Province/Territory: British Columbia

Explore the Li-lik-hell Mine on sure-footed mountain horses, following the same trails that gold miners used in the early 1900s.

  • 2 hard rock gold mines to explore
  • 3 days of guided mountain horseback riding on historic mining trails
  • 2 nights in camp enjoying the camaraderie of fellow guests and wranglers
Following the winding, century old  mountain trail, your sure-footed mountain horse carries you past pristine rivers and lakes, through thick forests and across fragrant alpine meadows. Your destination is historic Li-lik-hel Mine deep in the heart of BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range.   Over a century ago gold miners cut these trails to transport their precious ore to the railhead.  Now it’s your turn to experience this magnificent, untamed backcountry between Birkenhead Lake and the Li-lik_hel Mine in the Tenquille Drainage. Led by trained wranglers, some of them descendants of the miners' original native guides, you’ll  explore the mine site and learn how the old hard rock miners extracted gold ore by following the veins in the rock. From base camp you’ll also enjoy day rides to nearby locations of interest, returning each evening to campfire tales and comfortable tented lodgings. You’ll also get to bond with your carefully chosen horse as together you retrace the routes of Canadian mining pioneers. 
Why you should visit
- Spend three days and two nights in BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range exploring rivers, lakes, forests, alpine meadows and old mine packhorse trails. - Ride mountain bred horses on trails that were originally cut by 19th century miners searching for gold. - Explore the original Li-lik-hel mine site and see how the old hard rock miners extracted gold ore from it. - Learn about First Nations history, culture and traditional plant-based medicine. - Stay in comfortable campsites equipped with tents mounted on platforms, with hot showers and outdoor plumbing. - Enjoy hearty dinners round the campfire with your guides as they share tales of the pioneers who first lived here.

Weather

This is mountain riding and the temperature can range from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius, depending on the time of day and elevation. Dress in layers with at least one complete change of clothing, a waterproof jacket and closed toed boots or shoes. Trips operate from early June to mid October. 

Visitor information

- All rides depart from 7830 Pemberton Meadows Road in Pemberton BC.

- Most rides start at 9 am, returning on the final day by 5 pm.

- All meals are supplied, including lunch on the first and final days.

-All overnight rides must be booked at least 4 days in advance; hourly or day rides can be be booked with 24 hours notice.

- Overnight rides  normally depart on Fridays and return on Sundays; group bookings of 4 or more can be scheduled to depart on Mondays.

- Rides can be booked through a number ot travel agents or directly with CCO at bookings@coppercayuseoutfitters.ca or by calling 604-698-7751 or faxing 604-894-3345.

When to go

The season runs from early June to mid October, depending on snow conditions.The best time for riding in this region is July - September.  June and October can be cooler and snow conditions can vary. 

Need to know
- Everyone from novices to experienced riders is welcome.  - Guests need to provide their height, weight and experience level  prior to arrival. - Guests should dress for inclement weather and wear closed toed shoes or boots.  - Sleeping bags and riding helmets are supplied; children under 18 are required to wear helmets. - Children must at least 4 feet tall and have reasonable athletic ability (e.g. able to ride a bike).
Getting Here

From Whistler, drive north on Highway 99 for 20 minutes to Pemberton, then continue on to 7830 Pemberton Meadows Rd. There is a Copper Cayuse Outfitters sign in the driveway. Call  604 698-7751 for assistance.