Outpost's stable of 20 endurance horses and double
teams of draft horses promise unbridled fun and
adventure. Ride through the many stunning trails in
and around the Outpost, through old-growth forest,
across streams and rivers, to the edge of Strathcona
Provincial Park, watching for bear along the way.
the abandoned gold mines of "Bear City", a
turn-of-the-century mining town that boomed and
busted many times between the great Yukon Rush and
WWII. Explore the Bedwell's own "Jurassic
Park", a remote area of deep old-growth forest
where ancient cedars reach 40-ft in circumference
and ferns reach gigantic proportions.
riding adventures are available for all ages and
inclinations. Gallop like the wind through
super-oxygenated forest trails, or plod slowly along
a stream bed or abandoned logging road. Riding boots
and chaps (slickers too, if weather dictates) are
provided for all ages. Bike helmets recommended (and
provided) for young children. Experienced guides
offer expert instruction.
Bedwell River estuary is a marine playground for
beginner and expert kayakers. Intertidal play makes
for ever-changing landscapes and prolific wildlife
kayak excursions include whale, porpoise and bear
watching in nearby Warren Bay, and the day trek to
Flores Island's Wild Side First Nations Interpretive
Trail, where hiking and kayaking mix along marked
trails of between 5 and 12 kilometres in length.
most popular on-property kayak adventure has to be
"the circuit" -- a two-hour loop involving
horses, river kayaks, and ear-to-ear grins.
ride in a wooden parade wagon drawn by draft horses
"Pete and Poke", up alder alley and
through lush forest to where the Bedwell and Urses
rivers meet. Then, they kayak the gentle emerald
shallows back down to the Outpost, starting all over
again, if they wish.
guides lead the way. Instruction and safety gear
provided. No experience necessary.
Bedwell Sound at 'seal level', watching for foraging
bears, otters, spawning salmon, and eagle nests
along the way. Ride the tide in and out of the river
around Clayoquot Sound is a time-honoured tradition
introduced by the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation.
especially love looking down into the cool, clear
shallows as fresh and salt water meet in the
miles of coastline, replete with marine life like
seals, otters, marten, bear, eagles and puffins.
Often, whales can be seen feeding in nearby shallow
favourite daytrip is an eight-kilometre paddle from
the Outpost to the floating resort at Quait Bay.
Stop for lunch at a secluded beach and visit a
floating artist studio/organic garden along the way.
every whale watching expedition produces sightings
of grey, humpback or killer (orca) whales. And
always, guests return grinning from ear-to-ear from
the sheer joy of riding aboard the resorts' dual
Merc-powered pontoon boat.
combination whale and bear watch includes a visit to
Cow Bay, a summer feeding ground of so-called
resident grey whales, a trip to 'seal rock' to view
hundreds of stellar seals and a neighbouring colony
of majestic, and very vocal sea lions.
marine guides will stop at eagle nests and monitor
the airwaves and on-board hyrdophone for signs of
orca and humpback pods.
always, the resort mandates a strict hands-off
approach to wildlife viewing - maintaining a
on-threatening distance and ensuring that guests do
not feed or otherwise disturb the animals.
watching at the Outpost during late summer months
especially requires little or no effort.
the spring and early summer, when the bears are
feasting on berries, an early morning or dinner time
ride or walk around the compound will most-often
lead to sightings of black bear in the undergrowth,
or at water's edge, upturning rocks along the shore.
in late summer and early autumn, the bears put on a
twice-daily show of their own. In the early morning
and again around dinner time, a half-dozen or so
bear first visit the hay field up-river by the barn
- where they snack on tender young hay shoots before
making their way down river to the estuary for a
main course of spawning salmon.
riding adventures very often turn into bear watching
expeditions, and as the resorts' salmon habitat
enhancement program grows, so too will the resident
population of black bear. See the Conservancy
page for details on salmon habitat enhancement and
other environmental programs.
to their own black bear are harmless and completely
uninterested in resort goings-on. A strict
no-food-in-the-guest-tents policy and a very
efficient family of bear-chasing guide dogs keep
nosy bears safely out of the camp.
biking Outpost property is both as close to and far
away from conventional mountain biking as one can
slow-paced level ride down sun-dappled Alder Alley,
across wooden bridges and through bucolic meadows is
a must-do activity for anyone who has ever ridden a
bicycle. The faint click of the spokes,
super-oxygenated air, and breath-takingly beautiful
scenery, alone, are worth the trip.
