Cory and Nancy Brown on a horseback riding vacation to the Little Beehive in Banff National Park, Lake Louise
Horseback Riding Vacation, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Rain clouds hang overhead, poised to follow along on our horseback riding vacation in Lake Louise, Canada. A pack of tail-wagging Jack Russell Terriers greet us, along with a curious, yet shy, part wolf/part dog mixed breed, as we pull into Timberline Tours ranch. My husband and I are celebrating our 24 year wedding anniversary and he agreed to accompany me on a Canadian Rockies horseback riding vacation. This is no small feat; as my husband prefers motorcycles and hunting over horses and scenic trail riding.
Horseback Riding Vacation Through the Larches
Our first visit to the Canadian Rockies coincides with the Lake Louise Fall Festival and a horseback riding vacation through the golden larch trees. Surrounded by the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Louise, and evergreen valley of trees, as far as the eye can see, a horseback riding vacation in Banff National Park is an experience not to be missed.
Owners Paul and Sue Peyto of Timberline Tours prefer arranging family-friendly, small size horseback riding vacations and specialize in ‘design your ride’ horseback trail rides.
My husband and I take the three and a half hour “Into the Larches” trail that includes a ride to the Little Beehive, a natural rock formation, and a short stop at the Lake Agnes Tea House. Priced at $119 Canadian, this horseback riding vacation provides an intimate trail ride, climbing 7,000 feet elevation, with a stop at a former fire lookout. Riders will see why the Little Beehive once served as a fire lookout station, as the view of the outstretched valley goes on for miles. Not only is this a great photo opportunity on horseback, the September trail ride offers us light rain, snow and sunshine, all in one spectacular afternoon horseback riding vacation.