Andrea & Derek

Derek Botchford, Andrea Soto, Frontier, Experience


A world traveler, Derek has been chasing fly fishing adventures all over the world, from the wilds of Alaska to the tip of the  Chilean Patagonia Hailing from the breathtaking landscape of Santiago Chile, Andrea drifted through her early childhood in and out of Santiago, Minnesota, Toronto, Gainesville,  and finally settled,  as a preteen, in Quebec City.  A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa, she eventually moved back to Santiago where she inevitable met  Derek.

 The quest for a healthy lifestyle, outside the confines of the city, doing what they love,  embarked them on a remarkable journey which in 2007 led them to the quaint little town of Smithers, a hidden gem nestled amidst the rugged beauty of British Columbia, Canada.

Crafting their vision and breaking ground on what is known as “Steelhead Paradise”, Frontier Steelhead Experience Copper Bay Lodge  and Bulkley Basecamp  emerged.

 Initially conceived as a haven for avid anglers, the lodge, and our property swiftly gained popularity. Renowned for its unparalleled hospitality, world-class fishing, and luxurious infrastructure,  enthusiasts from everywhere are drawn to share our passion for the great outdoors.  Now transcending the confines of fishing,  our property is an oasis where dreams can take flight and memories can be woven.  What began as a beacon of opulence and refinement, has turned into a sanctuary where love, laughter, and memories can be created.