Premier Listings: Horseback Riding on Vancouver Island

Mount up, partner, and enjoy the beautiful scenic tracks of the parks, hills and countryside on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Trot the trails at an easygoing pace or revel in a lively gallop along an isolated beach. Whether skilled or novice, large group or small, swing yourself up into a weathered saddle on a trusty steed – Vancouver Island’s friendly stables are waiting to help you play cowpoke for a spell!

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Horseback riding opportunities range from two-hour jaunts to overnight trail rides. Scenic riding trails and multi-use trails that allow riding are located in several communities on the Islands, and professional guides lead tours for all skill levels into the countryside and along mountain trails.

The Saanich Peninsula is a bountiful countryside where rural and urban lifestyles blend together. Just north of Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula is a favourite among horseback riders. Riding stables and flower gardens are nestled alongside parks, campgrounds, old-growth forests and small farms.

Other favourite destinations recommended for horseback riding tours include Duncan and the Cowichan Valley. A greater contrast is hard to find, which is what makes exploring this region so fascinating. There’s plenty of easygoing adventuring to be found by sticking to the main routes, although everyone should treat themselves to a backroad or two where the valleys meet the Strait of Georgia. There are beaches here the likes of which are found nowhere else on the coast, with views that engender intimacy with the landscape, yet emphasize its isolation.

One of the best areas for equestrian adventures is the Comox Valley. Forested trails, alpine meadows and lovely mountain vistas highlight riding tours in this beautiful region. Located in the heart of some of the most beautiful farming landscape on Vancouver Island, nearby Courtenay, the urban centre of the Comox Valley, serves as a great base.

The charming seaside village of Comox, surrounded by a beautiful valley and the largest glacier on Vancouver Island also serves as a departure point for enjoying miles of sandy shore leading off both north and south of the quiet little coastal town.

The Gulf Islands: Snug in the Georgia Strait, between the mainland and the eastern side of Vancouver Island, are the BC Gulf Islands. Roadways and trails take you on a tour of natural beauty, leading you to hilltops for fabulous views and down to the beach for an afternoon swim. Each island has its distinctive charm – take your time as you meander through this laid-back region. Its rhythms are subtle, but with gentle probing they reveal themselves, showing greater complexity than first meets the eye.

The Pacific Rim (West Coast) region is another wonderful choice for horseback riding. Guided tours along old logging roads and white-sand beaches are offered – enjoy the breathtaking scenery!

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
380 Main Street P.O. Box 130 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-726-8235Fax: 250-266-0412Toll Free: 1-888-333-5405Visit Website

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Outpost Location:
Bedwell Sound
West Coast Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a small, privately-owned and operated Relais & Chateaux eco-safari-style resort Outpost in the remote wilds of Vancouver Island, near Tofino, open seasonally to guests from all over the world. We are a true resort destination in that we own and operate our own adventures and activities, and, working with the Ahousaht First Nation, provide unprecedented access to the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.

With just 25 guest tents and an over-full complement of staff, wilderness guides and food and beverage artisans, our clients receive respectfully intimate attention from the moment they arrive via floatplane until they wave goodbye from the horse-drawn wagon carrying them back to the dock.

Adventure unfolds in tandem with the rainforest, tides, seasons, and the call of the wild. An impressive menu of equestrian, marine, hiking, fishing, interpretive, and restorative activities is offered daily – each outing custom-built to suit age, skill-level and expectation.

The resort in Bedwell Sound provides 21st-century-safari style lodging in opulently outfitted prospector tents, and a massage and therapeutic treatment centre with the soul of an outpost spa. Activities include whale watching, bear watching, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hot springs tours.

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