Horsing Around in British Columbia

Monday, 31st July 2017

Liz Lunnon

horse riding british columbia liz lunnon

Back from her travels through Canada, our Head of Worldwide Product, Liz, shares her horse riding experiences at Chilcotin Ranch, during her stay at the beautiful Echo Valley Resort, British Columbia

Cowboys are a dying breed…

…Or so we were told by Chilcotin Ranch owner Kevan Bracewell, and it turned out he was right. The majority of wranglers we met along our journey through British Columbia were in fact females; although male and female alike were dressed in the obligatory ranch hand ‘uniform’ of checked shirts, jeans with oversized belt buckles and well-worn cowboy boots. I fully expected a line-dancing display at any moment!

Having never been fond of horses, the prospect of a ranch stay was a little nerve-wracking but there’s so much more on offer than horse riding alone.

At Echo Valley Resort, activities range from fly fishing, shooting or mountain biking to relaxing spa treatments or simply enjoying the view. My personal highlight was a guided hike accompanied from start to finish by the ranch’s four friendly dogs.

echo valley resort british columbia

BUT like it or not we were there to ride… and so ride we did. The wranglers at Echo Valley were great at catering for all levels of experience, enthusiasm and anxiety, and although my group had mixed abilities I never felt out of my depth.

My horse was extremely well trained and well behaved, carefully selected to calm my jangling nerves, and our cowgirls Maggie and Audrey kept a close and reassuring eye on me throughout.

We followed an easy meandering trail through scenic woodland, emerging into sunlit clearings every now and again for views of the surrounding peaks. Before I knew it, I realised I was actually enjoying the experience, and was surprised to suddenly hear myself asking if we could try speeding up into a trot!

toasing marshmallows over the campfire

Safely back at the ranch, with the sun lowering in the sky, we celebrated our newfound equestrian skills with toasted marshmallows around the campfire. I wonder if I’m ready to apply for a job as a horse wrangler next season…?


Discover the delights of British Columbia

Sweeping coastlines, lush forests, rugged peaks and so much more await in British Columbia. Send us an online enquiry or call our team of Travel Specialists on 01737 214 250 to discuss your BC adventure.

Browse all Canada holidays

Popular blog posts

Where to go When – Travel Guide by Month

Where shall we travel next? While 2021 has not so far offered the usual blank canvas of possibilities, we can still get excited about travelling again later this year and next. We've compiled our recommendations of where to travel in a month-by-month guide.
  • Inspire Me

Monday, 18th January 2021

Pam Forrest

Travel Trends and Predictions for 2021

After such an extraordinary period of global disruption, we've taken a look at how our travel focus may change in the future. Read on to discover the trends and predictions that will redefine your future travels.
  • Discover our World
  • Inspire Me

Friday, 22nd January 2021

Will Gray

The 31st Icehotel

The iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland opens its doors for the 31st time! Take a look at some of incredible new Art Suites suites.
  • Icehotel
  • Where to Stay

Friday, 11th December 2020

Pam Forrest

Other blogs you may like

Top Five Day Hikes in Western Canada

Mountain guide Steve Miller gives his pick of the five best one-day hiking trails in British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.
  • Adventure

Tuesday, 28th November 2017

Destination Specialist

Kayaking through the realm of the orca in Canada

Award-winning travel writer and photographer, William Gray recounts a paddling trip in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia.
  • Wildlife

Thursday, 13th October 2016

Will Gray

Sailing in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest

The quiet inlets and dappled forests of the Great Bear Rainforest hide grizzly bears, orcas and much more. They are best explored by boat, as Liz discovered on a 5-day sailing trip along British Columbia's coast.
  • Wildlife

Tuesday, 24th June 2014

Liz Lunnon

Grizzlies at Knight Inlet: an interview with Michaela Strachan

Wildlife TV presenter Michaela Strachan and her family travelled with us to British Columbia on the trail of the region's famed grizzly bears. We caught up with her to find out more about more about their experience.
  • Wildlife

Friday, 26th September 2014

Destination Specialist