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British Columbia - Tsylos Pack Trip
After a one hour charter flight from Vancouver over the Coastal Mountain Range, you will arrive at Tsylos Lodge, at the north end of the 52 mile long Chilko Lake. This is the gateway to Tsylos Provincial Park, where rugged mountains, clear blue lakes, glaciers, alpine meadows and waterfalls are popular not just with riders but also kayakers, anglers and hikers.
The lodge was established in the 1950s by Bud and Corinne McLean for fishing and hunting. It is now managed by their daughter Karen and is the base camp for pack trips that explore the surrounding mountain wilderness.
These pack trips are for adventurous types but the pace of the ride will not be as fast due to the rocky terrain. Camps are moved using pack horses and a guide and cook will accompany each trip.
These pack trips are for the adventurous type but are suitable for less experienced riders as the pace will not be as fast. However, as you will be caring for your horse and riding over challenging terrain, guests should have some previous experience and be confident at walk, trot and canter. At times it is necessary get off and lead the horses on foot and riders should be prepared to mount and dismount regularly from either side.
More experienced guests may be asked if they are happy to lead a pack horse. If you are not comfortable with this then of course you are able to decline.
The Tsylos herd is made up of Quarter Horses, Arabs, Appaloosas, Paints, Draft and Thoroughbred horses, ranging from 14hh to 16hh.
The tack and riding is Western style.
Accommodation on the pack trips is in two man tents or you can choose to sleep beside the fire and watch the stars. The first and last nights are spent in a camp near the lodge or in simple shared accommodation at the lodge if available.
The camp chores on the pack trips are a group effort and everyone is encouraged to lend a helping hand when needed. This includes such tasks as fire building chopping wood, getting water, staking out horses, preparing meals and setting up and breaking down camp.
Set arrival and departure dates arriving Sunday.
INCLUDES Seven nights camping; full board; tents; sleeping mattress; duffel bag; transfers by light aircraft from Vancouver to the Lodge; taxes.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single tents are available at no supplement for single travellers.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Vancouver.
TRANSFERS included from Vancouver.
The base camp is in British Columbia 180 miles due north of Vancouver.
In July and August it can get hot during the day, but temperatures vary significantly with altitude. Overall rainfall is low but showers are possible throughout the year.
Excellent riding experience in the Canadian wilderness. I had an amazing week on horseback in Canada. Beautiful scenery every day, and the horses were lovely and matched nicely with the riders. We had great canters the days we did not lead the packhorses.
Maria ,Overall rating: 5/5
This is a great adventure in spectacular scenery. Nothing compares with camping out in the wilderness listening for the sound of foraging bears.
Don't forget your sun screen!