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Bear Claw Lodge is located in British Columbia’s Kispiox Valley, just one-and-a-half hours’ drive north of Smithers, BC. Bear Claw features a 15,000 square foot post-and-beam luxury lodge on the world-famous Kispiox River, and more than 50 kilometers of well groomed trails, meadows, river canyons, and hills to explore.

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Canada’s Oldest Guest Ranch - The Flying U has been the western heartbeat of the Cariboo since 1849. Canada’s oldest running guest ranch was first popularized as a tourist destination by rodeo personality, Jack Boyde, nearly a century ago. The original log cabins from Boyde’s rodeo days still provide the quintessential cowboy experience today. While the complete ranching experience remains steeped in tradition, there are some exciting changes abreast at this iconic ranch.

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Summer Horsepacking Adventures - UC Davis Extension’s summer horsepacking programs teach students from the back of a horse, with the Sierra Nevada mountain range serving as the classroom. The courses combine a superb outdoor adventure with a rare opportunity to learn about wild horses, livestock management and hands-on veterinary medicine. Students spend “class time” immersed in either the rugged High Sierra country or the Inyo National Forest of California, surrounded by blooming wildflowers, mountain meadows and towering vistas.

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Ontario’s Newest Horse Campground - Saugeen Bluffs is located in the heart of Bruce County in Southern Ontario. This is the third horse campground in the province, and it includes an entire area designated for horse camping enthusiasts with 42 spacious sites tucked in amongst towering hardwoods. In addition, there are three bunkies and two RVs available to rent.

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A Lesson in Building Trust - A First Nations teacher and horsewoman, Bella Capoose, had expressed the desire to go to the mountains again by horseback as she had done as a young girl. Bella’s friends, outfitters Dave and Joyce Dorsey, made the trip into the Mackenzie Valley of Tweedsmuir Park possible so that Bella could rekindle the memories of family and friends and a way of life that had depended heavily upon horses.

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The horses were tired and hungry, and we needed to find them good feed. We had travelled all day in the alpine, over shale ridges and snow patches, through meadows that were just greening up, and finally over a pass between two rocky promontories. Route finding had gone well, but the last trail — dropping 1000 feet down into a pass — eluded us. We ended up in the bottom of a bowl above 400 foot cliffs, taking the brunt of a nasty wind.

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Trail riding across endless tall-grass Canadian prairie in summer sunshine, possibly through a herd of bison, was a long-term dream that drew me like an arrow to Saskatchewan. But it took the misery of a snowy six-month-long northern winter in Terrace, BC, to turn the dream into reality.

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