From the early days of gold prospectors seeking refuge and warmth to present-time visitors searching for an urban escape, warm and cozy cabins are something we’ve always known best. Step back in time and venture to British Columbia’s most quaint cabin escapes located along the Gold Rush Trail.
Whether it’s for a weekend or a week, our cabins start at under $100/night and provide an affordable action-packed escape with the family or slow-paced romantic time away with your loved one. Think log cabins, cozy fireplaces (and sometimes saunas or hot tubs!), dark starry skies, skating on frozen lakes, snowshoeing, skiing, and wild winter wilderness.
From south to north, here are the Gold Rush Trail’s best cozy cabins for a nearby winter escape:
1. The Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge B&B, Harrison Hot Springs
Resting between the shores of the picturesque Harrison Lake and the forests of Sasquatch Provincial Park is the magnificent Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge B&B. Just under a two hour drive from Vancouver on Leg 1 of the Gold Rush Trail, this adults-only retreat is ideal for a quick rejuvenating getaway or an adventurous escape. Spend your days here skiing at nearby Sasquatch Resort or Manning Park Resort, hiking the abundance of local, uncrowded trails or simply relaxing in the rustic-chic chalet. With three luxury guest suites to choose from and exceptional meals that are locally-sourced, garden-grown and home-cooked with care, Rockwell Harrison is the perfect choice for your next winter holiday destination.
2. Bralorne Adventure Lodge, Bralorne
Looking for a place where you and your bubble can social distance while enjoying epic winter adventures? Look no further than Bralorne Adventure Lodge on Leg 4 of the Gold Rush Trail. Located near the tiny, historic gold mining town of Bralorne, this 8-guest cabin is perfect for an escape with your close family or friends. It’s a winter enthusiast’s dream, and you can expect to spend your days snowshoeing, ski/snowboard touring, ice skating and even going on guided or self-guided snowmobiling tours. If that doesn’t sound memorable enough, you can choose to have your stay entirely catered! Be spoiled with gourmet meals and après snacks provided to you from your very own private chef. To top it all off, their ‘backyard spa’ features a cold plunge pool, wood-fired sauna, and a wood-fired hot tub for you to enjoy after a day packed with winter activities.
3. Chilcotin Holidays, Gold Bridge
Acting as a gateway to Big Creek Provincial Park and the incredible South Chilcotin Mountains, Chilcotin Holidays on Leg 4 of the Gold Rush Trail is your hub for a customizable backcountry adventure. Choose a four or seven day backcountry skiing or snowmobiling package or instead choose to self-cater your own powder day and stay in one of their backcountry or on-site log cabins. Along with a wide variety of mountain huts that are available for all experience levels, they also have front country ranch cabins and a historic ranch house perfect for couples or families looking to explore the snow covered Gun Creek area.
4. Wind and the Pillows, 70 Mile House
Built by the HGTV sensations ‘Timber Kings,’ Wind and the Pillows B&B is a spectacular log cabin that truly displays the alpine-chalet-chic aesthetic. Located on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail and directly on the shores of Green Lake, this terrain beckons to be explored. Try your hand at cross country skiing, hiking, ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling and even horseback riding through the snow! Alternatively, spend the day wallowing in those cozy feel-good moments by warming up by the Great Room fireplace.
5. Ten-ee-ah Lodge, Lac la Hache
Before you say “no, thank you” to winter, make sure to check out Ten-ee-ah Lodge for this upcoming holiday season. Secluded in the wilderness of Spout Lake on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, this luxurious resort is open from December 20th to January 5th to provide you with a spectacular holiday getaway. Nothing sounds more perfect than spending this non-traditional new year tucked away in a gorgeous log cabin far from others. Borrow some cross country skis or snowshoes to brave the cold or just grab a blanket and curl up by the fire while the snow drifts down around you.
6. The Wrangler Cabin, Mt. Timothy Recreation Resort
Locally owned and operated since 1988, Mt. Timothy is a family-friendly recreation resort that has both great snow conditions and no line-ups at the lift. The newly renovated log cabin at Mt. Timothy is available for the first time in the 2020-21 winter season! Equipped with all the essentials to be self-sufficient on the mountain, The Wrangler Cabin is perfect for skiers as well as snowmobilers stopping through the area.
