Welcome To Our Lodge
As winter gives way to spring and the Chilcotin Mountains shed their snow, alpine lakes melt, and our Wilderness Mountain Lodge becomes accessible to travelers again. With glacier covered peaks reflecting on Chaunigan’s alpine lake, the magnificent landscape inspires quiet contemplation and a place to slow life down.
Chaunigan Lake lodge is in the Xeni Gwet'in traditional territory. In 1940’s, 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, our rustic lodge and log cabin rentals offer an unparalleled family retreat in the southern Cariboo-Chilcotin wilderness here in BC. Guests paddle canoes, boat, fish, hike, spot wildflowers and wildlife, ride horses. Come to Chaunigan Lake Lodge and rediscover the primal glory of the wild.
Our remote wilderness lodge at Chaunigan lake is accessible by plane or car. Take a scenic flight over the coastal mountains or embark on an adventurous road-trip through BC’s Interior. In the old days our guests arrived by their own aircraft or by rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles. Today the road systems are vastly improved, and guests can access the lodge with 2-wheel drive vehicles.
Over the last 60 years our technology advances have increased comforts, minimized work, and reduced our carbon footprint. Propane lamps have been replaced with LED lights and solar panels capture the suns energy for power. The radiophone and mail systems have been replaced with Satellite internet and email. There is no cell phone access at Chaunigan Lake which is a blessing. When you join us for a vacation, you are on a vacation.
The Chaunigan watershed is a pristine system and this is what we use for our water supply. It’s cold, clean, and soft water. You will love the taste and feel the softness of your hair after you experience the Chaunigan water.
Electrical Systems 24/7
In 1990 we started the journey of using battery systems to supply electricity to our cabins and lodge, in 2018 we completely upgraded our electrical system because green energy makes sense for our family, business, and the planet. We now run the lodge and cabins 24/7 off solar panels, 12-volt battery storage. We have a backup diesel generator for the days when the sun doesn’t shine. For some people who are reading this, your eyes are probably starting to glaze, but what this means to you, is you will have electricity 24/7.
Keep your eyes out for wild horses. When Simon Fraser’s explorers reached Williams Lake, they saw First Nations People on horseback along the riverbank. 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 Chaunigan vacation.
Our Lodge Manager
Leonard, The Chaunigan Lake Lodge Manager is organized and a team player that can easily anticipate guest's needs to make their experience special. Leonard was born on a floating home in a remote logging camp on the B.C north Coast. He grew up working in the family logging business. Leonard is a skilled wilderness adventure, carpenter, general handyman, and gracious host. In the summer of 2019, Leonard spent 3 months canoeing down the mighty Mackenzie River to its confluence, the Arctic ocean. You will definitely find Leonard’s lifetime of wilderness experience fascinating and his eco-friendly procedures comforting.
Check out some of the most recent images, captured by locals, guests, and our lodge manager, who is also a photographer who loves to capture his furry & feathery friends in their natural habitat. Got a cool shot from your recent stay? send it to our email and we will happily feature it in our online, Chaunigan Lake Lodge gallery.