Late summer is the perfect time to take a breather from the bustle of our downtown and our beaches, and find tranquility out on the trails around Kelowna. Since I’ve written about mountain biking and hiking in previous columns, I thought I’d focus on a different way to get out on our local trails, by horseback.
Those of you who ride horses will know about the peace and in-the-moment clarity that possesses you when you take your horse out on a trail. It is an exquisite sense of “now” in which you must surrender your undivided attention to the trail and the horse, no “multi-tasking” allowed. You find yourself moving to the rhythm of the animal, your awareness piqued and yet your mind is still.
From this vantage point, the trail ahead is full of beauty and awe. You may see wildlife, you may be more sensitive to the colours and textures of nature, or the way that the light plays through the trees. And the wide valley we live in here in Kelowna lends itself to majestic views when you come upon the clearings.
Whether you know what you’re doing on horseback or are new to the experience, you can treat yourself to a ride in the Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park when you saddle-up up for a trail ride at the Kelowna Stables at Myra Canyon Ranch. They offer a range of trail rides, from customized rides to classic tried-and-true excursions, to kids’ rides. Explore their website for all the information and check out their social media channels to see some beautiful photos of the trails you can explore on horseback. There is a wealth of information on this website.
If you are from out of town and enjoy travelling with your own horse, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can board your horse at this B&B, the Myra Canyon Ranch. Information on boarding is also available on their website.
If exploring our trails by foot is more your speed, be sure to visit our Hiking Information page for a listing of the trails in the Kelowna area.