My husband and I would like to thank Horseback Adventures Ltd. for helping to make our 10 day trip into the Willmore such a wonderful and most memorable experience. For years, we have hiked into and out of the backcountry hauling our own food, water and camping equipment on our backs and I must say that it is definitely not as much fun as having Horseback Adventures Ltd. do it for us!
Tom and his staff not only transported our gear into the Willmore, but each day, they also prepared our delicious breakfasts, lunches, and suppers along with brewing endless cups of hot tea and coffee on top of the wood burning stove. As well, they ensured that our cool mornings and evenings were warmed with campfires and shared with us their abundance of warm hospitality. Our main concern each day was just in deciding where in the Willmore we were going to have fun hiking to. The ridge walks were particularly spectacular because they afforded us the perfect lunch spots from which to view sweeping panoramas of other peaks and valleys.
The beauty and serenity of the Willmore together with the highly competent staff who make up Horseback Adventure Ltd. made our vacation memorably fun... you’ve made it hard to return to city life again.
Phylis & Michael Raine
Once again we have many happy memories of our ride near Brule. Quentin, Teresa, Ralph and Andrea were wonderful riding companions and they did everything they could to keep us comfortable, safe and happy. Ken & I sure enjoyed that hot coffee in your kitchen on our return to your ranch. Thanks for that treat.
Ken & Gail Dunfield
My husband and I would like to thank Horseback Adventures Ltd. for helping to make our 10-day trip into the Willmore such a wonderful and most memorable experience. For years, we have hiked into and out of the backcountry hauling our own food, water and camping equipment on our backs and I must say that it is definitely not as much fun as having Horseback Adventures Ltd. do it for us! Tom and his staff not only transported our gear into the Willmore, but each day, they also prepared our delicious breakfasts, lunches and suppers along with brewing endless cups of hot tea and coffee on top of the wood burning stove. As well, they ensured that our cool mornings and evenings were warmed with campfires and shared with us their abundance of warm hospitality. Our main concern each day was just in deciding where in the Willmore we were going to have fun hiking. The ridge walks were particularly spectacular because they afforded us the perfect lunch spots from which to view sweeping panoramas of other peaks and valleys. The beauty and serenity of the Wilmore together with the highly competent staff who make up Horseback Adventure Ltd. made our vacation memorably fun…you’ve made it hard to return to city life again.
Phylis and Michael Raine
I want to thank you for the amazing experience I had on the four-day trip in Sept 2012. I have to admit, I was nervous as I had not been on a horse in years and was fairly out of shape. Thanks to your team, they made me feel comfortable and was accommodating to my needs. I miss the serenity of the mountains and often take a few moments to daydream about them in my busy schedule here at work. I plan to take my daughter sometime in the future on one of your adventures. By the way, my dad has an employee, an older fella that says he used to work for Tom Sr. back about 40 years ago…
Merci Cho, White Bear Woman
How do I even start describing our experience in the Willmore with Tom Vinson and his staff? I will start simply by saying that my husband Michael and I had a spectacular time in the Willmore. The 'Vinson Team' was incredibly well organized, and so helpful, polite and efficient. What a pleasure for us "stressed out A-type personalities" to have a great breakfast, spend the entire day hiking, hiking, and more hiking in the most gorgeous scenery in the entire Rockies, and only worry about being back in time for an excellent supper. We greatly appreciated the time taken to talk to us about the horses, and more importantly, to see how well cared for these animals are. The camps were clean and well organized, and with the campfire and coffee/tea always hot, we had some great discussions, some of which still make me laugh. There is no way that I would ever venture with another horse-based group because of the very high standards they set.
Jillian & Michael Buriak
Just a quick note to say how much I/we enjoyed our 4-day trip with your company. The staff was awesome and the views were spectacular. I have and will continue to rave about our trip to any one that will listen. Say hi to Ralph for me...lol.
Dear Shawn and Tom,
Thank you again for the fantastic four days spend in the mountains with you and your horses. Below is a text we wrote to best describe our vacation. We have already shared our experience with friends and when they see our pictures, they will be even more tempted to go, so you may have future guests. Regarding pictures, I am going the 600+ pictures I made to give them a file name that means something (instead a number) and I will send them to you via Canada post in a CD. Each one is a big file so if anyone of them are to your liking, you may want the high quality pic to make a print or modify to add to your gallery in the website. In separate email, I will send low-resolution picture of our barn project, from felling the trees to
the final glass of whiskey.
If you ever come in the Montreal area, let us know.
A hike in the Rockies is a very good way to expose oneself to the vast beauty of the mountains, valleys, meadows and creeks. Doing so on horseback brings the experience to a whole new level. Riding along Solomon creek, climbing ridges with stunning views on very well trained and sure footed horses, no matter the difficulty of the terrain, gives you a bonding feeling with this majestuous nature. Shawn and Tom provided us with all is required to live such a unique experience. We have our own horses and we have vacationed to many places in Quebec (Mauricie, Gaspésie, Charlevoix) with them so we have greatly appreciated how their excellent organization of every aspects of the adventure made it a smooth and worry-free vacation.
Finally, we have to laud how they really care for their horses. This showed in their abilities to give the riders a smooth ride in the most difficult climbs, and after all that hard work, they were turned loose to feed on grass while we were having lunch. Of course, when we decided to take an after-lunch rest, the horses took a feeding break to come check on Marie-Eve. It was quite something when she opened her eyes to see a big black nose sniffing on her. Or when she made a call home, to check on her own horses, to have two horses on either side of her as if they both wanted to say something on the phone. This shows these horses are curious and well in their head, thus they made for nice companions in our journeys. To us, this brought a great deal of pleasure, and it made us appreciate even more the hard work they did to carry us around in this magnificent place.
Marie-Eve Perron and Yves Aubin
Dear Shawn and Tom,
I wanted to write while the trip was still fresh in my mind, just to say thanks so much. I had a fabulous time! I enjoyed every minute, well maybe not the hornets, but even the rainy ones. I really felt like I got to see the wilderness from a comfortable armchair! I really appreciated the good care you took of us, and I was also impressed by how well the horses were taken care of.
I hope Tom will continue his business for a few years, and that others might get a glimpse of God’s country as I did. Hopefully the more who see it will take better care not to lose it.
Thank you for a wonderful experience in July 2015. You made us feel like family. My friends and I enjoyed the idyllic camp in the mountains, the good, safe horses, and the unforgettable scenery. I’d go back any time!
In August, my wife and I took the 8 day wilderness ride with Horseback Adventures, Ltd. From the morning we arrived at the ranch until the afternoon we departed 8 days later, our trip could not have been better. Shawn and Tom are wonderful hosts and our wrangler, Ralph was, well let's just say he was an unexpected treat. The food was only surpassed by the great horses and incredible scenery. From the cabins to the tents, we spent memorable mornings and evenings around the campfires and saw, what is perhaps, some of the most beautiful country in North America.
Thanks to all, we'll be back.
Frank & Betty Collins
Thank you for the 4 day horseback adventure that I had the pleasure of being on in August 2015. I enjoyed every moment of my time, finding you and your staff so welcoming, knowledgeable, and just fun to be around. I know that I spent the entire time exclaiming about the scenery, the wonderful people-loving horses, the peace and quiet, the dark star filled nights and the warm sunny days. The highlight of my time in camp had to be the "shower house", and hearing the wolves talking to each other from the mountain tops.
I came home feeling so strong, and confident that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.Best wishes, and I hope to see you again.