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Touring the Chilcotins
Touring the Chilcotins – a Guided Motorcycle Tour in British Columbia
In August of 2019 we received a tour inquiry from two gentlemen from the USA looking for a unique motorcycle experience, a ride that they could not experience in their home state. They had four days in their schedule with no plans and wanted us at Moto Experience to take them on an unforgettable tour of our backyard. We gladly accepted the challenge and began planning four days of riding with lodging and meals. We came up with a really great route that would take us to a spectacular riding area in the Chilcotin Mountain range. The Chilcotin Mountain range is a sub-division of the Coastal Mountains, located just North of Pemberton British Columbia. We sent an itinerary via email to our potential guests and got a call back very shortly after wanting to book.
it’s always a real treat to be able to spend multiple days exploring and showing our new friends all the amazing scenery, wildlife and great trails in the South Chilcotins so we always jump at the chance to take people here.
August really started to fly by, lots of tour inquiries were coming in for half or full day rides but in the back of my mind all I could think about was our four day Adventure coming up. A few days before our departure I remember looking at the 7 day forecast and it was looking perfect, Sun and a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius for the foreseeable future. Touring the Chilcotins.
The night before I spent the day getting all the bikes prepped, luggage ready and fuel tanks filled for the journey tomorrow. We set up our guests with our favorite accommodation spot, the Pemberton Valley Lodge. It’s a very well appointed Lodge located just off highway 99, with a pool, hot tub that is just a few steps away from town. We met up at Mile One eating house for one of their amazing burgers and made a game plan for tomorrow. Touring the Chilcotins.
Day # 1- The guys arrived just after 9 am with lots of energy, they must of had a big breakfast. We got them both setup with their riding gear and luggage and hit the road as soon as we could. The first part of the journey was heading to the Hurley Pass from Pemberton via the Pemberton Meadows. The Hurley Pass is the main access road connecting the Bridge River Valley with Pemberton and the Sea to Sky corridor. It can be a fairly rough road depending on the time of year but luckily it was fairly smooth. We travelled up out of the Pemberton Meadows over the pass and down into the Bridge River. The views on this road are pretty spectacular, you see the occasional truck or car or lost tourist in a hatch back with a flat tire so you aren’t totally alone. We made a few stops along the way to stretch it out and take in the gorgeous scenery even though we kept them updated regularly with our Bluetooth headsets. They are truly a must have for any Adventure riding in our opinion. We got to Tyax Wilderness Lodge about 3 hours after leaving Pemberton, we had many stops to take photos, have a snack or just hang out for a minute. The whole journey from Pemberton can be done on a motorcycle in a shorter amount of time but we weren’t in a hurry. It is about 85 kms from Pemberton to Gold Bridge which isn’t a long ways but its all relevant to how fast you travel. Once we got to Tyax both Mike and Ron were completely blown away. We had lunch on the sunny patio overlooking Tyaughton Lake and decided why not call it a day and hit the hot tub. We finished the evening with an amazing dinner at the Lodge and made a plan for tomorrow. Great day Touring the Chilcotins.
Day # 2 – Mike was really egar to get on the bike this morning before breakfast, early double track ride? Why not, we hit some of the local double track, I must say it’s one of the highlights of riding around here. If you ever get tired of the views just duck off the road and explore the hundreds of kms of sandy double track trails. Getting our early morning fix of adrenalin before breakfast was a smart more, no need for a coffee today. After a great breakfast spread put on by the wonderful Tyax staff we headed towards Lillooet in a very indirect route. There are a ton of smooth roads, paved or not paved to choose your own adventure. Mike and Ron were really enjoying themselves. Ron who has a background in racing cars on a semi professional level was having a time on our KLR 650, he was learning the ways of off-road motorcycling. After a great morning of riding we made our way to Lillooet for lunch at Abundance Bakery. I took them around Seton Lake for a quick walk around the lake, there was talk about a potential dip but we backed out. We made our way back to Tyax a slightly different route and headed strait to the hot tub for a moto debrief.
Day # 3 – This morning we are heading to explore Bralorne and Gold Bridge, two small towns located 20 kms south of Tyax. Gold Bridge and Tyax were old mining towns back in the 1930’s, they have about 100 residents between both towns. They both have a ton of history so there is los to chat about on the headsets. We made our way through town and up to the Ghost town at the Bralorne Pioneer mine. From there we hit some local double track trails up to Kingdom Lake where we took a load off and soaked in the views. From Kingdom Lake we descended back down into the valley and back up to Tyax to finish up the day.
Day # 4 – Heading home – Another beautiful day was in front of us and we saved some of the best roads for last. We headed East of Highway 40 towards Lillooet skirting Carpenter Lake for 50 kms. If you haven’t ridden this road I highly recommend it, its virtually traffic free with the odd local travelling back from Lillooet, long sweeping corners and smooth pavement. It’s covers all aspects of an epic motorcycle road. We crossed over carpenter lake dam and up Mission Mountain pass down into Seton Portage. We stopped at the Barrel on in Pub for a lunch break, a necessary pit stop when travelling through. If you make a stop here try their pizza, its made fresh and is top notch. The road back to D’Arcy sits high above Anderson Lake and made for a really epic finish to an amazing four days. The road is definitely not an easy one but with some decent off-road experience you will make it through. On one of the harder hill climbs we met an English chap sitting on his BMW 1200 Gs in its side. He didn’t make it up the hill and ended up in the ditch, we helped right the bike and got it to the top. He looked ok so we pointed him in the right direction and he went on his way. We took his phone number and called him later to make sure he made it to his hotel in Seton.
