Chilko Lake Ride, BC | Horse Riding Holidays in Canada | Globetrotting

Chilko Lake Ride, BC, Canada

7 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $4,890 USD?Tour costs $4,890 USD which is approximately $7,258 AUD

Canada and cowboys go together like maple syrup and bacon. It’s easy to fall in love with this happy-go-lucky country, and to explore it from the back of a horse is the icing on the pancakes.

Guests take a one hour flight north from Vancouver to reach this exclusive mountain lodge situated beside the wild Chilko River, the life force of this remote part of British Columbia. You will feel instantly at home at the family-owned lodge thanks to your sweet-as-maple-syrup hosts and guides, cosy log cabins, intelligent horses and breathtaking surrounds. On the seven night lodge riding package, no two days are the same, with thousands upon thousands of acres of pristine alpine forest to explore. Every day brings a new adventure from the back of your horse.

Each season has its own X-factor, from spring, when blossoming wildflowers carpet the mountains and river flats, to autumn, when the trees turn bright amber and the wild salmon run. Not to mention the grizzly bears that roam these parts – they’re a tourist attraction in their own right!

Throughout the week, the rides get progressively longer to challenge guests and fulfill their need for speed. Not only is the riding first class, when you’re are out of the saddle you’ll have the option to perch at the bar and sample some Canadian lager, kayak up the river for some grizzly bear spotting, soak in the hot tub on the deck or try your hand at fly fishing.

The photo opportunities are some of the best in the world, with rugged glaciers, mountain meadows, alpine flowers, crystal clear lakes, streams, and wildlife. The vistas and settings are too beautiful to put into words. This is a sacred part of the world that MUST go on your Globetrotting bucket list.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A mixture of many breeds (Quarter Horse, Paint, Arabian, Appaloosa, Thoroughbred and draft horse).
  • Pace:Variable depending on the terrain, with opportunities to trot and canter.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 90kg / 200lbs.
  • Type of tack:Western saddles.
  • Seasons:Spring (June), summer (July, August), autumn (September, October).
  • Group size:A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:Approximately 4 to 6 hours, with a 1 hour lunch. Lunch is packed each morning and carried in your saddlebag. Some downhill sections will require you to walk on foot.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Log cabins or suites. Each unit is set up for 2 people and offers a bathroom, comfy beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets, a gas fireplace or a wood burning stove, your own deck and seating areas. Daily maid services keep you supplied with fresh towels.
  • Ride Length:7 nights.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes a 2.5% GST tax and $77 (per person per week) room and MRDT tax, a round-trip regional flight from Vancouver to the lodge, all meals (wine with dinner), twin share accommodation, all riding activities, use of canoes and kayaks, and a one-day lake trip by boat for hiking and sightseeing.

  • Exclusions:

    The price excludes international flights, travel insurance (compulsory), staff tips (please budget for at least 10-20% of the ride price), beverages from the bar, fishing licenses and extra activities not outlined within the itinerary.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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July 21, 2024July 28, 2024
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July 28, 2024August 4, 2024
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August 4, 2024August 11, 2024
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August 11, 2024August 18, 2024
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August 18, 2024August 25, 2024
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August 25, 2024September 1, 2024
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September 1, 2024September 8, 2024
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September 8, 2024September 15, 2024
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From: $6,065 USD ?Tour costs $6,065 USD which is approximately $9,002 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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September 15, 2024September 22, 2024
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September 22, 2024September 29, 2024
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September 29, 2024October 6, 2024
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A single supplement charge of 25% of the ride price is available for guests not wishing to twin share a room. However please note, this does not guarantee your own bathroom, you may still need to share one with guests of the same gender.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RIDE PRICE?
The price includes a 2.5% GST tax and $77 (per person per week) room and MRDT tax, a round-trip regional flight from Vancouver to the lodge, all meals (wine with dinner), twin share accommodation, all riding activities, use of canoes and kayaks, and a one-day lake trip by boat for hiking and sightseeing.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RIDE PRICE?
The price excludes international flights, travel insurance (compulsory), staff tips (please budget for at least 10-20% of the ride price), beverages from the bar, fishing licenses and extra activities not outlined within the itinerary.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN USD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    On Sunday morning your adventure begins with a flight from Vancouver over the Coast Mountains and British Columbia.  You’ll arrive at Chilko Lake and this exclusive lodge in time for a tasty lunch and a cold drink. Afterwards, you’ll gather on the deck to go over the week ahead. Your hosts, the McLean family, will show you your cabin, then lead you to the barn to meet your horse and receive safety tips for the trail, saddling techniques, and western riding instructions. After this, guests head out for an afternoon ride. This ride ensures that you, your horse and your saddle are a great fit for the week ahead. You’ll then return to the lodge in time for a cold drink and a delicious dinner.

