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Elysia Fishing Resort & Lodge, Quesnel Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, east of Williams Lake. Full service all inclusive accommodations, cabins, guided flyfishing BC trophy rainbow trout
The Area... Located in the central interior of BC, east of the community of Williams Lake, Quesnel Lake is the deepest fjord, or glacially formed, lake on earth. Over 2000 feet deep, with over 360 miles (600 kms) of shoreline, it reaches 80 miles East to West and 23 miles up the North Arm. Set amongst the Cariboo Mountains, Quesnel Lake is surrounded by countless small lakes, rivers, creeks, beaches, and waterfalls.
Quesnel Lake and its neighbouring still waters, streams and rivers offer the angler an unique opportunity to flyfish, troll or spin cast for wild British Columbia rainbows trout in a remote wilderness environment. Spectacular mountains, stunning scenery, fantastic angling, clean air, potable water, within driving distance, and offering affordable excellence. Elysia Resort & Lodge remains devoted to answering your call for the wild!
The Resort... Enjoy and experience Elysia Resort & Lodge, the only full service resort on Quesnel Lake. We offer great food, down home hospitality, relaxation, comfortable accommodations, including guest rooms or cabins, plus a variety of outdoor activities, from May through October. Guests have several types of accommodation to choose from, all of which overlook the water: one bedroom cabins and two bedroom cabins that have fully equipped kitchens with a central bath house, guest rooms with a private bathroom, or a deluxe cabin that has a fully equipped kitchen with private bathroom, fireplace and large deck. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours, with or without a guide. Whether you want to do it all yourself, or let us do it all for you, we offer something for everyone: daily room and cabin rates, American Plans and All Inclusive Packages. So, please, give us a call!
Fishing... Quesnel Lake is home to large Rainbow and Lake Trout, Bull Trout and Kokanee, all of which can be caught on flies, spinners or trolling gear all season long. And, with over 30 smaller bodies of water within an hours drive, we are a great location for the still water enthusiast. We also have two major rivers for unparalleled flyfishing experiences, for both the novice and the experienced. The diversity of our area creates a unique experience for all types to enjoy, all in a spectacular and uncrowded British Columbia wilderness setting.
Guided Fishing Packages... Let us take you down a river by drift boat so you can concentrate on your dry fly presentation to the wild resident rainbow trout that can average 2-3 pounds and can exceed 10 pounds! Travel by jet boat to a river in the Cariboo Mountains Park, where you can spot and stalk the big rainbows and Bull Trout that follow the Sockeye into the river to forage on egg patterns. Try wet or dry trophy flyfishing on one of our small stillwaters from a pontoon boat. Wind-drift the big lake. These may be the best fishing experiences anywhere to be found. Ask about our fully guided packages, or, let us customize one especially for you.
"Quesnel Lake is one of only a few large lakes in North America where trophy size rainbows can be caught in an uncrowded wilderness setting." Jack Leggett, Senior Fisheries Biologist B. C. Ministry of Environment
"Quesnel Lake is probably the best kept fishing secret in all of North America largely due to the few outfitters on the lake and its remoteness. I rate Quesnel Lake as one of the top 10 big trout waters on this continent."
Bernie Taylor, Author of Big Trout, published 2002 by The Lyons Press
We are a full service resort with comfortable accommodations, including guest rooms and cabins, in the Cariboo Mountains, east of the Community of Williams Lake, BC. All inclusive packages include cabins or guest rooms & fine dining. We also offer world class guided and unguided angling for trophy British Columbia Rainbows & Lake Trout on flies, troll or spin cast.
Elysia Resort & Quesnel Lake
Facilities: Elysia is a full service resort. The main lodge, overlooking the lake, houses a fully licensed dining room, patio, tackle and gift shop, and guest registration area. Eat inside by the fire, or outside on the patio under the sun or stars.
We offer Gourmet Cooking by our Chef Dean Sillery and Award winning Okanagan wines with dinner. With advance notice, we can accommodate special diets.
