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Chilko Explorer Ride


Chilko Explorer Ride
British Columbia Canada

The remote wilderness lodge and base for this trip is located at the north end of Chilko Lake, British Columbia, the gateway to Ts'yl-os Park. This is the dividing point between the stunning Coast Mountain range and the Chilcotin Plateau, where the crystal clear Chilko River winds its way down to the coastal watersheds. The area offers excellent riding country and superb world class fly fishing.
Riding is a physical experience. It makes our senses come alive. It is the smell of a good horse, leather, the fresh scent of a pine or fir forest. It is the sound of cantering hooves, of crackling leaves, of horses snorting or a soft whinny. It is the seeing of new country and spectacular vistas unexplored. It is the feeling of a strong animal beneath you, of you own strength and ability, and although few words are spoken, lines of communication between horse & rider are shared and understood. It’s the freedom to just ride for miles!
The Chilko Explorer Ride was designed for the intermediate to advanced rider looking for an exciting riding adventure in breathtaking country while enjoying the comforts of a wilderness lodge at night. The daily rides from the lodge offer a variety of riding experiences - ride up Mount Tulin and enjoy some of the most superb views over Chilko Lake - then explore the Chilcotin Plateau with its open grasslands, rolling hills, numerous small lakes, adjacent mountain peaks with unmatched vistas and a couple hundred miles of riding trails. You will love it!
After an exhilarating day in the outdoors you can play volleyball or horse-shoes, relax in the whirlpool on the front porch overlooking the Chilko Valley; or just relax in front of the large wood-burning fireplace exchanging stories with your fellow riders. Exceptional meals and fine wines are served family style. On one day during the week you will take part in a float trip down Chilko River or sightseeing boat ride up Chilko Lake.

In late September and early October we are offering week long Grizzly Bear viewing and Photography classes in combination with a little time for riding through the fall landscape.
There is no more pure symbol of the Canadian wilderness than the grizzly bear and to see it in its natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. Our guided grizzly bear viewing vacations take advantage of the peak fall season when the bears are drawn to the Chilko River to feast on the bountiful salmon that fill its waters.The Chilko Valley has one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears during the peak season in the fall. It is not uncommon to see many large boar grizzly bears as well as many sow and cub combinations. It is exhilarating to see a mother grizzly passing her fishing knowledge down to her cubs and witnessing their first catch. Watching these wonderful bears playing and fishing in their natural environment is an experience you will never forget.


Guest Ranch
Riding with fishing options
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs
Center-based ride

Meeting: Chilko Lake
Airport: Vancouver International
Transfer: Vancouver 9:30 AM (check in 45 min prior) South Terminal Esso Avitat
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 8 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 14

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    Chilko Explorer Ride
    Tour Code: GRBC01
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,295.00
    Dates : June to Sept

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    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.
    CIntermediate
    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.
    EAdvanced
    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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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2014 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    A 2014 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
    A 2014 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
    A 2014 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    A 2014 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
    A 2014 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day Riding Trip, Lodge Bas... 2 /8 Expired
    B 2014 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day Grizzly Bear Photograp... 2 /8 Expired
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    Fly Fishing
    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter and Arab/Quarter cross
    Pace: Walk, trot and long canters

    Airport: Vancouver International
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