Horseback Riding in Canada

Equestrian Adventures at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

It would be difficult to imagine a more lush and diverse landscape to explore and traverse on horseback.  A variety of popular outings, varying in length from one hour to six hours, cover a vast range of terrain, including river valley meadows, old-growth forest, Jurassic fern gardens, glacial river crossings, and abandoned gold mines. 

A beautiful two-kilometer ride up valley from the Outpost, our main horse barn, paddocks, and pasture are home to 30 horses for guest and guide use, plus two Norwegian Drafts to pull the wagon.

River Trail

Duration:

1.5 Hours

Difficulty:

Beginner

This scenic, gentle ride alongside the Bedwell River is great for first time riders or for those that are getting back in the saddle and looking to instill or regain confidence. 

Fir Tree Trail

Duration:

2 Hours

Difficulty:

Beginner/Intermediate

Traverse two river crossings and explore majestic old growth forests. 

Tent in the Tree Trail

Duration:

2 Hours

Difficulty:

Beginner

Experience the famous "Tent in the Tree" on this gentle ride through Jurassic ferns and lush rainforest along the Bedwell River. 

Hitching Post

Duration:

2.5 Hours

Difficulty:

Intermediate

A popular ride to enjoy with a stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful spot along the river. Riders have the opportunity to cross rivers, and pick up the pace, if desired.

Guppy's Cabin

Duration:

2.5 - 3 Hours

Difficulty:

Intermediate/ Advanced

Experience gold miner Walter Guppy's historical cabin deep in the forest on this intermediate ride. 

Ursus Valley Loop

Duration:

3 Hours

Difficulty:

Intermediate/ Advanced

Two river crossings and the opportunity to pick up the pace make this the perfect ride for experienced riders. Ride alongside both the Bedwell and Ursus Rivers through old growth forest.

Ursus Full-Day Ride

Duration:

4-6 Hours 

Difficulty:

Advanced

Suited to experienced riders seeking a long and challenging ride through old-growth forest. Opportunities for faster pace riding, swimming, photography, and short hikes. Picnic lunch provided. Riders must be 13 years of age unless approved by wranglers.

Custom Ride

Duration:

Custom

Difficulty:

Beginner through Advanced

If you’ve been dreaming of the ideal ride, or fancy a ride combined with an activity, picnic lunch or dinner – let us know and our wranglers will do their best to make your dream come true.

Each morning, wranglers ride and guide the day’s contingent of on-duty horses to a lower barn located within easy walking distance of guest tents.  Guests are suited up with supplied Western-style boots and gear, then set out across the valley bridge, up alder alley, past the turquoise blue pond, and off and away.

Riders and horses are paired based on age and experience, and every effort is made to ensure that guests are challenged if they wish to be, or quietly guided if they prefer. Inexperienced riders receive excellent instruction before leaving the barn area.