We want you to have a great experience here at Tsylos and to help you prepare for your adventure, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Lodge Horseback Riding at Tsylos Park Lodge.
Do you have laundry facilities at the lodge?
Yes, we do have a wash machine and clothes line for drying and you are welcome to use them during the week.
Will I feel comfortable if I am a single traveler?
The ambiance at Tsylos is very warm and inclusive. Regardless if someone travels alone, with their mate, or friends, it is very relaxed and inclusive. You will be fine and part of the group.
What are the group sizes like?
Our lodge riding can be anywhere from 2-12, but usually is around 5. Our Pack Trips are typically 10 people. We can take as many as 12 and a minimum of 4.
What type of riding guests does your lodge attract?
Our guests come from all over the world. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful people visit us. They all have a sense of adventure, love of nature, and a great sense of humour. The majority of our guests return year after year.
Can I come as a single?
Our Mountain Horse Pack Trip does not charge a single supplement and is ideal for the adventurous single traveller. Both our lodge and mountain groups are very friendly and close. You will feel right at home at Tsylos. Our lodge packages do charge a 25% single supplement.
What is the best time of year to come?
Fact is, it would be very difficult to choose one of our months over the next.
June: Our springtime is usually May and June. The sunflowers, wild roses and aspen buds are coming out. The weather can be both warm and cool. It is a fresh and wonderful time to ride in the Chilko Valley. The snow is still visible in the alpine at this time of year; ideal for riding.
July: The mountain wildflowers usually come our in the middle of July. We start our Mountain Horse Pack Trips in the early part of this month; always a great time to come and visit Tsylos.
August: Around the middle of August our berries start to ripen, the Sockeye Salmon run starts, and the Bears and Eagles can start to wonder into the Valley; great summer weather along with July.
September: Our Sockeye Salmon Run is in full swing by the second week of this month. Our Indian Summer is always beautiful, and the riding is outstanding. Colours usually start in late September.
What kind of tack do you use?
We use all western saddles, bridles and saddlebags. If you have never ridden with western tack, your guide will show you how.
What kind of riding clothes should I bring?
When you decide to join us at Tsylos and make a reservation we will send you a "Trip Tips" It outlines a few items that you should bring for your comfort. Whatever is most comfortable to you. We ride in jeans, boots, heavy shirt and a Stetson. Many of our guests wear jodhpurs or other riding clothes. Helmets are great if that is what you are used to riding in. We do they think are an important safety tool. The most important things to remember are, ride in a boot or shoe with a heel, bring a good rain/cold jacket to tie on the saddle, have some kind of head cover (cowboy hat, baseball hat, helmet) to avoid branches and sun stroke and be comfortable.
Why is the riding so good?
The combination of great horses, fun knowledgeable guides, small groups, and the Chilko beauty is second to none. Our riders always form great friendships very fast and the experience is very memorable. Most of our guests come back year after year...we feel very honoured that they spend their vacation time with us.
I see that you have two trips, a Lodge Riding and a Mountain Horse Pack Trip, what is the difference?
Our Lodge Riding program is set up for the intermediate rider. We ask that all riders booking into the lodge can canter comfortably and have soft hands when riding. We spend the day out on our horses exploring the valley, riding along the river, visiting old native graveyards, letting our horses eat wild salt grasses and enjoying our lunch where there is a view or spot of interest. We start off slow, but within a couple of days, we are cantering through the trees together. After our ride we are still able to slip into the hot tub on the back deck and enjoy an icy cold drink. Not a bad way to spend the day!
Our Mountain Horse Pack Trip is for the adventurous type. It is a 7 night trip, the first and last night are on the lodge property with 5 nights spent in the alpine. You will explore valleys that few have even seen. We move our camps with the aid of pack horses. A guide and cook will accompany you. Beginner riders can join this trip. Most who come are experienced horse people at some point in their lives, but he key here is a sense of adventure and a love for the outdoors.