Category: Summer

Small Group Yoga Retreat


Join us for a small group yoga retreat – September 30th to October 2nd

A fulfilled weekend with yoga practice, cold lake plunges, sauna sessions, lake paddles and cozy evenings by the fireplace – claim your spot now! Limited spaces available.

Come to the mountains, find stillness, find ease, find your paradise

Breathe in… the healing powers of the mountain air and of our eucalyptus steam room, feel the tranquility of the Tyaughton lake, nourish your body with a relaxing massage, soak in our outdoor state-of-the-art hot tub. Breathe out… Let everything go, link the breath with the mind and body through yoga practice and discover your true self beneath the outside chaos, meet like-minded people.

What’s included:

  • Two nights accommodation in a Lake View room (single or double occupancy)
  • Four all-levels yoga classes inspired by traditional yogic philosophy
  • One relaxing massage treatment
  • 2 breakfasts 2 dinners, 1 lunch
  • Unlimited access to saunas and watercrafts
  • A Tyax wellness gift box

Double occupancy room: $845.00 plus taxes per person

Single occupancy room: $945.00 plus taxes per person

To book, fill out our form below, email us at, or call us at 250 238 2221.

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Payment and cancellations:

A non-refundable 20% deposit is required at the time of booking. The remainder of the package is charged 14 days prior to the retreat arrival date. Within that time frame, your spot remains non-refundable and non-changeable.

About the teacher:

Mal has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, gaining her training and experience in India, where she among others completed her 200h YTT centering on Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa, followed by numerous courses focusing on the nervous system and the yoga philosophy. By providing a non-judgmental and no-pressure arena for all students, her classes allow individuals to choose the best options for them. Students will be encouraged to treat their bodies with respect and compassion, and to be their own teachers. Emphasis is placed on building a greater awareness of the body and the mind. Expect to move with attention and work with intention. Practice with self-inquiry and compassion.

Autumn Operations Update

As autumn falls upon us, we watch the colors of the trees rapidly turn. The Tyaughton Lake remains still as the lake loons prepare to venture south, and have we have savored the time with our guests and team alike this summer season.

We are thankful for the opportunity to resume our operations in the post-pandemic world. A big thanks to all of our guests, team members, and the Bridge River Valley community for their support and patronage through these times.

With our last day of summer operations on October 5th, we look forward to preparing for our 2023 winter heliskiing season, and for our summer season in late May 2023.

Don’t have your winter adventure booked yet? Get in touch with us for heliski availability and pricing.

During our shoulder seasons, we are available on a limited basis:

We look forward to welcoming you to Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing!
Warmest wishes from,
The Team at Tyax

Bikepacking at Tyax Lodge

Tyax Lodge Mountain Biking Activities

Tyax Lodge and the South Chilcotins has been attracting mountain bikers for as long as we can remember. The sheer vastness of the area and epic trail network means this place is on the bucket list of riders all over the world. For a lot of riders, the trails here are all about speed and fast, flowing trails. However, year on year, we find more riders coming here to go bikepacking.

Bike Packing South Chilcotin Mountains
Photo: Blake Jorgenson/Scott Bikes

What is bikepacking?

Bikepacking, in it’s simplest form, is combining cycling and camping in one. Everything that you need to go camping is loaded on you and your bike and you set out into the wilderness for an overnighter.

Bikepacking differs from regular mountain biking and hiking as it allows you to go on long bike adventures out into the backcountry for days on end. You’ll experience a connection with nature and a much more substantial journey than a regular day of riding. Not many bike rides end with sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sunrise over epic mountain ranges. And most camping trips don’t venture so far into the wilderness so quickly. Bikepacking lets you access remote places to camp that would take much longer to reach otherwise.

Where can I go bikepacking at Tyax Lodge

The bikepacking route around Tyax Lodge is a 130km long loop that crosses Tyaughton Creek and loops around Eldorado Mountain and Cardtable Mountain. The singletrack trails in the South Chilcotins are generally quite flowy, open and fast. The loop can be ridden in either direction – clockwise for those who want the long and tricky climbs and anti-clockwise for those wanting a more balanced ride. The trail is unpaved in all parts and over half of it is singletrack. There’s a good amount of climbing on this route. The ride will have an elevation gain of almost 2,900m with the highest point being 2,225m. The trail usually takes about 3 days to complete.

