Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 30-minute carriage tour for up to six people from Black Beauty Line (a $90 value).
The outgoing equinauts at Black Beauty Line usher horses and the horse-drawn around picturesque Victoria in fairytale style. Expert carriage drivers adhere to the highest ethical standards, ensuring horses are treated equitably, and that no horse is actually a centaur wearing one-half of a horse costume. The 30-minute Ocean Views tour begins at Parliament on Victoria's Inner Harbour and escorts guests through historic James Bay village and past the manicured gardens of heritage homes, set against a backdrop of the majestic Olympic Mountains. Chilly charioteers can cuddle under the available quilts and while away the time as a kindly cavalryman relates tales and tidbits about the tour's attractions. Afterward, good-natured quadrupeds will happily pose for pictures, though they are legally prohibited from posing as police horses.
Owner Rebecca Spray brings her 30 years of experience working with horses and translating their memoirs to the operation of Black Beauty Line, and as a member of Carriage Operators of North America, she institutes the best practices in safety, professionalism, and equine care. Pets are welcome to come along for the ride, but everyone must make reservations before the tour.
Black Beauty Line
Seasoned charioteers at Black Beauty Line navigate winding routes past Victoria’s most picturesque locales. The average 30-minute tour circles the neo-baroque Parliament buildings that border the Inner Harbour and clip-clops toward historic James Bay Village. Riders can snuggle under provided quilts as buggies glide past sites such as the Heritage Homes, whose snowy veils on winter rides melt away for spring rides to reveal manicured gardens and groggy lawn ornaments. Along the way, charioteers impart tales and tidbits about the tour attractions, and good-naturedly pose for photos after the ride. The well-kept carriages are also available for private event rental, often for weddings. Owner Rebecca Spray brings 30 years of caring for horses to Black Beauty Line. As a member of Carriage Operators of North America, she ensures that horses are healthy, well groomed, and not actually a horse impersonator looking for real-world experience. Pets are welcome to come along for the ride, and everyone must make reservations before the tour.