7. Morehead Lake Cabins, Likely
Located on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail and directly on the shores of Morehead Lake, lies the family-friendly Morehead Lake Cabins & Campsite. You and your winter warriors can stay close to the action with ample opportunities for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Spend your mornings exploring the winter wilderness and then laze the evening away in your homely three-bedroom cottage or simple, cozy wood cabin.
8. Crooked Lake Resort, Horsefly
Crooked Lake Resort is an affordable, remote wilderness resort again located on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail. This lakeside resort features incredible views, toasty cabins and off the grid living. Expect to enjoy some well-needed seclusion and solitude, along with unbeatable back-country recreation that includes sledding, cross country skiing, skating, ice fishing, tobogganing and snowshoeing.
9. Fishing Highway 24 cabins
Fawn Lake Resort, Sheridan Lake Resort and Little Black Bear Lodge B&B are three cozy and quaint resorts located along the world famous ‘Fishing Highway’ 24. Each lodge and cabin is on a different lake, resulting in your own private skating rink. While exploring winter on the ‘Fishing Highway’, take a guided ice fishing trip with Lone Butte Fishing Adventures.
10. Wettstone Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake
Time to head back to simpler times and experience wild west culture in the winter! Situated on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail and nestled directly on Henley Lake is the authentic and affordable Wettstone Guest Ranch. Along with all of the quintessential winter recreation activities, you can also partake in sleigh rides and even dog sledding. With a chic lakeview chalet, rustic ranch house and romantic, traditional trapper’s cabin to choose from, Wettstone is perfect for your winter ranch escape – plus, they’re also offering 20% off for all stays in winter 2020/2021!
11. Big Bar Guest Ranch, Clinton
If the ranch life is still tempting you, Big Bar Guest Ranch, also on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, is another amazing option that has three gorgeous log cabins available this winter season. While you can go skating, snowshoeing, fishing or skiing, the thought of just bunkering down in one of their cabins with a tasty hot chocolate (or mulled wine!) is almost enough to keep you cozied up inside for the weekend. Each cozy chalet features a private porch where you can take in the expansive view of the snow-dusted valley and lake. Located an hour drive from the closest town of Clinton, and with no TVs, internet, or cell phone reception, a stay at Big Bar promises a disconnection from any stresses of the holidays.
12. Spring Lake Ranch, 100 Mile House
Surrounded by a beautiful private lake and 10,000 acres of rolling forests and trails, Spring Lake Ranch on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail is a winter wonderland. The outdoor wooden hot tub overlooks rolling hills and snow-dusted trees. Earn your soak by going for a snowshoe or cross country ski around the property’s 600+ acres. Or perhaps you’d prefer a sleigh ride, toboggan adventure or even a family ice hockey game on the frozen lake.
13. Ruth Lake Lodge, Forest Grove
With three quaint two-bedroom cabins to choose from, Ruth Lake Lodge is a great fit for your next affordable family winter staycation spot. While visitors love Ruth Lake during the summer months, winter here is just as exquisite. Along with all of the classic winter activities, you can also expect to spend lots of quality time sitting by your cabin’s private fire pit roasting s’mores and gazing up at the starry skies. Located on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, far from the distractions of the city, Ruth Lake Lodge is a terrific place to escape the everyday grind and take in the beauty of the South Cariboo.
14. KAYANARA Guest Ranch & Resort, Eagle Creek
Also located on Canim Lake and Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, lies KAYANARA, a scenic guest ranch and resort ideal for escaping the encumbrances of urban life and rediscovering the magic of a wild west winter. Spend your days horseback riding through the snow, dog sledding, ice fishing and more. For the less intrepid, why not just cozy up by the fire with a good book in your private log home? Being about 45 minutes east of the nearest town of 100 Mile House and with tons of winter specials being offered this season, KAYANARA is a great option for those really looking to get away from it all this winter.
15. Heron Point Experience, Likely
Last but not least is Heron Point Experience’s quintessentially Canadian off the grid cabin. Nestled in the woods just off the shore of Opheim Lake on Leg 8 of the Gold Rush Trail, Heron Point Cabin is sure to bring out your inner woodsman (or woodswoman!) and send you back in time. Disconnect from cell service and reconnect with nature in this rich and peaceful bio-diverse setting. Romanticize the weekend by curling up by the crackling wood burner, watching winter wildlife bound across the frozen lake or gazing up at the uninterrupted starry skies. This rustic and traditional log cabin is the perfect place to escape this winter.
Please be sure to always practice safe, respectful, and responsible travel on the Gold Rush Trail. Visit our responsible travel page for more info.