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Backcountry Horseback Riding

There are many ways to explore the Similkameen and one of them is by horseback. The Similkameen has dozens of trails and some horse and rider campsites. In addition, there’s a guest ranch for you and your horse to enjoy while you are here.

Princeton Area

There’s nothing quite like riding in the backcountry atop your favourite horse. Back country riding in the Similkameen includes China Ridge*, Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Hudson’s Bay Brigade Trail and more.

*There is no water up at China Ridge. Riders are advised to carry their own water and do day trips only.

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Princeton area
Princeton Area

Provincial Parks

Cathedral Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful place to explore with your horse. You can camp at Twin Butte Lake; however, you must get a permission letter first (call 250-490-8200 for info).

Maximum stay is three nights with up to six horses and four people. Please bring your own feed and move horses regularly to prevent overgrazing.

Equestrian campsite, Manning
Equestrian Campsite, Manning

E.C. Manning Park has several trails you can access with your horse. Trails like Windy Joe and Little Muddy give some glimmer of what to expect on the trail. You can camp with your horses at Manning Park Resort at the Headwaters Corral. Camping is also available further into the backcountry at the Dewdney and Hope Pass trails.

Remember, whatever you pack in, you need to pack out.

The way the pioneers did it
The Way the Pioneers Did It

Guest Ranch

At the A&P Guest Ranch, about 25 minutes north of Princeton on Hwy 5A, you can trailer in your horses and park onsite. If you don’t have an RV or tent, they have dorm rooms on the second floor in the barn. There’s also a three-story lodge with 10 bedrooms. Your horse can stay in the corral with or without feed, or in the barn below the dorm rooms. No horse? No problem, they have horses on-site for you to ride. Please remember to bring your helmet and appropriate riding attire.

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

Explore wide open spaces
Explore Wide Open Spaces

Operator Directory

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Discover the Okanagan back country and enjoy picturesque lakes and spectacular scenery! For the entire family. We have horses for all experience levels. see more