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Summer Camping & Horse Riding Holiday in Canada

Embark on a 4-day adventure that encompasses CCO's entire available land, including the fascinating Li-lik-Hel mine. Immerse yourself in a horseback journey through serene streams, with the opportunity to explore the scenic lake in the heart of the mountains. You'll not only get to exercise the horses in various gaits but also savor the breathtaking mountain vistas, spot local wildlife and relish delectable cuisine. They've got all your needs covered, from accommodations to meals. The only thing you need to bring is your clothing, toiletries, and any alcoholic beverages you desire.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 275 pounds / 124 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: western saddle riding with native cayuses (average height 15 hands)

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Riding between Birkenhead Lake and the Li-lik-hel mine
  • The trip can be tailored to all abilities
  • Services of guides and use of horses and tack
  • Ten meals beginning with lunch on the day of your arrival at base camp
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Copper Cayuse Outfitters' base camp is comfortable and features 8-man platform tents (only sleep 4 to a tent) with cots, mats, and sleeping bags provided. There is a covered kitchen / dining area along with hot and cold showers and pit toilets (towel and washcloth provided).

Program

Enjoy a leisurely pace exploring the trails the mountain trails on the well-trained mountain horses, while glamping at the base camp. This trip can be tailored to the groups’ ability allowing for each group to decide their own level of comfort.

Throughout your ride, you'll delve into the rich history of the region, from its roots with Indigenous to the evolution of sustainable tourism, and all the captivating stops in between. This experience promises relaxation, adventure, and a deeper understanding of the land's remarkable heritage.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday)

The Copper Cayuse Outfitters team will meet you bright and early at the trailhead for the start of the expedition. Your horse and guides will be ready, and they will load your camp goods into the trailer. The initial day involves a 16-kilometer ride to our base camp, gaining approximately 2000 feet in elevation while enjoying stunning mountain views.

At the camp, you'll be reunited with your luggage (maximum weight of 30 lbs) and settle into your tent. The base camp offers amenities such as a hot shower, outdoor plumbing, and tents mounted on platforms for added guest comfort. A hearty supper will be served around 6 p.m., followed by relaxation around the campfire.

Day 2 (Tuesday)

After a satisfying breakfast, prepare your horses or allow your wrangler to handle it for you. The day's adventure involves circumnavigating the camp, featuring flat riding perfect for exercising the horse in faster gaits. This ride includes mountain views, river crossings, single tracks, and a scenic ride along Birkenhead Lake. Don't forget your swimsuit for a refreshing swim in the lake before returning to camp for supper. Most guests find themselves hitting the bunk for a restful sleep before it gets dark.

Day 3 (Wednesday)

Following a morning feast, you'll either trailer or ride to the Li-lik-hel mine. Explore the original mine site and witness how old hard rock miners extracted gold ore by following veins in the rock. Discover how the First Nations, miners, and loggers utilized the land while still enjoying its beauty.

You return to base camp late in the afternoon for your final night, and many guests stay up late to witness the mesmerizing light show put on by the stars.

Day 4 (Thursday)

After breakfast and repacking the trailer, embark on a different set of trails to return to the trailhead. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views along the way, and take the opportunity to bid farewell to your horse and wrangler at the end of the day.

Note: CCO reserves the right to decide the eventual destination of the ride based on trail conditions on the day of the ride. This is for the safety of the horses and riders.

Trip details

  • Meeting location: This ride does not start at the ranch. It starts at the trailhead at the foot of the Birkenhead Forest Service road (approx. 45 minutes from Whistler, BC). Complete driving instructions are included in your emailed confirmation you will receive after booking.
  • Ride location: Birkenhead Backcountry, in Pemberton BC
  • Type of riding: Adventurous, single-track mountain horseback riding. Trips can be tailored for all abilities.
  • Availability: Tours leave Mondays at 9:30 a.m. from the trailhead, between June 28 and September 30. Early-season trips can be restricted due to spring snowmelt.

Location

You will start the ride at the trailhead on the Birkenhead Forest Service Road on CCO's tenure, also called Birkenhead FSR.

Food

The package includes 10 meals beginning with lunch on the day of your arrival at base camp. Clients must bring their own alcoholic beverages.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Professional guides
  • Well-trained mountain horses
  • Tack
  • 3 nights tented accommodation
  • Seven meals beginning with lunch on the day of your arrival at base camp
  • Sleeping bags
  • Cots
  • Mats
  • Tents
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Riding helmets (if wanted) and riding cape are all supplied

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Driving directions from Whistler

Please make sure you have these directions downloaded or printed out, since you will be out of cell contact once you leave Mt Currie. You can also call for help with directions (please enquire for the phone number). It takes between 45 and 50 minutes depending on traffic to reach the trailhead from Whistler. You should plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your ride start time.

  • From Whistler follow Highway 99 North straight thru the stop light in Pemberton to Mt Currie. Remember the speed limit in Mt Currie is 30K.
  • Do not make the right turn at the little white church in Mt Currie to follow Highway 99. Continue straight on, over the railway tracks headed for D’Arcy.
  • 16 k down the road you will take a left turn on a dirt road onto Old Portage Road and immediately cross the railroad tracks.
  • Continue up the road for about 1 km and you will see a big tree in the middle of the road with a sign saying Birkenhead River Road, turn left in front of the tree with the blue arrow.
  • Continue up the Birkenhead River Road (Birkenhead Forest Service Road) under the power lines, just after you go under the powerlines you will see a pull-out on your left, park there, that is the trailhead. There is a big bear aware sign right at our trailhead. In most cases, the Copper Cayuse Outfitters team will be there before you and you will also see our truck and horse trailer.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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