Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Destination Type
Fishing Style
Drift Boat, Dry Fly, Wading
July - September
Fishing Days
Why We Go

This storybook Canadian wilderness lodge offers you that genuine "off the grid" wilderness experience that many of us crave. Whether you're a group of friends, an adult family, or spending some romantic time with your mate, it truly offers you a wilderness hideaway far from the crowds.


This storybook Canadian wilderness lodge offers you that genuine “off the grid” wilderness experience that many of us crave. Whether you’re a group of friends, an adult family, or spending some romantic time with your mate, it truly offers you a wilderness hideaway far from the crowds.

The Chilko area is wild, remote, and stunningly beautiful! Seldom visited and largely untouched, Chilko is like a rare gem. Few people have discovered it, but once discovered it is rarely forgotten. There are few areas in the world as beautiful to explore. Surrounded by the exquisite beauty of Chilko Lake and the B.C. Coastal Mountain range, you'll have a chance to kick back and enjoy the view, because your surrounded by beauty everywhere you go. Whether you're dreaming of a fly fishing trip, guided grizzly bear viewing tours, guided big game hunts or galloping on horseback with trail riding tours and mountain pack riding trips, Tsylos Lodge has appealing adventure vacation packages for all adults across generations.

Since 1957, the McLean’s have been living and guiding at Chilko Lake. Today their guests come from around the world to join them at the lodge or in the back country. They have a few things in common; a sense of adventure, a love of the wild, and a passion for fly fishing, horseback riding, or wildlife photography. Tsylos Lodge continues to evolve from its humble beginnings as a hunting and fishing lodge into a rustic yet contemporary wilderness retreat for the 21st Century pioneer.

When you visit Tsylos Lodge, expect to experience more than just your typical adventure travel package. The McLean’s and their staff care about the well-being of their guests, the environment and wildlife.

Fishing Program

Guests and guides meet for breakfast at 8:30 AM and head out to fish by 9:30 AM. Each guide accompanies two anglers. Everyone returns to the dock by 5:30 PM for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

The lodge is located on the Chilko River. Anglers have a variety of fishing styles and waters to choose from. You will typically fish the upper Chilko River drifting in a jet boat, wading along the shelves, or on hot days some guests prefer to use float tubes for a nice change. The jet boats are used to drift down the river and the motor to come back up. The upper part of the river offers great fly fishing for both avid and beginner fishers. The lower part of the Chilko River is fished from the drift boat. The drift boat trip leaves the dock by 9:30 AM and is picked up at 4:30 PM 25 km down the Chilko River. Chilko Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and is home to both large bull trout and rainbows. When you fish on Chilko they will beach the boat and cast sinking tip lines with large streamers into the lake fishing for the bull trout. Tsuniah Lake is a beautiful smaller lake filled with lively small trout. It is a 1.5 hour drive through beautiful scenery to fish it.


Accommodations are individual cabin units located within cabins. Each room offers a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Comfortable beds and nice views ensure a good sleep. The units are heated either by wood stoves or gas fireplaces.

Life at the lodge is focused around the great outdoors. The gathering of everyone for meals is a special time of the day. All of the meals at the lodge are served family style. Wonderful Canadian breakfast as well as fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, and juices are served before your active day on the river, lake, or trail. Lunch is spent stream side, on top of a mountain, or wherever your wanderings have taken you, giving you total freedom throughout the day. The evening meal is especially nice…after a great day, everyone gathers for a tasty meal, a glass of wine, and great company, sharing stories from their day’s adventures. Wonderful meat dishes, breads, salads, pastas, fresh vegetables, delicious deserts, and table wines are served.

The lodge is the central gathering place. It houses the dining room, bar, lounging area around the fireplace, fly tying area, a barbecue deck with outdoor seating, a deck with a Jacuzzi overlooking the river, and another outdoor bar and dinning deck. It also holds the office and gift shop. Tsylos has a fully stocked and licensed bar at the lodge. It is opened in the late afternoon to welcome guests with cold drinks and hors d'oeuvres as you get back from a great day on the river, mountain, or trail. Complimentary wine is served with dinner.

Tsylos encourages guests who are coming to bring great music. They have a stereo at the lodge with a CD player or you can plug in an iPod. There are also a couple of guitars for people who like to strum a tune. The lodge has an assortment of cards, dice, board games, poker chips, horseshoe pit and volley ball court for evening use as well as an assortment of books for reading. The small gift shop offers a wide range of flies, tippet, leaders, caps, t-shirts, fleece jackets and vests, and a few odds and ends that people may forget or decide they need.

Additional Experiences

Horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, grizzly bear viewing, big game hunting.


Day 1 (Saturday): Arrive Vancouver, BC.

Day 2 (Sunday): Take a charter flight from Vancouver to Tsylos Park Lodge.

Days 3 - 8 (Monday – Saturday): Full days of guided fishing.

Day 9 (Sunday): Depart lodge for Vancouver, BC. Take an afternoon or evening flight home.

Rates & Details

2024 Rate: Per person based on double occupancy

7 night/6 ½ day package: $6,295 plus tax

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, round-trip charter flight from Vancouver, all other activities at the lodge

Not Included: Airfare, accommodations and meals other than lodge, staff & guide gratuities, alcohol, licenses, tax

Species: Rainbow trout, Bull trout

Season: June 11 – October 1

Capacity: 14 guests, 8 anglers

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