Enjoying the great outdoors on horseback

Comeaus on horses

This guest blog (including the photos) was written by the Comeau family. Monte Comeau was the grand prize winner of last year’s 75th Anniversary Photo Contest. He and his family were awarded a horseback trip for two courtesy of Copper Cayuse Outfitters.

Are you interested in submitting to our 2015 Nature Photo Contest? Are you curious about the grand prize? The Comeau family, last year’s photo contest winners, recently redeemed their prize and went on an expedition with Copper Cayuse Outfitters. This year’s top prize will be similar. Here are the Comeau’s highlights from their exciting adventure.

Our trip began with an introduction to the guides and horses and a brief information session then we were off on our first days ride!  We rode 15km the first day to base camp, The trails were well traveled and offered great views along the way, often times they were quite narrow and steep but the horses were very capable and we were never once concerned for our safety. Base camp was great with hot showers and comfortable cots in our tents.

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Exploring the historic Li-Lik-Hel gold mine was a great experience, hearing the history of the area from our guides made it especially interesting and understanding what the Hard rock miners from that era experienced and endured was quite amazing.

The campsites were great, large tents and comfy cots made for a good nights sleep after an exhausting day of riding.  The owner, Don Coggins, was the chief cook. The food was plentiful and we enjoyed every meal. Each day ended with campfire evenings and interesting conversations.

Saying good bye to the horses at the end of the adventure was hard but what a great experience they gave us.  Thank you again to these wonderful creatures!

A huge thank you from the Comeau family to Nature Canada and the incredible prize we were awarded for the winning image in the 2014 photo contest! We also want to thank everyone from Copper Cayuse Outfitters for the fantastic horseback trek through the mountains near Pemberton, BC to the historic Li-Lik-Hel mine expedition. Our host Don Coggins at CCO was very gracious and a special thank you to our guides Georgia and Paula who were so helpful and patient.  And last but not least are the wonderful horses that did all the work!  Max, Ridge, Oscar, Nippy and Smokey performed like troopers and made the entire experience so much better, We would like to say that anyone who might be concerned about horseback riding in the mountains not to worry, you will be in very capable hands with these stellar horses and experienced guides.

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Congratulations once again to Monte, the grand prize winner of last year’s photo contest.

Submit today to our 2015 Nature Photo Contest for YOUR chance to win a similar adventure from Copper Cayuse Outfitters! This year, they’ve once again generously donated a trip for two on their Historic Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition. You will get to ride on trails that were originally cut by the miners and have been pounded in by years of horses transporting the gold ore to the rail-head in the early 1900’s. You’ll spend three days and two nights in BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range, exploring  the beautiful mountain range between Birkenhead Lake and the Li-lik-hel mine. Recently, this expedition has been officially designated as a Canadian Signature Experience! If a horseback trip doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t worry! We have a variety of prizes you could win. Ready all the details about the contest here.

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