What do I need to go bikepacking?


In truth, the best bike for bikepacking is the bike that you already have. In saying that, there are some bikes that are better suited to bikepacking than others. There are dedicated bikepacking bikes, but most mountain bikes, and even some gravel and cyclocross bikes, are perfect for a bikepacking trip around Tyax Lodge.

Chromag Surface Mountain Bike
The Chromag Surface

Chromag Surface

This Whistler made bike is ideal for bike packing at Tyax Lodge. This hardtail frame is made from steel, which soaks up trail vibrations much better than aluminium, it’s also incredibly durable. The Surface has front suspension so when the trail points downhill, you’re able to ride any line you want. The trails around us at Tyax Lodge are fast and flowy, perfect for the Chromag Surface.

Surly Ogre Mountain Bike
The Surly Ogre

Surly Ogre

Surly makes a wide range of bikes. They have city commuters, cargo bikes and rigid bikes. Their fully rigid Surly Ogre is a great choice for bikepacking. Because it has no suspension at all, the frame is very efficient, which is great for long days pedalling out in the backcountry. Surly also design their bikes with lots of handy mounts for racks, bottle mounts and frame bags.

Marin Four Corner Mountain Bike
The Marin Four Corner

Marin Four Corners

You don’t need a mountain bike or something that looks like one, to go bike packing. Marin has been making off-road bikes for a while now and their Four Corners is their most adventurous off-road bike. Again, it’s made from steel and is designed with a much more relaxed geometry than most road and cyclocross bikes. It is much more efficient and quicker on the climbs than other bikes mentioned here, but will need more care and guidance on the descents.

Racks & Bags

Bikepacking rigs are usually outfitted with racks and bags to help carry all the equipment. Frame bags fit inside the frame of the bike and are attached with straps. These bags are great for storing clothes and camping equipment. Saddlebags attach to the rear of the saddle and extend backwards. Saddlebags come in a range of sizes and are great for carrying a tent, extra clothing, or any other larger structures. Handlebar bags attach to the handlebars in front of the bike. Most riders use these bags for carrying sleeping mats or sleeping bags. Finally, you might want a top tube bag. This bag sits just behind the handlebars and is easily accessible at all times. This is the ideal place to keep some snacks, maps and other things that you will be using often.

Camping Gear

Bikepackers tend to run a light or ultra-light camping setup. Instead of large, spacious tents, most riders opt for a lightweight one-person tent or even a bivvy bag. A bivvy bag is basically a more robust sleeping bag that is suitable for outdoor use without a tent. On a multi-day trip into the backcountry, you’ll need to pack your own food. Freeze dried food has come a long way in the past number of years, these will tide you over until you get back to Tyax Lodge and treat yourself to a fantastic, well-earned, meal. Don’t forget to pack your coffee though, there’s no Starbucks out here!

Backcountry Hiking – Gear Check

Backcountry Hiking Equipment Gear Checklist

Some of our favourite summer days are the ones spend hiking in the mountains surrounding Tyax Lodge. We have a fantastic trail network on our doorstep that showcases the beautiful scenery here and allows you to really get a sense of the history of the area. When you’re out on the trail, the last thing you want is for your gear to let you down. Having the right equipment, that is up to the task at hand, is imperative. Here we take a look at some essential hiking equipment that will keep you out on the trail for longer.


Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX Hiking Boot

A good hiking boot is absolutely essential for hiking in the backcountry. When choosing a new hiking boot it is important to consider the fit, material, and type of boot. We’re big fans of Arc’teryx boots and think that the Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX is the perfect hiking boot for the trails at Tyax. Arc’teryx is a Vancouver based company that is known for making high-end outdoor equipment and this boot is no different.

The boot features a high cut, ankle support Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit. The Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit is a liner that moulds to the shape of the user’s foot, ensuring a perfect fit. The upper is one-piece, seamless, thermolaminated, and made from GORE-TEX. This all leads to fantastic waterproofness, making this boot suitable in any conditions. A 3D moulded Ortholite™ footbed and a Vibram® outsole means that the Bora is also an incredibly comfortable hiking boot.

