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BC Outfitters Horseback Riding Tours

Adventure Tours in BC | Claw Mountain Outfitters

On horseback through the wilderness of British Columbia. That’s a real adventure! Together with a guide, wrangler and pack horses you go horseback riding in Canada’s nature. A fourteen-day trip, during which you spend three to six hours in the saddle on ‘riding days’. Together with your horse, you cross rivers, go up over mountain passes and trek through valleys. The riding days are interspersed with a few days at the cabin – and tent camps to relax. Here you can enjoy the landscape and the wild animals. You can fish in lakes and rivers, explore valleys or hike to the surrounding mountain peaks. Enjoy a campfire and swim in crystal clear waters. And in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we look for the horses. In the distance, you can hear the sound of the bells around their necks. You’ll soon get to know the horses through and through while horseback riding with us in Canada. You see how they focus their ears, how they cross a river excitedly, how they gasp and sweat during climbs and hear how they snort for caution when they smell a bear.

Practical details

INCLUDED

  • Flight from Smithers to Base Camp and return flight
  • One flight with floatplane
  • Horseback riding guide & wrangler
  • All meals and lodging during the trip
  • Water filter (taken along by guide)
  • All cooking utensils
  • Several cabins during the trip
  • Tent and sleeping mattress
  • Fishing licence
  • Use of fishing equipment at cabin camps
  • Use of canoes at cabin camps
  • All permits, license fees and taxes

EXCLUDED

  • Flight to and from Canada, Smithers
  • Accommodation in Smithers
  • Meals before arrival and after departure from Claw Mountain Outfitters base camp
  • Horseback riding equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, walking shoes, camp shoes, rain gear and clothing)
  • Personal toiletries (such as toothbrush, soap, etc.)
  • Insurance (travel and accident insurance is mandatory, cancellation insurance is advised)

Horseback Riding Itinerary

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Smithers - Black Lake

Leaving Smithers, your adventure gets underway. The pilot accelerates over the lake with the water splashing up from beneath the floats. Soon after you see the wilderness slipping away below you. After an hour and a half with the floatplane, our base camp at Black Lake comes into view. We are approximately six hundred kilometers from Prince George and three hundred kilometers from Smithers. You are now in the domain of bears, wolves, moose, and bald eagles, mountain goats and wolverines.

Smithers - Black Lake

Black Lake - Sheepcamp/Pass

Our trip on horseback goes straight up, through dense vegetation with fir trees. After a steep climb where the horses break a sweat, we enter an open area with wildflowers. Chances are that here you’ll spot Canadian wildlife! Be enchanted by the imposing peaks of the Omineca Mountains and descend through an area inhabited by marmot, grouse and other small game. At the end of this first day, we prepare our meal over an open campfire.
Black Lake - Sheepcamp

Journey to Toodoggone Lake

After our first night sleeping in a tent or under a tarp, you wake up in the fresh mountain air. We’ll have eggs, bacon, and beans for breakfast and saddle our riding horses. Here we cross our first creek and disappear among the trees. After a number of challenging descents, where you and your horse are put to the test, we reach Toodoggone Lake.
Journey to Toodoggone Lake

Stay at Toodoggone Lake

Toodoggone Lake beckons. We will stay here for a few days. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Canadian wilderness. Go fishing, canoeing or hike to a waterfall. Discover the forest behind the cabins, where a variety of berries grow – a delicious breakfast. Enjoy the silence and tranquillity. If you’re lucky, you’ll see beavers and moose!
Stay at Toodoggone Lake

River Crossing and Journey to McClair Camp

After a few wonderful days, we continue our journey. We cross the Toodoggone River with our horses. An exciting moment! The horses walk, through ever deeper water. Soon it’ll be necessary to get your feet out of the stirrups because the water splashes against the belly and chest of your horse. Once on the other side, the journey to McClair camp can begin.
River Crossing and Journey to McClair Camp

McClair Creek Camp

On our way to McClair Creek camp, we come across the remains of an old gold-mining camp. We ride our horses along rivers and traverse even more streams. A single creek has fast running water. Here you trust your horse, which will be looking for his own way to the other side. Once you have arrived at the camp, you can look back proudly at the deep gorge you and your horse have managed to navigate. Feel one with the wilderness.
McClair Creek Camp

Reaching Belle Lakes

We rest where McClair Creek and Belle Creek meet and have lunch at a beautiful waterfall. We ride through the valleys, pass by lakes and cross Belle Creek. When we arrive at our camp, Upper Belle Lake, we leave the horses free to roam. They’ll be looking for their food themselves during our stay at Belle Lakes. Go hiking in the Omineca Mountains, take a dip in the crystal clear water of the lake, or enjoy the view with the mountains around you. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the northern lights.
Reaching Belle Lakes

Journey to Chukachida Lake

The wrangler gets up early to go find the horses for today's trip. If you want, you can go with him. Today the route to Chukachida Lake goes by several lakes. It is a difficult route, where the horses have to work hard. After a short, steep climb we ride through spruce forests. We see an old gold diggers hut. Soon the horses smell that we are approaching our cabin.
Journey to Chukachida Lake

Stay at Chukachida Lake

We stay in tents near a lovely log cabin. A great place to spend the last days of your adventure. Chukachida Lake is beautiful. It is wedged between the mountains of the Omineca Mountain range. Climb into the saddle and take a ride to an emerald green lake or to one of the mountain peaks. Time enough to go canoeing, fishing or to go for a swim.
Stay at Chukachida Lake

Fly-Out to Smithers

After living in nature’s rhythm for fourteen days, it’s time to say goodbye to the Canadian wilderness with its bears, moose, and eagles. You fly back to Smithers with the floatplane. Over rivers that you have crossed with your horse, alpine meadows that you have admired and mountains that you have defied. The peace that you have experienced here in one of the last remaining wildernesses on this earth, will stay with you forever.
Fly-Out to Smithers

Your Guides

For our guides Rick and Bert going on these adventurous journeys is not work, but it’s a lifestyle. A belief. Waking up in a landscape where silence prevails, where you wash yourself in a stone-cold creek, where every day is a new adventure – that, for them, is what makes them feel alive. In the immeasurable, vast remote wilderness of Western Canada, not only do they live here in the summer, they’re also here throughout the winter. With our experienced guides you feel at ease among moose, bears and wolves.

Rick

Rick Solmonson is the manager for Claw Mountain Outfitters and is the guide for the Horseback trips. During the past 40 years, he has roamed most of the wilderness of Central and North BC on horseback. He started organizing Horseback trekkings in 2010. Each time he is happy to see travelers arrive as clients and to see them leave as friends. Rick has a great passion for horses and nature in general.

Bert

Bert guides the Hiking adventures at Claw Mountain Outfitters. He is from Europe [The Netherlands, speaks English, German and Dutch] and has been a guide with us since 2015. He has hiked all over Europe [The Alps in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria, the Pyrenees in both Spain and France, in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany as well as the Scandinavian countries], in Australia and New Zealand.

Tim

Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc. Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc.

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