Intermediate to Expert Skiers
The Ski trip into the Tonquin Valley is a gradual climb of 23 kilometres and offers intermediate to expert skiers the chance to experience one of Canada’s most magnificent views. Once in the valley, guests have the opportunity to explore a variety of trails in the surrounding area, each of which has spectacular scenery and provides for exciting skiing.
Luxurious Comfort After a Day of Skiing
After dinner, guests may gather to socialize around the fireplace or choose simply to retire to their cabin for the evening.
Cabins are complete with bunk-beds, warm blankets, wood-burning stoves, coal-oil lanterns, washbasins, and a breathtaking view of the Ramparts.
We invite you to come and discover an adventure in cross-country skiing – true mountain wilderness with a touch of rustic luxury in the Tonquin Valley.
Head up on the trail beside Portal Creek. Just before you reach Circus Creek bridge, the trail drops down onto Portal Creek. If you get to the bridge over Circus Creek, do not continue on this trail. Drop down onto Portal Creek!
At the height of land, you will be heading West. Watch for the marker in the low part of the pass. This can be seen from afar. Head for the marker. Here you will be able to see the second marker. Ski down the hill along Maccarib Creek.
When in the Maccarib Valley head for the low shoulder of Mt. Clithroe at the West end of the valley on the left. You will be able to see the bear poles on the right side of Maccarib Creek when you get to the end of the valley. Ski around the shoulder of Mt. Clithroe on the flats, left side of Maccarib Creek. Go through the trees in a Southwest direction to the North shore of Amethyst Lake. Ski along the North shore of the lake. The Lodge is on your right in the trees. You can see it from the lakeshore.
You might see ski tracks branching off going along the East shore of Amethyst Lake as people sometimes make a loop …
DO NOT FOLLOW THEM!!
Use The Following Coordinates In Your GPS Device:
N52° 42.911′ W118° 17.271′
N52° 43.150′ W118° 11.287′
N52° 44.026′ W118° 09.544′
Start of Trail – Portal Creek Parking Lot
N52° 46.877′ W118° 04.583′
Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge