Trail Riding in British Columbia
With us you can experience Canada the way it must have been in the old days, riding with pack horses like pioneers. British Columbia is one of the most spectacular outdoor destinations on the North American continent with breathtaking landscapes and views of the Rocky Mountains and it's numerous inhabitants, like bears, moose, deer, elk, wolves, mountain goats and birds of prey. The outfit is situated on the East side of the Rocky Mountains close to the headwaters of the mighty Peace River.
Are you planning a unique vacation in Canada? Maybe you have chosen one of the following activities or aims for your trip. If that is the case you are on the right track organizing an outing with Rosetta Ridge Trail Rides.
The territory encompasses 6.500 km² at altitudes ranging from 600 meters to 2.000 meters above sea level. A very diverse structure of surfaces, vegetation, climate and game from the bottom of the river valleys up to the subalpine zone will let you experience an interchange from poplars and aspens to mixed coniferous forests ending in the treeless rocky outcrop zone. You will be following game trails through forrest and enjoy a lovely meal under blue skies in a pristine setting. Experienced and reliable horses will make sure that even the less trained riders (and families) will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of mountain meadows and crystal clear mountain lakes.
You are riding on horseback with all the equipment being carried by pack horses. You will spend the nights either in wall tents along the trail or return to camp and cabins in the evening . The camp has several cabins with bunk beds, a cook shack and a shower cabin. The accommodation is simple but very tidy and typical for an outfit.
Our trail rides are limited to small groups with a maximum of six participants. Please let us know, your preferred time slot, we will do our best to accommodate you. Children need to be at least twelve years of age to take part.
We will try to give you as many chances as possible to capture wildlife on camera, so do bring your photographic equipment. Landscapes and flowers of British Columbia will give you more opportunities to take memories back home.
We start our trail rides at the main camp. It is located approximately 3.5 hours west of Grande Prairie and 2.5 hours of Fort St. John. Both cities are being served on a regular basis from Calgary and Vancouver by several airlines. We will collect you at the airport and put you up for your first night in Chetwynd at the Pomeroy Inn Hotel. There is a transfer fee of Can. $ 450.00 for both ways. If you should decide to come by car that fee is obviously being waved. The nightly rate for a double room at the Pomeroy Inn Hotel is Can. $ 120.00. Please pay directly to the hotel for your accommodation.
Your Pack Trip
This trail trip is just an example of a seven day trail tour during the timeframe from 1st of July until 31st of August. We can also organize shorter or longer trips tailor made just as you wish.
1. day: Arrival from Europe by plane and transfer from either the airport of Fort St. John or Grande Prairie to Chetwynd and checking in to the Pomeroy Inn Hotel. The evening is best used as recovery time from a long journey.
8.00 a.m. – Transfer from the hotel to Rosetta Ridge farm. Introduction to the wrangler and a chance to get to know the horses and check up on your riding abilities. We will at this stage talk about the route you are going to travel during a short lunch and at 1.00 p.m. we will travel to Silver Sands and set off towards the main camp. After our arrival we will enjoy a barbecue. You will spend the night in a wall tent.
8.00 a.m. – We will set off for a 3 hour ride towards the Silver Sands Main Camp. The trail will lead you through forest and game trails, we cross rivers and we will ride through willow flats. After the arrival at the main camp we have to look after the horses and set up camp. If we arrive early enough and you still have energy we can visit some mineral licks and you might be able to observe wildlife.
7.00 a.m. – We have to get up early and our first stop late morning will be the cabin at Carbon Meadows. From there on we have to make our way uphill to the Goat Camp. During this ride we hope to see the elusive mountain goats and maybe the majestic grizzly. We will spend the night in a wall tent.
7.00 a.m. – A long way back to the Silver Sands main camp where we will be spending our last night out in the wilderness.
8.00 a.m. – Our ride brings us back to the pick up point from where you will get back to the Pomeroy Inn Hotel.
Transfer and departure from the airport (if you have not planned another activity) in North/Eastern B.C.
Cost: Can. $ 2,000.00/p.p. including all meals, but excluding hotel cost and transfer cost from and to the airport.
Extra days: Can. $ 400.00 p.p.
Horses, riding and tack:
- Quarter mix and Morgan mix
- At a walk with pack horses and therefore even suitable for unexperienced riders/partly long days in the saddle.
Things to bring:
The following list gives you an idea of clothes and equipment which should make it a good and memorable trip into the wilderness. The distribution of baggage for this sort of trip is of importance and therefore you will need two medium sized soft duffle bags holding 2 x 12 kg. The total weight of 24 kg must not be topped as the pack horses need to cope with the load. All suitcases from your flight will either stay at the hotel or with us on the farm.
- 1 warm jacket
- 1 light jacket
- 1 rain suit with hood
- 1 rain poncho
- 2 pairs of light comfortable pants, (denims not necessarily first choice)
- 1 pair of good boots, usable and comfortable for hiking and riding
- 1 pair of Western boots (work boot, low heels)
- 1 hat or cap
- 1 pair medium weight trousers or pants
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 2 light shirts with long sleeves
- 1 thicker shirt with long sleeves
- 7 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of camp shoes (rubber preferred)
- 1 sleeping bag, good quality (filling down till -20°C)
- 1 sleeping pat
- personal medical care, including band aid
- binoculars (optional)
- personal toiletries (include towel)
- day pack
- 1 good book
- 1 small water bottle
- 1 pocket knife
Please note: We do not provide any riding hats.
Activities & Links
British Columbia & Alberta Highlights – Things to see
- British Columbia Rockies
- Vancouver coast and mountains (Whale watching)
- Calgary Stampede Rodeo
- Banff and Jasper National Park
- River rafting (Thompson, Clearwater)
- Cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Whistler, Kelowna, Victoria
- Other activities in the area: golf (Natural Springs Golf Resort, Moberly Lake Golf Course), fly fishing, canoeing.
- District of Chetwynd: www.gochetwynd.com (incl. the current weather for our outfit)
Booking, Fees & Payment
Most bookings take place up to a year in advance. As we are just able to accommodate a limited number of trail riders, it is advisable to book and secure a time slot early on. All bookings take a 50% deposit payment before we consider the trip booked. This has to take place before the 1st of January on the year of the planned holiday. We will consider the trip being booked for definite at this stage and send you a trail ride contract as confirmation. There is a 10% service charge on that payment if the booking is being canceled and notice is received by us, prior January the 1st on the year of the journey. After January 1st deposits shall be forfeited unless transferred to a mutually acceptable substitute client.
During the month of March of your holiday year you will receive all the necessary forms. Please return those as soon as possible, as we will start planning your particular trip straight away. The balance of payment plus taxes and transfer fee has to be received by us before the 1st of June the year of your holiday.
What we need
Required forms and payments to be sent to Rosetta Ridge Outfitters before June 1st.
- Assumption of risk (liability waiver form). Your signature is mandatory
- Rosetta Ridge Outfitters questionnaire (personal information)
- Final payments for your trip and transfer.
We will try and organize a successful trail riding trip for you but at the same time we hope that it will be an enjoyable experience in Canada's nature. Therefore we encourage you to communicate with us about personal wishes and details even during the trip. Talk to your wrangler about your physical fitness. It will not always be easy for him to judge your condition.
One important matter at the end of your trip is the amount of the tip to the wrangler and cook. Usually it is about 5% of the total cost of your trip to the wrangler and 3% to the cook.
If there are further questions about the trip please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to welcome you at Rosetta Ridge Outfitters in the very near future!
We ask these questions about your physical appearance in order to get you the right horse (equipment) for you pack trip.