Getting To Our Lodges

May 29, 2015 Katie Marti

When it comes to backcountry adventure, the key word is remote. The farther you can get from everyone else, the closer you get to absolute solitude, pristine serenity and deep pow stashes for days. We like being off the beaten track at Last Frontier, but we understand that getting to our lodges can be tricky to navigate, particularly for those unfamiliar with British Columbia – or Canada, even – in winter. While we acknowledge that getting to our lodges isn’t as easy as finding your way to a larger resort or ski town, we have to admit that we kind of like it that way.

Backcountry Bliss | Photo: Reuben Krabbe
Backcountry Bliss | Photo: Reuben Krabbe

Getting To Bell 2 Lodge

Bell 2 is the larger of our two lodges, and is also the most remote. Located along the infamous Stewart-Cassiar Highway, our now modern and well-appointed heliski village was once no more than a pit stop for travellers heading to or from Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory. The environmentally conscious lodge is totally off the grid, but always on point when it comes to providing five-star service and a unique experience set against a backdrop of truly authentic and breathtaking Canadian wilderness.

Bell 2 Lodge | Photo: Reuben Krabbe
Bell 2 Lodge | Photo: Reuben Krabbe

While you can certainly access Bell 2 Lodge on your own via personal vehicle or rental car, we offer ground transportation as part of our heliski package in an attempt to simplify and streamline the process of getting you up here. Our shuttle departs from Smithers, BC, on the first day of your trip, delivering you to our home-away-from-home safe and sound and just in time for a glass of wine before dinner. Getting to Smithers is as easy as booking a quick flight from Vancouver (YVR). If you’d like to spend time in Vancouver (one of Canada’s prettiest cities), hop on a plane first thing in the morning the starting day of your trip to meet our shuttle at 11:00am in Smithers. If you’d rather spend a night in Smithers and avoid the morning rush, there’s a flight that arrives the night before at 19:41. A free shuttle will take you to the Hudson Bay Lodge. We’ll pick you up the next morning (starting day of your trip), at the Hudson Bay Lodge or at the airport. – it’s up to you! 

You have arrived! | Photo: Steve Rosset
You have arrived! | Photo: Steve Rosset

Getting to Ripley Creek

Our quaint and historic lodge in Stewart, BC, may not be as remote or rustic as Bell 2, but it’s got more than its fair share of character and charm. The old mining town is colourful and totally unique, backing onto the Portland Canal and nestled right up next to teeny-tiny Hyder, Alaska. Mix with the locals, explore glaciers in your down time and ski coastal peaks from mountain top to valley bottom. It’s all within reach.

Ripley Creek | Photo: Randy Lincks
Ripley Creek | Photo: Randy Lincks

Getting to Ripley Creek isn’t much different or more time consuming than accessing Bell 2 Lodge. We offer the same ground transportation on the first day of your trip and, as such, recommend once again that you spend a night either in Vancouver or Terrace, BC. An easy flight from YVR will put you in Terrace at 10:21 in time to meet our shuttle at 10:30am on the starting day of your trip, or at 19:33 the night before with a $20 cab ride to the Sandman Hotel where our shuttle will collect you at 10:15 the following day. Either way, you’ll arrive hassle-free at Ripley Creek refreshed and full of stoke for a week of fun and adventure.

Worth the trip? We think so. | Photo: Michael Brack
Worth the trip? We think so. | Photo: Michael Brack

Regardless of which lodge and ski package you choose, Last Frontier will work with you to ensure that your travel plans are as seamless and stress-free as possible. Both Terrace and Smithers can accommodate private or charter air service, and our Private Tour option also includes a meet and greet at YVR as well as limousine transfers between the airport and your hotel in Vancouver. It’s simple: the only thing standing between you and your trip of a lifetime is a bit of geography.

At your service! | Photo: Caton Garvie
At your service! | Photo: Caton Garvie