Hiking Gear Rossignol Jacket


Rossignol Camino MP+ Jacket

Having a jacket in your pack while hiking is very important. Without the proper clothing, a day hiking in the woods can quickly turn into a wet and cold march back to shelter. It’s a good idea to have a jacket made from waterproof material and for it to be easily compressed and packed for easy transport. It also helps if the jacket is stylish! That’s why we think the Rossignol Camino MP+ jacket is a fantastic option, as it fits the bill perfectly.

The Camino MP+ is a two-layer, ultralight waterproof jacket. It is easily packed away and stored for those days when you get caught in a downpour. It also features a modern and stylish cut, with reinforced shoulder areas for use with a backpack. The Camino MP+ is available for both men and women.


Arc’teryx Sarbria

Arc’teryx features here on our list again. This is because of their high-quality across their range of products. What makes their hiking shorts so good is their considered fit and style. The Arc’teryx Sabria shorts for women has a streamlined design that works with the body’s movement to ensure comfort at all times. The shorts are made from Fortius DW 1.0 fabric that stretches with the user. These shorts will allow you to hike comfortably throughout summer. Arc’teryx also has a great selection of hiking shorts for men.


Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 Backpack

In order to spend a day or more out in the backcountry, you’re going to need to carry all your gear and equipment with you. Having a backpack that is practical and suitable for the task at hand is very important. The most important thing to consider when looking for a new backpack is the size. 70-litre backpacks are suitable for multi-day excursions into the backcountry, while smaller packs are more suitable for single day trips.

Because of the vast trail network surrounding us here, and our well-equipped lodge, we recommend people to go on single day hikes and return to the lodge to avail of all the fantastic facilities here. The Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 backpack is the perfect choice. It is a durable, light-weight pack that will stand up to the rigours of alpine life.

Hiking Equipment Hat Patagonia


Patagonia Hike Hat

Staying sun-safe while out on the trail is very important. Long periods of exposure to direct sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and sunstroke. One of the most effective ways to combat this is to wear a hat with a brim and neck cover.

Patagonia’s Hike Hat is a smart choice. It features a brim and neck cover and is also made from upcycled nylon. Patagonia has a reputation for being an ethical company and this can be seen in their material choice for this hat. The hat is also finished with a water-repellent layer that will keep you dry when you get caught in a short downpour. The hat is available in three colours, so we’re sure you’ll find one that you like!

Hiker Gear Socks Darn Tough


Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Cushion

Socks are often overlooked when it comes to thinking about essential equipment, however, we think that’s a big mistake! Darn Tough socks are widely considered the best socks made today, what other sock company has a lifetime warranty?

The Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Cushion is a fantastic sock that will keep you comfortable while out on the trail. They are made from Merino wool, have a performance fit and are seamless. It’s no wonder that Backpacker Magazine gave them their Editor’s Choice Gold Award for 2018.

Now you have all the essential gear needed to come hiking at Tyax Lodge. Get in touch with us today and book your trip!

Backcountry Mountain Biking – Gear Check!

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike

The Scandinavians have a trusted saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. This mentality can be transferred to outdoor adventures, with most terrain and trails being conquered with modern equipment and gear. Mountain biking has come a long, long way since it’s early days of rigid frames, v-brakes and lycra-clad riders. Advancements in material technology and geometry have allowed us to ride trails that the pioneers of mountain biking could only have dreamt of.

Backcountry Mountain Biking
Photo: Blake Jorgenson/Scott Bikes

Here we take a look at some of the best and most essential gear needed for some backcountry mountain biking. Having a suitable bike for the terrain, and your riding style is of utmost importance. We’ll also be looking at essential safety equipment and gear.


Every year there is a new trend in mountain biking. The once laughable 29-inch wheels have now become a must-have for aggressive trail riders and enduro racers all over the world. Here we take a look at enduro, trail and hardtail bikes and discuss the benefits of each for backcountry mountain biking at Tyax Lodge.

