Kevin and Victoria Olmstead
P.O. Box 6677
Fort St. John, BC
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Beautiful British Columbia
Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief is nestled in the midst of the Northern Rockies Provencial Park. This area is often referred to as the “Serengeti of the North America” for its abundance of wildlife. It is almost impossible not to observe wildlife as you travel through our corner of the world. The area's spectacular wildlife consists of eight species of wild ungulates, plus at least seven species of large and medium-size carnivores.
Prophet Muskwas' Foundations
Started in 1987 by Kevin and Victoria Olmstead, Prophet Muskwa has grown to
three outstanding properties providing outdoor recreation options in the Canadian
Wilderness. This family run business has grown over the years through the hard
work and ingenuity of the duo. Originally from California, with backgrounds
in the corporate world, Kevin and Victoria fulfilled a life long dream of building
and owning a successful outdoor recreation business. Both are avid wildlife
enthusiasts and wish to share the beauty of the Canadian Wilderness with people
around the world.
Victoria realized that the combination of the pristine setting of Prophet Muskwa and the benefits of spa activities were a perfect match and could offer guests much more than a walk-in spa facility. Her 15 years of personal experience on the benefits of spa activities enabled her to create a wilderness resort and spa that deliver first class services for guests to enjoy while being able to experience true wilderness surroundings.
Kevin has been an avid outdoor enthusiast since he was old enough to take his bike, fishing pole and bag of snacks to the river almost every weekend as a child. His interests lie in the education about and preservation of wildlife in its natural habitat. Coming from many years in the corporate world, he came to the realization that so many people had no concept of wilderness or a "big country" experience and it was something that he wanted to provide for his children and his friend's children for many years to come.
The result of these passions is what we have today at Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief. Guests can enjoy the ultimate serenity of a wilderness lodge in the heart of the Canadian Rockies where wilderness is still thriving and will be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.
Elisi Spa Lodging Facilities
We have planned a variety of lodging facilities to offer individualized service to each guest who comes to stay. All of our lodging includes three fully prepared meals every day along with all you can eat snacks. Our goal is to make your stay comfortable and memorable!
Our private ensuite guest rooms are each named after the creatures of the wild (Ram’s Roost, Wolves Den, Elk's Wallow, etc.). These rooms offer the utmost comfort and privacy. Each morning you can awake and walk out on the veranda to see the spectacular Rocky Mountains waking with you. Enjoy your choice of two twin beds or a luxurious king, two of our rooms are perfect for families featuring a Queen bed, twin bed and pull-out futon couch. Your private bath is complete with all of the necessities of home. Decorated with the subtle colors of nature and complete with log interior, you will feel like you are in your own private log cabin getaway.
Muskwa Lodge Rooms
We offer two rooms with a shared bath that are perfect for two couples or four individuals. These rooms offer the feel of a quaint bed and breakfast, your stay is in the main lodge right off our beautiful study with a floor to ceiling wood-burning stone fireplace. Enjoy the delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen in the mornings and the delight of having the main lodge to yourself after hours.
Elisi Private Cottage
Set away from the main lodge and just steps from your private balcony to the hot tub, this two-bedroom private cottage is the choice for honeymooners or guests seeking a secluded stay. Private services including in-room massage and private dining make this the ultimate in luxury.
Rugged Adventure Tents
Are you looking for that outdoor rugged adventure, with the smell of a campfire or woodstove burning, with all of the conveniences of a lodge at your fingertips? Then this might just what you are looking for, enjoy our tent locations set up near camp with more rugged accommodations and shared baths in the main lodge and outhouse locations for the truly rugged experience.
Elisi Spa Packages and Rates Do you want to cover some ground while you are with us? Join us for one of our five or seven day packages that start at one of our out camps — start at the head of the Prophet River, horseback to Hot Springs and then continue on criss-crossing the Prophet River as you wind your way to Grizzley Lake, leave your pack string behind as you hike along Beaver Creek, Jet Boat to the main lodge and end with a pampering two days in the Elisi spa. Call us for more information about packages such as this.
Adventures Await With over 3,500 square miles of land we are sure to have a landscape that feeds your desire. If you are in the mood to explore the wild terrain from more rugged surroundings, an overnight excursion is just what you are looking for. Whether traveling by horse back, jet boat, helicopter or air charter to one of our out camps, one is sure to have the adventure that you seek.
Where Wilderness is Still Thriving Download our indepth information package, "Paradise Shared", in PDF format. Included are all the different packages that we offer. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.
