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Chilko Explorer Ride

Itinerary for Chilko Explorer Ride

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Sunday
A 9:30am charter flight takes you from Vancouver across the magnificent glaciers of the coastal mountains to Chilko Lake, where our host will greet you at the private landing strip of the ranch. After lunch and a short introduction, you get a chance to test your horse on an afternoon ride.

Day 2: Monday
After breakfast we ride through fir forests to Green Lake. Along the way we stop for a picnic at the lake. In the afternoon there are some wonderful opportunities to canter on soft forest trails.

Day 3: Tuesday
Today’s ride is along the Chilko River and through the forests. A mix of walking, trotting, and some great canters.

Day 4: Wednesday
We ride up the steep trails of Mount Tulin. The ride takes us through magnificent fir forests to the timberline. From the summit it takes a 20-minute hike to reach the top of the mountain. Soak in the panorama of the Coast Mountains and 55 mile long Chilko Lake with its turquoise waters and the breathtaking beauty of Tsylos Park.

Day 5: Thursday
One day during your stay  the riders will head up beautiful Chilko Lake. Pristine Chilko Lake is the largest natural high mountain lake in North America. Surrounded by glaciers, rugged towering peaks, roaring creeks and rivers, waterfalls, and of course the wildlife. Due to the glacial silt, Chilko Lake has a gorgeous turquoise coloring. The views, whether looking down on her or up from her, are unbelievable. You might have a chance to visit the old mining cabin at Franklin Arm and hike up to the waterfalls, or hike to a secluded glacial lake.

Day 6: Friday
We enjoy many brisk canters across the Chilcotin plateau and along the Chilko river. Advanced riders will enjoy the "rollercoaster" rides on narrow, windy forest trails. Due to the fast pace of these rides you have to be able to develop a good feeling and communicate well with your horse. It is excellent for stretching your riding abilities and building your confidence. Both the horse and rider find it fun and challenging. But not to worry, the horses are well trained and easily controllable. We stop for a nice picnic by the river with its fast flowing waters.

Day 7: Saturday
A brisk ride takes you along the Chilko river to Henry's crossing. Enjoy a well deserved lunch break on the only bridge that spans the river. In September you can watch natives fishing for salmon here. In the afternoon we canter along the east side of the river to Canoe Crossing always with the whole mountain range in clear view. The horses swim across the river and freely gallop home while a boat ride takes you back to the ranch. In the evening a fabulous farewell dinner with barbecue awaits you.

Day 8: Sunday
Return flight after breakfast or start of another wilderness ride.


Grizzly Weeks

The Grizzly Photography package includes fully guided excursions by boat to view and photograph grizzly bears and other wildlife. Generally in the early morning and late afternoon (for best lighting conditions) to get a good look at these magnificent animals. The photography package is offered from Mid-September to the end of the season. So if you love to ride, but your travel companion loves to photograph, the bear photography package might be an option for you. Join up at the end of the day. 

Subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.
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Chilko Explorer Ride
Tour Code: GRBC01
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,845.00
Dates : June to October

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /10 Expired
B 2019 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /10 Expired
B 2019 10/13 - 10/20 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /10 Expired
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter and Arab/Quarter cross
Pace: Walk, trot and long canters. Rides are...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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