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Pack tours on horseback into the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia


Travel into the backcountry of the Purcell Mountains on this horse pack tour. On the shorter five day option you will be riding along well defined horse trails, you will ride through lush alpine meadows and majestic Douglas Fir forests and past pristine sparkling mountain lakes. If the urge to stop and fish hits you, we will stop. After all - time is boundless in the wilderness!  On the longer seven day tour you will move from camp to camp. By travelling to two or more camps, the trip allows you the opportunity to explore further into the mountains and participate more on the trip. You may assist the wranglers with taking the horses out to the meadows at night to stake and hobble and learning to pack and throw the diamond hitch. You'll be sure to take home some wrangler skills.

The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park is one of the largest intact ecosystems remaining in South Eastern BC and some of the most spectacular scenery in British Columbia. An incredible setting to revel in truly unspoiled landscape. The five day tours focus on wildlife viewing from one base camp while the seven day tours allow you to travel from camp to camp allowing you to get farther into the backcountry.

The Purcell Wilderness is the first large scale wilderness protected by citizen action anywhere in Canada. In 1974, 25,000 acres were set aside as a Wilderness Conservancy. In 1995, the area was enlarged to more than 500,000 acres and reclassified as a Provincial Park. The Conservancy is now the largest protected wilderness in Southern BC.  From rainforests to staggering Douglas Fir forests. Grassy meadows for viewing a variety of wildlife: moose, elk and pileated woodpeckers through to surreal glaciers creating the mighty Dutch Creek.  Pristine lakes, flowing grasslands and alpine wildflower meadows tempt you - the adventurous trekker - for a day of exploration

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$400.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
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EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
Horseback Riding & Pack Trips
SEASON

June to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
20
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides have been in business since 1964 and are third generation outfitters in this area.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, flashlight, daypack, towel.

Comments: No past riding experienced needed.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips depart from cabins near the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park border. The cabins are located just 20 minutes from the Fairmont Hotsprings and a 4 hour drive from Calgary, Alberta or Spokane, Washington. The closest airport is in Cranbrook BC, 45 minutes from the cabins.

WEATHER

Weather in the mountains can change quickly. Summer temperatures average 10 to 25 degrees Celsius but rain and wind are always a possibility.

REGION
Kootenay & Revelstoke British Columbia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All riding gear and group camping gear.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing suitable for a variety of weather conditions.  Rain gear, warm coat, hat, long pants, riding or hiking boots, camp shoes.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, sunglasses, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in different tent camps and cabin camps throughout the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park. The cabins are very comfortable, with complete wilderness cooking and dining facilities.  Sleeping accommodations are single, bunkhouse style cabins. We sleep on comfortable sleeping pads and a sleeping bag that you provide.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All your meals will be prepared by your trail cook, with the help of your guides.

5 day tour, available June - August
$400.00 / per person per day - CAD

7 day tour, available June - August
$400.00 / per person per day - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
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5 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

On departure day, you and the other guests will meet at the staging areal where you will meet your guides and get acquainted with your horse. After packing up, we'll mount up and have a leisurely ride to our base camp - Big Cabin; with lunch served on the trail.

Day 2

On the second day we relax, watch wildlife, fish, and/or ride. Whatever "wilderness" you want to experience.

Day 3


On the third day, after a hearty breakfast, we will ride to above tree line so you can revel in the spectacular scenery of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. Wildlife will greet you around all corners. A bagged lunch will be provided.

Day 4

Day four will continue your "wilderness" adventure. More riding, wildlife viewing, fishing and more time to revel in the days' adventure.

Day 5

Day five will see you beginning the day in relaxation mode while your guides and wranglers "pack"! Once the horses are ready, your trip down the mountain begins, but the wildlife viewing doesn't end. You will return to the staging area where you must say good bye to your travelling mates and horse.

7 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

On departure day, you and the other guests will meet at the staging area where you will meet your guides and get acquainted with your horse. After packing up, we'll mount up and have a leisurely ride to our base camp - Big Cabin; with lunch served on the trail.

Day 2


On the second day we relax in the morning and continue our horseback trip into Hyak Cabin. Hyak Cabin provides similar accommodations to Big Cabin, with more spectacular views of rivers and waterfalls.

Day 3

Day three sees us trying a new side of "wilderness" - tent camping! Our day will begin with packing and travelling to the South Fork Glacier and Morgeau Glacier. Don't be surprised if we see grizzly bears sunning themselves on the glacier! Wildlife viewing is abundant. Your guides will prepare a sumptuous supper over the roaring campfire. Believe us, the outdoors truly does inspire your appetite and you will sleep like a baby; under the stars!

Day 4

On the fourth day, after a hearty breakfast, we will ride to explore the West Fork Glacier. More alpine meadows, more wildlife, more wilderness!

Day 5

On day five we return to Hyak Cabin via a different route. At the end of the day; relaxation and comradeship with your guides and fellow travelers.

Day 6

Day six: What's for breakfast today? Hearty pancakes, mouth watering French toast? Is this really "wilderness"? After your appetite has been curbed, you will mount for a leisurely ride back to Big Cabin.

Day 7

Day seven will see you beginning the day in relaxation mode while your guides and wranglers "pack"! Once the horses are ready, your trip down the mountain begins, but the wildlife viewing doesn't end. You will return to the staging area where you must say good bye to your travelling mates and horse.