Monday, March 28, 2011

Chilcotin Holidays

Wildlife adventures on horse back in the Chilcotin Mountains!

Our Horse pack trips run from May to October out of our sub-alpine meadows camp where wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Come and see for yourself the amazing variety of wildflowers, Indian Paint Brush, Lupine and Balsa Root. Our 4 - 7 Day pack trips have you out in the mountains at camps where you can explore a new area everyday and have wildlife adventures its natural habitat. Black and Grizzly Bear, Mountain Goat, Wolf and Deer are just a few of the animals you can expect to run in to. Here is an example of our 4 Day Horse Pack Trip Itinerary

Day 1

The first day of your 4-Day Horse Pack Trip sees you leaving the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver in the morning, departing at 7am. Travel the historic highways with opportunities to spot wildlife as the road winds itself along famous rivers and pristine lakes. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountains and canyons as you leave the driving up to us on our Chilcotin Express. After the spectacular 5-hour drive, arrive at our Guest Ranch at noon in time to hear the lunch bell ring. Sit down for a homemade lunch of fresh vegetables and salads, hearty homemade soup, freshly prepared sandwiches and oven baked biscuits. When you have taken your fill, your guides will take you through a map orientation of our 6,000sqkm guide operating territory including the unique terrain and the camp(s) you will be staying at during your pack trip. We then take you through a thorough Horse Orientation to prepare for your days riding the mountains. We begin by matching you to your horse and getting a good fit with your saddle. Our horses are Mountain Cayuse ponies that live and work in the mountains. These unique horses come from the wild herds of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, a mixture of breeds developed over generations. They have a stamina, toughness, energy, intelligence and spirit required to take riders safely into the mountains. Whatever your age or experience, we have just the horse for you.The Orientation will give you a complete introduction to Western Mountain riding. You can get involved in bridling, saddling and learning how to tie the bowline knot. You will learn how to control your horse by practicing horse sports in the gymkhana. Once all the "kinks" have been worked out, we take you along the rushing river on our afternoon "River Ride. After having worked up your appetite from the afternoon's adventure, enjoy our Western far of our famous Ranch suppers. In the evening, we make preparations for the next 2 days in camp by repacking your personal gear into duffel bags. Then, overnight comfortably at the Ranch, ready for next day's wildlife adventures.

Day 2

We get an early start to today. After a hot and filling breakfast, head out to the barn, and you'll get to learn how to pack, throw the Diamond Hitch and learn some new wrangler skills! Once packed, saddled and mounted, the adventure starts. Setting out like pioneer explorers, we make our way to camp. In nomadic style, travel by horseback through mountain-top passes,experience wide U-shaped valleys with their mosaic of wildflowers, wild hay meadows and big game mineral licks and encounter the wildlife adventures that greets you along the way. After a day's ride, we arrive at camp. Relax after a well-deserved meal, or get involved taking the horses out to the meadows at night to stake and hobble. Enjoy a campfire under star-studded skies and be lulled into restful sleep, listening to the gentle jingle of the horse bells. Photo opportunities are plentiful!

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the last day at camp. We pack up camp and saddle up for your morning ride. As the sun reaches high overhead, take lunch alfresco-style, perhaps at the foot of a mountain or linger awhile at the mouth of a glacial fed river, before riding the trail that takes us back to the Ranch. Return to the Ranch and share your amazing experience over a hearty dinner. Then, spend the evening enjoying our library, swimming at a nearby lake, or playing a board game before enjoying the camaraderie of the evening campfire. Or, make the most of your adventure with our Activity Options, from guided fishing, gold panning, "hands-on" horse logging demonstrations, shoeing/packing, gymkhana horse sports, Archery and Stargazing. Rest at the Guest Ranch on your last night.

Day 4

On your last day of your 4 Day Horse Pack Trip, just when everyone thinks they have done it all we introduce some new wildlife adventures! We then take off the saddle for some bareback lessons. And, for something a bit different, test your aim with some biathlon target shooting. After practicing your marksmanship, enjoy a farewell lunch before departing at 1pm. Reflect on your adventure on the 5-hour drive back to Vancouver. You arrive in Vancouver in the early evening.

More days in the Alpine Mountains are available on all trips over 4 days, 3 nights. Each day added is another day spent riding the mountain tops.

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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