Range Beyond Range Circle Route

An adventure for off-grid enthusiasts.

 

To range beyond range through the peaks and valleys of the Coast, Cayoosh, and Chilcotins, through the unceded ancestral lands of the Líl̓wat Nation, the St’at’imc Nation, and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation is to let the roads less travelled lead you farther and farther from distraction, deeper into landscapes that reflect the raw and rugged elements of British Columbia, where rivers shape the steeps, where ecosystems and evolution are experienced as beaches, fishing spots, wild critters, dark skies, stones and sediment and whispers of ceremony. Where encounters come in wine glasses, in pit cooks, in gold pans, on rafts, on horseback, by float plane. Where there’s nothing to come between you and the remembering, that you too are made up of wind and fire, earth and water.

 

Come range among the elements and recall the deeper connections between you and the land.

PEMBERTON

Pemberton, nestled at the base of the majestic Mount Currie, was developed at the turn of the century as a result of forestry and agriculture. The Pemberton Valley lies northwest of the Village and is famous for its seed potatoes. Pemberton and district hosts world-class activities and recreation including snowmobiling, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and riding, golfing, hiking, camping, paragliding and more. The district also provides a variety of shopping, dining, and accommodation options.  Pemberton is easily accessible by vehicle via the well-maintained Highway 99.

Photography Provided By: Blackcomb Helicopters, Copper Cayuse Outfitters, Pemberton & District Museum, C. Cindric

Pemberton Adventure Offerings

1. Historic Li-lik-hel Gold Mine Horseback Riding Expedition

Search for gold on the Historic Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition with Copper Cayuse Outfitters. Ride trails that were originally cut by the miners and have been pounded in by years of horses transporting gold ore to the rail-head in the early 1900’s. Spend three days and two nights in BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range. During this time, you’ll explore the beautiful mountain range between Birkenhead Lake and the Li-lik-hel mine.

2. Pemberton & District Museum

The Pemberton Museum explores the history of the Pemberton Valley, from its beginnings as a home to Lil’wat Nation – who settled at the foot of towering Mount Currie and at the head of Lillooet Lake – to the arrival of European settlers in the late 1880s, to its role as a farming community.  You can also explore Pemberton’s historical sites on the self-guided Heritage Walking Tour. Visit the Pemberton Museum for more information.

3. Heli Adventure of a Lifetime

Looking to get up, up, up and out of this world? Blackcomb Helicopter’s heli-adventures is your ticket to fly. Enjoy a gourmet picnic on top of the world or hit a golf ball off the towering Mount Currie or paddleboard on a pristine alpine lake or take your alpine hiking adventures to new heights or try your hand at alpine fishing.

 

Explore the beautiful views of Pemberton, BC from the sky on an exciting helicopter tour for the ultimate BC experience.

4. Pemberton Farm Tour

A self-guided farm tour experience for folks of all ages created to help share the stories of our local farmers and producers and offer up a farm country experience…Pemberton style! Purchase organically grown vegetables and flowers direct from the farm, indulge in freshly baked goodies, enjoy a locally grown craft beer or try Pemberton’s famous potato distilled liquors. Do as much or as little of the tour as you like…it’s a local farming choose your own adventure.

 

To find out more about the participating farms and venues and to download the brochure map, visit the Pemberton Farm Tour.

5. Tenquille Lake Hike

Go even further off the beaten path and reconnect with the natural world with one of these hikes into the backcountry.

 

Tenquille Lake Branch 12 Trail
Trail Distance: 12km return trip / Approximately 4.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Distance from Pemberton: 1 hour 15 minutes by vehicle

Description: The easiest route accessed by 4wd vehicle. Start near the end of Tenquille Lake West Road, accessible from Branch 12 off the Hurley River Forest Service Road. The trail leads northwest ascending the upper Wolverine Creek drainage where it meets the trail from the Lillooet river bridge. Trail grade is generally gentle, and the route offers views of the Pemberton Valley. About 5km in, you’ll reach the meadows at Tenquille Pass before descending to Tenquille Lake. Outhouses available at Tenquille Lake.

