Silent Mountain Lodge – 3 Day Wilderness Lodge Experience

Multi-Day Snowmobile Tours • Duration: 3 Days / Each day approx 5 hrs, Please call 1-888-357-4449 for departure times.

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This is the deep-woods experience you have always dreamed about. It is a unique snowmobile adventure opportunity only a few hours from Banff on the western flanks of the Canadian Rockies.

Deep in the heart of British Columbia’s spectacular Purcell Mountains is Silent Mountain Lodge. This is the kind of place of which dreams are made. It is a classic British Columbia mountain lodge located far away from civilization.

The lodge is situated near Vowel Creek within a stone’s throw of the famous Bugaboo Provincial Park. It offers a spectacular view of the Conrad Icefield.  In winter, access to the lodge is by snowmobile, requiring a full day of travel exploring valley trails through old growth forest, past frozen streams and lakes and surrounded by soaring mountain peaks.

main-lodge1At night, there is no light pollution here – it is true dark sky territory.  It’s called Silent Mountain Lodge for a reason.  Step outside under a breathtaking star-studded winter night sky and you will hear nothing amidst the total peace of the snow-laden forest surrounding the lodge and the glistening snow-capped peaks. Yet even in the cold short days of winter this area thrives with wildlife.

Words can’t do justice to this place, you have to experience it. Toby Creek Adventures enables you to do just that. We offer a unique back-country adventure that only a few will ever experience. It’s not for everyone but you already know if this is the kind of experience you have always dreamed about, and if it is then this is your opportunity to make that dream come true.

3 Days Wilderness Snowmobiling & 2 Nights at Silent Mountain Lodge

This unique three-day, two-night action packed adventure takes you deep into the beautiful Purcell Mountains in British Columbia.  This snowmobile tour is designed for beginner to advanced riders!

Day One: You will snowmobile with your group and guide, departing from our staging area in the main Columbia Valley on the western flanks of the Canadian Rockies and travelling north-west along the Rocky Mountain Trench following the Spillimacheen River and then turning west into the Purcell Mountains along Vowell Creek. After a five-hour journey you will arrive at Silent Mountain Lodge

toby-creek-snow-1Day Two: Up early for a hearty back-country breakfast and then out on the snowmobiles to explore the Vowel Creek trails and the Summit Lakes area. This is a full day of snowmobile trail riding that starts and finishes at Silent Mountain Lodge. You will travel under the watchful care of your guide among some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world with views of the expansive Conrad Icefield, Mt. Thorington (8704′), Mt. Malloy (9,383′) and Mt. Conrad (9,790′) plus many other peaks in the area. This is a great opportunity to observe wildlife and explore frozen lakes and mountain streams. As the sun lowers in the west you will head back to a cozy lodge to relax beside the fireplace and enjoy a well-earned evening meal with your group.

Day Three: Once again up early with the first light of the winter sun to pack gear and begin the return journey back to the staging point in the Columbia Valley. On this the last day of the trip you will again experience the thrill of riding in the British Columbia mountain wilderness.

Accommodation: Silent Mountain Lodge -a wilderness log lodge with 5 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen and living room. Please note during winter months there is no running water at the lodge – water for bathing and cooking is obtained from a nearby mountain creek.

Trip Cost (Driver Only)

Single Occupancy

  • $2,200.00 700 touring (70 hp)
  • $2,500.00 600 Summit/ M8(120 hp)
  • $2,800.00 800 Summit/ M8 (170 hp)

Double Occupancy

  • $1,700.00 700 Touring (70 hp)
  • $2,000.00 600 Summit/ M6 (120 hp)
  • $2,300.00 800 Summit/ M8 (170 hp)

Minimum Number

A minimum number of FOUR (4) participants is required for this tour option.

Important Information (Click Here)

The following is important information applicable to Silent Mountain Lodge Snowmobile tours.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to make your tour exceptional!

Booking:  Our snowmobile tours are very popular and we have many days when all available machines are booked out.  Please book your desired tour early to avoid disappointment.  T0 book this tour please call our office.   We typically respond to phone calls from 8:am to 9:30pm – if you do not reach us, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Transfers:  Transfers are available from Calgary International Airport and Banff / Canmore Hotels.  We can also arrange custom transfer itinerary for groups.  Please contact us for details and arrangements.

Minimum Group Size: 4 persons (we may cancel any tour with insufficient bookings)

Maximum Group Size: 10 persons

Minimum Driver Age: 16 years old

Funds:  All rates and charges are quoted in Canadian funds.

