Our Territory

Situated in some of the most ecologically-important mountain ranges in North America, BCTMO offers exclusive access to the deep wilderness of our Licensed Guide Territory. Our territory is home to thriving populations of 10 hunt species, grizzly bears, upland birds, waterfowl and fish, which is why it’s known as the “Serengeti of North America.” This is one of the few places that has escaped the reach of modern society. It is still as authentic as it was thousands of years ago. Come experience hunting the way it was meant to be enjoyed- in rugged wilderness with endless horizons and limitless mountain ranges to explore.

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Our territory, with its location in a unique biogeoclimatic transition zone, is what makes our multi-species hunts possible. Very few places in North America support such great biodiversity and variety of big game species. While most hunters come for our diversity of species, the territory makes every experience more enjoyable. Our location in a rain shadow creates a drier climate, more sunny days, and a virtually bug-free environment. While we believe that every hunt is worth the effort, we are also realists who understand that a pleasant climate can make for a more enjoyable journey.

Located in the south-east corner of the Chilcotin Ark, our guide territory is dominated by the Bridge River that winds through 100km of valley as you transition from the Coast Mountain to the Chilcotin plateau. The rugged mountains team with mineral deposits with a vast display of rainbow colours. Cascading waterfalls from the mountain peaks and glaciers deposit glacial till in the river and lakes below to give them an icy blue grey colour. Forests, lakes, mountain peaks and alpine meadows are your backyard. Being in the lee side of the coast range creates a “rain shadow” creating warm temperatures during the summer season and few bugs.

Ponds, lakes and streams are valuable resources of the Bridge River Watershed. They are also very sensitive resources that need to be monitored and managed correctly.

Two man-made lakes exist in our area, Downton Lake and Carpenter Lake, which are the result of hydro-electric dams. These dams were both constructed in 1948, and have had considerable impact on local wildlife and fish populations. Salmon populations no longer occur in the many areas that the dams impacted. The dams have considerably reduced habitat, biological productivity, and blocked access to historic habitats of fish species. Historically black bears, grizzly bears, moose, elk, big horn sheep, deer, grouse and waterfowl all utilized the marshland and forest that existed before the dams were built.

Still, the Chilcotin Ark is a biodiversity hotspot of provincial significance. The British Columbia government recognized this and established the South Chilcotin Mountain Park (SCMP) in 2004. This area is home to the best white bark pine in all of Canada. Eleven of the twenty-nine big game species of North America are also found throughout the Ark. There are sixteen types of biogeoclimatic transitions zones in British Columbia and the Chilcotin Ark contains thirteen of them. All these statistics illustrate the high ecological importance of this area and emphasize our need to conserve it.

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