Discover the beauty of the Bulkley Valley on a 1-hour trail ride in Smithers, British Columbia. Wander a variety of terrain, from hilly forest to open grassland, on this family-friendly exploration of the nearby countryside. This ride is great for groups and children with a wide range of comfort levels on horseback.
This 1-hour trail ride outside of Smithers starts with a visit to a local ranch to meet the horses and your local guide. Although you will only be on the trail for an hour, it takes nearly that long to prepare the horses, providing you ample opportunity to learn more about this family farm and ranch and how they operate. Along with working stables, the ranch holds a petting zoo, making it a perfect option for families with small children.Once ready, you will climb up on your horse and begin your ride. Depending on your comfort and skill level, you can choose to tackle more challenging hills and creek beds or take it easy and wander through the flatter terrain of the valley floor. The time of year offers different landscapes - the winter chill is often accompanied by white snow and quiet landscapes and summer offers longer days with gentle grass swaying in the breeze. Your guide will work with you to determine an appropriate route for you and your group - simply let him or her know what type of ride you are looking for, and they will show you the way. After the hour is up, make your way back to the ranch to dismount your ride and say goodbye to your new equine friend. Depending on the time of year, there are opportunities to spend more time at the ranch and learn more about the animals who live there and the people who take care of them.