Historic Mountain Lodge
Call us at +1 (250) 238 2274
Allow the birds to sing you a melody as you relax in the afternoon sun on the spacious, wrap-around balcony of our holiday lodge where the grazing horses and expansive mountains make the perfect back drop. Or, if the weather happens to be less than agreeable, gather around the two-storey fireplace indoors with a steaming mugs of tea or hot chocolate as you enjoy board games, guitar and piano, or a few books from our private library. Find your favourite cozy nook in our living room with its vaulted ceiling, the sunroom with its panoramic mountain view, or the loft with its four queen bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. These are just a few of the delights that await you should you choose to stay at our “western family homestead” style lodge.
While staying at the Historic Gun Creek Lodge, you will revel at the ability to be so entrenched in isolated wilderness and yet have so many opportunities at your fingertips. Just a short drive from your accommodation are the historic towns of Gold Bridge and Bralorne where you can immerse yourself in the gold mining history of the area. Access Pemberton from the adventurous Hurley Pass or Lillooet via the Hwy 40. If you don't want to stay in the busy campgrounds near Whistler, a short drive further will bring you to our remote, peaceful holiday lodge. By foot, horseback, mountain bike, or vehicle you can experience unlimited wilderness adventures, from lakes such as Carpenter, Gwyneth, and Spruce Lakes, to mountain peaks such as those of Mount Sheba, Eldorado Mountain, and Castle Mountain. Escape the heat with a fishing trip to the nearby Pearson Pond where a quick refreshing swim will be almost as exciting as snagging an impressively sized Rainbow Trout. Or, if you enjoy the heat that is promised by the endless sunny days of the Southern Chilcotin Mountains, you can find yourself the perfect alpine meadow of the South Chilcotin Mountain Park to share with the wildlife for an afternoon nap. All this and much more are available when you stay at our holiday lodge at the centre of it all.
Built in 1949, our holiday lodge has character like no other ranch house. The centerpiece of your accommodation is the impressive two-storey fireplace that dominates the living areas. The tapered bricks come from the coke ovens of the United Kingdom, and were transported as ballast to the west coast of Canada via ships. The original owner of the Lodge transported the bricks over the course of one week from the coast to the property where he single-handedly constructed the impressive masterpiece of the homestead. Each brick has a character of its own, showing the distinctive blackened shade where they were exposed to the insides of the coke ovens in their past lives.
The foundations of the Historic Gun Creek Lodge demonstrate impressive feats of engineering by the original owner. Using hundreds of locally sourced large river-rocks collected by hand and a few bags of powdered concrete, he skillfully and artistically assembled the foundation that to this day shows no wear to its integrity.
The upper stories of the lodge are constructed in a timber-frame style, and like the rest of the lodge, show ingenuity and resourcefulness in choice of materials. Many of the timbers were salvaged from the once successful gold mines and railroads that are scattered throughout the area. Join us and experience our ecologically sustainable lifestyle by staying at our historic holiday lodge, your perfect wilderness accommodations.
[pane title="Wildlife Interpretive Activities" start=open]There is a an abundance of wildlife in the area and our Wildlife Viewing tours are the perfect way to take advantage of the many species that live in the area. The tours can be truck based or horse-based. There is also an opportunity to see a Grizzly Bear den or take a bear defense safety course.[/pane]
[pane title="Horsemanship Adventures"]One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of the South Chilcotin mountains is by horseback. Take our Mountain Day Ride or our Guided Trail Riding, lasting from 1-5 hours. You also have the opportunity to take a riding lesson or try Bareback riding. You can also try horseback competitions or take lessons in Long Reining.[/pane]
[pane title="Cowboy / Wrangler Activities"]For people that would like to work with horses, we offer lessons in horse logging, horse shoeing and horse packing. You can also familialize yourself with the wilderness life-style and take our orientation course on swinging and axe, off road driving, trailer hauling and skidder and back hoe operation.[/pane]
[pane title="Angling Adventures"]If you are interested in fishing and dream about catching your own wild trout, we offer guided fishing tours. In the wintertime we offer ice fishing. For the novice angler an ideal place to get started is with our fishing equipment introduction course. [/pane]
[pane title="Winter Activities"]If you are visiting us during Winter, we can take you on a tour to hear the wolf calling or go on a Winter eagle viewing tour. You can also chose to try snowshoeing, cross country skiing or even try driving a snowmobile with one of our experienced guides.[/pane]
[pane title="Ranch Pastimes"]To get a sense of ranch life you are able to visit the Bralorne Museum or take part in our day long interpretive hikes or a shorter 2 hour interpretive hike. You can go on our Stargazing tour, or test your aiming skills with archery, gold panning, target shooting and lariat throwing. We also offer guided mountain biking tours, gold mine shaft exploration and guided hiking tours. [/pane]
[pane title="Multi Sports"]There is an array of sports activities you can do at the ranch. This includes the bucking barrel, horseshoe toss and fence running. For horse competitions you can complete pole bending, barrel racing or scurry pole. For logger sports we offer pole climbing, axe throwing, log rolling and saw cutting.[/pane]
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