 

Tenquille Lake Lillooet River Valley Access
Trail Distance: 19km return trip / Approximately 9 hours
Difficulty Rating: Moderate / Difficult
Distance from Pemberton: 30 minutes by vehicle

Description: Although the hike is extremely strenuous, you’re rewarded with vistas of the valley below as well beautiful meadows filled with wildflowers. Part of this trail goes through a burn area from a forest fire in 2009. After crossing Wolverine Creek, the trail meets up with the Branch 12 route, climbs through Tenquille Pass then descends to Tenquille Lake. It is not advised to use this trail on windy days due to the danger of trees falling over. Accessible by 2wd from Pemberton. Outhouses available at Tenquille Lake.

 

For more information on these hikes, please download the Pemberton Hiking Map or stop in at the Pemberton Visitor Centre to pick-up a hard copy of the map.

 

Be Prepared!

Ensure your vehicle is equipped for your journey and check driving conditions before departing. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing and be ready for changes in the weather when adventuring into the mountains, during all seasons. Come prepared with food, water, maps and first aid supplies. Know which areas do not have cell service and whenever possible, travel with a companion.

 

Visit adventuresmart.ca for helpful outdoor recreation information and to leave a trip plan.

 

LILLOOET

In Lillooet, on the traditional territory of the St’at’imc, it’s hard to get far from nature, and easy to get lost in it. Continuously inhabited for thousands of years, there’s no shortage of means – whether you’re immersed in the sound and flow of the abundant Fraser River, or admiring Seton Lake from the Loop – to develop an understanding of why people make Lillooet their home.

 

“Guaranteed Rugged”, Lillooet is filled with opportunity for new memories found on our rivers, lakes, and trails; to get acquainted with Lillooet Grown tastes at our local farms and wineries; or to satisfy your curiosity about the cultures and people who live and have lived here. BC’s Little Nugget is still glimmering in the pan, come take a look! 

Photography Provided By: Brad Kasselman, Eckhard Zeidler, Yvon Maurice, Fraser Canyon River Ranch

Lillooet Adventure Offerings

1. Scenic Seton Lake and Seton River

As you descend the switchbacks into Lillooet, your first stop should be the Seton Lake lookout. Turn your attention to the cliffs and see if you can spot the mountain goats that are often seen here.

 

Need a swim? Continue a short ways down the highway and turn into the Seton Lake beach parking lot. Enjoy the turquoise waters of Seton Lake or check out the Naxwit Picnic site by the Seton River for a great place to relax over your picnic lunch.

 

You may also want to explore the walking trails winding through the BC Hydro Campsite. Continue a short distance along the highway until you see the sign for the Seton Spawning channel and the Splitrock Environmental Centre. Splitrock, owned and operated by the Sekw’el’was community, is an award-winning aboriginal business specializing in environmental stewardship. It operates a native plant nursery onsite, which is well worth the visit when it’s open (currently by appointment). While you’re there,  be sure to walk the twenty minute loop trail that takes in the spawning channels, and provides the opportunity for wildlife viewing. The spawning channel is ideal habitat for bird viewing, as well as beaver, river otter, coyote or maybe even a bear (particularly in the fall when the fish are running!).

 

Yup – all this, and you haven’t even hit Lillooet yet!!

2. Lillooet's Wineries

Lillooet’s gently sloping benches; deep, well-drained glaciofluvial and aeolian soils; and abundant sunshine are ideal foundations for the growth of Lillooet Grown fruits, vegetables, and ferments. Lately, the roots of vines at wineries like Fort Berens Estate Winery, and the further afield Cliff & Gorge Vineyards appear to have struck gold, and are generously sharing this discovery as a wealth of flavour for anyone trying the wines. Enjoy a locally-sourced culinary experience at Fort Berens’ Kitchen or bring a picnic down to Cliff & Gorge, and get to know the Lillooet appellation.

