Tsylos Lodge - British Columbia

Lodge Horseback Riding

5 star rating   16 September 2018

Rocky who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Not as expected but still wonderful | I rode the sister of my previous wonderful horse (now retired) at Tsylos. They were identical in temperament and shape (slim Thoroughbred cross Arab). Both were willing to do everything and anything I asked and were supremely comfortable at all paces.

No-one expected hail on 12 September (enough to lie white on the ground) or the snow on 13 September (about 5cm). It remained very cold so I rode in all my layers - 2 vests, t-shirt, shirt, 2 cardigans, fleece and waterproof jacket with waterproof overtrousers for warmth. My boots were brilliant - waterproof and with good non-slip tread. Those with smart riding boots had to wear polythene bags inside them.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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My third visit to Tsylos but the first time I have had accommodation. It was warm and comfortable. Sadly the snow meant it was not warm enough to enjoy the deck with the chipmunks. My only gripe is Canadian showers (everywhere). They are fixed overhead with only one delivery pressure - high if you want it hot. They are hopeless if you have to keep part of you dry and useless for washing parts such as feet.

On previous visits, cooks have prepared the excellent food. Tsylos now has a professional chef who produces exceptional food with superb presentation. All meals were sociable in the Lodge with bar, sofas and fire, 2 large dining tables and kitchen all open plan.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

One of the most difficult things is to find the building used as the air terminal. This is no longer Esso Avitat but is labelled Signature. There is a large decorative water tank at the front. There is a bus service between the terminals - but if you are short of time, you may need a taxi.

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If the airstrip is changed en route for the return flight (an extra 2 hour drive to Bella Coola because of the snow at Anahim Lake), you may need a waiting taxi to get a 16.00 flight. There is no mobile coverage or wifi so you need to ask the pilot to order this for you. They will also notify your airline so you get a fast track security boarding card. They can be thanked via the Tsylos team. Sadly, my luggage did not make the flight - if I had been outgoing, I would not have checked in my 10kg hand luggage size case. It had a long journey to Gatwick, Heathrow and then home to me (3 days).