BC on Icelandics

British Columbia Canada: (GRBC08)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/bc_icelandics.aspx

Introduction
British Columbia Canada
Come ride with us into the beautiful Canadian wilderness on the amazing Icelandic horse!

Visit beautiful British Columbia, stay in a cozy log cabin and explore the wilderness by Icelandic horse. Situated on 300 acres and bordering Provincial Crown land, our facility offers riding treks on numerous trails of the spectacular surrounding countryside. Guests enjoy the comfort of rustic log cabins with electricity, bathroom w/ shower, and a tv. Wireless internet available. Meals are served in a Gazebo with large sun deck and a hot tub. Our guests discover breathtaking views and a rich wildlife habitat on horseback.

Curious about the Icelandic horse? A lesson is given before heading out on the trail so that rider and horse understand each other and work well together. Riders have the opportunity to experience the wonderful smooth gait and gentle nature of our much loved horses.

We invite you to spend your holidays with us - climb into the saddle, take a breath of fresh air, and ride.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be spent in the same location.

Description
Located on the doorstep of the Canadian wilderness and far from any bustling cities, your experience is sure to be peaceful and memorable. Nestled in the beautiful region of the North Okanagan, our region produces world-famous wines and mouth-watering fruits. We delight in sharing with our guests locally produced and in-season items! Our facility sits on over 300 private acres of spectacular and undulating countryside. Enjoy the comfort of your cabin, and also feel free to relax in our central meeting area (lovingly referred to as “the Gazebo”), where we serve meals and snacks throughout your stay. Here you will also find our outdoor hot tub! We are very proud to live in the Okanagan Valley, and welcome you to enjoy our beautiful place in the world with us. Every season here offers something beautiful for the senses! Laundry is available at no extra cost.

2 log cabins
- Main room downstairs contains kitchenette, living room, and bathroom
- Upstairs loft can hold up to 3 single beds or 1 double
- TV and electricity
- WIFI

Room Occupancy
The single supplement fee will not be applied if we are unable to find another rider to share.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on the last day.

Food is home-style and prepared using locally sourced and in-season ingredients as available.
All breakfasts and dinners are served in the lounging/dining building and central kitchen.
Lunches are sometimes in the dining building as well, although we have 2 days where we do a picnic-style lunch on the trail, and one day during the wine tour where we have lunch at Grey Monk Winery.

Guests are free to bring their own alcohol.

Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with prior notice.
 

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Pace
You will be riding for 4-5 hours per day at a moderate pace walking with interspersed tölting. Sometimes trot and canter as well.

The Icelandic Horse
Our passion for the Icelandic horse is ever growing and the resort owns a large herd of purebred Icelandic Horses consisting of breeding, riding and young horses with high quality bloodlines.
The Icelandic Horse is an extraordinary animal, still possessing the natural five gaits and traits of the old European Viking horse. They have the three basic gaits: walk, trot and gallop, and two extra gaits: tölt and pace, of which the tölt is most popular. In tölt, the horse moves its legs in the same sequence as in walk. Tölt is a very comfortable and pleasant gait that can reach a high speed. Pace is a gait of speed and power in which both legs on either side move in unison. Pace provides a very spectacular sight and a magnificent experience in the saddle. Because the Icelandic Horse has had no carnivorous enemies, it has an ingrown friendly nature. This contributes to its easy temperament and unafraid personality. The rough terrain and nature in Iceland has led to its amazing stamina and hardiness. The height of Icelandic horses is 13 - 14.2 hands. These small but strong horses can easily carry a rider up to 220 lbs.

Experience a ride on the Icelandic Horse - it's an unforgettable ride!
 

