC Sportfishing Television Shows with Mark Pendlington