3. Fraser Jet Boat Tours / Sturgeon Fishing

“Crystal clear” and “tranquil” are not useful words when describing the Fraser River, but spend enough time on or around it and we’re sure it will grow on you. Lillooet’s Fraser River operators – whether River Monster Adventures, Fraser Canyon River Ranch, or Fraser River Sturgeon Charters – are already beyond help as far as their love of the Fraser is concerned, and like nothing better than to share this love with others through tours hunting for gold, taking in the movement and sights of the river’s course, or questing for the legendary sturgeon:  Pig Nose.

4. The Old Suspension Bridge

The Historic Suspension Bridge, built in 1913, is a must-see Lillooet attraction. This picturesque old structure was the original bridge across the Fraser River and replaced the winch-powered ferry previously used. As you walk the bridge and view the rushing Fraser, consider how this mighty river and its fish have for centuries been the lifeblood of the indigenous people of the region.

 

Today, the Old Bridge is home to several bat habitat boxes (if you’re there at dusk, you might even get to see the bats!) and an osprey nest. When you’re back ‘in range’, you can check out the osprey up-close-and-personal at their very own web cam.

5. Golden Miles of History

With so many making Lillooet their home for so many years, you’d be right to expect some good yarns. In 2010, The Lillooet & District Historical Society set out to collect, comprehend, and share a selection of these, and their self-guided Golden Miles of History tour takes you from a time practically immemorial – with salmon runs reportedly numerous enough you could cross the Fraser on their backs – to the more recent efforts of an eccentric uranium prospector to ride out the Cold War. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for Lillooet’s nephrite Jade monuments, the Mile “0” Cairn that marked the beginning of the Cariboo Wagon road, and for the venerable Miyazaki House (open by appointment only) and the Lillooet Museum (closed for the 2021 summer).

6. Lillooet Hiking Trails

Lillooet offers a diverse variety of walking and hiking trails. From a leisurely stroll close to town to a rugged ‘all-dayer’ from a remote trail head, you’ll likely find something from our ‘Guaranteed Rugged’ suite to suit your tastes. Like all the best secrets, though, ya kinda need to do a little digging to get the intel. Make it easy on yourself, and visit one of Lillooet’s many businesses that carry the Lillooet Naturalists’ Society’s hiking guide ‘Canyon to Alpine’ and purchase a copy. This little book (yes, book – how ‘out of range’ is that?!) provides detailed directions plus loads of additional information on flora, fauna and history. Bonus – buying the guide supports both the local business and the society – win-win-win.

BRIDGE RIVER VALLEY

Expansive wilderness, intriguing history and vibrant local culture await you in the Bridge River Valley.

 

Come and explore – ride the trails, enjoy the lakes, find the perfect campsite or let one of our world renowned adventure providers guide you and your family/friends on horseback trips, a float plane glacier tour or the historic experiences. There is a unique vibe to this place – a sense of freedom anchored in a sense of belonging – independence thrives here alongside personal responsibility – to each other and to the land. Home to a hardy few, the Bridge River Valley welcomes visitors from nearby Sea to Sky and from around the world with the lure of epic adventure and the chance to learn about and share our history, our culture and our values.

Photography Provided By: Jonny Bierman, Bralorne Pub, Bralorne Pioneer Museum, Haylmore Heritage Site, Blake Jorgenson, Michelle Nortje

Bridge River Valley Adventure Offerings

1. Haylmore Heritage Site & Gun Lake - Summer Fun!

Paddleboard on the clearest lake in North America, Gun Lake, at dawn. Learn about the history of gold mining over at the Haylmore Heritage Site, dress up as a miner and try your hand at panning for gold.

2. Bralorne - History

For a taste of history, check out the Bralorne Museum, church and abandoned mine sites and ghost towns. Don’t forget to enjoy a cold beverage at the Bralorne Pub in town and share stories with the locals!  Stop at On the Fly Market for an eclectic mix of locally sourced crafts and products.