Mountain Biking Equipment Enduro Bike Commencal Meta

Enduro Bike – Commencal Meta

The Commencal Meta is one of the most popular enduro bikes on the market right now. Whistler local Yoann Barelli races this bike in the Enduro World Series, and it’s easy to see why he chose this bike.

With 160mm front and rear Rockshox suspension and 29er wheels, when this bike gets up to speed to plow through whatever obstacles that are unlucky enough to be in its way. Commencal has chosen to make the frame from triple-butted aluminium rather than carbon. This gives the bike an extra bit of hardiness, which is perfect for the trails here at Tyax Lodge. While the Commencal Meta is a monster on the downhills, it’s no slouch when the trail points upwards either. The SRAM Eagle 12 speed drivetrain allows for a massive range of gearing which lets you spin your way to the top of your climbs.

Mountain Biking Equipment Hightower

Trail Bike – Santa Cruz Hightower

Santa Cruz has been making some of the most beautiful and critically acclaimed bikes for a number of years. And with the Hightower, Santa Cruz has created one of the best trail bikes on the market. Trail bikes differ from enduro bikes as they generally have shorter suspension travel and a more well-rounded geometry. Trail bikes are designed with epic all-day rides in mind, which is perfect for getting out into the wilderness at Tyax Lodge

With it’s 135mm of travel and shockingly light carbon frame, the Hightower is a whippet of a bike. It, like the Commencal Meta, also has a 12-speed drive train and adds carbon cranks to the build as well. This thoughtfully specced bike keeps the weight down in almost every department, while still being sturdy enough for an all-dayer out in the backcountry.

Mountain Biking Equipment Aggressive Hardtail

Aggressive Hardtail – Chromag Surface

The Chromag Surface is the do-it-all mountain bike from the iconic biking brand Chromag. Designed and hand-built in Whistler by a team of hardtail aficionados, the Surface is a favourite amongst seasoned riders through BC and Canada.

With its aggressive geometry, steel tubing and masterful welds this bike is ready to handle any of the trails here at Tyax Lodge. Despite the lack of rear suspension, this bike is more suited to backcountry adventures than you’d think, thanks to its slack than usual geometry and build. A massive benefit of no rear shock is that there’s a strong rear platform to use while pedalling uphill.

The Chromag Surface is also finished with the equally well made Chromag kit. The handlebars, pedals, saddle, and grips are all made by Chromag and can be regularly seen on bikes across the globe.


Mountain Biking Equipment Helmet

Helmet – Oakley Drt5

A good helmet while mountain biking is an absolute no-brainer. Here at Tyax Lodge, we value our visitor’s safety, so we highly recommend that everybody wears a helmet that is in great condition and that fits them properly.

Oakley has recently entered the helmet market and their Drt5 is a fine example of a well-made, modern mountain bike helmet. It features the MIPS Brain Protection System, which is a floating, rotational layer between your head and the helmet exterior. During impact, this layer helps prevent rotational damage to the brain. The helmet also features a BOA fitting system and a sweat guard.

Mountain Bike Equipment Knee Pads

Knee Pads – Race Face Ambush

As every mountain biker knows, the part of our body that’s first in the firing line during a crash is our knees. It’s no wonder why in most bike shops you’ll see a wide selection of kneepads. Most kneepads offer either high protection and low manoeuvrability, or low protection or high manoeuvrability. However, Raceface offers a knee pad that has high protection and high manoeuvrability.

The Ambush kneepads feature the revolutionary D30 foam. This foam is used by soldiers, NFL players and even in phone cases. During low stress, the foam is soft and malleable, however, during impact, it becomes rigid and protects the user. Perfect for a big day in the saddle!

Mountain Biking Equipment Backpack

Backpack – EVOC Neo 16L

On a long day of riding in the backcountry, we advise that you bring everything that you may need with you. Tubes, brake pads, tools, first-aid-kits, food, and water are all must-haves. In order to bring all these things with you, you’re going to need a backpack.

EVOC has been making backpacks for a number of years now and have established themselves as one of the industry leaders. Their newest backpack for mountain bikers is the Neo 16L. As well as the near-perfect fit that we’ve become accustomed to, EVOC have added a shock absorption back protector and a ventilation system.

