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Joe Hoessl

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Big Creek Lodge

  • Locations

    Big Creek, British Columbia, Canada

  • Activities

    Adventure, Horseback, Relaxation Retreat

  • Languages


  • Favorite Trip

    Coast Mountains Trip

Guide Bio

I am an adventure guide and owner of a getaway lodge. More than 30 years ago, my wife and I purchased a property in the untouched wilderness at the foot of the Coast Mountains. To the north of the ranch is the small community of Big Creek with a population of 50 or so people. In all other directions, the land is uninhabited and still untouched like it was thousands of years ago. There are no cities or towns all the way to the coast, so that the clean Pacific air flows through untainted by any pollution.

I love the fresh, unpolluted air, the absolute peace and quiet of the cabin, adding to this even more by the tranquil rushing of the Big Creek. The stress and woes of the city are left behind as you watch the busy beaver gnaw away at trees and the magnificent eagle fish for his daily meal. I enjoy a horseback ride or a peaceful fishing trip along the creek.

To share this once in a lifetime experience of this land with other people, I built the first cabin for guests. As the cabin was always booked, I had to think bigger and that was the beginning of the Big Creek Lodge.

My solid German education as a carpenter would be invaluable. The clean and professionally built look of the guest rooms, first class bathrooms, the well thought out water and biological sewer system and great service convinced inspectors of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association that the Big Creek Lodge is an important part of tourism in the region.

I am proud the Lodge has been classified as a Canada Select Four-Star Country Inn and it is the only four-star Country Inn in this region. I am thankful and strive to not only give this quality but to expand it.

Big Creek Lodge

Big Creek Lodge is a working guest ranch hidden in the heart of the beautiful Chilcotin. The lodge & cabins have a Canadian Quality 4 star rating. The cedar log home, country inn with a large dining room which over looks the Big Creek & surrounding landscapes, a cozy fireplace & a large porch around the lodge will give you the real feeling of comfort. We offer cattle drives, horseback riding, pack trips, fishing & nature hikes. So if working like a cowboy/cowgirl is your dream or just relaxing & enjoying the peaceful scenery with a glass of wine from the comfort of our hot tub is what you wish, there's a place for you here. It is truly a vacation experience you have always dreamed of.

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