All the epic scenery has now painted a permanent grin on mike’s face, we stopped over the last look out to take in the last of the views and reflect on the trip. We descended back into the Pemberton Valley where it all began and made our way back home. We arrived back in Pemberton just after 5 pm and dusted off the gear and said goodbye to Mike and Ron.
It was an amazing way to spend a few days, riding with great places with even better people. Definitely a trip to remember, until the next ride.
Riding with Moto Experience
Riding with Moto Experience – You’ve got the skills, you can get yourself on a bike, and you can buy a map. Why should you ride in British Columbia, or join a tour with Moto Experience?
Riding in the pacific Northwest of Canada
It’s a common question we ask ourselves to make sure we’re covering all bases to share the fun with our avid adventure motorcycle enthusiasts. If we can’t answer that question for ourselves, what’s going to make you want to share our adventure? There’s so many aspects to guiding tours and we love every part of it.
The Pacific Northwest of Canada is an adventure bike playground. There is no better feeling than twisting through a paved winding dream, only to find a forest service road that travels way up into the mountains, and linking up with your desired destination… and British Columbia is full of them. These roads access some of the more remote areas of the rocky terrain. The FSR’s, ATV and hunting trails often lead to the most beautiful glacial lakes, remote cabins, fishing destinations and wildlife you can find.
Adventure bikes… Are not dirt bikes
Regardless of the look of the bike, and all of those photos and videos of the seamless single track being ridden on a 1000+ cc adventure bike we’ve been watching, the reality is that these are completely different machines and majority of riders won’t be tackling tight single track on these large heavy machines. British Columbia is surrounded by the perfect terrain for all skill levels of adventure riding, and the single track is there if you really want to get put through your paces.
We’ve found some of the most interesting double track ranging from graded forest service roads, to shaley rock climbs, rutted farm lands and everything in between. Riding with a guide not only means you’ll be taken places within your skill level, you’ll have someone to help you through trickier sections and mean you can push your skills a little extra. Some of the most amazing scenery you’ll ever see are on these adv trails.
Its not what, but who
The saying ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’ goes a long way in our corner of the world.
Every adventure you can think of can be accessed at some point throughout the year, and if it can’t, we can usually find someone to help us plan/create it. Local knowledge comes in many shape, not only to do with the riding area’s but all aspects of hospitality and tourism. If you want to spend the day riding bikes in rocky glades, take a helicopter to the top of a mountain to hit (eco-friendly) golf balls, go jet boating, fishing and drink some beer… We can make it happen. BC is home to so many outdoor summer adventures, including tonnes of fishing (including the prehistoric sturgeon), hunting, climbing, hiking, golf courses galore and more.
The people you ride with influence the entire adventure
A good support network refers to the people in your life that help you achieve your goals. Now we might not be making history here, but your dream adventure isn’t something to shake a stick at. Who you choose to spend your adventure with can shape the entire journey for better or for worse. Enough support to get you through the difficult sections, that’ll also stand back and let you conquer it yourself. Riding is fun, even though it can be extremely tough at times. We try to never forget that. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but that’s half the fun. We keep it light, have a laugh, shake it off and go again. Bikes are your best friends, until they aren’t… You can’t always tell what they’re thinking, sometimes they do exactly what you want, and sometimes they want to bite. All within a few seconds. When machines don’t work, it’s great to have a team around to help get that bike back up and running.
You can be as involved as you want. Your adventure of a lifetime is exactly that. We have an agenda for our pre planned trips so there are places we need to be by certain times, however, prior to departure we can make adjustments and our custom-built trips are built completely with you. We’ll do the grunt work and make sure the bikes are prepped and ready, we can have bbq dinners and beers by the hot tub with everyone getting involved. We can sleep in, eat at fancy restaurants and indulge in wine into the evening. We can be up early to hit the road, throw in some sky diving, and dive in a glacial lake before the days out. Its literally what you can dream.
Motorcycle Riding In Whistler
Whistler Moto Experience Motorcycle Riding in Whistler | Something for all two wheel lovers
Motorcycle riding in Whistler has been growing in all forms over the past few years and expanding to a large variety of people. Now with the road specific, dirt specific and all of the adventure models, there is something for everyone. Although Whistler Blackcomb has long been known for its abundance of snow and winter escapades, the last few years has seen the summers flourish and the activities made available expand tremendously. Home to world famous ski hill, and downhill mountain bike park, Whistler Blackcomb houses avid adventure enthusiasts from all over the world, looking to try new things, or fill their cup with their favourite outdoor past times.
This little gem of ours has something for every 2-wheeled fan. The Sea to Sky corridor boasts some of the most break taking ocean views, winding and twisting its way through the mountains from Vancouver to Squamish then onto Whistler. This paved delight can be enjoyed on any motorized steed, but remember to take caution as there are many cars on the road. On the other side of Pemberton is the iconic Duffey Lake road. This unbelievable road has 300+ turns, pristine lakes, remnants of landslides and avalanches and beautiful mountain scapes. It links many of our tours together, and we feature it as its own tour as it really a wonder to ride.
Dirt Biking in Whistler & Pemberton
Motorcycle Riding in Whistler Motorcycle Riding in Whistler Motorcycle Riding in Whistler
Adventure riding in the area is some of the most unique riding you can do. Combining the breath taking paved scenic roads, logging roads into the alpine, double track ATV trails (and some single track for the skilled big bike riders) there is literally day’s and days’ worth of exploring within minutes of Whistler, not to mention the fun we have getting out further inland.
Keep an eye out for more posts about riding in the area or join us on tour!
We’ll explore more of our trips toward the interior in our next written piece as we take our adventures to more amazing places in Western BC.
We create custom experiences combining adventure motorcycle riding, the best places to see and unreal experiences Western BC has to offer. We have pre-planned half day, full day and multi day adventures, or we can build one specific to you.