Now you’re up-to-date on everything that you need to make your backcountry trip a success. Mountain biking in the South Chilcotins is one of the most sought after trips in the world, so get in touch with us today and book your visit!

What’s Growing Around Us At Tyax Lodge?

South Chilcotins Flora Plants Tyax

It may seem that life in the mountains moves at a glacial pace. The truth, however, is that the wilderness is a bustling metropolis of wild animals, towering trees, bountiful shrubs, and spellbinding mushrooms. On your next visit to Tyax Lodge, make sure you take a look at what’s growing around you!

Tyax Lodge Chilcotins Hiking


What Is An Old Growth Forest?

An old growth forest is a forest that has been left undisturbed for a significant amount of time so that unique ecological situations arise. They are very important as they are homes for vast amounts of flora and fauna. Some species can struggle in new forests, while old growth forests provide a stable and unique environment for them. Some old growth forests act as large carbon sinks, which help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Spruce Lake Protected Area

Logging is prohibited in the Spruce Lake Protected Area. As early as the 1930s, preservationists were fighting the logging industry to protect the old growth forest. Formerly a provincial park, downgraded in 2007, mining and tourism still allowed in the area. Thanks to these preservation efforts we can relax on our patio at Tyax Lodge surrounded by native Canadian forests.

Tyax Hiking Nature

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

The douglas fir is a true Canadian giant, it has been known to grow to a towering 100 meters in height. It is an evergreen tree that is native to western Canada and is distributed from BC down through the US to California. Bears like to scrape away layers of bark and eat the sap of the tree.

Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis)

The whitebark pine tree will be known to many skiers as it is one of the highest growing pine trees and thus often marks the treeline in some areas. As the name suggests, the whitebark pine has white bark, can grow up to 30 meters in height. Squirrels like to make their home in whitebark pine trees, which can tempt bears to come to look for their stash of nuts!

Alpine Flowers

Alpine flowers are hardy and often beautiful plants. They grow in a region known as the ‘alpine’. This is an area of high elevation above the treeline – the elevation of which trees do not grow. These areas are often rocky and barren, but some have beautiful flowering wildflower meadows.

Tyax Flora Fauna

Mountain biking through a high alpine wildflower meadow is one of the reasons why so many people come mountain biking at Tyax Lodge. During summer you’ll ride trails through blossoming tiger lilies, upland larkspur, grass-of-Parnassus, pink monkey-flower, and yellow salsify.


As well as creating stunning views and being home to some of our wild neighbours, plants in the area also provide food for animals in the area.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Known to most of us because of their use in the production of gin, the juniper plant is an important part of the diet for bears, birds, and other small animals. This plant can be found both as a shrub and a tree. The wood of the juniper has been used primarily for cladding the exterior of buildings but has also been used in history for making bows. The wood strikes the right balance of strength and flexibility, making it an ideal choice. Juniper berries have also been used in Indigenous medicine and in the use of essential oils.

Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)

Walking around Tyax Lodge on a summer day, you’ll find blueberry bushes bursting with beautiful berries. The plant itself can range from a minute 10 cm in height to a few meters high, while the ripe fruit is a deep blue and about the size of a marble. Similar to the juniper berry, the blueberry is an important part of the diet of a number of wild animals living around us here at Tyax Lodge.


Mushrooms are interesting items as they do not belong to the animal or plant kingdom. Instead, they belong to a different kingdom – fungi. While at first glance you may assume that they are plants because they grow out of the ground and grow near plants, in fact, scientists had classified mushrooms and fungi as plants for a long time. However their cell walls are made of chitin, this is the same stuff that insects make their shells from. No plant does this.

Mushrooms grow very quickly and you’re sure to see some when out on horseback at Tyax Lodge. However, some mushrooms are poisonous so it is recommended that you do not eat any wild mushrooms.

Black Morel (Morchella elata)

Black Morels have a highly structured exterior and can seem quite alien-like. They have short stalks and a larger, arrow-shaped cap that points up above the ground. The caps are generally dark in colour. Black morels are poisonous. Cooking removes the toxins, so never eat a raw black morel.

