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Airport Name Chilko Lake (Ts'yl-os Park Lodge)
Airport Category Registered Aerodrome
Nearest Community Chilko Lake
Latitude (N): 51 37 34
Longitude (W): 124 08 31
Listed in Canada Flight Supplement Yes
Airport ident. CAG3
Appears on a VFR Navigation Chart Yes
Airport Elevation 3850
Magnetic Variation 20E
  Runway (Main): Runway (2): Runway (3): Runway (4):
Number: 18-36
Length: 3200
Width: 50
Surface packed gravel
Night Flying No
Maintained Year Round No
Radio Communications Trafic 122.8 MHz within 5 nm and 6900 feet ASL
Telephone on the Airport No
Customs Airport Entry No
Fees on Private Aircraft
Landing $: 20.00
Terminal $: 0.00
Parking $: 5.00
Airport Fuel Tax (litre) $: 0.00
Comments About Fees: Landing fees apply in order to keep private airstrip open. call 250-483-4368 for payment by credit card and aircraft registration number. call for details.
Fuel Prices
100LL $: 0.00
Mogas $: 0.00
Jet Fuel $: 0.00
Fuel Prices with Taxes
100LL $: 0.00
Mogas $: 0.00
Jet Fuel $: 0.00
Date of Fuel Prices 0000-00-00
Fuel Price Comments
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Fuel is not available at the airstrip.
Airport Management Tsylos Park Lodge & Adventures Tel: 250-483-4368
Airport Web Site
Airport E-mail
Other General Aviation Services on the Airport
Karen McLean
Tsylos Park Lodge
Post Office Box 2560
Williams Lake, BC
Canada V2G 4P2

Toll Free: 1-800-487-9567
Phone: 1-250-483-4368
Lodge Radio Phone: 1-250-481-0052
Hotels/Motels with pick up at Airport
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Ts’yl-os Park Lodge, P.O. Box 2560, Williams Lake, B.C., V2G4P2. Tel.: 250-483-4368 " target="_blank">">

Charly’s Guest Ranch, P.O. Box 4179, Williams Lake, B.C., V2G 2V3. Tel.: 250-481-1102.
Bed & Breakfasts with pick up at Airport 
*(include Telephone Numbers)
Restaurants on the airport or nearby 
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Camping Airport grounds: No
Washrooms No
Nearest COPA Flight WILLIAMS LAKE, Flight 21: 2003, Helki Lauren, P.O. Box 6085, Williams Lake, B.C., V2G 3W2. Tel: 250-392-9798
Other Local Aviation Associations & Telephone Numbers
Remarks CAUTION: Runway 36 slopes up 2 per cent

CAUTION: Steep hill immediatly north of airport.

CAUTION: Wildlife and livestock may be on runway.

CAUTION: Runway may be soft when wet. Runway closed November 1st to may 1st due to condition.

General location map:,-124.145508&spn=6.111055,21.818848&om=1&iwloc=addr

Google sat photo:,-124.141946&spn=0.023977,0.08523&t=k

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Local Tourism Contacts & Telephone Numbers
Local Activities, Sights & Events of Interest to Visitors Surrounded by the most spectacular peaks and glaciers of the Coast Mountains, Ts’yl-os Provincial Park (pronounced "sigh-loss"), is an area of dramatic landscapes. Rivers, lakes, glaciers, incredible rock formations, with high snow packed alpine meadows and lush valleys, form a vast wilderness. It’s a land where moose, caribou, mountain goats, wolves, and the largest of British Columbia’s predators, the grizzly bear, still roam free.

One of British Columbia’s most untouched mountain areas, Ts’yl-os Provincial Park offers a great opportunity to experience some of North America’s last remaining true wilderness.

Ts’yl-os Park (Mt. Tatlow - in English) received its name from the mountain known to the Nemiah people of the Tsihqot’in First Nation.
At the centre of the park, ChilKo Lake, with its 50 miles in length, is the largest lake in the Coast Mountains. The lake is fed by glacial streams giving the water its translucent greeny-blue colour, with spectacular snow capped peaks, glaciers, and wilderness valleys surrounding it.

