Mt. Edziza Traverse

Trek one of Canada’s out-of-the-way natural wonders: visit the remote, otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park in August of 2018. Let us help you escape the crowds on this off-trail, floatplane-accessed backpack! 

Photo by Inga Petri

Attention backcountry hiking, photography and geology enthusiasts! We’re planning a hiking trip to Mt. Edziza Provincial Park in northern British Columbia for summer 2018. Check out our photo gallery below to see why we’re so excited about this trip!

If the wild landscapes in Mt. Edziza Provincial Park were more accessible, they would see thousands of visitors snapping Instagram shots every year. As it is, very few groups make it in to the area due to the difficulty of logistics and access. Be prepared to see very few (if any) other groups.

This floatplane-accessed trek through remote Mt. Edziza Provincial park is a chance to explore one of Canada’s remote wilderness areas. We take care of all of the vehicle rental, the flights into and out of the park, the guides and navigation, and the food. The majority of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is only accessible by floatplane. Our traverse will start at Buckley Lake, cross the Mt. Edziza plateau past the main volcanic complex in the park, and finish at Mowdade lake. Your flights in and out of the park will give you an aerial view of the scenery. You can expect to see dramatic volcanic cones and landscapes, the ice-covered Mt. Edziza; take in the views from the top of spectacular Eve’s Cone; and catch a glimpse of the rainbow colors of the Spectrum Range. The hike will let you get up close and personal with the volcanic landscapes, and take in the views of this unique region.

The area is rich in natural and cultural history. All of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is part of the traditional territory of the Tahltan peoples. First Nations in the area have used the obsidian glass found in the park for knives and arrowheads for thousands of years. Mt. Edziza, at 2,787m, is Canada’s second-highest stratovolcano (link -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratovolcano). It’s arguably actually the highest volcano in Canada: Mt. Silverthrone is measured at 2,864m, but the glacier on top means that it’s difficult to calculate the actual height of the mountain. While the main volcano has been dormant for millions of years, more recent eruptions around it have dotted the plateau with numerous perfectly symmetrical cinder cones (like Eve’s Cone, Coffee Crater, and Cocoa Crater).

The trip will start in Terrace, BC. Daily flights are available from Vancouver (WestJet and Air Canada) and Edmonton (Central Mountain Air). Our camp staff will pick you up from the trip meeting location in a comfortable rental vehicle, and drive you north along the Cassiar highway to the Tatogga Lake Resort. From there, you’ll be picked up by an Alpine Air floatplane, and flown into Buckley Lake. Your guide will navigate you across the plateau, around Mt. Edziza, and down to Mowdade Lake. From there, you’ll be picked up by floatplane and taken back to Dease Lake. Because of unpredictable weather that might delay floatplane access or exit, we’ve planned a fairly relaxed itinerary for the traverse. If all goes well, your group may have an extra day or two to explore the area’s culture and scenery.

Trek with us through true Canadian wilderness in the summer of 2018!

Level of Difficulty:Moderate

The trip will be at a moderate pace to allow for photography and potential side trips. Participants will need to be experienced hikers, and have a good grasp of clothing and gear systems. Expect to carry some group gear and food in addition to your personal gear: you will need to be fit enough to carry a 50-60lb pack for several hours each day.

Details

  •  August 24th - September 2nd, 2018
  • $2,695 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

Every day will begin with a meeting at the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. on Main Street Canmore. This will allow you to pick up your lunch and car pool to the days climbing area. Climbing areas will change daily and are determined by the guide but they will accept input from participants.

  • Day 1: Meet at 8AM in Terrace, BC; drive (in camp vehicle) to Tatogga Lake Resort;
  • Day 2: Travel by float plane to Buckley Lake, hike to Willie Williams Lake;
  • Day 3: Hike from Willie Williams Lake to Eve cone;
  • Day 4: Eve Cone to Sezill Creek
  • Day 5: Sezill Creek to Coffee Crater
  • Day 6: Coffee Crater to Chikama Creek
  • Day 7: Chikama Creek to Mowdade Lake
  • Day 8: Pickup by floatplane at Mowdade Lake, fly to Tatogga Lake (accommodation at Tatogga Lake Resort included)
  • Day 9: Return to Terrace, BC: trip ends.

Gear, Food & Lodging

INCLUDED
  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Flights into and out of Mt. Edziza Provincial Park
  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Group backpacking meals
  • Accommodation from the night of August 25th until the night of September 1st
  • All tents, stove and other group gear
PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE
  • Transportation to and from Terrace (direct flights available from Vancouver)
  • Restaurant meals pre- and post-hike
  • all meals on day 1-2
  • dinner on day 9
  • all meals on Day 10
  • Pre- and post- camp accommodation
  • Personal gear & equipment

Mt. Edziza Traverse Staff

Alison Cardinal

Alison moved to Canmore from Northern Ireland, and has spent a lot of time hill walking in the rain in Scotland as well as climbing and skiing in Chamonix, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and Kenya. She is a certified backpacking guide and an assistant Ski guide through the ACMG. Alison is an active trip leader with the Rocky Mountain Section and the National office.