Choose from comfortable guestrooms with 2 double beds and private bath, cozy 1 and 2 room housekeeping cabins with a central bath house, or a deluxe cabin that has a fully equipped kitchen with private bathroom, fireplace and extra large deck. All accommodations have a panoramic view of the water and surrounding Cariboo Mountains. Guests can choose to eat in the main lodge, or cook for themselves when staying in a housekeeping cabin. We can comfortably accommodate up to 50 guests at one time. There are also a few choice full hook-up RV sites.
The marina area, located below the lodge, has boats for rent, docking space for guest boats, float plane docking and gas sales. There is a protected swimming area, a pebble beach, and strategically located hammocks.
Quesnel Lake: Elysia Resort is situated on the South shore of Quesnel Lake, at 'The Junction' (where the three arms meet and also the location of the best fishing).
Quesnel Lake is the deepest fjord lake in the world and the third largest overall in the world. It has almost 600 km (360 miles) of shoreline distributed among the three arms West, East and North Arms. In the heart of the Cariboo Mountains, it has stunning scenery including sandy beaches and ancient cedar rainforests up the North Arm and fjord-like rock walls and our own Niagara Falls up the East Arm. It lies just to the west of three provincial parks Bowron Lake, Cariboo Mountains and Wells Gray.
Elysia Resort is a full service wilderness resort with comfortable accommodations, including guest rooms and housekeeping cabins, in the Cariboo Mountains, east of the Community of Williams Lake, BC. We specialize in unique British Columbia wilderness fishing vacations, including world class flyfishing for trophy rainbow trout, and outdoor adventures. All inclusive packages include lodging and comfortable accommodations in housekeeping cabins or guest rooms, fine dining in our licensed dining room and use of our full service lodge and hot tub. Our flyfishing guide service offers professionally guided wilderness flyfishing adventures for trophy British Columbia rainbow trout. And, we offer a wide range of amenities including boat rentals, moorage, fuel dock and airstrip.
Getting to the fun is easy...
By Car: From Vancouver take Trans Canada No.1 to Cache Creek, then Hwy. 97 north to 150 Mile House just before Williams Lake, turn east onto the secondary paved highway to Horsefly. Once in Horsefly, turn right at Clarke's Store and cross the Horsefly River, as if going to Horsefly Lake. Now follow the signs to Elysia Resort (26 miles of well-maintained gravel road). Total driving time from Vancouver is about 8 hours.
By Air: Fly Air BC/Air Canada from Vancouver to Williams Lake. Contact Bonaventure Travel, for the best air rates, at 1-800-446-4025 or 541-382-8500. Or E-Mail them at email@example.com. We will arrange for ground or air transportation to the resort.
Private plane, fly into our 2700' turf airstrip or land at our float plane dock. Elysia Resort is registered in the "Canadian Flight Supplement" (CFS). Airstrip co-ordinates N 52°30'.830" W 121°02'. 406".
Please Call Now To Make Your Reservation. Pete & Susan will be happy to assist you. Please remember that we only have 18 rooms + cabins. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Elysia Lodge ... unique wilderness flyfishing!
Looking for an extraordinary opportunity to cast for trophy wild rainbow trout in one of the world's most pristine & unique settings? From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem offers Rainbow trout angling that is unparalleled anywhere in British Columbia. Measured in pounds and not inches, many expert flyfishers say that this is hard to match anywhere on earth! Spectacular natural beauty, coupled with comfortable accommodations, housekeeping cabins or guest rooms, fine dining, and guides whose knowledge is second to none in this region, makes for an unforgettable wilderness adventure.
Quesnel Lake is located in the Cariboo Mountains, east of the community of Williams Lake, BC. Forged by glaciers, it is the deepest freshwater fjord in the world (over 2000 feet deep!). Fed by numerous creeks and two major rivers, it is the nursery that hosts the off spring of millions of Sockeye salmon. In short, you have all the ingredients for truly spectacular angling for a genetically pure strain of slow maturing trout. Fueled with the by-products of the Sockeye's reproductive cycle - eggs, fry and flesh, these unique creatures are able to reach massive proportions, in the double digits. And, better yet, they eagerly chase a well presented fly!
