• "The Utah trip was an awesome trip. Joe did a great job as a guide. He did excellent with the meals, snacks, accommodations and made it a trip to remember for all that made the trip."

    - Kipp L. Utah Canyons 2014

  • "I enjoyed every facet of the trip; food, scenery, and most of all my fellow hikers, all were first class. Thank you for encouraging me to not pull the plug on the trip when I had doubts. You do your job very well. Please pass along a big thank you to the fine folks at headquarters for being such wonderful promoters of the great outdoors and making this trip possible for me. I have enjoyed a 20 plus year relationship with your store in OKC and hope to have 20 more. "

    - Bill L. Utah Canyons 2014

  • "Our Mt. Everest trek was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your energy, experience, and love of adventure with us over these past few weeks. "

    - Bill & Susan D. Nepal 2012

  • "I have had the privilege to follow guides up Rainier, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and in the outback of Australia, but none of them measure up to you enthusiasm, kindness, and stamina. I look forward to future adventures with Backwoods Adventures and you. "

    - Steve H. Nepal 2012

  • "Thank you for a wonderful experience. All your guidance and prep-work help me be prepared and fit enough to enjoy the climb and feel great afterwards. Minus the cold fingers and toes (which i kind of expected;-), I couldn't have ask for a better climb up the mountain."

    - Amanda M. Kilimanjaro 2013

  • "I hope this weekend goes as well as last week. You, Joe and Billy were excellent hosts and instructors. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for all your patient coaching and kind words. "

    - John R. Colorado Fly Fishing 2013

  • "Being serenaded in the middle of the night albeit the wee early morning hours, on the steepest slopes of Kilimanjaro by voices of pure melodious balance brought complete joy, heightened peace, and humbling memories to me. I am happy to have shared such a significant time with you. Thank you! "

    - Trent & Pamela A. Kilimanjaro 2013

  • "Thanks for being the best guide ever. Your encouragement, concern, and professionalism has made this trip a truly wonderful experience. I wish you all he very best in all that you do and hope to see you soon. "

    - Kay G. Kilimanjaro 2014

Something Life Changing Is Just One Adventure Away!

British Columbia Vanderbilt and Muir Adventure

The Vanderbilt and Muir Adventure   

Did you ever wonder what the results would be if two giants in different fields pooled their resources and knowledge to create something unique. George Vanderbilt opened the Biltmore Estate on Christmas eve 1895.  This 250 room architectural masterpiece remains the finest private residence ever constructed in North America.  John Muir is America’s foremost naturalist and founder of our national park system.  America was blessed by his foresight.  If these individuals were to create an adventure for their friends and family to enjoy it would be the Chilko Experience.  Architectural splendor on a pristine 5M acre wilderness tract is where it begins.

Join Backwoods Adventures for this amazing family multi-adventure to thousands of acres of untamed British Columbia wilderness!

What’s Included


• Trips are offered in 3,5 and 7 day packages. The season is from early June to late Sept.
• Guests will stay in one of the seven log or timber frame homes on the property.
• All activities are led by local expert guides.
• All meals, beer, wine and cocktails included.  A special Canadian beer is on tap and Chef John is amazing.
• On special nights cognac and cigars are available around a roaring fire for those who wish partake. A friendly game of Texas hold ’em often occurs.
• High Romance.  Chilko is one of the most beautiful places on earth and a great honeymoon destination.

What’s Not Included

• All airfare to and from Vancouver (Inquire to learn more about our flight booking service)
• Local flight(round trip) from Vancouver to Chilko.
• Personal gear and clothing
• Gratuities

The Trip of a Lifetime – For All Ages.

So many of life’s best memories revolve around an event and the people we share it with. If one is fortunate this includes family and friends from multiple generations.  The challenge of such a diverse group is giving everyone the activities they desire and in the quantity they want.  An 18 year old’s interest will be very different from their grandfather’s.  At Chilko we cover this division by offering  a multitude of activities each day.  These includes hiking, horse back riding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bear watching, swimming, paddle boarding, ATV backwoods trail riding, cruising on the 50 mile long Chilko lake or jet boating the world famous Chilko River.  Special guest requests have included learning how to fall a tree like a lumber jack, shoot a rifle like Annie Oakley or throw at axe like a Viking warrior. Whatever daytime activity one chooses the evenings are the same for all.  Roughing it at a $10M private estate with a chef prepared meal, an open bar and lots of hospitality.   At the Chilko Experience we make sure our guests get the mix of Vanderbilt (luxury) and Muir (nature) they seek.”


A Chilko Experience includes fabulous food by John, our talented chef, does just that three times a day. You will delight in his boundless energy and creativity in the kitchen. Count on a hearty breakfast to start each morning. Lunch is around the table, on the deck at the main house or carefully packed for your adventure. Days end means cold tap beer in an icy schooner, wine or cocktails as the sun sets behind the breathtaking British Columbia mountains. Food is wholesome, healthy and delicious. The dinner bell rings at 7 and you’ll hear it from your log home. It means our world class chef, has prepared a feast with a delectable dessert to crown a satisfying day.


The Chilko Experience was not designed as a lodge but rather as a private estate for one man’s friends & family.  This is why its architecture and attention to detail surprise all visitors.  In 2015 it is featured on HGTV’s new series Carver Kings for design, decorating and location reasons.  It has seven log and timber frame homes.  Each home is thoughtfully place on 25 acres for privacy and natural vistas.  The final result offers you luxurious creature comfort in a home with artful charm and privacy.  Log and timber frame homes are the essence of natural living.


Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while in British Columbia are strenuous and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the mountain. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Visa Requirements

No tourist visa is required for stays of up to 6 months in Canada. Documents required for most entries in to Canada include:

•Valid Passport

If you wish to learn more about travel requirements in Canada you can visit the Embassy of Canada website by clicking on the following link: http://can-am.gc.ca/washington/index.aspx?lang=eng

Trip Dates:

June thru September

Total Days: 3, 5, or 7

3 nights – $2,995/person
5 nights – $4,495/person
7 nights – $5,995/person

Activities: Multi-Adventure

Accommodations: The Chilko Experience TimberKings built log cabins

Link: www.chilkoexperience.com

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