Red-capped Scaber Stalk (Leccinum aurantiacum)

The red-capped Scaber Stalk resembles the stereotypical image of a mushroom. It has a white stalk and a larger, domed, red cap. It can grow up to 20 cm in diameter and 15 cm in height. It is found in both coniferous and deciduous forests. It is similar to the black morel in that it can not be eaten raw.

Our Wild Neighbours – Part 2

Tyax Lodge BC Animals Wildlife

Following on from our last article, Our Wild Neighbours – Part 1, where we looked at the bears and birds in the area; this week we’re taking a closer look at the fish and mammals that live in the region.


Thanks to the pristine lakes and picturesque streams surrounding Tyax Lodge we’re blessed with having some incredible fishing on our doorstep. Book a stay at Tyax Lodge and explore the waterways of the Gold Bridge area. Make sure you have the appropriate licensing and safety gear before you go!

Fishing at Tyax in British Columbia, Canada

Rainbow Trout

The rainbow trout is a very popular and common fish in North America. Their colouring changes depending on regions and subspecies. Some are found with a darker, olive-green to black shades, while there are others with more earthy green and even blue colouring. However, no matter the colour they all have a strip of red lengthwise down their body on both sides.

Rainbow trout are strict carnivores and are often seen gulping at insects that land on the water’s surface. While they also like to eat mussels, small fish and shrimp, these are rarer occurrences. Some rainbow trout migrate from freshwater streams and lakes to saltwater. Here they turn into steelhead trout. The fish then grows bigger and eats larger prey, such as octopus.

One of the reasons why rainbow trout are so popular is because of their excellent suitability as a sport fish. Rainbow trout are the easiest trout to catch and can be caught with a relatively low-weight setup. A thin line is best as rainbow trout have excellent eyesight and are able to spot thick fishing lines. They are attracted to a range of lures – people have success with spinners, plugs, jigs, and spoons. PowerBait and worms work best for bait while fishing for rainbow trout.


Kokanee spend their whole lives in freshwater environments and do not migrate to saltwater, like some rainbow trout. Kokanee have large eyes, an absence of black spots, and have blue backs and silversides. As they are strictly freshwater fish, they tend to be quite small. They range from 30 cm and 1 lb to 50cm and 5lb. While rainbow trout are the most popular fish in BC, kokanee is a close second. They’re just as much fun to catch and taste even better!

Thanks to modern advances with fishing technology, Kokanee can now be caught with a light setup. Kokanee are known to be aggressive fish. So instead of using a natural looking lure, its best to use a lure that is alien to the fish environment so the fish attacks it. Pink maggots and shrimp are the best baits to use.


Due to Canada’s sheer size and variation in habitat, we have a wide variety of different mammals in our country. BC is home to some true Canadian icons such as beavers, wolves, and horses.


Beavers are truly unique and synonymous with Canada. They are the only mammal, besides humans, that create their own living environment. Beavers are semi-aquatic animals and fell trees by gnawing at them with their extremely strong teeth. Their teeth contain iron, never stop growing, self-sharpen and are orange! The trees are then used to create their dams. The main purpose of the dams is to protect the colony of beavers. They build their dams in slow-flowing streams and create an underwater entrance to their lodge, this helps to deter predators.

Beavers are important in Canadian culture. Without beavers, there would not have been such an interest in the fur trade and exploration in Canada. This would’ve had knock-on effects on companies such as the Hudson Bay Company and the development of Canada as we know it today. Such was their importance at the time, they were included on the coat of arms of the Hudson Bay Company in 1678. At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, the official mascot was a beaver and the beaver is also used as a symbol in many Canadian Forces organizations.


Wild wolves are found in remote parts of North America and Eurasia. The wolves found in the BC wilderness are grey wolves and are truly majestic creatures. They can weigh up to 45 kg with the females weighing up to 35 kg. Wolves are reclusive animals, they are most active at night time and try to stay hidden for the most part. While many imagine wolves being aggressive hunters who take down large moose and deer, they are also known to scavenge for animals that have recently died.

Even though they are fierce animals they very rarely attack humans. When they do hunt, wolves like to avoid hunting in the heat, so they usually wait until dusk and hunt in packs. They are predators who predate on the weakest members of a group of animals. They are known to stalk their prey until launching an attack on the weakest member.


