Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.
Morning (~9:00 am) - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range
The Rainbow Range hike is a 14 km round trip hike offering panoramic views of an eight-million-year-old peralkaline shield volcano. This hike has the advantage of starting at approximately 1400 metres of elevation. This allows guests to access trails above the treeline, in the open alpine, without first exhausting themselves climbing hundreds of feet/meters on a gnarly approach trail.
The day starts with a 45 minute drive up a switchbacking road affectionately referred to locally as simply “The Hill”. The elevation gain is 1400 metres up an escarpment separating the Bella Coola Valley from the Chilcotin Plateau where the Rainbow Range trail begins. The peaks of the Rainbow Range “Tsitsutl” in the local dialect, meaning painted mountains, form an enormous dome of eroded lava and fragmented rock that presents an astonishing spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows, and lavenders. The colours are really spectacular!
The hiking trail begins by meandering through a burnt forest, then enters subalpine forests, winds past a couple of lakes, before topping out above tree line with views into the volcanic and multicolored peaks of the Rainbow Range. Highlights include abundant wildflowers, observing forest fire ecology, the option to go for a swim in the lake, the potential to spot marmot as well as wolf and moose tracks, and of course, the views from the top.
After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.
For more information on the Rainbow Range, see this blog post.