Horseback riding in Canada is a great way to escape the chaos of city life and reconnect with nature. Whether it’s for a few hours, a day, or for a full week, traversing the backcountry astride a horse will introduce you to the best of the Canadian landscape. Your trusty horse will take you on trails that lead through valleys, along rivers, through meadows blanketed with wild flowers, and over alpine ridges - allowing you to explore the landscape for which Canada is famous.

Based on your preferences, choose day rides from guest ranches, lodges, inns and villages or multi-day camping adventures across the Canadian backcountry. Most tours are perfect for novice riders or for those new to trail riding. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends.

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Why is Canada perfect for horseback riding?

Our horseback riding tours operate in some of the world’s most beautiful national parks, mountain ranges, and trails so you can explore Canada’s untouched wilderness astride a horse.

Tours in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario will provide you with a chance to live in an off-grid ecolodge and far away from modern communications, while the azure waters of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, reflecting the snow-capped peaks, will make your adventure nothing short of unforgettable. In British Columbia, a unique dude ranch experience in the midst of Chilcotin Mountains will teach you the ropes of western cowboy life.

From the east to the west, the Canadian landscape is filled with natural wonders just waiting to be discovered. Join us and our loyal horses for incredible discoveries and unexpected adventures around every corner. Horseback riding in Canada will bring you closer to nature and wildlife, allow you to walk in the shoes of true cowboys, and make you forget about your everyday worries.

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Where can I go horseback riding in Canada?

Horseback Riding in Canada

Our horseback riding tours take you to the oldest national parks in the world, atop Canada’s alpine mountain peaks and through some of the most diverse wildlife habitats in the country. With 42 national parks, Canada offers a rich diversity of landscapes that are mostly untouched by human development, making them ideal to be explored astride a horse. From the West to the East, we provide horseback riding tours in three distinct regions of Canada.

In the western part of the country, the Coast Mountains stretch out, covering 990 mi (1,600 km) of land from the North to the South. In its heart lies the Chilcotin Mountain Range, bursting with alpine meadows, deep rugged valleys and a rich diversity of wildlife habitats. British Columbia is known for hosting some of the rarest species of flora and fauna in Canada and the wider world.

On our tours to Alpine Chilcotin Mountains, you’ll ride out into the wild from a dude ranch near Golden Bridge accompanied by our friendly guides and resilient Cayuse horses. Multi-day and day rides exploring snow-capped mountain ranges, vast meadows blanketed with wildflowers, and incredible wildlife in its natural habitats are just a fraction of what you’ll get to do when you choose one of our horseback riding tours in British Columbia.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains form the northern part of the North American Rocky Mountains. Five Canadian national parks are located within the Canadian Rockies and they’ve all been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. We offer horseback riding tours in the backcountry of Stoney Creek, the Great Divide in Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada, established in 1885, and also in the southeast of the Canadian Rockies -- the Kananaskis Park system.

The Canadian Rockies are renowned for their rugged scenery, covered in forests, glacier-fed river valleys, and azure lakes dotted with newly-formed icebergs. During the day you’ll see unspoiled nature and wildlife while staying in a comfortable wooden chalet or a tent-based camp during the night.

In the east of Canada, our horseback riding tours will take you on an adventure in Algonquin Provincial Park. Here, you can explore the forest trails, meandering creeks, and the countless lakes while on the back of a majestic horse. In Algonquin Provincial Park, you’ll spot beavers, white tailed deer, moose, otters, or maybe even glimpse a wolf in the distance!

Our guided tours are flexible and you can enjoy riding a horse across a stunning landscape for three days straight or take a day off and explore the area at your comfort.

Which horseback riding tour is best for me?

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Regardless of which tour you choose, you’ll be rewarded with Canada’s rich and natural landscape, an abundance of wildlife on every trail, and memories you’ll always cherish. In order to choose the right tour for you, here are a few things to consider.