Horses have been central to the growth and development of the Gold Bridge area. Without horses, exploration of the area and discovery of gold in the area would’ve been much less successful. The trails that the pioneers used still exist today. On your visit to Tyax Lodge, you can take a step back in time with a horseback ride on historic trails.

Wild Horses

There are a number of pockets of isolated wild horses in Canada. Most of these groups have descended from the first horses that Europeans brought to the New World. However, the wild horses of the Chilcotin Plateau north of Gold Bridge have Russian ancestry. This makes them truly unique. The home of the wild horses here is protected by Xeni Gwet’in First Nation in Western Canada’s only horse preserve.

Our Wild Neighbours – Part 1

Hiking South Chilcotin Mountains

Tyax Lodge and the surrounding areas of BC are home to some iconic Canadian animals. From small birds through to grizzly bears, this area is home to all size of creatures. A visit to Tyax Lodge is taking a step into the wilderness. The creeks and lakes are streaming with fish. The treetops are bustling with eagles and owls. While in the remote, distant peaks and valleys, bears and wolves roam.

In this first part of a two-part article, we’re going to take a look at some of the birds and bears that live in this region.


Mention Canadian wildlife to anybody and immediately they’re going to think of bears. Bears are synonymous with the Canadian wilderness and Canadian culture. The mountains and forests around Tyax Lodge, and BC are home to some of the most well-known bear species. So don’t be surprised if you see some bears in the far distance when you’re mountain biking at Tyax Lodge!

Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears live in the most remote parts of the mountain ranges around Tyax Lodge and the Gold Bridge area. Grizzlies fish for trout in the streams, hunt for marmots and forage for skunk cabbage and berries. They are solitary animals who love to live in regions far away from humans and other disturbances.

Black Bears

Black bears are a much more common sight than grizzly bears, in fact, they are the most common bear in the world. They are smaller than grizzlies and have a more pronounced pointed nose. They also love to fish as well as having a large number of berries, nuts, and fruits in their diet.

Kermode Bears

Now, this is a rare one! Kermode bears have near legendary status, particularly in First Nations folklore. They are sometimes referred to as ‘Spirit Bears’. Kermode bears are an uncommon variation of black bears, with only a small percentage of them having white fur. It has been noted that their white fur could help with fishing. White bears are harder for fish to see that their black fur counter-parts.


There’s no shortage of birds at Tyax Lodge. From small, plentiful ptarmigans to wise owls and large birds of prey, Tyax Lodge has it all. So next time you’re out for a hike at Tyax Lodge keep an eye on the skies above you!


The ptarmigan is a common sight in the mountains around Tyax Lodge. They are a small-medium sized game bird who make their home in the higher reaches of the mountains.

Their feathers molt as the season changes and help to camouflage them with their surroundings. In winter they are mainly white with a black tip on their tails, while in summer their feathers are a mottled brown. This helps to hide them from larger birds of prey in the area.

Birds of Prey

Numerous birds of prey hunt from the skies of British Columbia. Golden eagles and bald eagles nest high in cliffs. They hunt smaller animals and can be seen swooping for marmots and squirrels.

Keen observers will also be able to spot gyrfalcons as well. These are the largest members of the falcon family. Their plumage coloring varies greatly within the species. They can be found with pure white feathers, to a speckled brown, with some females having all black feathers.


Some of our most common year-round residents are owls. Great grey owls have piercing yellow eyes and incredibly accurate hearing. They hunt at night from low-hanging perches and use their excellent hearing ability to locate their prey. They are one of the very few species of owls that dives into the snow to attack their prey.

The great horned owl is the most widely distributed owl in the Americas. Their coloring depends on where they live. The great horned owls in this part of BC have a patchy dark brown and black plumage. They get their name from their distinctive ear tufts that resemble horns.

Make sure you check out our next article which will cover fish, horses, moose, and beavers!

Your Wedding At Tyax Lodge

Wilderness Resort Events Weddings Summer

Your Wedding

You deserve the best on your wedding day. Our team here at Tyax Lodge is vastly experienced at providing unique weddings that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Tyax Lodge is the perfect venue for your dream wedding. Our exclusive wilderness resort in the South Chilcotin Mountains is the ideal setting to create memories that will last forever. Tyax Lodge is located 180km north of Whistler, BC and is accessible year-round by road.

