cathedral lakes

Cathedral Lakes provincial park lies in the transition zone between the rainforests of the Cascade mountains and the dryer, arid landscape of the Okanagan Valley.This mountainous park presents a wealth of variety in its terrain, flora and fauna, as well as excellent hiking options both on and off trail. The five major lakes in the heart of Cathedral are like azure gemstones, surrounded by jagged peaks mantled with alpine and subalpine wildflowers.

The parks’ most famous trail is the Cathedral Rim hike, which leads to the lovely aquamarine Lady Slipper Lake, as well as to see the major geological features of the park. Unique and massive rock formations made from quick cooling lava are dispersed throughout Cathedral Park. Smokey-the-Bear, Stone City, the Giant Cleft, and the Devil’s Woodpile are only four of the features that make exploring this area an adventure. The park is named after 2800 m (9184 ft) high Cathedral Mountain. First Nations peoples from the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys hunted the alpine ridges in search of hoary marmots. More recently, the park’s landscape was made famous in the filming of the ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’. We are confident that whether it is the beautiful alpine flowers mid-summer or the amazing yellow larches or tamarc trees of the fall, Cathedral Lakes Park will offer you a truly uniqie alpine experience.

Cost: Cdn: $1595 + 5% GST [Federal Tax]

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A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. Sea to Sky Expeditions will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing. Please note that all tours in B.C and the Yukon. are subject to a 5% GST federal tax. No one may depart on a trip unless all payments and necessary documents (including medical and liability release forms) are received by Sea to Sky Expeditions. Due to the nature of operating in the wilderness and international destinations, prices are subject to change [rare]. Where necessary to change a price, we will try to provide as much notice as possible, and offer you the choice of another trip, or to cancel, with full refund. Our prices are quoted in Canadian dollars. If you choose to pay by credit card, we have to process the payment in Canadian funds. Your credit card company will automatically change it to your currency based on their exchange rate. If you paid your deposit in Canadian funds, please continue to make all further payments in Canadian funds to avoid any confusion in the daily changing exchange rate. Sea to Sky Expeditions reserves the right to alter itineraries or cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient booking levels or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient booking levels will generally occur at least 30 days prior to departure. Sea to Sky Expeditions is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip (i.e. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, equipment, etc.).


A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued upon registration. Included:  Transportation from the point of origin and return, helicopter flights, national and provincial park user fees, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides. Excluded:  Transportation to point of origin, transfers, accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities, and personal equipment. Meals:  All meals while on the backpacking portion of the trip. Day 0:  Arrival in Vancouver, BC. This denotes the day or days spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip. Day 1 – We will leave Vancouver for a 5 hour drive to the trailhead at Ashnola River. Our gear and our selves will be transported by 4×4 jeep into Cathedral Lakes Park. We will retrieve our equipment and camp at Quiniscoe Lake and have our first views of the many day-hiking opportunities that await us. Days 2- 6: We will use either Quinsicoe Lake or Lake of the Woods as our Base Camp as we explore the surrounding area. There are numerous hiking destination choices for us to choose from. Whether we hike past “Smokey the Bear” on the way to “the Giant’s Cleft”, enjoy the view from Pyramid Mountain or venture off trail to the top of “the Boxcar” each accomplishment will offer it’s own rewards. Our route each day will be determined by the weather and what sort of adventure the group is looking for. Day 7: We will catch our jeep ride back down to our waiting van and retrace our journey back to Vancouver.

Vancouver Many of the major North American carriers fly into Vancouver or alternately, Seattle. Check with your travel agent for options. There is a bus service, Quick Shuttle , from Seattle’s airport to hotels in Vancouver. These run daily and are reasonably priced. For more information, in North America, phone 1/800/665-2122 or 1/604/940-4428 – Fax 1/604/940-4429. Check the link regarding shuttles and other airport information.

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