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7 Day Wildlife Tracking on Horseback in South Chilcotin Mountains, British Columbia

Chilcotin Holidays, 3300 Gun Creek Road, Gold Bridge, British Columbia, Canada

Canada Wildlife Tour and Conservation

Make your dream of riding horseback through the mountains and spotting wildlife in the natural habitat and saving the wildlife come true by experiencing the thrill of Canadian wildlife horse pack trip. During this vacation, you will gaze wild animals and explore their lives in the heart of the wilderness in Canada. You can have a positive impact on wildlife and contribute to the well-being and preservation or participating in surveys. Give you and your family a meaningful reconnection with nature in this wonderful holiday!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 260 pounds / 118 kilograms (extra charge for riders who are over 230lbs)
  • Tack Type: Western
  • Horse height range: Between 1,40m and 1,70m height
  • Horse breed: Mountain Cayuse horses, a special breed from the wild Chilcotin Mountains


  • Ride through stunning, mountainous terrain
  • Experience the heart of Canada’s remote wilderness
  • Explore the mountain habitats of grizzly bears, black bears, marmots, and wolves
  • Breathe in the freedom of endless wilderness and far-reaching horizons
  • Track and watch for Canada’s majestic wildlife
  • Marvel at the agility of mountain goats
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
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During this vacation, you will stay two nights at the ranch accommodation and four nights at the alpine camp.

The ranch

From the grasses that blanket the alpine meadows to the ancient trees that line the riverbanks, every life form in nature plays more than one role. The horse ranch is no different.

It is a launching pad for deep wilderness adventures, a place to enjoy the wilderness with the comforts of home, and a training ground for future wilderness explorers. No matter what wilderness experience you come for, you will find that the active, working ranch is at the heart of every outdoor adventure here.

The ranch is truly a special place. It is the epicenter of every outdoor adventure and training program that the hosts run at Chilcotin Holidays. It is a place that generates meaningful wilderness experiences and new opportunities for growth. And it is the place that brings the people who enter its gates closer to nature and closer to the life they have always imagined.

This working ranch is nestled in the pristine wilderness of Southwestern British Columbia. With its prime location at the doorstep of Big Creek Park and the South Chilcotin Mountains, it provides an ideal launching point for a special brand of remote, deep wilderness journeys.

It is a modern-day equivalent of the last outpost, the place where early explorers and mountaineers would stock up on supplies for their daring expeditions. Today, you will see their guides gathering provisions and gearing up at the guest ranch before each and every outdoor adventure.

Even once your journey is underway, the horse ranch continues to provide the logistical support that makes every deep wilderness journey possible. So while you may not spend much time at the guest ranch before you embark on your outdoor adventure, you will certainly enjoy the benefits of having an established working ranch to support your journey.

For nature-seekers who are not quite ready to dive into a remote wilderness journey, the guest ranch provides a comfortable place for you to explore the wilderness at your pace. Because the horse ranch is situated in the midst of such stunning, pristine wilderness, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Mountain trails, which are perfect for the horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking, are right at the doorstep. Each day you will get to enjoy the beauty of the pristine mountains, lakes, and forests, knowing that all the comforts of home await you at the guest ranch.

If you desire solitude and a place of your own, chalet rentals are the ideal settings for a restorative mountain getaway. From a charming cabin for two to a chalet that can accommodate over a dozen people, their private rentals provide your own personal retreat.

For nature-seekers who enjoy a more dynamic atmosphere, the ranch house is a lovely home away from home. Along with all the basic amenities, it provides private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

What Chilcotin Holidays loves most about the ranch house, however, is the unique opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and corners of the globe. Whether you are chatting with a fellow guest over a cup of coffee or enjoying a lively conversation during family-style meals, there is always something interesting going on.

And if you desire some quiet moments, the ranch house has an extensive reading library. Guests often enjoy curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or basking in the summer sunshine on the deck chairs.

So if you would like to get back to nature, but are not quite ready for your deep wilderness journeys, this guest ranch is the perfect place to enjoy the mountains in a way that suits you. The horse ranch also provides a rich training ground for future guides, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

With diverse guide training programs, lodge management internships, and leadership training programs, Chilcotin Holidays adds a new spin to the concept of a working ranch. Everyone at the ranch, from guests to staff and students, benefits from the continuous learning opportunities that these activities facilitate.

That is what makes this place more than a horse ranch and more than a guest ranch. It is an active, working ranch that acts as the last outpost, a rich training ground, and a home away from home in this rugged, remote wilderness. In all of its roles, the ranch brings people from different walks of life closer to nature and closer to the lives they were born to live.

The camps

From a sea of stars that light up the night sky to the sound of complete silence, the wilderness campsites fill each moment with wonder and delight. The prime locations and tranquil surroundings of our established backcountry camps bring British Columbia camping to the next level.

With over 25 camps throughout the 5,000 square kilometer operating area, the staff can lead horseback camping trips through mountain ranges and locations that few people get the experience. As you journey from one camp to the next on Chilcotin Holidays' high level wilderness adventures, you’ll experience the sense of discovery and thrill of the unknown that drove early mountaineers to explore this wondrous wilderness.

With endless mountains to trek through and new discoveries at every turn, this wilderness is meant to be explored. And that’s precisely what you do in the wilderness adventures. Whether you’re hiking and camping or embarking on wilderness pack trips, the camps give you the freedom to explore this wondrous wilderness.

After scouting and exploring the far reaches of the 5,000 sq km operating area, there will be the best and most beautiful settings for each of the 25 wilderness camps. As you journey from one camp to the next throughout our horseback camping trips, you’ll experience more of nature in a few days than most people experience in a lifetime.

