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Austin Adventures Inaugurates New Austin Collection with September Outing to The Chilko Experience in British Columbia

Story by Austin Adventures

Posted: July 19, 2018

An immersion in luxury, privacy and 5 million acres of playful wilderness in British Columbia is Austin Adventures’ choice to inaugurate its brand-new division, The Austin Collection, that launched earlier this month.

Hosts Dan & Carol Austin

The Sept. 21-25, 2018 all-inclusive, inaugural escape will coincide with peak grizzly bear-viewing at one of the most exclusive family-owned properties in the Pacific Northwest, The Chilko Experience. Only eight guests will be accommodated during this time, co-hosted by Austin Adventures founder Dan Austin and his wife, Carol.

The per person double rate is $3,998.00 exclusive of air travel from Vancouver, BC. This includes accommodation in award-winning log or timber frame homes, all meals with wine pairings at dinner, an open bar, and guided activities. See:

The total population of hungry bears in the area from mid-September through October number over 100, providing a visual feast for human visitors to this remote region who are hungry to see one of Nature’s annual spectacles. Depending upon conditions, guests may observe dozens of bears feeding at a time, concentrated along a three-mile segment on the Chilko River beginning at the river's mouth and extending downstream, an area where in some years the salmon numbers exceed one million. The result is that the Chilko River has some of the finest bear viewing anywhere in North America. The river is deep in the BC interior and is the only salmon-feeding option for bears within a 200-mile radius. The Chilko Lake grizzly bear is a large subspecies of the North American Brown Bear. Adult female grizzlies weigh around 290–400 lbs, and adult males about 400–790 lbs with an average length of 6.50 feet.

Guides escort guests into boats that are positioned on the river for prime bear viewing, staying far enough away so as not to disturb the feeding frenzy but close enough to witness one of Nature’s miracles. The annual salmon run also coincides with the peak season for trout fishing.

While at The Chilko Experience guests have the privilege of lodging in the six custom log and timber frame homes that took center stage on HGTV’s Timber Kings a few years back. Today these one and two-bedroom, artisan-crafted dwellings continue to delight visitors whom their hosts welcome like family to their exclusive family estate. Each unique home shares common features: oversized windows for maximum natural light, stone floors, hand-beveled denim (blue toned pine) ceilings, steel roofs, all tastefully furnished with antiques. Anne Huston, a long-time antique dealer, has adorned these classic homes with many of her collectibles. See:

Most guests access the Chilko valley via private charter flights originating in Vancouver, BC. The flight time is one hour. Guests can also fly commercially to Williams Lake, rent a car and then drive three hours to the estate. From Vancouver, it’s a 10-hour drive.

The Chilko Experience Owner/Host Phil Huston says, “Imagine you are 20 years old (again), visiting your favorite uncle at his property in the pristine British Columbia wilderness. He has all the toys (boats, ATVs, horses, and guides) necessary to explore this vast area and do all the coolest things possible. He also has a chef and an open bar, and his local status makes you a local too. You’re not a tourist but an insider while at Chilko. That’s the Chilko Experience.”

The Chilko Experience is one of the first eight properties of The Austin Collection that are all personally vetted by the Austins and singled out for exceptional, all-inclusive accommodations in world-class settings ranging from Alaska to Peru. The pioneering stars in The Austin Collection include:

  • Alaska - Sheldon Chalet
  • Arizona – Tanque Verde Ranch
  • Montana – The Resort at Paws Up
  • British Columbia - The Chilko Experience
  • British Columbia - Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
  • Chile - explora Atacama
  • Peru - explora Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley)
  • Peru - Hotel Sol y Luna (Urubamba)

To book an Austin Collection experience, call 1.800.575.1540 or email [email protected]. For a full roster of Austin Adventures’ 2018-2019 trips, cruises and distinctive accommodations on seven continents, please visit Austin Adventures is a Travel + Leisure Magazine World’s Best Award Winner and a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator.

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent over 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. They have been acknowledged twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution, all backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee.