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Horseback riding and alpine pack trips from a guest ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains of BC


Explore the alpine on horseback on one of these ranch-based rides or backcountry pack trips.

Experience the daring spirit and wilderness-driven lifestyle of a dude ranch in the mountains of Canada. From western-style trail riding to target shooting and lasso lessons, you’ll learn some serious cowboy skills. With these all inclusive vacations, the possibilities for adventure are as endless as the horizons of the old west. At rthis horse ranch, we take the idea of guest dude ranches to the next level. Every day, your guides invite you to jump right in and work alongside them as much or as little as you want. Whether you join in as they roll out the hay or learn how to saddle your trusty horse like a true cowboy, you get to be part of the action at our dude ranch.

This is not your ordinary dude ranch. Instead of the dusty planes and dry winds that surround most guest dude ranches, this ranch has towering mountain ranges and ancient forests. The unique location  allows you to experience the ranch lifestyle in a setting unlike any other. The wide-open skies, fresh mountain air, and wild terrain will refresh your mind, body, and soul. As you ride along the rugged mountain trails surrounding our dude ranch, your journey will take on the same spirit of adventure that the old west came to represent.

Horse pack trips through the wilds of Canada provide the kind of rugged adventure and daring discovery that has all but vanished from our modern world. Experience an epic adventure in untouched wilderness, camping beneath starry skies and riding through startlingly beautiful terrain. With trusty trail horses and experienced guides to show you the way, This riding expedition brings you into the heart of the mountains for a genuine nature experience.

From camping in the stillness of remote wilderness to trail riding through the mountains at nature’s pace, every detail of of these backcountry tours works together to bring you closer to nature than ever before. These horse pack trips aren’t simply located in nature; they’re built by nature. Your work with the realities and conditions of the natural environment to bring you an authentic wilderness experience. The kind of experience that will refresh your spirit and transform your outlook on life.

Trail riding through the mountains is truly one of the best ways to experience this rugged wilderness. The simplicity of horse pack trips removes the barriers between you and a genuine nature experience. The gentle tread and pacing of our trails horses allows you to hear the sounds of the wilderness. In the midst of such vast and quiet surroundings, there’s space for you to dream and wonder at the breathtaking beauty around you. As you ride our trail horses through the mountains, crossing rivers, following game trails, and conquering ever-changing landscapes, you’ll soon discover that the wilderness holds more for you than imagined. The mountains themselves hold unexpected wonders, from agile mountain goats maneuvering alpine ridges to meadows blanketed with wildflowers in full bloom. 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Horseback Riding & Pack Trips
SEASON

May to October

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
20
GUIDE INFORMATION

The ranch has an outstanding calibre of licensed guides.  They come from varied backgrounds and their expertise is matched to each trip.  You will be impressed with their abilities to communicate with guests from every walk of life and level of outdoor skill.  Most important, they know how to judge situations, and assess and determine the abilities and limits of the guests.  Every trip must be educational, safe and enjoyable.

Your guides will take care in matching your group according to abilities, interests and even ages. 

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The difficulty of the trip can be customized to suit the individual.  Beginner to advanced trips available.  

5% Wilderness Stewardship Contribution Surcharge applies to all tours.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end at the ranch, near Gold Bridge, BC.  During the summer season take Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler and then Pemberton. Take the Hurley Pass Forestry Road to the ranch. Full directions provided upon reservation.

Van transfer from Vancouver to the ranch can be added for additional cost. 

WEATHER

This 5,000 square km guide territory lies within a transition zone between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau.  This favoured position produces a "rainshadow".  This means sunny skies and a dry bug-free environment.

REGION
Vancouver, Whistler, and Chilcotin
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Horses/tack, use of ancillary equipment, use of the ranch facilities.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Western hat with brim, bandana, rain pants and jacket (no ponchos), comfortable riding pants (jeans), warm jacket (down or wool), long johns, slippers or indoor shoes for ranch, light weight lycra shorts or padded biker shorts, footwear for riding (good ankle support), rubber boots or gum boots, 2 pairs of gloves, one for riding, one insulated, 1 pair of socks per day, personal toiletries and clothing.  Bring at least two changes of clothes in case you get wet.  Heavy rain gear is less likely to tear.  The lycra shorts are worn under your jeans to prevent chafing and soreness.  There are 'taps' on the stirrups for safety and we recommend hiking or work boots for riding.  Rubber boots should be mid-calf.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, good camera, spare battery, lots of film, binoculars, medication for allergies, fishing equipment, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are a choice of either comfortable rooms or chalets with ensuite bathrooms at the ranch, with a varied combination of sleeping arrangements (ie. queen, twin, bunk) all with feather duvets. The ranch is spacious, complete with two story fireplace, sun room, large central dining room.  

The many camps offer something for everyone. Whether you're interested in getting just a "taste" of the wilderness camping experience and would like to have some of the camp luxuries, such as a warm-water shower or a cabin to sleep in, or whether you want to have a true backcountry, camping, "roughing it" experience, we have it all and everything in-between.

Some of the camps are equipped with cookhouses, cabins with sleeping areas in the loft, and 10x12' tent cabins (tents with a permanent wooden structure and raised, wooden flooring, foamies to sleep on, and wood-burning heater) to sleep in, while other camps only have the tent cabins but no cabins or cookhouses, and other camps offer a true "camping" experience with 10x12' wall tents on the ground set up in the alpine meadows.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included.  You will find it hard to believe you are in the wilderness when you are dining on this legendary western fare.  Feed your newfound appetite on unlimited fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of homemade baking, and delicious and hearty main courses.  Your hosts will cook your catch or create vegetarian dishes to suit your style of eating.

2 day tour, available May - October
$600.00 / per person - CAD
Dude ranch stay. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $800
3 day tour, available May - October
$840.00 / per person - CAD
Dude ranch stay. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $990
4 day tour, available May - October
$925.00 / per person - CAD
Dude ranch stay. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1075
5 day tour, available May - October
$1150.00 / per person - CAD
Dude ranch stay. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1300
6 day tour, available May - October
$1350.00 / per person - CAD
Dude ranch stay. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1500
2 day tour, available May - October
$600.00 / per person - CAD
Backcountry pack trip. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $800
3 day tour, available May - October
$900.00 / per person - CAD
Backcountry pack trip. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1050
4 day tour, available May - October
$1200.00 / per person - CAD
Backcountry pack trip. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1350
5 day tour, available May - October
$1500.00 / per person - CAD
Backcountry pack trip. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1650
6 day tour, available May - October
$1800.00 / per person - CAD
Backcountry pack trip. Based on double occupancy. Single person price $1950
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposits are non-refundable. 90 day cancellation policy.
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