Our tours operate in three different Canadian regions.

You’re invited to live on a dude ranch in the heart of the South Chilcotin Mountains. The mountains are nestled between the Coast Mountains of the Pacific Range and the Chilcotin Plateau.

We invite you to ride into the backcountry of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on our horseback riding tours in the Canadian Rockies. We explore Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country, and Burnside Canyon and Falls from our vantage points astride our trusty steeds.

More horseback riding adventures await in Algonquin Provincial Park. Here, vast prairies, a 30-acre private lake, and spruce forests make a perfect background to your stay at the wilderness lodge. Create your own travel itinerary and ride out into the wilderness of the provincial park as much or as little as you wish.

For those who love the peaks and ranch life, we strongly recommend our horseback riding tours in the Chilcotin Mountains, Banff National Park, and Kananaskis Country. If you want to experience the vastness of prairies, then Algonquin Provincial Park is the place for you.

All our horseback riding tours are multi-day tours and available to every kind of traveler. Travelers who want to venture out into the wild and reconnect with nature, usually select one of our camping adventures. Such horseback riding tours are available in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and last between 3 and 7 days, offering an incredible opportunity to explore the surrounding area in more depth. You can choose camp-based tours on a single campsite or travel to different campsites every day.

If you want to live like a cowboy and experience ranch life, then our lodge-based horse-riding tours are perfect for you.They are available in all of the aforementioned regions, providing an incredible choice of different landscapes. We offer 2, 3 , 4, or 7 day tours, where you can stay in our comfortable ranch accommodation, help with the running of the ranch, and explore the surrounding area on a horse.

Our ranch in Algonquin is totally off the grid with all its energy provided by a nearby waterfall. While all of our horse-riding tours are committed to sustainability, we also aim to leave the places that we visit exactly as we found it.  

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We try to accommodate as many needs as possible on all of our tours and the majority of them are available to complete beginners. However, our tours in Kananaskis Country do require some previous horse riding experience. Our other tours in the Chilcotin Mountains, Canadian Rockies, and Algonquin Provincial Park are open to less experienced riders who are willing to learn from our qualified guides.

Children are welcome to all of our horseback riding tours. The age limit may vary depending on the tour. Some of our tours allow children as young as 6 to embark on wilderness adventures  with a parent or guardian, while some require the child to be at least 9 years old.

All necessary equestrian equipment for riding and safety will be provided. All you need to bring is your personal gear and clothing.

The type of clothes you need to bring might vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose. Upon booking you’ll be provided with a full list of necessary clothing, however, there are some general items that you need to bring on all of our tours: a hat with a brim, a bandana, waterproof pants and jackets, comfortable riding pants, warm outdoor clothing, long johns, lightweight lycra shorts or padded biker shorts, footwear for riding, and rubber boots.

Bring at least two changes of clothes in case you get wet. Note, heavy rain gear is less likely to tear and if you prefer to ride with a helmet, not all tours provide it so bring one if you have one. A bottle of water and a small camera are great additions. Also, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent should also always be at hand.

Your safety is our number one priority. While we allow pregnant women on our tours, some might require a doctor’s notice in advance. If in doubt please seek advice from a qualified medical professional.

Yes. All tours must be booked in advance.

Yes, depending on your medical condition or disability you most likely will be able to go horseback riding with us, however, we do ask our customers to notify us in advance of any medical conditions, allergies, or disabilities that they have. It’s best to call in advance, so we  can help you to arrange your adventure.

Depending on the type of accommodation you choose, meal plans during your tour might differ. Our wilderness guides and ranch staff prepare delicious and authentic meals to make your adventure even more memorable. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions and accommodations can be made accordingly.

Depending on your chosen horseback riding tour, group sizes can vary between 10 and 20 members. We match smaller groups of similar abilities, age and interest to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and excitement. Families are matched with other families, couples with couples, and young travelers with young travelers. Making new friends is often one of the highlights of the trip.