|Horseback riding is
a popular recreational activity out of Whistler and the Sea to Sky area,
where guided trips take riders through the beautiful natural forests and
remote wilderness surrounding Whistler, the Squamish Valley to the south
and the Pemberton Valley to the north.
Enjoy the best the Coast Mountains have to offer while safely saddled on
the back of a mountain-trained horse. There are numerous operators providing
horseback tours in Whistler/Sea to Sky/Pemberton area in conjunction with
local stables and adventure ranches. Haywagon rides are also popular and
provide fun for the whole family.
Tours range from 2 hours to full-day trips in the three main areas that
cater to beginner and experienced horseback riders:
The forested Cougar Mountain is located close to and just north of Whistler
Village. Single track horse trails lead through mountain wilderness to fabulous
lookouts that provide breathtaking views of Whistler Valleys. The 2-hour
trip provides a true wilderness experience only minutes from Whistler Village.
Cougar Mountain Road leads west off the highway at the north end of Green
Lake, following Sixteen Mile Creek before climbing a ridge on the north
side of the valley, providing access to the Ancient Cedar Forest
and the 2.5 -mile (4-km) Ancient Cedars Loop Trail. This ancient stand of
1,000-year-old cedars at the base of Cougar Mountain boasts trees 3 metres
(9 feet) in diameter. This forest is a stark reminder of what the entire
area must have looked like in the past. The Ancient Cedar ride is the ultimate
full-day horseback adventure for experienced riders, and provides great
views of Cougar Mountain, the Soo Valley, Cougar Lake and the Showh Lakes.
The Pemberton Valley
Half an hour north of Whistler on Highway 99, the vast and tranquil meadows
of the Pemberton Valley are surrounded by mountain ranges, with great exploring
along the trails and beaches of the Lillooet River.
The Squamish Valley
Midway between Vancouver and Whistler lies Squamish and the Squamish Valley,
offering forests, pastoral farmlands and riverside trails and beach, ideal
for horseback riding.
||Whistler Blackcomb Summer Activities, Whistler
||The wilderness of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain offers a wonderful opportunity for hiking and walking, and learning from experienced naturalist guides. The Peak Chair provides an exhilarating open-air chairlift ride to the top of Whistler Mountain for tremendous views of ancient glaciers, snowcapped peaks, dormant volcanoes, and superb summer alpine sightseeing and hiking.