the adventurous, bike trails of challenge, complete
with requisite roots, boulders and inclines, lie
ready in wait.
and helmets for all ages are provided.
of all ages and inclinations find paradise in the
miles of trails surrounding the Outpost.
of cedar boardwalk, trails through ancient forest
cathedrals and lush fern gardens, and abandoned
roads deep in the rainforest, showcase old-growth,
new growth, and re-forested landscapes and abundant
popular day-trek traverses Outpost property, crosses
a rope suspension bridge and leads guests into
beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park - a mecca for
backcountry and alpine hikers.
short hike in takes explorers to the site of
"Bear City", an abandoned and over-grown
mining town of some repute, that boomed many times
between the Great Yukon Rush and 1939, when Chinese
workers fled the mines they believed were cursed.
lovely hike for families is through Outpost property
and up along the Bedwell River bed - the same path
that early explorers took en-route to discovering
gold. Still, guests can pan for gold ore in the
river's sandy shallows.
unforgettable day-trip to Flores Island and the
world-renowned "Wild Side" First Nation
in the morning for Cow Bay - home to resident grey
whales. This moderate section of the trail allows
time for a gourmet seaside picnic lunch.
12-kilometre hike can be broken-down into sections
of varying lengths and degress of difficulty, and
includes awesome breakers, volcanic shoreline,
old-growth forest trails and cedar boardwalk.
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Village - site of the Ahousaht First
Nations tribe, then return to the resort in time for
late afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Something for all
ages and skill levels.
Springs Cove daytrip, with Whale watching
eight-hour marine adventure begins aboard a 25-foot
open-air console vessel or our dual merc-powered
zodiac and includes whale watching (for humpbacks,
grey and killer whales) and a gourmet picnic lunch.
gentle two-kilometre boardwalk trek to the seven
natural geo-thermal pools of Hot Springs Cove
traverses stands of ancient cedars, fern gardens and
smell of sulphur grows as you near the falls but
quickly fades as you venture closer to the first of
the pools that descend to a final lukewarm bath near
and Salt water fishing
Sound is home to the largest wild steelhead
population in the world, and resort guides know all
the hot spots.
fish for spring steelhead, fall salmon or cutthroat
trout throughout the sound's extensive river system.
Cypre, Megin and Tranquil rivers are the stuff of
legend. Access drop-off points by boat, then walk or
sea fishing excursions are most promising from May
through August and average six hours of fishing per
day (we call it a half-day). Guests depart at 7 a.m.
and return in time for a late lunch, or lay-about
until the 1 p.m. launch and fish in the afternoon,
returning in time for dinner at about 7 p.m.
way, guests enjoy a half-day free to enjoy spa
services and other resort amenities. And, since
couples are often split on their passion for
fishing, the spa option is a popular one.
May through September, find coho (silver salmon) and
sea bass. At the height of summer, giant tyee (king
salmon) reign supreme. Halibut are prolific from
March through September, and ocean fly fishing is
best from July through September; fish for coho
(silvers) and rock fish in a 25-foot open-air
have long-favoured Megin and Pretty Girl lakes as
bountiful sources of cutthroat trout. Access is by
floatplane however, so transportation surcharges
apply. Choose float tubes or kick boats, fly or
people love to fish of the dock and can easily while
away an afternoon - or two. The bridge is a
favourite spot to sit and jig - within sight of the
cookhouse, but far enough away to inspire freedom.
the time Chef May opened the resorts in 1997, he
wanted a designated demonstration kitchen with all
the trimmings. But, when he started working in the
Outpost's new 3,000 square foot cookhouse, with its
70'-long wrap-around counters and huge open-kitchen,
he didn't want to leave.
instead of setting-up formal classes to pass along
his modern natural techniques, he invites guests to
pour a glass of wine, pull up a stool, and settle in
for a spell, on the house.
foodies end up behind the counter or in front of the
grill, leaving, eventually, with pockets-full of
notes and Chef's hand-written recipes.
couples and groups of guests are invited to inquire
in advance or on a whim, about scheduled or
impromptu cooking classes with Chef.
gourmet weekends, including cooking classes,
foraging and visits to local growers and suppliers
can be quoted upon and arranged by request.