Weather You should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions. During August the temperatures range from 70 F (+20 C) to lows of 20 F to 30 F (-2 C) at night. In late September and October the thermometer may drop to 10 F (-10 C) at night with a chance of some snow.
Wear Casual and Comfortable! Depending on the season you will want different attire. During the warmer summer months: For men, trousers or shorts with a T-shirt are appropriate. For women, shorts and T-shirt or a light cotton dress. A light sweater or sweatshirt is always a good idea for the evenings or for long hikes. During the winter months we recommend typical dress for cold climates. Many of our winter activities are outside, so hats and gloves are a good idea. Remember to bring comfortable shoes for walking, hiking or jogging.
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International Flights International Flights generally connect through Vancouver, B.C. to Fort St. John for Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief, to Sandspit, B.C. for Prophet Muskwa at Graham Island and to Whitehorse, Yukon for Prophet Muskwa at Devilhole. When flying into any of these cities, we generally recommend planning to arrive the day before you are scheduled to fly into Prophet Muskwa.
Air Charter Transfer Arrangements are made through our reservation office at the time of booking. A chartered aircraft departs Ft. St. John for the 1-hour flight. The same plane that brings our new visitors to the main camp picks up our departing guests. Your arrival and departure are memorable events that the entire Muskwa family wants to share. When it's your turn to leave, you'll find everyone at the air strip to bid you farewell.
Luggage Allowances A total allowance of 50 lb. is allowed per person on the air charter. Dress is casual and a daily laundry service is readily available at the Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief Wilderness Resort, therefore, a minimal amount of luggage is required. In particular, we provide towels, bath robes and hairdryers - so leave these behind! If required, we have complimentary luggage storage available at our Ft. St. John office.
Elisi Signature Spa Experience Every guests stay is individualized and personal. Upon check-in each guest will be assigned a personal guide to enhance and complete the stay. Your personal guide will help design a program for your stay that incorporates the activities and pursuits that you want and that attain the goals you would like to reach. Every Elisi experience is structured to the individual. Activities, meals, and lectures are organized with the guest in mind. Your stay includes accommodation in one of the Muskwa Lodge rooms or the Elisi Private Cottage. All meals are included and are prepared per your request and to your specifications. Daily continental breakfast may be delivered to your room by request and gourmet sack lunches for all day outings are provided. Dinner includes house wines, beer and ales. We are pleased to offer Mission Hill Family Estate wines, voted the Canadian Winery of the year in 2001. Your stay also includes all activities and treatments at the Elisi Spa. Enjoy your stay with us, leave the planning to your personal guide, leave the cooking to our trained kitchen staff, and focus on your relaxation and let us take care of you.
Elisi Eternal, 5 hours After confronting the daily grind, get away from it all into aromatic waters where jet streams revive and relax you. Scrub away all of the toils of the day with our salt glow and feel the bliss of tighter skin while you slip away into a parafango wrap. Relax and feel any remaining tension melt away while the skilled hands of our masseuses massage you for 90 minutes including a reflexology session and hand and foot parrafin treatment. Finally prepare to emerge into the world a brand new you with our 60 minute customized facial.
Mythical Muskwa, 4 hours Sink into the aromatic waters and let the jet streams work their magic. Feel your body jump to life with our body rejuvenator followed by an herbal or clay wrap. Enjoy the true benefits of the mythical Muskwa during your 60 minute massage with hand and foot parrafin treatment and 60 minute facial.
Sleeping Chief Serentiy, 3 hours Step into the calming waters filled your favorite scent and feel the serenity seep into your body. Next enjoy an herbal or clay wrap to soothe the senses and ease you into your 60 minute massage and 30 minute facial.
Camp Adventures for Men, 2.5 hours After confronting a tough days hike, soothe your soul and get away from it all. Brave the peace and calm of aromatic waters where jet streams leave you relaxed and renewed. Melt away sore muscles with our 60 minute massage. During your adventure, lie back in the ultimate “camp” chair and enjoy the relaxing sensation of conditioning botanicals applied to your beard to soften and protect your skin.
