Alpine Stables
Alpine Stables
4.5
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Nestled in the beauty of the Cowichan Valley, this impeccable facility is a first class, family run business. It is our pleasure to offer everyone a unique equine riding experience. Escape the crowds and indulge in a memorable experience. Enjoy sweeping ocean and valley views. A great opportunity to experience a West Coast Rainforest. Our trails are expertly guided and the horses are suitable for all levels of riders.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Julie H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
As a complete novice rider I was nervous but our tour guide Emma soon put me at ease. She gave me confidence to ride my horse and was very encouraging. A great way to see the local area and I would definitely go again. We all enjoyed it.
Written July 26, 2023
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Ricardo R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed a 1.5 hr and 2 hr rainforest ride with our amazing guide Andrea! She was super fun, engaging and pleasant! She knows how to lead inexperienced riders and has a remarkable intuition for pairing horses with riders too! I enjoyed my ride with Blue and my wife enjoyed Summer and Bonnie! Highly recommended experience! Definitely will return!
Ricardo Ramirez
Written March 21, 2023
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Manny W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
A boring trail ride to a local park. Crossing a busy road with no proper crossing or light. Up hiking trails littered with hikers and mountain bikers. Trails being noticeably eroded by horses. Huge piles of horse feces mare the trails. Not sure how a for profit business hasn’t faced issues with local district since they erode the trails for profit use. Annoying guide yammers on and on in shrill voice. Pace is extremely slow. Horses seem miserable. Horrible operation. Should be avoided.
Written May 17, 2022
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650GsGuy
North Vancouver, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Grandchildren’s first ride. They are ages 10 and 12 and loved the experience. The start was funding the match if horse and child. Then a walk around the outside arena with a handler holding the lead. Some simple but important drills. 20 minutes later out for a trail ride. Then back all smiles. We will go out together again in the future v
Written September 1, 2021
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kaiserj160201
Duncan, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Our 12 year old grandson was very apprehensive as a beginner. By the end of the "Beginner's instruction and trail ride" he rated the experience a real thumbs up. His horse, Bunny, was a perfect match in size and temprement. The ride leader (KC) and her assistants were excellent and very cognizent of the experience levels and nervousness of new riders. All in all, a very positive experience that we will do again.
Written August 16, 2021
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Honey2010moon
Vancouver Island, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
We did the 1.5hr ride and it was a blast. It was so cool to see the different personalities of the horses and how they interacted with us. Beautiful area to explore. Easy to see the horses are well trained and very well cared for. Will definitely be back.
Written August 4, 2019
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JAM103
Ashford, UK95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Was staying with relatives in the area and the reviews looked good, so booked myself a 2hr ride. I have my own horse, but was aware that the group would be mixed, but wanted to experience Western riding. The owner put me on a horse who she said was difficult to handle and to keep him away from the others and to ensure I was 'in charge'. We left the stables and had to cross a busy highway to get to the mountain. The ride was then basically go up a mountain traversing narrow steep paths which, in some cases, would have been difficult for a human, then downhill. My horse was barefoot and I felt he was footsore as he did all he could to keep on the soft dirt and away from the road surface & stones. We were in the forest so there were no real views and could hear the traffic from the highway. I had no problem with my horse as all we were doing was a very slow walk and as he didn't really want to walk, he was not difficult. All in all I was disappointed and bored, I expected a bit more, I know the leaflet said the ride would be around the base of the mountain, but I did expect more views and a bit more flat riding, fine for beginners as long as they don't mind going up and down hill, but if you are experienced and wanting to experience riding in another country and looking for a bit extra and a 'proper' hack, then go elsewhere. I was offered the 3hr hack which apparently takes you to the top, but couldn't justify spending the money.
Written September 1, 2017
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John K
Cobble Hill, Canada23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
My spouse is an advanced beginner rider and the other person who went with her is a beginner. The experience was very positive. The horses were excellent as was the staff they interacted with. The grounds/stables were of high quality in good repair.
Written June 25, 2017
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Cake-eater99
Edina, MN45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
We have done many trail rides as a family and as a couple in the states and other countries. This company was easy to deal with and had a selection of trails. We took the trail in the old growth forest area and found it to be beautiful with the moss covered trees, ferns, and the tall trees. The ride was easy with uphill and downhill trails with many stream crossings. Even, in late November it was not too cold here to ride. We are from Minnesota so it was warmer than what we experience at home. Katie was a good guide and showed off the natural beauty of the forest.
Written December 16, 2016
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Shiva_Dragon
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
I found this place from the internet. Me and my wife wanted to visit this place and had some riding. They offered guided trail rides from 1 to 3 hours. We did the inspiration ride up the hill. Molly and Splash were our rides and they were great companions!

This experience was much better than our first in the Golden Ears Park. Staff here are very friendly and helpful. This is only our third time riding and no previous experience is necessary. Visitors should check this out.
Written February 16, 2016
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