Chilcotin Cowgirl Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Tucked away in the southwest corner of British Columbia between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau, you will be in the midst of ancient game trails, glacial fed rivers and wild flowering meadows. This area’s combination of glaciated terrain and rounded mountain tops are rarely found in North America, making the alpine tundra summits accessible to horseback riders.

Inhale the heady floral fragrance as the wild blooms paint the broad hillsides with their palette of royal blue Lupines, bright white and yellow Alpine Lilies, and deep red Indian Paintbrushes. Here, the California Bighorn sheep, Mountain goat, Grizzly, Black bear, Moose, Mule deer, Cougar and Wolf still reign. Witness eagles gliding on mid-day drafts or peer down into lush valley bottoms to see mother and cub Grizzlies feeding on lush shoots of Cow Parsnip and Horse Tail.

On this 8-day horse riding mountain adventure, you’ll find yourself surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas and panoramic views of wide open valleys. Be gently awoken out of your reverence as the wild native trout shatters the mountain reflections on the surface of the glacial fed turquoise lake. Overhead, summer blue skies are made more vibrant by the white of the mountain-tops dusted by snow.

The deluxe amenities of fresh alpine air, pristine glacial water and azure blue skies are all just part of the service. Here, Mother Nature has surpassed herself and you are absolutely invited.

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Chilcotin Cowgirl Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Tucked away in the southwest corner of British Columbia between the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau, you will be in the midst of ancient game trails, glacial fed rivers and wild flowering meadows. This area’s combination of glaciated terrain and rounded mountain tops are rarely found in North America, making the alpine tundra summits accessible to horseback riders.

Inhale the heady floral fragrance as the wild blooms paint the broad hillsides with their palette of royal blue Lupines, bright white and yellow Alpine Lilies, and deep red Indian Paintbrushes. Here, the California Bighorn sheep, Mountain goat, Grizzly, Black bear, Moose, Mule deer, Cougar and Wolf still reign. Witness eagles gliding on mid-day drafts or peer down into lush valley bottoms to see mother and cub Grizzlies feeding on lush shoots of Cow Parsnip and Horse Tail.

On this 8-day horse riding mountain adventure, you’ll find yourself surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas and panoramic views of wide open valleys. Be gently awoken out of your reverence as the wild native trout shatters the mountain reflections on the surface of the glacial fed turquoise lake. Overhead, summer blue skies are made more vibrant by the white of the mountain-tops dusted by snow.

The deluxe amenities of fresh alpine air, pristine glacial water and azure blue skies are all just part of the service. Here, Mother Nature has surpassed herself and you are absolutely invited.

DAY 1: TRAIL TO ELDORADO

Meet at the Whistler floatplane dock (90 min drive from Vancouver) early today for your scenic flight to your basecamp in the Chilcotin Mountains, near Gold Bridge, BC. Upon arrival, board the shuttle van for a 10-minute drive to the Ranch for snacks, an orientation meeting and to set up tack and pack. Depart the Ranch at noon, bound for Eldorado Cabin, enjoying a packed lunch along the way. 

  • Riding Time: about 5 hours
  • Mileage: approx. 16km

 

DAY 2-6: EXPLORING CHILCOTIN

Each day’s ride (approximately 5 hours) will cover a variety of ground, from high alpine passes and ridge tops to meadows filled with wildflowers to evergreen and deciduous forests. Keep your cameras ready. The wildlife – marmots, mountain goats, deer, grizzly and black bears – is abundant. Arrive in camp and enjoy a hearty meal prepared by your camp host before relaxing for the evening and retiring to your stand-up wall tent or communal cabin. Some days you’ll have time for additional activities such as fishing on Spruce Lake, a wood fired sauna at Eldorado Cabin, hiking up surrounding ridges or through the meadows, snapping photographs, or simply taking it easy in camp.

  • Riding Time: about 5 hours
  • Mileage: approx. 16km

 

DAY 7: RIDE TO TYAX

Your final day’s ride brings you 25 km from Spruce Camp back to Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa, where you will enjoy dinner with your new friends and spend the last night of your Chilcotins Adventure in luxury. Rooms are shared (double occupancy) and have a lake view, a balcony and two queen beds.

  • Riding Time: about 8 hours
  • Mileage: approx. 25km

 

DAY 8: HOMEBOUND

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, say your goodbyes and enjoy the scenic flight back to Whistler via float plane. Arrival in Whistler is approximately mid-day.

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