To access Ts’yl-os Park/ Chilko Lake by air takes some pre-flight planning. The importance of proper training, procedures, and pre-flight planning when flying in this remote mountainous region cannot be over emphasized. In the Pacific area, the combined effect of the great Coast Mountain system and the adjacent Pacific Ocean leads to extremely changeable weather conditions with an unpredictable variety of patterns.
When operating in mountains, factors such as density altitude, turbulence, and wind effect must be considered, as they will affect aircraft performance.
Another consideration in planning flight operations into remote areas (Vancouver VNC AIR 5004 May 00 is the one to use for this flight) is that "Sparsely Settled Area" is no longer a defined area. As such, the pilot/operator must decide what survival equipment is to be carried on board the aircraft in accordance with regulations

When traversing such remote areas, Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR 60261) regulates the survival equipment required on board the aircraft, for the survival on the ground of each person on board. The survival equipment must be sufficient to provide a means of starting a fire, supply shelter, purify water, and to visually signal distress. Some pilots assume that operating in this area is no different from operating in more populated areas. This can lead to a lack of proper planning and preparation resulting in unnecessary risks. The Aeronautical Information Publication, AIR Annex, contains a table that is a useful guide in helping to choose equipment.

Leaving from Vancouver, B.C., the park can be reached by flying a course of 345 degrees true for a distance of approximately 150 nautical miles. This one hour and 30 minute flight, for most light aircraft, will take you over enormous ice fields, mountains, and high-level lakes. Weather permitting it is the most direct. However, living on the coast one learns that the most direct route is not always the easiest. Travelling up-coast by way of Powell River (CYPW), allows the flexibility of a route change, and the availability of remote landing strips, should the need arise, or weather not cooperate.
Once re-fuelled, your flight continues in a northwesterly direction from Powell River skirting steep mountain cliffs, crossing deep coastal fjords and islands, following Calm Channel to the mouth of Bute Inlet. This is where your navigational skills and map reading come into play. No navigation aids beyond this point.

At the top of Bute Inlet, and looking off the nose of the aircraft at about 11 o’clock, Mt. Waddington, with its 13,000- foot peak, towers above the sea of surrounding peaks. To the right is where the Southgate River empties its glacial melt from the massive Homathko Icefield, and is the next leg of your journey. Following the Southgate to its head, there is only a short 10-mile hop and you are at the south end of Chilko Lake.

At the north end of Ts’yl-os Park and Chilko lake, Ts’yl-os Park Lodge is the operator of a 3,200 by 50 foot gravel airstrip with a field elevation of 3,850 feet ASL. This airstrip can accommodate private or charter aircraft. Pilots should make contact from five nautical miles out on 122.8 and announce their intentions. Caution must be used when landing at remote airstrips as airstrip conditions can change due to heavy rains, and other weather related conditions. Conditions to be aware of for the Chilko Lake Runway 18/36 it is located in a wilderness area, check that wild game is not on the airstrip before landing. The northend of the airstrip can be soft after heavy rains. There is a two per cent up-grade on Runway 36. Immediately north of the airstrip there is a hill, for first time landings it is recommended to make a false landing prior to your real landing. There is a windsok at the south end of the airstrip to check wind conditions as it is normal to have moderate to heavy winds at Chilko Lake. Floatplanes can land but should get permission to tie up to any of the private docks located at the north end. Permission from BC Parks must be optained prior to parking at the campsite. Flight Plans are opened or closed by contacting the Williams Lake Flight Service Station (CYWL) toll free at 1-800-663-5870.

There are several resorts found in the vicinity of the park, all with the ability to provide their guests with personalized service. World-class catch and release fishing for Rainbow Trout and Bulltrout attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. Other attractions include horseback riding, mountain pack trips, hiking, and whitewater rafting, or just simply kicking back and soaking up the solitude and beauty.

Ts’yl-os Park is in the shadow of the Coastal Mountains, and the weather carries a "continental inland climate," with hot dry days and cool summer evenings. The weather from June to August is generally good. However, you will need warm clothing, a jacket, and quality rainwear, as the weather can be cool. Bring light summer clothes, a sun hat, hiking boots and sneakers for those long sunny days. Being in the heart of the wilderness, do not forget sunscreen and insect repellent. Bear repellent and a first aid kit can also be a welcome addition. Binoculars, camera, and fishing gear are always a priority when traveling to Ts’yl-os Provincial Park.
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Date Submitted On: 2015-05-12

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