Tour Itinerary Changes:  At all times the safety of all out guests is our first priority.  For this reason the tour itinerary may be subject to change due to wildlife, snow cover, weather, group abilities or other unforeseen circumstances.  We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.

Arrival / Pick-up Time:  If you are travelling by private vehicle, please arrive at our base location at least 1 hour in advance of the scheduled departure time for your tour to complete registration and obtain required clothing and equipment.  Please be prompt so as not to delay departure of your tour and cause inconvenience to other guests.  The Silent Mountain Lodge tour departs at 10:00am on Day 1 and returns at approximately 4PM on Day 3.

Location:  Our home base of operations is 1 km before Panorama Mountain Village on the Toby Creek Rd.  For detailed  location information, maps and directions please go here.

What is included?:

  • Two dinners, two breakfasts and three lunches – Vegetarian meals are available upon request.
  • Hot drinks, water & cookies (Half & full day tours)
  • CSA compliant full or open face helmets
  • Snowmobile suit
  • Winter Boots
  • Snowmobile rental
  • Professional, qualified and experienced interpretive guide
  • Fuel & oil
  • BC government levy
  • Trail pass fees

What to bring:

  • Light backpack (optional). We will provide a sealed bag for your personal items.  Please keep your packed items to essentials as all gear must be packed on the snowmobiles.
  • Layered outdoor clothing – whatever you wear for skiing or snowboarding is generally suitable – we provide snowmobile suit if needed. We recommend you wear full thermal underclothing.  We do not recommend wearing jeans or cotton except at the lodge.
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Book, cards, board game (for evening)
  • A limited quantity of beer or wine for evening consumption
  • Goggles (can be purchased at our office if required)
  • Winter Gloves (can be purchased at our office if required)
  • Camera (recommended) and extra batteries.
  • Headlight or flashlight
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal daily medications (if required) – please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

Safety:  For your safety and that of your fellow guests please listen to and follow the advice of your guide at all times.

Cellphones:  There is no cell service at Silent Mountain Lodge and along the trails. You are of course welcome to use the camera function often however if you are a driver, please do not attempt to drive your snowmobile and use your camera or phone at the same time.

Smoking:  We respectfully request that you do not smoke in the lodge or while wearing one of our helmets – please remove the helmet to smoke.  Please also ensure all cigarette butts are discarded safely in the fireplace at the lodge or in an appropriate receptacle.

Prices:  All pricing is in Canadian dollars.  We accept payment by cash, INTERAC® direct debit and email transfer at no charge.  We also accept major credit cards (% surcharge may apply).  All pricing is subject to applicable government taxes.  Gratuities are not included.

Security Deposit:  A security deposit by signed credit card slip  or $1200.00  cash is required for each machine.  The credit card slip is destroyed or security deposit is fully refundable upon return of an undamaged machine.  Please note that we do not charge your credit card for the deposit but hold the signed imprint for security.

Liability Waivers:  A  standard waiver and release of liability is required for all participants.  A parent or guardian must complete  a liability release for persons under 19 years of age.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:  50% payment is required at time of booking to secure your place and the balance is due 30 days prior to departure.  We require 30 days notice of cancellation for full refund.  Cancellations between 15 and 30 days receive a 50% refund.  Cancellations with less than 15 days notice are non-refundable.  Our cancellation deadlines are applied to enable us to schedule guides, supplies and machines and to book the lodge.

Backpacks & Camera Bags:  Your snowmobile can accommodate small backpacks and camera bags.  We are happy to provide  straps and bungees to secure your bag to the carrier.  Alternatively you can wear a backpack while riding.  Please ensure all zips, straps and flaps are secured when your snowmobile is in motion.

Photography:  We make many stops to take in the view.  You are welcome to bring your camera and use it often to record your snowmobile adventure.  Please do not hesitate to ask your guide to take group or family photos – we are happy to oblige.  We also love to see your photos so please don’t hesitate to post them on our Facebook page.

Collision Insurance: This tour includes collision insurance coverage up to $250.00 in case you damage your snowmobile.  Damages and related costs in excess of this amount are not covered and are the responsibility of the rider.

Trip Insurance: We have partnered with Lifestyle Financial Services to offer an optional trip cancellation and medical insurance package for our guests.


  • 2 nights accommodation at a wilderness back-country lodge.
  • 3 days wilderness snowmobile adventure

Starting at $1700 per driver (double occupancy)

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