The trip begins with a stunning flight from Vancouver to Bella Coola, crossing over vast mountain ranges and the jaw-dropping Monarch icefield. The entire group will fly in together on a small 19-seater plane so don’t worry - everyone gets a window seat! After landing we’ll get settled into the beautiful lodge that we’ll call home for the next four days for lunch and introductions. After some downtime we will regroup for a wildlife safety orientation, a shakeout run through the surrounding old-growth forest and a welcome feast!
Running: 3-6 mi / 5-10km shakeout run, dirt road & singletrack Meals: Lunch (L) and dinner (D) included
DAY 2: RUN THEN RAFT
Wake up - not too early! - for breakfast before heading out for our first run! This run begins with rolling jeep track through beautiful forest before a winding single track up to Lost Lake viewpoint with views of the whole Bella Coola valley. Next we will hike down to the Bella Coola river where rafts await for a relaxed, guided float downriver during which you can admire the views and watch for bald eagles, bears & other wildlife with the help of our our local expert. The rafts will drop us off for a short guided walk through an ancient cedar grove before a short drive (or a run - you choose!) back to the lodge. You’ll have the evening to enjoy the hot tub, sit by the fire pit, and dig into another wonderful dinner. Running: 6-8 miles / 10-13 km; 1000ft/300m elevation gain. Jeep road and technical single track trail with a bit of pavement too. Meals: BLD
DAY 3: GLACIAL VIEWS
Enjoy another relaxed breakfast before gearing up and driving up the rugged road to Odegaard Falls. The run begins with a stunning view of the cascade and only gets better from there! Get ready for a steady climb out of the forested slopes, emerging into a valley scattered with alpine lakes and eventually reaching the dramatic Purgatory Glacier viewpoint. Take some time to admire the huge glacier and surrounding mountains before you turn around and cruise back the way you came, finishing with a picnic lunch in the forest. Later, enjoy another relaxing evening at the lodge! Running: up to 12 miles / 20 km; 2500ft/800m elevation gain. Double track, forested jeep road. Meals: BLD
DAY 4: WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA
Enjoy a relaxed morning, beginning with breakfast before a cultural excursion to learn about the fascinating history of the local Nuxalk nation. An easy and optional road run will follow, rolling downhill along the path of the Bella Coola river towards the ocean where a freshly grilled picnic lunch will be waiting! Views of nearby Clayton Falls are within easy walk and - if you’re brave enough! - restore your legs for the days ahead with a dip in the ocean. Afterward you’ll have plenty of free time to pack and organize gear for the coming days - tomorrow we leave the lodge and head into the wild! Running: up to 7 miles / 11 km; pavement Meals: BLD
DAY 5: INTO THE WILD!
Pack in a big breakfast this morning - there is a big day ahead! We will drive up into the Atnarko River valley and to the literal end of the (bumpy!) road in Tweedsmuir Park. From our start point there are 10 miles of single track climbing up into the mountains and past Hunlen Falls (the tallest single drop waterfall in Canada!) to reach pristine Turner Lake. At that point you’ll climb into a canoe with a partner for the final leg of the journey - a 40 minute paddle - to our wilderness campsite where our camp staff, food and gear will have been delivered by float plane. Accommodation is a mix of rustic cabins & tents, but the meals will be far from basic! A hearty dinner by the campfire, a sky full of stars above and the phenomenal surroundings will complete the wilderness experience. Running: 10 miles / 16 km; single track. 3500 ft/ 1000m elevation gain Paddle: 2 miles / 3km Meals: BLD
DAY 6: SUMMER CAMP MODE
Wake up with the sun to a hearty camp breakfast and a relaxed start to the day. There are several adventures to choose from: embark on a 10km trail run along the lake chain, spend all day paddling canoes, go swimming or simply enjoy kicking back with a book at camp. We’ll spend the evening around the campfire with a freshly-prepared dinner, cold beverages, stories and, of course, s’mores. Running: up to 6 miles / 10 km; single track (optional) Meals: BLD
DAY 7: OUT OF THE WILD…AND UP FREEDOM ROAD
Wake up for a final camp breakfast before we pack up and paddle back to the trailhead again. Remember that 10 mile climb that you did 2 days ago? Well, what goes up must come down! Enjoy the trail from a different perspective as you cruise the downhills all the way back to our vehicle pick-up. From here we will drive up the historic ‘Freedom Road,’ climbing almost 6000 ft/ 2000m out of Bella Coola Valley and onto the Chilcotin Plateau. Comfy cabins with all the creature comforts and an evening of fireside drinks at our waterfront Nimpo Lake resort awaits. Running: 10 miles / 16 km; single track. 3500 ft/ 1000m elevation loss. Meals: BLD
DAY 8: THE RAINBOW RANGE & A FLOATPLANE
This is our final full day, and we will make the most of it! Start with breakfast at the lodge before heading back into Tweedsmuir Park for our final run. This flowy single-track trail winds through high alpine terrain, passing numerous pristine lakes en route to the sweeping views of the aptly-named Rainbow Range at our turnaround point. After a picnic lunch we’ll head back to Nimpo Lake for the grandest of grand finales - an epic float plane tour over the surrounding icefields and Hunlen Falls! That night we’ll gather for our final dinner, a well-earned beer or three, and of course, our infamous awards ceremony. Running: up to 9 miles / 15 km; forested single track, open high alpine terrain. Up to 1000 ft/ 300 m elevation gain. Meals: BLD
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
A morning shakeout run is optional on the trails around the lake near our cabins. Enjoy one last big Canadian breakfast before a short drive to the airport for your flight back to Vancouver.
Running: No organized run (3-6 mi / 5-10km shakeout optional) Meals: B