3. South Chilcotin Magic - Scenic Recreation

Walk on a remote glaciers edge – where few footsteps have been before – or experience ‘off the grid’ guided backcountry hiking and mountain biking with Tyax Adventures.  Take a guided multi-night horseback trip into South Chilcotin Park with Chilcotin Holidays.  Enjoy an exquisite meal on the deck of Tyax Lodge and relax in your well appointed room before heading off to a spa treatment.

CIRCLE ROUTE MAP & TRAVEL DETAILS

Range Beyond Range Circle Route: Explore the wide-ranging landscapes linked by the rugged mountain towns of Pemberton, Lillooet and the Bridge River Valley.

 

From the Pacific Coast Range to the Cayoosh and the Chilcotins, the rugged hinterland communities of the Coast Mountains offer adventure for off-grid enthusiasts. Connecting Pemberton, Lillooet and the Bridge River Valley, travellers can move in either direction, in a 284 km circuit that travels both paved and gravel roads and is largely out of cell service. A good vehicle with good tires, and a good sense of self-sufficiency is mandatory. (Siri is a creature of cities and silicon. She is no use to you here.) Those who appreciate being off the beaten path will be rewarded (although some will randomly be chosen by the road to pay a toll – mostly as windshield cracks and flat tires.) The reward is in being able to hear yourself think, and the awe that comes with being a small creature in a huge landscape.

 

From Pemberton, you can travel in either direction – north along highway 99 to take the Duffey Lake Road to Lillooet and then on to Road 40 for access to Bridge River Valley. This option, without stops, is a four hour trip into the Bridge River Valley. Or, with a 4 x 4 vehicle, from Highway 99, turn into downtown Pemberton, travel along the Pemberton Meadows, to the Hurley Forest Service Road. This is a two hour journey to the Bridge River Valley. From there the route continues on to Lillooet, a two hour drive away.

 

NOTE: In order to complete the entire Range Beyond Range Circle Route, a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle with all terrain tires is recommended. Along with a spare tire and the ability to use it, as you will be ranging deep into rugged territory.

SAFE & RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

The code of the backcountry traveler is simple:

  • Gather your intel before you go, before you get in too deep. (When you range beyond range, you’re in deep, real fast.) Ask a real person, in advance, not Siri, in the moment. She is a creature of cities and silicon. She is no use to you here.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Live it for real life, not for likes.
  • Your cell phone is not a safety plan.
  • Know your old-timey skills – how to navigate without cell service, how change a tire, how to put out a fire so it’s really out.
  • The roads take their occasional toll – usually in windscreen cracks and flat tires. (Be prepared.)
  • Respect the ancestors of these lands. Respect the people and language who know this land as their heart’s home. (Learn a phrase or greeting in the traditional language. The land will be happy to hear it.)
  • Respect the travelers who are still to come this way, who will want to feel the same thrill of discovery and wonder that you do, by leaving the place better and cleaner than you found it.
  • Please bring your curiosity, your self-reliance, and the skills you learned in kindergarten about not taking what’s not yours, cleaning up when you’re done, and saying thank you with your words and actions.

 

Ranging this way, traveler, you will find yourself among friends, invigorated by a deep sense of belonging, welcome to come again and again.

We recommend preparing for this circle route in advance for a safe, responsible and memorable road trip of a life time! Be sure to know the best ways to travel to and within each community.

 

Keep up to date on road conditions and closures, forest fires, evacuation alerts, and alternate travel paths before venturing out into the backcountry on this 2-3 day adventure.

RESPECT THE LANDS & PEOPLES

We acknowledge that we are on the unceded lands of the Líl̓wat Nation, the St’at’imc Nations (the northern St’at’imc Nations include the Bridge River Indian Band (Xwisten), Pavilion Indian Band (Ts’kw’aylaxw), Cayoose Creek Band (Sekw’el’was), Seton Lake Band (Tsal’alh), Lillooet Indian Band (T’it’q’et) and Fountain Band (Xaxl’ip)), and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation.

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