For Fun and Adventure... Try this Wilderness Getaway
Our family of five was looking forward to visiting this remote getaway, but we had no idea that the journey getting there would spark such an interest.
The Hurley River Road from Pemberton to Gold Bridge, (only accessible May through October), is incredibly scenic, in spite its sixty kilometers of dusty gravel road. Fields of fireweed were a colourful foreground to towering glacial peaks, and ongoing entertainment was provided along the way with the sightings of a coyote, a young fawn and two lumbering brown bears.
Surrounded by the Southern Chilcotin Mountain Range, and nestled onto the tranquil shores of Tyaughton Lake, this once rustic hunting and fishing lodge is now home of the picturesque Tyax Mountain Lake Resort. Boasting 275 secluded acres and 7,000 feet of beautiful beachfront, it is obvious that owner/operator, Gus Abel takes pride in the development of his dream.
The main lodge is vast, housing 29 units, an immense floor to ceiling river-rock fireplace and expansive windows offering breathtaking views of the lake. Tucked into private beach-view locations are five log chalets, each with its own kitchen, river-stone fireplace, and access to its own canoe. And, there are nine lakeshore campsites.
The resort's amenities are fabulous with a myriad of lakeside activities. For our family, the paddleboats, canoes and rowboats were a huge hit and are offered to the guests at no charge. Sailboats and small powered motor boats are also available, and can be rented with fishing gear so you can try your luck in this 'lake of the jumping fish.' For a real treat, a floatplane will take you to where even bigger fish jump (so they say), high in the alpine mountains.
To dry off after all our watersports, the kids challenged us to a somewhat unbalanced tennis match, then tried their luck at horsehoes and still had the energy to rally a volleyball. At The Tyax, the activities are endless - as was the energy of our three kids!
Horseback riding is also popular at Tyax and pre-arranged packages or riding by the hour are available. We overheard one of the guests raving about the four-hour ride to the top of a neighboring mountain where, at the summit, they came eye-level to some impressive glacial peeks. For riding enthusiasts, the five-day safari sounds wild!
Our nineteen-year old took along her mountain bike and had the chance to explore lots of trails around the property. Fear not, if you don't come as well equipped, Tyax provides mountain bikes as well as all terrain vehicles, for those who prefer not to pedal. Meanwhile, my husband and I tried something rather slower paced - bee-keeping! Although somewhat wary, we were quickly shown how gentle honey bees can be, how to tend to the hives and how to collect honey. Certainly not your everyday venture but then nothing about this resort is.
We also tried our hand at prospecting. Following a well used trail to the historical Tyax creek bed, a 45 minute walk from the resort, we hoped we might repeat the major gold find that was discovered there in the 1920s. After a crash course in gold panning, our imaginations were fuelled for hitting the mother lode and although we followed our instructions diligently, we discovered only a few flecks of gold dust. We didn't get rich but we sure had fun trying.
Thanks to Chef, Warren Stratford, meals at The Tyax are fabulous. The delicious traditional buffet-style breakfast prompted a thumbs up approval from our eleven year old after he enjoyed three helpings of syrup-coated pancakes. The lunch menu provides various selections from homemade soup to clubhouse sandwiches, and both buffet or a la carte dinner selections are available. In the warmer months, a lakeside barbecue is often prepared, followed by a campfire sing-a-long.
Meals may be included as part of your pre-arranged package, or individually reserved, and if booking into one of the self-contained log chalets or lakeshore campsites, your own cuisine may be a preferred option. However, after treating yourself to a night out at the resort's restaurant, you may have a difficult time going back to your own cooking!
Later, after relaxing in the hot tub, the kids decided to check out the games and weight room while we enjoyed the setting sun from the resort's western-style lounge. Looking over the holiday packages, we imagined how great this getaway would also be in winter. Heli-skiing, snowmobiling are all part of a Tyax winter and year round, for conferences, couples and families this prime getaway really has it all.
Tyax Mountain Lake Resort
Tyaughton Lake Road,
Gold Bridge, BC V0K 1P0
Web site: www.tyax.bc.ca
Talking Yellow Pages: 299-9000-8929
Five hours from Vancouver. Sea to Sky Highway to Pemberton. Take the Hurley River Road (gravel for 60 Kms) Via Frazer Canyon to Lilloet From Pemberton to Lilloet Via BC Rail 984-5246. Daily service from North Vancouver, Whistler, and Pemberton. Tyax transport will pick you up in Lilloett Tyax will arrange bus pick up from Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton and Lilloet Charter flights from Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton
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