By Janice Greenwood-Fraser, Travel Media Manager
Tyax Resort is located northwest of Whistler near the tiny town or Bralorne, about a 3 – 4 hour drive from Whistler or a 30 minute floatplane trip (more on that later). The lodge sits on the tranquil shores of Tyaughton Lake, and this classically beautiful lodge with all the comforts of home can happily be your end game.
But it’s the resort’s backyard that’s the real draw: rising up behind the resort and running for endless days is a great, big outrageous playground filled with mountains, meadows, alpine lakes and glaciers more beautiful than you can imagine. And it’s so big, so wild and so undiscovered that you can feel like the first person to ever lay eyes on the views.
There aren’t many roads through this playground but there’s a huge network of trails to access the mountain peaks and meadows, so you just need to pick your favourite activity: will it be mountain biking, horseback riding or hiking? It’s easy to plan a full-day adventure that returns you to the lodge at the end of the day, but if you’re looking to go deeper and further, you can plan an epic multiday excursion using guides and backcountry camps operated by Tyax Adventures.
But wait, here’s the best part: Tyax Adventure’s floatplane. Yes, a feisty little 1950’s de Havilland Beaver (a Canadian legend) is your ticket to finding the best goods, quickly. Every morning at the lodge, you’ll hear the buzz of the floatplane as it shuttles groups from Tyax to various adventures waiting beyond.
Sometimes the plane is loaded with both mountain bikes and their riders being dropped off at Spruce Lake for an all-day singletrack ride back to Tyax. Sometimes the plane is filled with a family bound for Sky Camp, the lux remote lodging set up deep in the Canadian wilderness. And sometimes the plane is bound for Bridge Glacier, where the floatplane lands on the meltwater lake and passengers find a remarkably personal perspective on the raw, pristine landscape of a remote glacier.
Whistler might love having Tyax as their own vacation playground but they’re happy to share, because a place this special can’t stay a secret forever.