Tyax Dock Wedding Party

Our lawn on the shore of Lake Tyaughton is the perfect space to gather 100 of your nearest and dearest for your wedding ceremony. We also have a range of reception room sizes to create the perfect ambience depending on the size of your group.

Your Venue

Tyax Lodge – Up to 100 guests

This fully catered venue is our most popular choice. With a decadent reception room, lake-view dining room and rustic lounge, it’s easy to see why. Full set-up and tear-down services are included in your package. We provide round tables, white folding chairs, white linen, tableware, cutlery, head table, in-house sound system, and dance floor area.

Tyax Barn – Up to 100 guests

Tyax Barn is a newly renovated, full catered barn with a reception space and dining area. This outdoor barn is fully protected from the elements and has bar service until 1  AM. Tyax Barn also comes with the same set-up service as Tyax Lodge, with the extra addition of fairy lights and romantic fabric hangings.

Wolverine Chalet at Tyax

Wolverine Chalet – 20 to 40 guests

The Wolverine Chalet is a fantastic choice of venue if you wish to bring your own caterer. This six bedroom, traditional log chalet is ideal for an intimate wedding of 20 to 40 guests. If needed, Tyax Lodge can provide set-up and tear-down of 62” round tables, white folding chairs, and white linen.

Lynx Chalet – 20 to 30 guests

Our other option for a private, self-catered wedding is the Lynx Chalet. This beautiful chalet, right on the water’s edge, is perfect for 20 to 30 guests. The Lynx Chalet also has an alternative lakeside ceremony venue. In the case of inclement weather, we can set up an outdoor wedding tent to keep your day running smoothly.

Your Meal

Chef Duarte creates your wedding menu with inspiration from the land around him. He only uses fresh, local, in-season ingredients for you and your guests. As such, the menu is constantly changing and evolving. With our canapés, you can expect something along the lines of Kusshi oysters with mignonette and fresh lemons, or Foie gras torchon with caramelized onions on toasted brioche.

Tyax Food Chef Marco Duarte

For your wedding meal, you can choose between a multi-course fine dining offering or perhaps you’d rather eat ‘family style’ with your guests. With choices like Pan Seared Scallop, Cache Creek Natural Beef Tenderloin and Truffled Tiramisu, the multi-course menu is sure to delight. The ‘family style’ dinner has options like Beef roast with a red wine jus, or Roasted Greek style veggies with goat cheese served on large platters to be shared between guests.

Or if you’d prefer a more casual reception meal, we can happily organize a lake-side barbeque for you and your guests.

After your meal, our dedicated staff will set up indoor and outdoor areas for an evening of dancing, drinking, and laughing.

Your Accommodation

We have 28 recently renovated, rustic bedrooms available in Tyax Lodge for you and your guests. Given our unique location, each room has stunning views of either Lake Tyaughton or the ancient forests surrounding the lodge. Our wilderness resort has all the amenities that you’d need for your big day.

Tyax Lodge Exterior Summer
If you are planning to have your wedding in one of our chalets, there are rooms available there as well. We also have a campsite at our lodge if your guests prefer to sleep under the stars.

Tyax Lodge is also available to be fully booked out for your wedding. In renting out the entire resort you create a truly intimate experience with total dedication from each and every staff member.

Your Team


With a menu seasonally crafted by Chef Durate, you can rest easy knowing that you and all your guests will have a gorgeous meal to celebrate your day. Our experienced staff have hosted countless weddings and are dedicated to making your day unique and perfect.


Tyax Lodge recommends booking local photographer, Alanna Govenlock, for your big day. Alanna specializes in photographing people in love. She has a vast amount of experience in capturing intimate moments and tender touches.

Bar Staff

Tyax Lodge has a full bar service available for your wedding. We have local wines and beers, as well as all your favourite liquors. Our talented bar staff are on hand in Tyax Lodge until 1 AM and serving alcohol until 12:30 AM.

Contact us and let us help organize your dream wedding.


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