Many 'experts' would look at this lake and simply say that it cannot be worked with a fly. Nothing could be further from the truth. From casting egg patterns to ' bucktailing ', our guides will open your eyes to one of the world's best kept secrets. It's pure excitement! Imagine yourself on the casting deck of your guide's boat, fly rod in hand, ready to make that perfect cast into a pulsating ball of salmon fry. Armed with the knowledge that these 'bait balls' are being formed from below by large hungry rainbows, your adrenaline will start pumping and your heart thumping. Imagine watching these huge predators slash through the balls of baitfish. Now, place the perfect cast, made the perfect retrieve, and suddenly, there's a strike from a 12 pounder! Of course, actually landing these giants involves skill, the right equipment and perhaps a little luck. If you are seeking a new and unique experience, Elysia Resort is exactly what you have been looking for. Why wait any longer, come visit us and prepare for the fight of a lifetime.
Prime flyfishing in Quesnel Lake and its numerous feeder creeks starts in the middle of May and continues through October. The action can be fast and furious on the water as well as at the creek mouths. Catches of 25 trout a day are not uncommon, but beware those days require physical stamina. While rainbows are our primary targets, Bull trout, Lake trout, Kokanee, as well as whitefish are all present.
Pioneering new and unique flyfishing opportunities! We are continually pioneering new techniques and patterns, and consequently revolutionizing the science behind the art of flyfishing in this huge body of water. We are dedicated to a 'match the hatch' philosophy, and offer world-class instruction on techniques specially designed to catch these extraordinary trout. In fact, we consider our lodge to be a learning center. If you are new to the sport, or merely seeking an environment that will take your skills to the next level, we think you will be impressed. For us, nothing beats the pure satisfaction of assisting our guests to realize their dreams, and hopefully the "catch of a lifetime."
Small & Intimate Stillwaters
Great flyfishing is not limited to only the large lake and its feeder creeks. In fact, small stillwaters abound in this Cariboo region, offering yet another angling experience. These intimate stillwaters boast large numbers of trout, which feed confidently on scuds, leeches, chironomids, caddis flies, mayflies, damselflies, dragonflies and corixa. These complex aquatic hatches can lead to unmatched action both on the surface with a dry fly and below with nymphs. This is really an intimate experience where you will feel at harmony with the wilderness around you. Your soul will be recharged listening to the call of the loons and contemplating the gentler aspects of life.
For many of us, exploring new river systems is the primary reason we are fly fishermen, and our eco-system boasts two of British Columbia's premier trophy streams. By jet boat, pontoon boats or drift boats, let us take you on a stretch of water you will find hard to forget!
Our river season starts in mid July and lasts through September. Large Quesnel Lake rainbows will be present waiting for the huge returning runs of sockeye salmon. July can deliver outstanding dry fly action for these big 'bows with caddis and hopper imitations. By late August these waters are congested with spawning salmon. Rainbows are also present in ever increasing numbers and they are here for one reason only to feast on the nymphs freed from the river bottom through the act of redd building, salmon eggs and eventually decaying salmon flesh. This means that for the fly fisher, it is the best chance to catch a trophy rainbow in a British Columbia river. This is truly exciting, and sometimes it can be simply magical. Memories last a lifetime and the guides at Elysia Lodge are here to put you in the best possible position to make your trip something you will never forget. Don't miss this opportunity!
Beginning in 2003, we are introducing our new flyfishing program, conducted by our chief guide, Quille Farnham. Quille's experience on Quesnel Lake, as well as the surrounding stillwaters and streams, continually reveals a blue-ribbon fishery, which rivals any of the hallowed waters in North America. Both experts as well as beginners will find Quille's knowledge and expertise invaluable in their quest for that special catch. No matter what your level of competence, Quille's motto - "you never stop learning" - applies directly to the this ecosystem. Whether its fly tying, fly casting or actually finding and landing the big fish, you will be comforted to know you are in the very capable hands of Quille Farnham and her assistant guides.
Of course, a first-rate guide service implies careful attention to your comfort on the water, and therefore we've purchased new equipment to enhance your enjoyment. These improvements exemplify a commitment to provide you, our valued guests, with a "complete package."
Elysia Resort & Lodge P. O. Box 4069 Williams Lake, BC Canada V2G 2V2
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