Earthly Renewal Earthly renewal offers the senses the perfect balance between stimulation and relaxation. Upon arrival, settle into your private room, relax on the veranda and breath in the fresh air that surrounds and engulfs you. Prepare yourself for the week ahead and share in the excitement and the natural high that the surrounding landscape offers. The body needs constant renewal; discover what mother nature intended while indulging in the basic pleasures that the earth has to offer you. Each day explore the nature that abounds in our corner of the world — search the rivers edge for mineral deposits and interesting rock formations as you hike the Muskwa River Path in search of one of the many mineral licks that animals inhabit. Enrich your body with organic mud wraps and facials, awaken your body through flora and fauna expeditions, hiking and horseback treks, and renew the body through meditative yoga, T’ai Chi and other mind-body workouts. At the end of the day, stroll through the surrounding fields, taking in the twilight scents and wind down for a restful night of sleep.
Elisi Refresher Air is the basic necessity that every human needs for survival. Indulge your senses in a week that focuses on the space around you; explore the mountain top gales with Heli-hiking (extra charges apply) where you can see the spectacular Rocky Mountains from the perfect vantage point, take a midnight trek to view the Northern Lights; indulge in customized aromatherapy blends for your body treatments and massage. Focus your stay on the refreshing beauty that surrounds you, envelops you and is you. Reside in one of our private lodge rooms with views of Sleeping Chief. Awaken and begin your day with deep-breathing meditation to enhance the flow of oxygen through the body, feel it invigorate you and push you outside where the breeze brings freshness to your nose tip. Experience higher altitudes as you hike along the crest of a nearby mountain ridge and enjoy the aromas of freshly made meals that comfort and sooth you into the evenings and enjoy relaxation to its fullest.
Muskwa Vigor The vigor of life keeps the heart pumping, the blood flowing and our minds healthy and strong. Incorporating heat as the element of choice to stimulate the senses and enhance oxygen and blood flow in the body is the essence of the Muskwa Vigor. The vitality that one experiences through activities that draw on heat as the primary ingredient. Your week will assimilate all of the elements of heat. Begin your visit with a Paprika facial and body treatment and feel your blood rush to the surface of your skin and leave you glowing for the rest of the week. Indulge in a true cowboy cookout where you sit before a bonfire and feel the warmth of fire. Hide away in the sweat lodge and let the heat sweat away the toxins and impurities leaving you luminous and spirited for your return home.
Cool Sensations Water enjoys the reputation of the most healing property. We use it to replenish our nutrients, to hydrate our bodies, to soak away a bad day and to train our bodies. It is these activities that Cool Sensations is focused upon. Begin your day with an ice-water hike along the Muskwa River. Listen to the flow of water, feel the rush and awaken your inner child. After a long hike pamper your feet in a rejuvenating barefooted mud treatment followed by a paraffin pedicure. Allow your personal spa guide to treat you to the natural powers of a rainwater facial and hair treatment. Go on a jet-boat excursion and feel the wild side of water. Return to the lodge and unwind at the end of the day with a hydrotherapy bath and let the jets flow over you. Tonight you will sleep well.
Romantic Pursuits Imagine. Time alone, away from daily stresses, just you and your loved one, sharing time to yourselves and no one else. Your stay begins when you check into your private cottage set away from the main lodge to maintain the utmost in privacy and seclusion. Enjoy private access to the hot tub from your back porch, book the entire spa for an afternoon of couples sessions and treatments where no one will disturb you and the only interruptions are made at your request. Your personal guide will escort you by horseback to your own private picnic spot and return upon your request to escort you back to the lodge. Here you can indulge in a picnic personally prepared for your tastes. Enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Explore the area around the lodge with hikes and jet boat excursions. But most of all, take the time to just be. Be with your loved one. Be in the middle of serenity. Be yourself. Join us for a week filled of romantic pursuits.
Muskwa Challenge Days
1 & 2, Richards Creek:
Rendezvous in Ft. St. John and transfer by plane to Richards Creek located in the Muskwa-Kechika National Park, often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the North’; enjoy the sunset over the landing strip as the elk and moose population come in to say good evening; join your personal guide and wrangler as you head with your pack-string to the Hot Springs viewing moose, bears, mountain goats and other wildlife along your trip; enjoy a gourmet campfire dinner before retiring to your cabin for the night.
Days 3, 4 & 5, Muskwa River:
Make your way from the Hot Springs to the Muskwa River and continue your journey downstream; hike along Beaver Creek and become one with the nature that surrounds you; continue on to a remote alpine lake to view snowcapped Rocky Mountain peaks; overnight at Grizzly Lake and leave your pack string behind as you hike back to the Muskwa River and pick up your canoe and cruise the river where wildlife surrounds you and your personal guide directs you to the points of interest; all the while making your way toward the ultimate destination a true Wilderness Resort with all the modern amenities.
