Plunge your paddle into the serene waters of McGillivray Lake and take a deep breath. The fresh scent of spruce tickles your nose. Your canoe trip comes complete with a voyageur guide. Point your canoe towards Tod Mountain and on their command you begin paddling in unison. Stroke, stroke, stroke! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you glide when you’re working together as a team.
Paddle into the Past
Paddle back through time as you listen to the song of the loon echoing through the mountains. Voyageurs once paddled birch-bark canoes — but your canoe trip will take place in a 30-foot replica canoe. As you explore the area you’ll hear stories of BC’s first explorers, the French Canadian Voyageur. You’ll read a hand-drawn map by a famous cartographer, so accurate even modern day technology cannot improve upon it. You’ll follow the same non-strenuous scenic route those first explorers once travelled over 200 years ago. Learn about original explorers to the area such as Alexander Mackenzie and the McGillivrays — the namesake of the lake.
First Nations – First Canoes
Learn about the First Nations people. They were the original architects of the voyageur canoes and they paddled at 55 strokes a minute and carved the first paths through the mountains. Run your hands over a smooth sample of birch, the primary timber used to create the canoes all those years ago.
Have Fun While You Uncover the Past
This is not your average history lesson. It’s a canoe trip worth taking with family and friends. It’s time out in nature, sharing stories of our fabled history, connecting with loved ones and making new friends.
You’ll learn Canada’s connection to the term Mad as a Hatter as you explore the waters trappers and fur-traders once plied. Discover how a fashion statement almost lead to the extinction of the beaver, Canada’s iconic symbol. You’ll hear stories of the original North West Company whose take-over by the Hudson’s Bay Company diminished its historic accomplishments to tales of ancient history.
Bring the whole gang along to Sun Peaks Resort to experience life as a voyageur. This is a BC canoe trip for all ages, and possibly one of the best in Canada.
Sights and Tastes
Learn to paddle a canoe as part of a team, then celebrate your successful voyage with a feast reminiscent of those enjoyed by our first pioneers.
Watch for Wild
A trip through the past isn’t the only discovery you’ll make on this expedition, as this bustling eco-system is home to the iconic wildlife you’d expect to find in Canada. Keep your camera close as you may catch site of moose, elk, and white-tailed deer. Keep your eyes peeled along the shore for signs of their elusive movements. If you’re out near dusk, it may appear that the lake is boiling. It’s not… it’s the trout celebrating the end of another day with their surface dance. You don’t want to miss these photo ops.
Feast in the Forest
Once you’ve worked up an appetite it’s time to head ashore. Gather with your group at the McGillivray Lake Outpost. Step inside this rustic log cabin overlooking the water for a gourmet meal like no other. You’ll delight in Canadian-inspired ingredients that change throughout the season. Taste First Nations bannock, a staple of those early travellers. Enjoy the flavours of cedar planked salmon, bite into BBQ pork belly, and savour the triple berry compote. The feast is a delectable way to finish up your voyageur canoe adventure.