Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

The River Ride

Going for a ride with Chilcotin Holidays is not your average afternoon ride. Riding with Kevan Bracewell means cross country riding through British Columbia's mountains, along rushing Gun Creek (which runs into Carpenter Lake by old Bridge, only 90 minutes out of Pemberton) on the sturdiest and strongest horses I have ever had the pleasure to ride on.

Only a couple of hours after my arrival at the Guest Ranch we were saddling horses already. Our guides Leandra and Lennart gave me and my sister an introduction to the territory, the riding itself, the Stewardship Poject that Chilcotin Holidays is involved in and even itroduced us to our horses. We did not know that these mares would become close friends and companions to us. The western-style saddles (some of them 150 years old and made out of leather and horn) were new to us but we overcame the challenge with the guides, who had the horses prepared and saddled, which made it easy for us to get used to it.

After the introduction, our guides led us on the horses towards the trilhed from where our little group started for the two and a half hour long ride. Up and down sidehills, through pineforests and on high river banks in the middle of bear county our guides led us and we had a pleasant and enjoyable journey. The capable cross breeds of wild and draft horses walked us over rocky plateaus and through shallow creeks without stumbling once the whole time. Trained and grow locally the horses knew the terrain and conditions and the guides explained a lot about the culture and living in the wilderness and answering our questions to make us feel most comfortable in the warm sunshine of this Monday afternoon.

When getting back to the ranch, we felt well taken care of and we enjoyed a fine turkey dinner. The first day itself was a fantastic experience; we got ued to the horses and the climate, the country and western­style riding and it got us excited for the rest of our Wildernesss Explorer Pack Trip vacation into the backcountry with our guides.

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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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