These are week-long retreats in the remote wilderness on a lake and tributary river system of the upper Nass River in northern British Columbia. The location, Blackwater Lake, also known as Damdochax Lake is inland and slightly north of the southern tip of the Alaskan Panhandle.
Energy Healing can be a big component if desired. Also meditation, drawing, your own writing or painting, photography, hiking, canoeing or boating. Just relax in the woods or roam around the lake; there is always something interesting happening in nature when you are out and about.
Fly fishing is another growing interest of many, which we offer. We can also teach you how to fly fish and lend you the equipment to use to begin with. We have sensational dry fly rainbow trout fishing in August.
There are no roads, no telephone poles, no sign of human habitation beyond our own camps and trails.
Blackwater Lake is a very abundant ecosystem unharmed by human endeavor. A healthy component of the Nass River fishery in the form of Chinook salmon, Sockeye salmon, Steelhead and others come home to spawn and fertilize this lake and river system. The salmon arrive in early August and and are mostly gone by the end of September. The Steelhead arrive in late August, overwinter in the lake, spawn in the spring and go back out to the ocean. The fishery makes a very rich ecosystem that supports a wide diversity of bird and animal life.
Generally it is best to arrive in Smithers the evening before the day you fly in. There are many flights a day into Smithers by Air Canada and Hawk Air originating from Vancouver BC.
The flight into Blackwater Lake takes one hour. Depending on the amount of people and supplies, we will use a Cessna 185 or an Otter float plane. We go over mountains and valleys, but mostly follow the Skeena River up to our lake which is halfway between the Skeena and the Nass Rivers and 56 air miles northeast of Meziadin Lake, a large lake in the upper Nass on Highway 37. Often the trip in is a wonderful experience for seeing the landscape in a way we seldom get to see it. Flights are weather dependent; they fly when the weather allows and wait when it is bad.
Roaming around the lake or trails will allow you to see many birds and animals that make this place their home. The lake and river is a headwaters component of the much larger Nass River system. It is rich in bird, animal, fish and plant life. It is one of the wildest, healthiest and remote river systems in British Columbia.