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.
In order of our journey legs, 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. Blue Lake Resort, Boston Bar
Just past Boston Bar on Leg 2 of the Gold Rush Trail, Blue Lake Resort feels like being in the middle of complete wilderness despite only being 3 hours from Vancouver. Don’t let the steep road up to the resort scare you off, as once you’ve arrived, it’s a winter wonderland. Choose from one of their simplistic 2-6 person lakefront cabins, or, if you’re searching for an awesome family reunion spot, book their 22-person lodge, complete with 11 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a large kitchen, and even a hot tub!
3. Bralorne Adventure Lodge, Bralorne
Looking for a place where you and your crew can reconnect 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.
4. 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.
5. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton
If you’re in need of a luxurious winter getaway that promises both relaxation and exhilaration, look no further than Echo Valley Ranch & Spa located on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail. With numerous awards and accolades including being a Canadian Signature Experience, you can book easy knowing that every part of your stay is thought out to perfection. Spend your days cross-country skiing and snowshoeing amongst hundreds of acres of pristine winter wilderness. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to unwind with one of their impeccable spa treatments or within their world-class health facilities. Complete your experience with exceptional catered meals and then snuggle up at night beneath a blanket of dazzling stars free from any light pollution.
6. 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.
7. Fishing Highway 24 cabins
Fawn Lake Resort, Sheridan Lake Resort, Peaceful Cove 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.
8. 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 currently offering the 7th night free on bookings of their chalet!
9. Wolf Valley Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake
Rather than getting overwhelmed with holiday plans, why not get away from the hustle and bustle and spend the season focusing on what’s important – reconnecting with those closest to you. Open from December 11 – January 18, Wolf Valley Guest Ranch is a gorgeous spot to escape to with your partner or immediate family. Choose from one of their cozy 2-4 person log cabins complete with lakefront views and no cell service! While the main lodge has wifi if you really need it, the thought of not being able to scroll this holiday season is a breath of fresh air!
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. South Point Resort, Canim Lake
Opening on December 30th for their winter season, South Point Resort on Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, is a delightful resort that offers lakeside condos and modern cabins. Sitting directly on Canim Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Cariboo region, South Point is perfect for a new year celebration with the family or a winter retreat with your significant other. Snowshoe to the nearby frozen Canim Falls, snowmobile or cross-country ski on the abundance of snow-laden trails, or plan ahead and book a romantic ice fishing trip for this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Visit their website to discover some incredible discounts, specials and savings.
13. KAYANARA Resort, Eagle Creek
Also located on Canim Lake and Leg 6 of the Gold Rush Trail, lies KAYANARA, a scenic resort ideal for escaping the encumbrances of urban life and rediscovering the magic of winter. Bring your snowmobile and enjoy the winter playground that is the South Cariboo. For a less intense adventure, spend your days snowshoeing on the resort’s 7 km (4 mi) of trails. Complete your stay by cozying 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 including your fifth night free, KAYANARA is a great option for those really looking to get away from it all this winter.
14. The cabins, 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. Equipped with all the essentials to be self-sufficient on the mountain, book an affordable stay at one of their 4-7 person log cabins. These ski-in and ski-out cabins are perfect for skiers as well as snowmobilers stopping through the area – some of them are even pet-friendly!
15. 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 new year tucked away in a gorgeous log cabin with those closest to you. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.