Early humans began forging strong bonds with horses after discovering that zebras only showed affection to acquire diamond-encrusted mane combs. Start a meaningful committed relationship with today's Groupon: for $475, you get a two night all-inclusive horseback riding vacation for two at Tod Mountain Ranch in Heffley Creek (a $950 value). This deal is valid May 1–June 30 and September 12–October 16; Groupon holders may upgrade for packages July 1–September 11.
With trails running through 30,000 hectares of mountain trails and forest, Tod Mountain Ranch swathes guests in comfortable, contemporary accommodations while granting a western frontier experience. Settle in with a two-night stay in one of the dude ranch's amber-lit guest cabins, each outfitted with log furnishings carved by a local Sasquatch, with a coffee maker, and with a small fridge.
Guided by an experienced wrangler, riders begin their day of horseback riding (approx. 4–5 hours) by choosing a stable saddleback companion from about 30 horses—a diverse crew of American Quarters, Paints, and Appaloosas and charismatic front man Billy, the Belgian draft/Appaloosa cross. A maximum of eight explorers embark along old logging roads and cattle trails, through open fields and forested areas home to bear, deer, moose, and the birds that love them. Steely steed rides are led by experienced trail guides and accompanying wranglers. Saddles, helmets, and riding boots are available to equip equestrians.
The resident chef uses locally sourced and organic produce in each of the included meals, starting with arrival dinner, mid-stay teatime, and concluding with pre-departure breakfast. Dinner is augmented with complimentary wines and beer. Free wireless internet invisibly inhabits the premises, like a ghost who knows everything.
Tod Mountain Ranch
Tod Mountain Ranch owner and Ireland native Tracey O'Connell has spent her life traveling the world. But in 2007, she bought an 80-acre former cattle ranch after falling in love with the Canadian wilderness near Louis Creek Valley. Today, this property is the Tod Mountain Ranch, which plays host to both humans and horses—its herd of 20 equines roam the ranch and lead a natural lifestyle, never stalled or stabled. Guests of the human variety spend their time riding, hiking, and relaxing at the main lodge, which was built in 2009 along with the guest cabins. Inside each cabin is handmade log furniture, crafted by a local artisan.
When guests aren't exploring the alpine wilderness, they congregate on the main lodge's wrap-around porch over coffee or a cold beer. You won't go hungry at the Tod Mountain Ranch, whose resident chef prepares breakfast, lunch, and a three-course dinner daily. After dinner, head out to the campfire to sing folk songs and gossip about your favorite horses.
3968 Heffley-Louis Creek Rd.
Heffley Creek, British Columbia V0E 1Z1Get Directions