About Stewart’s Lodge
Looking Back on our Beginnings
Bob and Ginny Stewart first came into the Chilcotin in 1950. In their explorations for a great fishing lake, they ran into the local game warden who told them that the best fishing in the country was Nimpo Lake. So, in 1953, with tents and rowboats, they established their first camp.
With only a local Indian family occupying the outlet of Nimpo Lake, they had the pick of all the land surrounding the lake. They carefully chose a fabulous 40 acre piece with southern exposure and a view to the Coastal Mountains. Ginny recalls, “There were so many trout jumping in the lake that sometimes the splashy rises would keep us awake at night.”
Log cabins, built by local natives, soon replaced the tent camp along the lake’s shore.
One of the cabins, situated on a high knoll with that spectacular view, became the main lodge. The first customers came by car, braving the rough two day’s drive from Williams Lake.
Earliest road guest – Larry Peabody, who still returns twice yearly since 1954 – said this spring… “We can make it all the way from Seattle in two days now.” Later, private planes began to stop in. Two of Stewarts’ first guests by floatplane – Bill and Priscilla Cook – still fly up in their floatplane every year. In 1958, floatplanes became an integral part of Stewarts’ operation, allowing access to remote areas not reachable by road. To accommodate their growing business, Bob and Ginny set up tent camps on several wilderness lakes. With the first cabin being built in 1960 and now several other outposts to choose from.
Stewart’s Lodge & Camps now has 10 guest cabins on Nimpo Lake and 6 outpost camps. In 1988, Tweedsmuir Air, consisting of a fleet of three floatplanes, was established to expand service to the outposts and to show the backcountry to a growing number of ‘flightseers’ who visit from around the world. Fifty years have gone by since Bob and Ginny first set up this thriving family business that continues to satisfy both new and return clientele. They still enjoy their summers at Nimpo, appreciating their lifestyle and visiting with long time guests. “We are fortunate to have made so many friends through our business and feel blessed to live in this beautiful country.”
Stewart’s Lodge is approved accommodation by Tourism British Columbia. Our season commences mid-May and ends September 30th. We have fish guiding rights to 66 lakes and 8 different streams and rivers… the fishing is consistent throughout the season as we fish many lakes and streams… it’s just a question of when and where. So come on up and let us get you into some of them!
The difference between Stewart’s Lodge and other Nimpo Lake accomodations:
- We have been serving the outdoorsman at Stewart’s Lodge since 1953 and we’re now training the third generation of Stewarts. 4 sons: Daniel, Jesse, Jordan and Ethan.
- We enjoy all things WILD by nature in the West Chilcotin and flying guests into the backcountry, that’s who we are and what we are about.
- Tweedsmuir Air – our wings to adventure – own and operate a De Havilland Beaver and a Cessna 185 to get you out into the best wilderness adventures that the West Chilcotin has to offer.
- We have 6 outpost locations on remote waters, besides our main lodge at Nimpo Lake, that offer an awesome mix of hiking, boating, wildlife viewing and excellent fishing.
If you are interested in receiving more info on wilderness adventures in the West Chilcotin with Stewart’s Lodge, contact us. We’ll follow up with you via email, fax or phone to see what we can do to put you into the trip of your life! See you at Nimpo…
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