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Late afternoon arrival and meet your hosts. You can settle in to your cabin, stroll around the farm and visit the horses, relax and meet any other guests during happy hour with a nice glass of wine and coffee. (D)

Day 2 (Monday): First Ride
After a good nights sleep and a lovely breakfast, we will start with an introduction to the Icelandic horses. A brief evaluation and assignment of horses is followed by some riding instructions in the arena, coffee and cake, and more bonding with your horse on the oval track. Next is a lunch break and then all riders are off for the afternoon ride through the establishment's attractive forest. (B+L+D)

Day 3 (Tuesday): Backcountry Ride
Tuesday is a serious day of riding into the exciting backcountry with a good chance to see some of the local wildlife. It is not uncommon to see coyotes, deer, bears, baldheaded eagles, and grouse. Lunch will be a trail picnic. Ride back to the facilities and relax .... the hot tub awaits! (B+L+D)

Day 4 (Wednesday): Wine Tour (no riding)
Today we take a break from riding and go visit some of the famous Okanagan wineries. You will get to sample award winning wines and have a delicious lunch in an orchard. We come home in the afternoon where you can relax in the hot tub, hike, or do one of the many fascinating activities possible in this area. At 7:30 pm we meet you again for a real Canadian barbecue. (B+L+D)

Day 5 (Thursday): Scenic Ride
After a nice, hardy breakfast we again mount up and ride through the Canadian forest to the top of the mountain where a stunning view overlooking the open country valley awaits you. We will have a tasty and fun picnic lunch at this viewpoint and after a few hours of descending the hill, we finish our ride with a nice tolt. This ride offers nice views of the Okanagan Valley. (B+L+D)

Day 6 (Friday): Departure
On this day you will ride your favorite Icelandic horse on a beautiful, wilderness trail. Experience more of the Canadian wilderness. We will return to the facilities for our last lunch together, around 2 - 3 pm. Then we say, "Till we meet again"... (B+L)

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Other activities for non-riders
-Wine tours: Thanks to a blessed climate and excellent growing conditions, the Okanagan wine industry is booming. We can arrange canoe & winery tours for a winery visit with a taste of the robust and flavourful local wines.
-Kayaking, tubing, and fishing on the Shuswap river.
-Okanagan and Kalamalke Lake for water sports.
-A first class downhill ski area is found on SilverStar Mountain.
-Mountain Biking.
-Paragliding.
-Golf and much more.....


Rates and Dates for BC on Icelandics

Rates include:

Accomodation, meals (wine and beer included with dinner), 4 riding days, and 1 wine tour (or sightseeing) day, English, German, and Dutch languages spoken

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20206 day trip, AP$2250
  • B
    20206 day trip, AP - Indian Summer$2250

GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Rates Note:

If we cannot find another rider to share, single supplement fee applies.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
    GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Rates Note:

If we cannot find another rider to share, single supplement fee applies.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Transfers from Vernon included $0
2020 Single supplement $150
2020 Non-rider discount, dbl, pp $-450

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 05/17 - 05/22 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 05/24 - 05/29 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 05/31 - 06/05 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 06/07 - 06/12 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 06/14 - 06/19 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 06/21 - 06/26 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 06/28 - 07/03 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 08/30 - 09/04 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Indian Sum... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 09/06 - 09/11 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Indian Sum... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 09/13 - 09/18 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Indian Sum... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 09/20 - 09/25 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Indian Sum... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 09/27 - 10/02 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Indian Sum... 2 /4 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Transfer from Kelowna to Vernon & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Vernon
Airport: Kelowna
Transfer: Vernon

Climate:
                                                Vernon area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

36

41

52

62

71

78

85

84

74

58

43

36

Average Low Temperature (°F)

25

27

33

40

47

53

57

56

48

40

32

26

Average High Temperature (°C)

2

5

11

17

22

25

30

29

23

14

6

2

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-4

-3

1

4

8

12

14

13

9

4

0

-3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

5

5

6

7

8

5

5

5

8

9

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The months of May, June and September, it is usually warm during the daytime, but can get cool in the evenings. During July and August you can expect temperatures in the low 70's to mid 90's Fahrenheit (18 to 30 C).

What To Bring:
Helmets are required and available to borrow if needed. Insurance is mandatory.
 

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

Travel insurance documents (mandatory)

 

RIDING GEAR

Two pairs of riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)

Riding boots + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (mandatory)

Riding gloves

Rain suit – pants and jacket

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Warm jacket and sweater (heavy coats for early spring and fall)

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pyjama

Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit

Bandanna

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Moisturizing Cream

Camera and enough extra films

Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm