In 1935, Chaunigan Lake Lodge was built on the shores of a timeless glacial lake by adventure fishermen drawn to the world-class rainbow trout fishing.
Today, the rustic lodge and log cabins offer an unparalleled family retreat in the southern Cariboo-Chilcotin wilderness.
Guests to the lodge paddle in canoes, boat, fish, hike, spot wildflower and wildlife, and relax below the stars. Come to Chaunigan Lake and rediscover the primal glory of the wild.
The main lodge houses a spacious lounge with a large stone fireplace, reading corner, a games room with pool table, dart board, and board games for you to enjoy.
After dinner relax with a drink in on the patio. What a view!
Four Romantic Deluxe Log Cabins with full amenities
Five rustic self-catering cabins on the beach
Chaunigan Lake Lodge is located in the midst of impressive hiking trails on glaciers, alpine meadows, and untouched wilderness. Our hikes vary in difficulty so that everyone can experience the beauty of the Chilcotin up close.
Some of our hikes include:
Chaunigan Lake Lodge is delighted to offer boats and canoes for rent to guests eager to explore the lake. The lodge manager will be happy to advise on finding secluded fishing spots and the best areas for wildlife spotting.
Guests wishing to bring their own watercraft are asked to discuss this with the lodge manager while booking their stay.
Chaunigan Lake Lodge offers many free in-door and out-door amentities.
Steam in the wood-fired sauna, or roast marshmallows around the campfire. Read a book by our fireplace, play billiards in the games parlor, or hang out in the lounge. Let the kids climb and swing in the Children's Play Area.
Nestled amongst the rich wilderness of the southern Chilcotin, Chaunigan Lake Lodge offers unsurpassed opportunities for spotting wildlife and indigenous flora.
The drive from Vancouver to Chaunigan Lake Lodge is 9 hours, plus meal and rest stops. If you have the time, and like history and geography you will find the drive fascinating.
The Vancouver to Williams Lake leg follows the Fraser River from its vast coastal alluvial delta through the coast mountain range to the interior grass land plateau. The Fraser River was named after Simon Fraser, a Scottish explorer and fur trader, who worked for the North West Company. Simon Fraser paddled upstream from Vancouver to Williams Lake in 1808. Fifty years later in 1858 gold was discovered in the Fraser and the Cariboo Gold Rush began. Your route is “the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail”. This was a narrow horse trail running from Vancouver to Barkerville B.C. The small towns you will travel though on route were supply posts for the gold rush. The cost to deliver a pair of boots from Vancouver to Williams Lake during the gold rush was about $1,200.
Williams Lake is a prosperous BC interior resource town that services the cattle, lumber, and mining industries.
This leg of your journey is spectacular! You travel from interior grass land plateau into the heart of the glacial studded coastal mountain range in just 3 hours. Keep your eyes out for wild horses. When Simon Fraser's explorers reached Williams Lake, they saw First Nations People on horseback along the river bank. The wild horses they rode are thought to have been introduced to the region by early Spanish explorers. You may see wild horses on your drive from Williams Lake to the lodge.
Drive west on Highway 20 for (85 km) to Hanceville. Turn south at Hanceville, leaving the pavement, and drive toward the Nemaiah Valley (72 km). The road is wide and well graded and there are plenty of road signs along the way. When you get to Vedan Lake, turn right. You’ll drive between Vedan Lake and Elkin Lake and proceed up the hill to Chaunigan Lake Lodge (7 km). This road is narrow and steep, but has little traffic.
You can fly from the Vancouver International Airport, South Terminal (YVR) to the Williams Lake Municipal Airport (YWL) via Pacific Coastal Airlines.
There are three flights a day during the week, only one flight on Saturday, and two on Sunday. Pacific Coastal Airlines runs a free shuttle service between the main terminal and the south terminal, which is found just outside the doors on the arrivals level of the Vancouver International Airport. From Williams Lake you can rent a car to drive to Chaunigan Lake.
Chaunigan Lake Lodge is open June 1 to September 30 every year. Weather depending, the lodge may be open in May and October. The lodge is closed and the lake is frozen during the winter Off Season.
All prices are per cabin per night and listed in Canadian dollars (US Exchange based on rate of the day).
CHECK-IN is no earlier than 2:00pm on your first day.
CHECK-OUT is no later than 11:00am after your last night.
We offer non-refundable bookings from June 1 until September 30 each year. Only 100% pre-paid bookings are confirmed and guaranteed. Please see Booking Terms for details. If the Terms do not meet your needs, you may prefer a drop-in booking.
Drop-in bookings are provided on a first come first served basis with no implied guarantee of availability upon arrival (first to pay gets the cabin). We are often able to provide rentals on a "call first drop in" basis for a few weeks before June 1 and after Sept. 30.
All bookings include the use of resort facilities free of charge: patio, wood fired sauna, games room (pool table, board games, books, and darts), children's play area, and campfire circle. Optional evening entertainment may include slide shows about plants and animals, gold rush history, and aboriginal history of the Southern Chilcotin.
Office Toll Free: +1-888-879-8885
Lodge Direct: +1-250-394-7077
Chaunigan Lake Lodge
203 Turtlehead Road, Belcarra, BC V3H 4P3