Okay, so horseback riding might not be the first activity you think of when someone mentions outdoor adventure in Victoria. This isn’t cowboy country, after all! But if you’re looking for a different type of activity for your next weekend adventure, riding horses in Victoria could actually be a nice change from the ordinary. From horseback, everything looks a little bit different. Plus, when you’re riding a horse, just getting to your destination is half the fun!
Trail Riding Adventures are Perfect for Beginners
Most people looking for a horseback adventure in Victoria will probably end up on a short ride or day trip. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the whole concept of horseback riding, and to have a bit of fun while you’re at it. There are several companies in and around Victoria that offer trail rides to a number of really exciting destinations. Some of the most popular local riding spots include the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, as well as local parks such as Thetis Lake Park, Francis King Park, and Beaver & Elk Lake Park. There’s plenty to see along these routes, and for beginners, these trails and parks are great places to get acquainted with horses and learn a thing or two about horseback riding. You may even get to gallop along the trail if you do well!
Dive In to Horseback Riding with Horseback Beach Rides
Another great option, especially when the weather is nice, is to take a horseback ride to a local beach. Horses do love water, and many love to swim as well. In the summer, you can even swim with your horses on some ocean rides (although in colder seasons you might want to think about staying out of the water, at least until the weather warms up a bit!)
Discover Your Inner Cowboy on Overnight Camping Trips
For those who are already experienced with horseback riding, a great way to add some extra adventure is to try an overnight camping trip. Some local horseback riding companies have overnight ride options, so you can turn your horseback trip into a real travel adventure. Imagine, camping like a good old-fashioned cowboy, saddling up your horse as you gaze into the sunrise (almost makes one want to start humming a Johnny Cash tune).
Explore Downtown Victoria by Horse and Carriage
Another option, for those who prefer a somewhat gentler ride, is to explore downtown Victoria by horse drawn carriage. This may not be quite the same as horseback riding, but it is actually quite an interesting way to take in the local surroundings. Victoria looks a lot different when you’re making you’re way down the middle of the road at 2 miles per hour with traffic zooming past you in all directions and a couple of majestic horses guiding your path.
Sound like an adventure to you? If you’re ready for some fun this weekend, then why not saddle up? Victoria BC horseback riding will have you seeing the world in a whole new way. Be prepared – there will be a few bumps along the way – so you might want to plan a good yoga or massage session for after your ride. That way, you hopefully won’t have to go into work on Monday morning walking like a cowboy.