Horseback riding at Sea to Sky Stables near Squamish, BC, Canada

First of all, I’d like to wish a very happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canucks. Our wonderful nation turns 141 years old today. Imagine the candles on that birthday cake!

Today, many people are going to be enjoying some great Canada Day celebrations. This might involve everything from street performers to fireworks displays, outdoor concerts to face painting for the kids (and the kid in all of us). As part of our pre-Canada Day celebrations, Susanne and I decided to kick back with a horseback riding excursion.

Continuing with my dedication to local tourism, this excursion involved a short drive to Paradise Valley, British Columbia. Paradise Valley is located about an hour and a half north of Vancouver, in between Squamish and Whistler. It is there that you will find Sea to Sky Stables.

As you may already know, the drive along the Sea to Sky Highway is already one of the most scenic in the Canada. You wind around the mountains, seeing snow-capped peaks in the distance, glistening waters on the side, and inspiring cliff faces next to you. Exiting off the highway, I continued for about another 10 minutes before arriving at Sea to Sky Stables. I was greeted by the friendly staff and filled out the appropriate waiver form. After a brief refresher lesson, we were on our way.

It was boiling hot on Sunday afternoon, so the horses weren’t as interested in picking up the pace all that much. I can’t blame them. Three hours out in the sun would leave you pretty dehydrated and tired too. A three-hour “adventure trail ride” came to just under $100 with tax (per person). They also have packages for one hour, two hours, and four hours. The video below should give you a good idea of what to expect.

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