Ride Overview

Pack your bags and head to Vancouver for the start of our 7-night riding vacation in British Columbia. You will be staying at the comfortable and well appointed Tsylos Park Lodge, where daily rides explore the surrounding Chilko wilderness.

Take a week to disconnect from your phone and laptop, enjoy fun and gorgeous daily riding and return to the lodge, just in time for icy cold drinks, a wonderful evening meal, time to chill out on the deck, or a relaxing soak in the hot tub viewing a million stars.

$3,645.00 USD per person (tax not included) 25% Single supplement is available based on availability – NOTE: it does not guarantee a private bathroom, you may need to share with another guest of the same sex.

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 days of riding
  • Round trip flight from Vancouver to Tsylos
  • All meals
  • Wine with dinner
  • Lake trip by boat
  • Saddlebags
  • Use of canoes and kayaks
  • 2.5% GST tax
  • $77.00 room tax

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay (please budget for at least 10-20% of the ride price)
  • Beverages from the bar
  • Fishing licenses

Please note that the following itinerary is an example for the ride. The actual days may vary from ride to ride depending on the season and local weather conditions.

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).

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