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Let Lure of the North Take You There


LET THE LURE OF THE NORTH TAKE YOU THERE...

Liard Tours is a premier Fly-In Fishing and Outdoor Adventure company, located at Muncho Lake on the world famous Alaska Highway in Northern British Columbia. 
Inviting you to also experience our floatplane tours to Virginia Falls and Nahanni National Park, canoeing adventures and sightseeing flights.

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Let Lure of the North Take You There


LET THE LURE OF THE NORTH TAKE YOU THERE...

Liard Tours is a premier Fly-In Fishing and Outdoor Adventure company, located at Muncho Lake on the world famous Alaska Highway in Northern British Columbia. 
Inviting you to also experience our floatplane tours to Virginia Falls and Nahanni National Park, canoeing adventures and sightseeing flights.

 

Leave it all behind...

Discover the unspoiled beauty of British Columbia's largest protected wilderness area, the Muskwa-Kechika. Let Bushpilot Urs, with his 35 years of flying experience in the region, take you and your friends on the best fishing and outer adventures in Canada's north.

 
 

Our over 50,000 square mile fishing area is only accessible by floatplane and harbours incredible fishing for wild native Rainbow Trout, giant Northern Pike, trophy sized Arctic Grayling, Bull Trout (Dolly Varden), huge Lake Trout and North America's best Walleye fishing.

Our fly-in outpost cabins offer you a tremendous wilderness experience in the serene Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness Area of Northern British Columbia. Superb fishing, canoe adventures, hiking opportunities and wildlife viewing await those seeking an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Fly from the majestic Northern Rocky Mountains to world famous Virginia Falls or visit the Wokkpash, a jewel of the Muskwa-Kechika in either our day adventures or week-long all-inclusive flight tour packages.  We also offer Day and week long canoeing and wildlife viewing trips in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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Our Story


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Our Story


OUR STORY

Urs and Marianne Schildknecht immigrated to Canada in 1979 as a young couple from Switzerland. Urs has the flying bug. After obtaining his commercial pilot’s licence in Switzerland his first job took him to Libya to fly a Pilatus Turbo Porter in the oilfields of North Africa. This taught him a great deal about operating airplanes in harsh climates and allowed the Schildknechts to save money to start their own air charter business on April Fool’s Day 1981 in Fort Liard, NWT.

A young Urs encounters a camel in the Libyan desert while flying for the Italian oil firm Agip

Marianne and Urs lived for 5 years in this remote community while the Liard Highway was being built.  The experience of witnessing the transformation of a community which was only accessible by air to road access was remarkable. Urs and Marianne made many good friends in the local community. After successfully operating the Air Charter business in the NWT, getting to know many of the great fly-in fishing lakes in the area, Marianne and Urs decided to develop a fly-in fishing business. They found the Highland Glen Lodge on Muncho Lake (Mile 462 Alaska Highway). This unique property would make an ideal base for their floatplanes to continue flying into the Nahanni and to access the fish and game rich Northern Rocky Mountains.

After Marianne and Urs purchased the Highland Glen Lodge late in 1988, they soon realized that the existing buildings no longer met the expectations of many Alaska Highway travelers and growing number of fly-in fishing guests. The paving of the Alaska Highway was completed in 1992. Vast improvements to the highway conditions changed travel patterns. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity, Marianne and Urs decided to build the new 14,000 square foot Northern Rockies Lodge in 1995 which to this day is the largest year round hotel and RV operation outside of any town on the Alaska Highway.  

1996 - Urs' famous Lodge Flyby with his wife Marianne and his son Daniel below

Urs’ passion for flying in this beautiful and remote country is as strong as ever. 2017 marked Urs’ 42nd year of being a pilot. He loves showing his guests from the comfort of his floatplanes, the beauty of Nahanni National Park and the Northern Rocky Mountains. Marianne and Urs have two sons, Daniel and Michael. Daniel completed a 3 year chef apprenticeship in Adelboden, Switzerland. As parents, Marianne and Urs are proud to see Daniel taking over the reins of the Northern Rockies Lodge kitchen. Michael is an electrician apprentice in Fort St. John, who often comes up over the weekends to help in the family business.

Marianne and Urs thrive on taking on the challenges of operating in the North and turning them into opportunities. They would like to thank their countless guests over the last three and a half decades for helping make Northern Rockies Lodge one of the most successful businesses on the Alaska Highway. Urs, Marianne and Daniel look forward to sharing their paradise on Muncho Lake with their friends and guests for many more years to come!

Over the last 3+ decades Marianne and Urs' exclusive fly-in fishing business has attracted guests from all over the world. Many of whom have annually returned ever since their first trip.  The Northern Rocky Mountains are truly the last untouched fishing destination in North America.  There are over 70 lakes and streams for our guests to choose from! Each offering a unique fly or spin casting fishing experience in the natural splendor of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Urs' modern fleet of turbo prop powered floatplanes offers the only access to this vast and virtually unexplored fishing territory. Encompassing numerous provincial parks and protected areas including the Muskwa-Kechika.

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