Days 6 & 7, Sleeping Chief:
The new Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief Wilderness Resort, this luxurious, full-service resort offers the Elisi Spa for the perfect pampering after all of your hard work; the resort is nestled in the Muskwa River valley with pristine views of Sleeping Chief Mountain; opt for a body treatment in the Elisi Spa, relax on the deck or adventure out on a jet-boat excursion; enjoy a final night at the Muskwa Lodge for your last gourmet dinner in the heart of the Northern Canadian Rockies where true wilderness is thriving.
Elisi Spa Massage Massage therapy has long been discribed as "The Healing Touch". The goal of our treatments is to positively affect the health and well being of our special clients.
Deep Tissue Using a variety of massage techniques, the movements of this massage are directed at the deeper tissues. The massage is designed to increase flexibility, stimulate circulation and enhance the body’s natural recovery process. (60 minutes)
Swedish This European therapeutic massage applies varied stretches, movements and handwork to promote relaxation. Swedish massage can be slow to vigorous depending on the desired results. We recommend this massage therapy for our first time massage enthusiasts. (60 minutes)
Aromatherapy An ancient practice that uses natural essential oils of herbs, plants and flowers to balance and rejuvenate the body's natural state. This massage combines the unique techniques of our therapist with aromatic oils selected especially for you. It's the perfect way to refresh after travel, recover from jetlag, and acclimate to our higher altitude. (30 minutes for blending, 60 minutes for massage)
Cellulite Reduction This beneficial massage begins with dry brushing to increase circulation and is followed by the application of cellulite massage oil rich in lavender, juniper, cypress and rosemary. The troublesome body areas are massaged along the lymph pathway to assist with metabolic exchange while improving circulation and oxygenation of the skin. (75 minutes)
Relfexology Based on a system of points on the hands and feet thought to correspond or "reflex" to other areas of the body. The technique is specific to particular body parts (most often the feet), but is intended to assist the entire body. (30 minutes)
Couples Massage Enjoy a massage with your companion, given in the privacy and comfort of massage rooms. A variety of massage options are available. It's a great way to share a relaxing experience with one another. (60 minutes)
All massage sessions may be extended to 90 minutes.
Elisi Spa Facials We have carefully selected an all natural product line that is good enough to eat! Eminence Organic Skincare Products are hand-made in Budapest, Hungary and have the highest levels of all naturally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. You will immediately see and feel the difference evolving from the extremely high fruit content, and therefore, the high level of active ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels begin the regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. Here are a few of the treatments that are available.
AHA Fruit Pulp,
and Paprika Herbal Treatment This combined treatment is a treat for the senses, the AHA fruit pulp provides a purifying and detoxifying treatment to unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and refines and stimulate cellular renewal. While the Paprika offers a rejuvenating treatment to assist in cellular repair and blood circulation. The active ingredients in this include apple (whole fruit), grape (whole fruit), naseberry, honey, lemon juice, Rosemary, St. John's Wart, Sage, Lavender, Paprika, Thyme, horse-tail, blackberry leaves, Vitamins A, C and B6, essential oils, carotenes, citric acid, lactic acid, bioflavinoids, fruit acids, mineral salts.
Herbal Clay Treatment Soothing Repair Treatment. A soothing masque with organic herbs, vitamins and minerals for sensitive irritated, rosacea and acne prone skin types.
Parsley and Cucumber Treatment Oxygenating & Lightening Treatment. Complexion is lighter and more even, pores are opened and prepared for further treatments. Skin is rejuvenated and the visible signs of aging are reduced.
Sweet Red Rose Treatment Regenerating and Nourishing Treatment. The nourishing sweet red rose petals and the antioxidant lemon with honey assist in improving the vitality and the elasticity of all skin types, leaves skin smooth, velvety and hydrated.
Thermal Algae Treatment Invigorating and Detoxifying Treatment. This masque delivers high concentrations of thermal algae and other extracts to revive and oxygenate fatigued skin. Stimulates cellular renewal for a revitalized, healthy, youthful complexion.
Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment Stimulating Treatment. Famous Hungarian thermal mud gives a healthy smoother complexion. Highly stimulating and regenerating, improves oily, sebhorreic, acne skin conditions.
Elisi Spa Healing Waters Bathing Bliss. As you immerse yourself in aromatic, calming waters, stress and tension are released while powerful air jets massage to improve circulation. Botanical oils soften and moisturize the skin. Let these relaxing hydrotherapy treatments provide you with an overall feeling of health and well being.