  • Day 2

    After a filling breakfast – think bacon, eggs, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, cereals and yoghurt – you’ll head straight to the stables. Today is a full day’s ride out from the lodge to explore Ts’yl-os Provincial Park – roughly 233,000 hectares of rugged mountains, clear blue lakes, glaciers, alpine meadows and waterfalls! You’ll return to the lodge in time for another tasty communal dinner and a glass of wine as you wind down for the night.

  • Day 3

    Today, after you emerge from your log cabin, soak up your spectacular surrounds and tuck into another hearty breakfast, you’ll head out for another unmistakably Canadian adventure. As you gain confidence in your horse and become more familiar with the terrain, the riding starts to speed up, with more canters along the open meadows and Chilko River.

  • Day 4

    Another beautiful day’s ride awaits today, as you journey to the summit of Mount Tulin. After the long climb, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Coast Mountains and Chilcotin Plateau – and a picnic lunch! Photo opportunities abound, so be sure to pack your camera in your saddlebag. Returning from the mountain, you’ll have some time to relax in your cabin or wander around the grounds before regrouping with your fellow riders and guides to share stories, laughter and a hot meal.

  • Day 5

    Today is a rest day for the horses after their long summit up Mount Tulin. It’s also an amazing opportunity to see Chilko Lake from the water! After breakfast you’ll hop aboard a boat to take a scenic tour up the lake, witnessing its untouched beauty up close. Chilko Lake is surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks, pristine forests and ice fields. It’s fed by dozens of pure, icy glacial streams, which give the lake its vibrant turquoise colour. A day on Chilko Lake is not to be missed!

  • Day 6

    You will be back in the saddle after breakfast this morning, enjoying long, winding canters through the pristine wilderness as you ride along one of the most memorable trails, the ‘Roller Coaster’. We don’t want to give away too much, but this is a ride that will give you a serious confidence boost AND a thrill to remember!

  • Day 7

    On day seven you’ll enjoy more long canters along the picturesque ridge of Chilko River, with spectacular views of Chilko Valley. At the end of the ride you’ll un-tack your horses on the banks of Chilko River and release them for a refreshing swim across the river back to the lodge. You’ll then be transferred back to the lodge by boat for your final farewell dinner with your riding companions.

  • Day 8

    Enjoy one last hearty breakfast at the lodge, then pack your bags, bid a fond farewell to the lodge and horses, and board the flight back to Vancouver (departs around 9:00am and arrives around 1.00pm).

    **With so many trails and places to visit, it is impossible to list them all. This is just a sample itinerary of what it is possible to experience on this lodge riding vacation. There are many variations and possibilities.

  • Transfer Information

    We recommend arriving in Vancouver one to two days prior to your ride to recover from any jet lag. The ride price includes a regional flight in and out of Chilko.

    FLIGHT INFORMATION:
    Address: IAS (Interdel Aviation Services) – Air Elite, 5360 Airport Road South, Richmond BC.

    Vancouver to Chilko – Check in at 8:50am, plane starts loading at 9:00am, departure at 9:30am.

    Chilko to Vancouver – Depart lodge at 8:30am, arrive in Vancouver by 1:00pm.

    *Please book your connecting flights home from Vancouver after 3:30pm to account for any unexpected travel delays.

    There is a vehicle transfer between the lodge and airport that takes approximately 1.5 hours, unless an alternate airport is needed due to bad weather, and then the transfer can take longer.

    LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: There is a strict luggage limit of 18kg/40lbs maximum per person on the regional flight to the lodge. Soft luggage only – no hard suitcases please.

What our valued Globetrotters say about the British Columbia Ride

Chilko Lake, Canada, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Clare T

‘If you’re seeking a Wild West adventure on horseback this is it! Exhilarating riding, crystal clear rivers and lakes, glacial mountains and clean air. The Chilko Lake experience has all this and more. Idyllic lodge with ridiculous views, wildlife on your doorstep, amazing bear viewing, crazy good hearty meals and a great crew ready to guide you through it all with patience and care. I had the week of my life and I hope to get back there someday.’

Chilko Lake Ride, BC, Canada, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

An H

‘Such a transformative and breathtaking experience. The freedom and beauty of Chilko Lake are beyond compare. The staff go above and beyond. My horse, Hot Shot lit up my soul and we had an amazing connection. He was responsive, a little trooper who had such a good attitude. The final ridge ride was absolutely breathtaking. I’d say it’s the closest you can get to flying. I’ve never felt so free! Highly recommend this amazing ride!’

