Trip Planning

To help you with your preparations for your trip in British Columbia we have prepared this list of items you will need. Being properly equipped will ensure your comfort and warmth while on your trip so that you get the most enjoyment from your experience. Temperatures and weather conditions in British Columbia can change quickly, even in the spring/summer warm season, so it is important to be prepared for all. Raingear, clothing you can layer and waterproof boots are most important. Poncho type raingear does not keep you dry and comfortable in our mountain rainforest area or on boat tours.

Our Packages include the following:
  • Accommodations
  • Meals (wine or beer included with dinner)
  • Fully guided tours
  • Necessary motorized equipment (boats, motors, vehicles)
  • Orientation and interpretive information

Things you will need:
  • Waterproof rain gear – jacket, hat, pants
  • Waterproof hiking footwear
  • Clothing that can be layered (fleece or wool is best).
  • Camera with good telephoto lens, extra batteries and memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Day packsack (to carry rain gear and extra items on day tours)
  • Warm jacket, gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • Personal toiletries (including aspirin, antacids, allergy medications as required)
  • Pair of soft soled camp shoes (no vibram soles please) or slippers for inside lodge wear. Or we have some flip flop sandals available for your use. Please note also that outdoor shoes are not worn in the lodge.

Important Trip Planning Notes:

Being prepared is an important part of maximizing your wilderness adventure and making it an unforgettable experience. At the time of booking we will provide you with a recommended equipment list to assist you with packing for your tour with us. Please note we do not accept liability for any circumstances that may result in the failure/cancellation of your holiday arrangements which may be due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances or events beyond our control or that we, our agents, suppliers and associates could have anticipated or avoided. We do not carry health, life, or personal property insurance for guest benefit.
We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as extended medical insurance to cover life and health care risks while in Canada, emergency evacuation insurance in case such need should arise, and personal property insurance to insure your personal belongings against loss.

Fly Fishing Trips:

  • Chest waders, wading boots (absolutely no caulks), fly fishing vest
  • Optional gear – your favourite 5/6, 7/8, or 8/9 weight fly rods, reel with good drag system, favourite selection of trout flies, floating and sink tip lines, personal flotation device
Note: Rods and reels are available for rent; flies are available in the lodge pro shop for sale; fishing licences available at the lodge or online.

A note on cameras:

We strongly recommend a digital SLR or standard SLR camera with detachable lenses, particularly a good telephoto lens. This will give you the best picture memories. A good digital camera or video camera with a high pixel resolution and good optical/digital zoom is also a good choice.

Winter Adventures

To ensure your comfort please be prepared for winter temperatures ranging from about -20 to +4 or 5C. We can get quite dramatic temperature swings during winter, but most temperatures average -10 to -4C. Prepare for this adventure as you would for a winter ski trip – warm outdoor gear so you can play in the snow.
You will need:
  • Winter snow pack boots
  • Water proof winter insulated jacket with hood and pants
  • Poly or thermal long underwear
  • 3 pairs thermal socks
  • Warm mitts or gloves and touque
  • Warm jacket, gloves

Not included in our Adventure Packages
  • International airfares
  • Applicable Canadian Taxes (GST – 5% & PST - 7%)
  • Wilderness Tourism Habitat Conservation Fund (1%)
  • Round trip ground transport from/to Williams Lake can be provided at a reasonable cost.
  • Staff appreciation gratuities
  • Liquor

Payment & Cancellation Policy:

Bookings are confirmed with a 50% deposit with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival. In the event of cancellation 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival, and your reserved space can be rebooked, the deposit can be applied for an alternative date in the same season or the following season. All payments are final and nonrefundable. Payments may be made by bank draft, bank transfer or cheque. Prices are subject to change without notice. Bookings confirmed with a deposit are guaranteed.

Custom Packages:

Ecotours-BC is pleased to offer packages of longer or shorter duration. The tours can be a day trip or 7 days or more which could include a wider variety of activities. Please inquire for pricing for custom packages.

Please Note:

Ecotours – BC reserves the right to cancel or modify services as weather and local conditions warrant without notification in the interest of safety of all concerned. We view wild animals in their natural habitat. The animals are totally wild and unhabituated. This is natural wildlife viewing of animals in their natural habitat. There are no viewing platforms and the animals are not enclosed in any wildlife preserve. With natural wildlife viewing there are a numerous variables that are out of our control including weather conditions, natural instincts and movements of the wildlife, and human capabilities. We do not guarantee bear/wildlife sightings, but do our best to give guests the best opportunities for viewing wildlife and we have a very high success rate (well over 90%). Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability prior to participation in activities.