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Explore the Okanagan Valley of BC on horseback from this Icelandic Horse riding resort


Come ride with us into the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia on the amazing Icelandic horse! Endless trails treat horse and rider to panoramic views and, depending on the season of your visit, changing scenery is provided by a fast variety of local flora and wildlife.

Situated on 300 acres and bordering Provincial Crown land, this resort offers riding treks on numerous trails of the spectacular surrounding countryside. Guests discover breathtaking views and a rich wildlife habitat on horseback. 

Curious about the Icelandic horse? A lesson is given before heading out on the trail so that rider and horse understand each other and work well together. Riders have the opportunity to experience the wonderful smooth gait and gentle nature of our much loved horses. 

At the doorsteps of the Canadian wilderness, in the beautiful area of the famous Okanagan wine country of British Columbia, we will strive to make your experience a memorable one.

Your hosts passion for the Icelandic Horse is ever-growing, and the resort owns a large herd of purebred Icelandic Horses consisting of breeding, riding, and young horses with high quality bloodlines.

These horses were brought to Iceland by the first Viking settlers during the years 874 - 930. Their boats were small, and only a few horses, the very best, were brought along. At the early stage, import of farm animals was forbidden in the country. Because of this, the original Nordic horse remained as a preserved purebred in Iceland throughout the centuries.

We invite you to spend your holidays with us - climb into the saddle, take a breath of fresh air, and ride.

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$1950.00 USD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Horseback Riding & Pack Trips
SEASON

late April to mid October

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
4
GUIDE INFORMATION

4 days of guided riding are included in the package with 4-5 hours in the saddle each day with breaks in between.

One guided wine tour or sightseeing tour is also included.

RESTRICTIONS

Some riding experience is required for this tour. Minimum age is 12 years old with riding experience. Inexperienced riders become confident and ready for the trail after instructions in the arena and oval track.

Non-riding companions are welcome at a 20% discount.

Pets: Sorry, but no pets are allowed.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed inside the facilities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Icelandic Horses are bred as 5-gaiters. They have the three basic gaits: walk, trot and gallop, and two extra gaits: tölt and pace, of which the tölt is most popular. In tölt, the horse moves its legs in the same sequence as in walk. Tölt is a very comfortable and pleasant gait that can reach a high speed. Pace is a gait of speed and power in which both legs on either side move in unison. Pace provides a very spectacular sight and a magnificent experience in the saddle.

TRANSPORTATION

Tours begin and end at a resort near Vernon, BC. 

AIRPORTS

Guests can fly to the nearest airport: Kelowna International Airport. Main connecting airports to get to Kelowna are: Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto in Canada, and also Seattle Airport in Washington, USA. Airlines with regular flights to Kelowna include WestJet, Alaska Air, and Air Canada. 

The airport shuttle company Let’s Go can take you from the Kelowna airport to the nearby city of Vernon, where we will pick you up! We are about a 30 minute drive outside of Vernon. 

DRIVING
There is also the option for guests to rent a car from Kelowna or other main, nearby airport (Vancouver, Calgary, or Seattle). The drive to Vernon from any of these locations is very scenic! 

From Vancouver: 5 hours and is 441 km (274 mi)
With this drive you get to see the rainforests and mountains of the coast, alpine forests (if you take the Coquihala), and also the transition from these forests into the semi-arid region of the Okanagan, where we have huge ponderosa pine and Douglas fir stands of trees. 

From Seattle: 6 hours, 18 minutes and 552 kilometers (343 miles)
This journey will take you from the lush rainforests of the coast up into the semi-arid region of the Okanagan. Here you will see the many orchards, wineries, and other agriculture that are central to our way of life here! 

From Calgary: 6 hours, 35 minutes and 568 kilometers (353 miles)
With this route you drive over the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and it’s stunning. Take this route to be rewarded with jaw-dropping scenery and quaint mountain towns! 

Transportation on the wine tour (or sightseeing) day is provided. 

WEATHER

The Okanagan area is known for its warm and sunny weather in the summer and fall. 

REGION
Okanagan Thompson British Columbia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All riding gear and helmets.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, riding pants, long sleeved shirts, boots or hard soled shoes with a heel, bathing suit for the lake, shorts, riding gloves, riding helmet.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The facility sits on over 300 private acres of spectacular and undulating countryside. Meals are served in a Gazebo with large sun deck and a hot tub.

Our guests enjoy the comfort of rustic log cabins with electricity, bathroom w/shower and a TV. Wireless internet is available.

Riding instructions are given in our outdoor arena and official size oval track. We have miles of trails for horse riding or hiking.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Included meals are listed in the itinerary. Meals are served in the “Gazeebo” – the meal and social facility. Vegetarian or other special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the package rate. However, you are welcome to bring your own.

5 day tour, available April 22, 2018 - August 31, 2018
$1950.00 / per person - USD
5 nights. Sundays to Fridays. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $150 US.
5 day tour, available September 2, 2018 - October 14, 2018
$2150.00 / per person - USD
5 nights. Sundays to Fridays. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $200 US.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Refunds, less a $25 cancellation fee, are given if we receive written cancellation at least 60 days prior to the starting day of your riding package. Cancellations made after that time are subject to forfeiture of the deposit. We recommend trip insurance to protect your deposit.

5 day tour, available April 22, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Day 1

Sunday: Arrive in the late afternoon and meet your hosts Ly and Sherise Faber. You can settle in to your cabin, stroll around the farm and visit the horses, relax and meet any other guests during happy hour with a nice glass of wine and coffee. (D)

Day 2

After a good night's sleep and a lovely breakfast, we will start with an introduction to the Icelandic horse. A brief evaluation and assignment of horses is followed by some riding instructions in the arena, coffee and cake, and more bonding with your horse on the oval track. Next is a lunch break and then all riders are off for the afternoon ride through the establishment's attractive forest. (B+L+D)

Day 3

Tuesday is a serious day of riding into the exciting backcountry with a good chance to see some of the local wildlife. It is not uncommon to see coyotes, deer, bears, baldheaded eagles, and grouse. Lunch will be a trail picnic. Ride back to the facilities and relax .... the hot tub awaits! (B+L+D)

Day 4

Today we take a break from riding and go visit some of the famous Okanagan wineries. You will get to sample award winning wines and have a delicious lunch in an orchard. We come home in the afternoon where you can relax in the hot tub, hike, or do one of the many fascinating activities possible in this area. At 7:30 pm we meet you again for a real Canadian barbecue. (B+L+D)

Day 5

After a nice, hardy breakfast we again mount up and ride through the Canadian forest to the top of the mountain where a stunning view overlooking the open country valley awaits you. We will have a tasty and fun picnic lunch at this viewpoint and after a few hours of descending the hill, we finish our ride with a nice tolt. (B+L+D)

Day 6

Friday: On this day you will ride your favorite Icelandic horse on a beautiful, wilderness trail. Experience more of the Canadian wilderness. We will return to the facilities for our last lunch together, around 2 - 3 pm. Then we say, "Till we meet again"... (B+L)