The Chilko Lake Ride, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Anne Sheen

‘Sublime scenery, outstanding riding and incredible hospitality! The Chilko Lake Ride is absolutely spectacular. I had no idea just how incredible it would be! I rode a stunning paint gelding through the pristine glacier-fed landscapes around Lake Chilko, and was lucky enough to witness the area’s wonderful wildlife. The Chinook salmon had returned to their birthplace to spawn, and the bears were making the most of it. Don’t even get me started on the long, sweeping canters along the mountain ridges! To top it off, every evening we came home to a hearty home-cooked meal, a warm fireplace and a cozy bed. I cannot believe I had the good fortune to see and experience all the incredible things this wonderful place has to offer.’

Chilko Lake Ride, British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Emma Tomlin

‘Canada has been on my bucket list for years; I had such high expectations and yet it absolutely blew my mind. It was some of the best horse riding of my life, with a natural backdrop that took my breath away. The lodge was so welcoming and friendly – you felt like part of the family right away with Lauren, Gary in the kitchen making wholesome, hearty foods to give you energy for each day. Anna is one of the best horse guides I have ridden with. She was so kind and caring and really looked after us. The horses were fab – Sky was my favourite. The riding each day was so diverse and exciting! We rode hills overlooking the beautiful river Chilko, we scaled a 1000-metre mountain on horseback and we rode on the ‘Rollercoaster’, cantering up, down and around beautiful forest paths and ridge edge drops. Each day felt so different, from the scenery to the type of riding and where we went. It was such an incredible experience – my pictures don’t do it justice. Just wow.’

British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kyrsten Olson

‘I was describing this trip once I got home as feeling like I was on a family vacation, but better, since my family doesn’t have a five star chef, or provide maid service! Karen and her team have created something truly special, with an incredible herd of horses (although surely some of them are part mountain goat, they are so surefooted!). The riding was exquisite, the food was unbelievable, the accommodations were smashing, the grizzly viewing was phenomenal. I would give this ride an off-the-charts rating, with my only point deduction being that I had to leave. It blew me away, every moment. Run don’t walk to this ride, folks!’

British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Vicki Norman

‘What can I say? The best two weeks!
Great horses, great guides, great food, great company, views to die for and wildflowers everywhere. I had the best horse and I must thank Dave, our guide, for letting me ride his trusty Levi.
The campsites were fantastic and I loved watching the sunrise over the mountain.
Everyone should add this to their riding wish list.
I will be back to do it again!’

British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Francie Wilson

‘If you’re interested in spectacular scenery and the chance to see some amazing wildlife, the British Columbia ride is perfect. The climb up to the top of the mountain overlooking Chilko Lake is especially spectacular. Though this is mountainous terrain and much of the ride involves negotiating narrow trails at a walk, there are some fast canters that are not for the faint hearted!
The horses were great, fit and healthy. My horse, Koda, was delightful, very perky and forward-moving. I’d have to say, this is the friendliest herd of horses I’ve ever seen!
Our guide, Tasch, was a very knowledgeable horsewoman. Our cabin was great, with beautiful views of the river, and the lodge is also fantastic, with an awesome porch where you can relax before breakfast and at the end of the day. The food was plentiful and delicious, and I especially loved the snacks served during the cocktail hour – and the hot chocolate! One unique thing about this lodge, which we ended up really enjoying, was the opportunity to meet some fly fishermen… those guys were great! We met some really fun and fascinating people on this trip. Looking at our pictures, we’re missing it already!’

British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Ashley Marr

‘From cantering through snow covered fields, to seeing grizzly bears roaming, to eating the most amazing food and wandering through the one of the most beautiful parts of the world… this holiday was breathtaking!
I was blown away with all the horses – I have never seen trail horses so calm and responsive. I rode Austin and I absolutely loved him. On the long cantering stretches, it was amazing to see that the horses weren’t even interested in racing; it was easy to keep in a single file line and they didn’t get at all funny or fizzy. Our guide Louise certainly knew her stuff and she was amazing with horses.
The food!! OMG! Gary was amazing and made the most delicious meals. I was shocked that we could eat so well in the middle of nowhere.
My favourite experience of all was the rollercoaster track. Words cannot describe!’

British Columbia, Canada - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Julie Setzkorn-Brown

‘This ride was my BEST VACATION EVER!
The staff, the horses, the scenery, the trails, the wildlife, the food, the accommodations, the camaraderie. I rode Levi, who was always willing and so very surefooted! Our guides were wonderful, patient, kind, and very knowledgeable.
The entire week was amazing.’

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