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Canada Beginner Horse Riding Holiday

Yukon Horsepacking Adventures offers more than just horses. They offer a true Yukon wilderness experience for those wishing to get back to nature. Come and spend the night in a cozy log cabin by the creek or one of the cabins around the ranch. Tailor your trip to your liking. Stay in a cozy cabin at the end of the day for a relaxing weekend getaway, go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride or an extended horseback ride. Try a little bit of everything if you like!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 300 pounds / 136 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14.3 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Western Tack
  • Horse Breed: Percheron or quarter horse

Highlights

  • A total of four horse riding tours
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 hours
  • Fully guided and gentle-paced horse rides
  • Hot drinks and campfires
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • A short riding lesson

Skill level

  • Beginner

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

All the cabins feature beautiful glass-door wood stoves so you can enjoy the fire and soak in the warmth of wood heat. All of the cabins come with covered porches so you can enjoy the mornings and evenings in any weather. There are two bunk beds per cabin as well as comfy furnishings to ensure good rest and relaxation.

The newest cabin, the Fox Creek Cabin has large windows to enjoy the view, a 1/3 loft, beautiful pine flooring, poplar ceiling, and fire killed spruce log walls, The entire cabin is almost entirely built using Yukon wood products. Privately located near the creek and overlooking a quaint pasture with horses grazing and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains behind, it has proper cooking facilities and a fridge (stove, oven, sink, etc).

Program

During this holiday, there will be a total of four tours, one per day, and a short riding lesson. The rides will start at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. You will be able to experience: horseback riding through the magnificent Yukon wilderness scenery, with guides born and raised in the area. You will learn proper horse care and horse handling methods, including packing a horse, safety, and confidence around horses.

Discover the quiet serenity and the peaceful allure of the Yukon and taste real cowboy coffee beside a campfire while you watch the morning sunrise over the mountains. Relax and enjoy the comfortable campfire settings with stories about the area and campfire singing.

Skill Level

  • Beginners

This holiday is very suitable for families with kids or older people since the pace is gentle and the ride is fully guided.

Location

The Fox Lake or Lake Laberge area contains diverse ecosystems of wetlands (perfect conditions for many species of waterfowl, particularly in the spring), semi-arid foothills, and large areas of new growth from past forest fires. This creates some excellent habitat for various species of waterfowl (ducks and geese), birds of prey (owls, hawks, eagles), herbivores (elk, deer, and moose), and carnivores (coyotes, wolves, and bears). Being in the rain shadow of the coastal mountains, it is blessed by warm, dry summers.

Things to do (optional)

There are various options for additional activities including horseback riding, hiking, etc. In the winter these activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and even dog mushing!

What's included

  • 4 three-hour riding tours (one per day)
  • A short riding lesson
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Hot drinks and campfires

What's not included

  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Taxes and gratuities

How to get there

Driving directions

Yukon Horsepacking Adventures’ headquarters is nestled in the trees at the south end of Fox Lake, 43 kilometers north from the North Klondike highway and Alaska highway junction, just out of Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. Watch for the Yukon Horsepacking Adventure sign and then turn left off the highway to travel down the road to the ranch. Fox Creek quietly flows through the middle of the ranch from the lake.

When you arrive at the ranch, you will travel over a wooden bridge to get to the ranch headquarters. Stop for a moment on the bridge and you can watch Arctic graylings swimming in the crystal-clear waters below in the creek. The ranch headquarters boasts a log cabin office, a tack shed and hitching rails, an arena, and round pen (to get acquainted with your horse, take riding lessons, or watch riding demonstrations).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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