A free day in Tyax Wilderness Lodge

Thursday 14th June 2018

Today was a rest day and what an idyllic place to spend it.  I can’t explain it better than the Travelmarvel official itinerary which says “Enjoy a full day to relax and enjoy the wilderness. Your lodge is set in a spectacular natural landscape showcasing mountains, lake and glaciers. . .

Fascinated by the view across the lake toward the mountain I took several shots as the day progressed, at 10.30am; 6.30pm; 10.30pm and half an hour later at 11.00pm.

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The first was taken just before we set off on a hike with our tour guide – a wilderness expert. Just in case we lost her we also took notice that we were following the red trail markers 🙂 You may recall we had driven up the day before in light rain which continued overnight, so although the day had dawned clear of rain some of the ground was soggy underfoot. Which made it easier for us to track all the wild animals we expected to see. Okay, you go ahead and laugh – we saw deer, bear, and – wait for it – horse. We just didn’t see the animal that belonged with the print. All the same it was a pleasant and interesting walk through dense forest and bushes. Our guide also taught us how to build a shelter from branches and twigs. Luckily we didn’t need to use those skills this time around as our cosy rooms were awaiting our return.

Lilium columbianum Columbia lily or tiger lily

Lilium columbianum Columbia lily or tiger lily

When I first wrote this post my above photo of this flower, a Tiger Lily, was stuck on my mobile phone. So I went looking on line and found almost the exact image on the Invasive Species Council of BC (https://bcinvasives.ca/I’m rather dashed that such a beauty is one of the bad guys. We also saw lots of wild larkspurs (Delphinium glaucum).

Update 3rd August, 2018. I checked this with BC Invasives who advise that the Tiger Lily is NOT an invasive species. In fact, the photo I originally used is housed on their photo gallery under the link “non-invasive species”. Phew! ‘Cos it sure is pretty.

Because the location is so remote all meals are included on this leg of the tour. After lunch we had a bit of down time before tackling our next new adventure – canoeing! Ever since we’d booked the trip I’d said to Bill I wanted to canoe, and he studiously ignored me. So what a bonus to discover that our guide is also a canoe instructor, and she offered to teach us the right way to get in, paddle, steer, and get out again. The “remember to have fun while you’re doing all that” part was all up to us. No pictures sorry, as I was too scared of dropping a camera in the water. But we did succeed, me in front and Bill behind, we did have a good time – plus we arrived back safe and dry. The 6.30pm landscape photo was taken in celebration just before heading off to dinner to eat (again).

After dinner Bill and I managed two games of pool, probably the first played on that table for this season. In case you are interested in the result – one each.

We are now in the land of long days and although the staff were out on the lawn playing some fun game at 10pm, the rest of us were thinking about bed for an early start the next day. I imagine if you live in a country where winters are long and dark, you want to be out and about for as long as there is sun in the sky, but we have lost our party mojo somewhere. I suspect none of us has got to midnight yet, certainly not as a group at any rate.

All the same, the difference in light in the last two of the above landscape shots, taken a half hour apart, is remarkable don’t you think?

. . . and so to bed.

Next stop, Quaaout Lodge, to be hosted by the Squilax First Nations.

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Two happy campers arriving at Tyax Wilderness Lodge: Chris and me. Photo courtesy Chris Sykes

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Our canoes (right hand side) await us. Photo courtesy Chris Sykes

 

31 thoughts on “A free day in Tyax Wilderness Lodge

  1. Pingback: Tyax to the Quaaout Lodge near Chase | The Reluctant Retiree

  2. Now I know why I have not heard from you on cinemusefilms.com Gwen. Clearly you have much better things to do than watch movies; lucky you. I’m scratching my travel bug in more provincial ways….pop into my ebikerdiary.com when you get a chance. Warm regards, Richard Alaba, Sydney

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  3. My goodness to see the Tiger Lily labelled as an invasive species is quite stunning as I have failed and failed to keep any going let alone multiply. ☹️
    Glad you didn’t fall, that water looks mighty cold.

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    • I’ve come to the conclusion they’re a selfish nation. So much water!!!! LOL But yes, all the people have been super friendly and welcoming. The resorts though, are stacked with young Aussies in hospitality. We’re playing spot the Canadian.

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  4. The activities sound fun! I’ve engaged a personal trainer to get stronger for my next loooong adventure trip starting alter this year. She sounds like your guide and in her mid 20s 😦 has done every kind of sport activity imaginable – and well!!!!!

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    • The personal trainer sounds a great idea. I am moderately fit for this trip but could have been more so. I think I could have managed the snow walls better for example. And had more energy in the evening.

      Our tour director is a very interesting person. She even is a college qualified naturalist. And also a musician and sound expert. Definitely NOT in her 20s. I don’t think sport is her thing, but being in wilderness definitely is!

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