Stress & Fatique Releasing Bath For active individuals or those with tired feet and ankles or aching joints and sore muscles. Restores reflex responses, allowing free and easy movement. Relaxes, revives and soothes stressful conditions in both body and mind. Leaves you ready for hiking or dancing! This bath is extra rich in sea salts with essential oils of juniper, cedar and a touch of stimulating oils.
Customized Aromatherapy Bath As you bathe in a combination of oils personally selected from the finest essential oils and blended on site for you by our aroma-therapist, sensual delights bring relief to muscles, music to the heart and resolution to the differing parts of ourselves. Add flower petals and herbs for an extra special experience. Enjoy a relaxing or more invigorating jetted bath in our two person-sized tub. (30 minutes for blending and 30 minutes for bath).
Couples Bath Join your person of choice for a relaxing candle lit bath filled with flowers or herbs and custom blended essential oils. Rejuvenate, restore, relax and share together this special bathing experience. A perfect start for a couples massage. (30 minutes)
Wilderness Resort Hunting Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief enjoys some of the highest game productive regions in British Columbia. With a total of 3,500 square miles of hunting area along the famous Prophet River and Muskwa River drainages, this region is unique in providing opportunities to hunt more than one species in a single booked hunt period.
Wilderness Resort Fishing
Prophet Muskwa offers fishing at all of its properties. Excellent catch and release fishing can be found in the lakes, rivers and streams that exist near all of our camps. Sport fishing is available in our Prophet Muskwa at Graham Island property here you are sure to find a fishing destination worth writing home about with species such as Salmon, COHO, Halibut, Ling Cod, Steelhead and other fresh and salt water species available.
Our Devilhole and Sleeping Chief properties host great fishing as well. We have char, lake trout, doly varden, grayling, rainbow trout and northerns. A wonderful way to spend a day in the wilderness.
Muskwa at Devilhole
Prophet Muskwa at Graham Island
Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief
Wilderness Resort Horseback Riding With our reliable horses that are well adapted to the mountain terrain you can cover more area. Crossing rivers and exploring the natural hot springs are easy tasks when mounted on your favorite horse. Day rides or two and three day trips are available for your enjoyment.
Equine Familiarization Horses are majestic animals and can be a little intimidating if you feel inexperienced. Let our friendly staff work with you one on one to learn the ways of the horse, you will be up and riding like a true horseman in no time.
Trail Ride Cookout Enjoy a scenic trail ride and BBQ lunch at Moose Maggie’s Meadow. Enjoy the incredible beauty of the mountains and valley’s on your favorite stead.
Sunset Trail Ride After dinner mount your horse and ride at dusk to view the scenery in yet a different light. See the wild game grazing on the hillsides and listen for the call of the wild. A relaxing way to end the evening.
Wilderness Resort Hiking Many natural game trails are shared with us to explore regions of the unknown. It is very common to see wolverine, wolf, coyote and other game when hiking. Climb to the caves of the glaciers and enjoy the crystal blue of the ice or hike around one of the many natural lakes to see the giant moose or elk grazing with their calves. Heli-hiking is also available by appointment. Have a helicopter take you to the top of the mountains where the Rocky Mountain goats and Stone sheep live and hike back down to camp. A sure way to see the top of the world!
Heli-Hiking This amazing air experience can be arranged depending on weather for an additional charge. An unbelievable way to see the Canadian Rockies.
Flora and Fauna Trips Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief is located amidst some of the most awesome scenery. Join one of our experienced guides and see how many different species and sub-species you can find. It is truly spectacular the things you will see!
Wildflower Viewing The variety of wild flowers is amazing, particularly on the alpine slopes. Taking a 5 minute walk from camp will put you in a field full of wildflowers. Be sure to bring your almanac to record all the varieties.
Wilderness Resort Riverboating
Have your guide take you on an exciting jet boat ride up the Muskwa River. Enjoy the scenery from yet another viewpoint. Along the river you can see big game and feel the breeze of the water as you move along the glacier blue river.
Our guides are skilled and experienced in all aspects of the Muskwa River. They will handle your trip with confidence and assurance from the moment you embark until journey's end - you can put your trust in them. Each of our guides will go that extra step to ensure you enjoy your boating experience in safety and comfort. They'll be pleased to answer your questions about sights and places along the river, so count on them to add that extra personal touch to your adventure.
Common sightings along the Muskwa River are Stone Sheep, Elk and Moose. Up on the mountain tops a Mountain Goat is often spotted and if we are truly lucky a bear or wolf sight