The camps create the ultimate British Columbia camping experience, taking you through forests of Douglas fir, over alpine tundra, and into meadows of wildflowers. Whether you are hiking and camping or riding through the mountains on horseback camping trips, Chilcotin Holidays' strategically placed camps are what make these British Columbia camping and remote wilderness adventures possible.

The wilderness camps run the spectrum of BC camping styles, from basic canvas tents on raised platforms to solid mountain cabins. Regardless of what corner of the park you’re in and which camps you stay at, you’ll get to savor the solitude and refreshment of remote wilderness.

The majority of the camps are placed off the beaten track. On many of the horseback camping trips and hiking and camping adventures, your fellow travel companions are the only people you see throughout our wilderness adventures.


During this vacation, you will breathe in the freedom of endless wilderness and far-reaching horizons and revel in each awe-inspiring moment, from 360-degree mountain views to radiant sunsets painted across the sky. From a grizzly bear grazing in the meadows to nimble bighorn sheep navigating their way along the high alpine ridge tops, these mountains are teeming with iconic Canadian wildlife. The South Chilcotin Mountains, which are uniquely positioned in a transition zone, are home to an incredibly diverse array of Canadian wildlife.

Grizzly bears, black bears, moose, bald eagles, cougars, wolves, mountain goats, California bighorn sheep, grouse, marmots, and mule deer all flourish in the diverse terrain of these mountains. By riding horseback, you have the flexibility and maneuverability to traverse the contrasting terrains that these animals inhabit. That means you can spot regal moose tramping through the willow forests and black bears grazing in meadows that blanket the valley floors.

On these horseback adventures, you can even follow mountain goat tracks up towards the north facing bluffs, something that other forms of transportation would rarely allow. Traveling through the mountains on these Cayuse horses, descendants of wild horses, and sharing the environment with such magnificent creatures is an experience unlike any other. Horseback adventures allow you to enter this wild world with minimal impact, so you will get to observe the natural behavior and habits of the magnificent Canadian wildlife.

Throughout this horse pack trip, every moment brims with the possibility of another breathtaking nature encounter. As reliable and sure-footed Mountain Cayuse horses watch the trail, you are free to direct your attention to the wilderness and wildlife that surround you. These kinds of all-inclusive vacations allow you to fully savor each moment and relish every view, a rare opportunity in the midst of such rugged wilderness.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the horseback adventures is that you never know what amazing experience is just around the bend. The unknown takes on a new dimension that brims with exciting possibilities and unexpected wonders.

As the horse pack trip takes you to deepen into the mountains, each vista and wildlife sighting is more memorable than the last. The new challenges and trails that you navigate in the wilderness are no longer intimidating but exciting.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin express shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Horse riding orientation (you match riders to horses, fit saddles, and practice horsemanship skills)
  • Introductory trail ride
  • Dinner and review of trip details with your guides
  • Map orientation highlighting the trails and wildlife viewing locations you will explore throughout your journey
  • Repack your personal gear into mountain duffel bags
  • Evening scouting for wildlife
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Watch your guides pack and saddle your horses or get a hands-on orientation before you ride out to camp
  • Scouting for and viewing wildlife throughout the ride
  • Enjoy lunch in a wildflower meadow or on a scenic mountain pass
  • Arrive at camp, relax, and dinner time
  • Evening scouting for wildlife
  • Relax or join your guides in leading the horses to their grazing meadows
  • Overnight at the camp

Day 3 to 5

  • Early morning scouting for wildlife
  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Ride out to new wildlife viewing locations, exploring striking landscapes, alpine basins, and ridge-lines along the way
  • Break for the lunch
  • Continue riding through the mountains, where each twist in the trail brings new opportunities to spot wildlife
  • Arrive at the camp, relax, and dinner time
  • Evening scouting for wildlife
  • Relax or join your guides in leading the horses to their grazing meadows
  • Overnight at the camp

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Pack up and head out on the last ride before you return to the ranch
  • Break for the lunch at the top a mountain pass or in an alpine meadow
  • Arrival and dinner at the ranch
  • Evening scouting for wildlife by truck or relax around a bonfire or step onto the deck for spectacular star-gazing
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations

Day 7

  • Early morning scouting for wildlife by a truck
  • Leisurely ranch breakfast
  • Take bareback riding lessons or take aim with target shooting instruction and practice
  • Farewell lunch at the ranch
  • Depart for Vancouver, arriving in the evening

Please note that the trip is subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. While Chilcotin Holidays does their best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require them to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and you are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

All pack trips require a basic level of fitness. Walking downhill for more than 30 minutes should not be a problem for you. Good footwear with ankle support is highly recommended.


This holiday takes place in South Chilcotin Mountains area, British Columbia.


You will be served 19 meals included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Archery (50 CAD per hour)
  • Gold mine shaft exploration (based on a group of four with one guide, 400 CAD per truck)
  • Horse logging (100 CAD per person)
  • Horseshoeing (100 CAD per person)

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 19 meals

What's not included

  • Accommodation upgrade (200 CAD per night)
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals (15 CAD per breakfast or lunch and 25 CAD per dinner)
  • Chilcotin express shuttle ground transport between Vancouver and the ranch (350 CAD per person on regular dates and 500 CAD per person on irregular dates and 1200 CAD round trip per group of four or more)
  • Extra charge for horse riders over 230 pounds and restrictions may apply for horse riders over 260 pounds (5 percent GST and 5 percent wilderness stewardship contribution surcharge)
  • Private group (extra 200 CAD per day per group - subject to availability)
  • 3 percent hotel tax
  • 5 percent goods and services tax
  • 5 percent wilderness stewardship contribution surcharge
  • 8 percent room tax

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Taxes are not included.

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