Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is located deep in the mountains of BC. It’s about an hour’s drive from Clinton BC – with half that along a dirt road. But getting there by light-plane is the way to go. They have a private paved runway there, and the flight from Vancouver takes about 90 minutes along the spectacular scenery of the Frazer Canyon.
The flight from Vancouver to Echo-Valley took us along the Fraser Valley past Chilliwack – where the Tulip Festival was going on. We had never seen a tulip field from the air before.
About half-way up the Fraser Canyon is Lytton BC. In the center bottom is the
old Lytton Runway (now closed). Below, we’re looking East – down the Thompson Canyon which eventually leads to Ashcroft.
There is no fuel at Echo Valley, so we decided to stop in Lillooet to fill up. We wanted the option of
flying home from the ranch without having to stop again. Lillooet has one of the prettiest airports in BC.
The photo below was taken from overhead Lillooet, looking West towards Seton Lake. We circled overhead the city to gain altitude because there was a pretty high mountain ridge to the North that we needed to cross next.
Below is the approach to the runway at Echo Valley Ranch. You can’t tell in the picture,
but that runway is seriously up-hill from this end, so we only needed about 1/4 of it to stop.
Below is “Norm” – the owner of Echo Valley Ranch – beside his snazzy Cessna 206. Norm and his Thai wife originally purchased the Ranch as a place to live. Now it’s a Thailand-themed mountain ranch.
The minimum stay at Echo Valley is 2 nights. And one needs it. There is a lot to see and do.
Original post was dated April 19, 2019. It can be seen here: Flying in to Echo Valley Ranch