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Sleigh Rides in Canada

All across the country families and couples get together for Canadian sleigh rides across the winter landscape. Top the sleigh ride off with a hot chocolate (or something a little stronger if you prefer) beside a roaring fire and you've got the makings of the perfect winter activity in Canada. Sleigh rides in Canada have been enjoyed by generations of families as a relaxing way to enjoy a crisp, clear winter day or evening. What better way to show the love of your life how much they mean to you than to go sleighing through a winter night with a bottle of champagne?

History of Canadian Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides in Canada originated as a form of transportation in farming communities throughout the country. Dog sledding in Canada had been around for centuries before Europeans arrived and set up communities. Horse-drawn plows tilled the soil during the growing season. During the winter; however, transportation became difficult and sleighs were fabricated.

Horse-drawn sleighs allowed rural farmers to navigate through the snow to get supplies from the general store, attend church and social gatherings, and visit neighbors. This broke the monotony of winter life on the farm. As society evolved and other forms of transportation, such as snowmobiling in Canada, became available, sleighing became a way to "get back to a simpler time".

Coast-to-Coast Canadian Sleigh Rides

British Columbia

Nu-Salya Bed & Breakfast Chalet is a 5-star B & B located midway between Vancouver and Whistler. In 2002, the British Columbia Tourism Association awarded Nu-Salya its "Canada Select Five Star" rating and Forbes Travel included them in its list of the top 12 North American Breakfast Inns.

It's "Sea to Sky Stables" offers Canadian sleigh rides through the Squamish, British Columbia countryside. Sip your hot chocolate as their horse-drawn sleighs transport you to another world with snow-covered trees forming a canopy over the trail…mountain vistas...soaring eagles...and through winding river trails.

Blackcomb Sleigh Rides in beautiful Whistler, B.C., site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Traditional Canadian sleigh rides with Percheron draft horses will take you to Blackcomb Mountain where you can look down on the lights of Whistler Village. Their drivers have expert knowledge of the area and will answer any questions about the landscape and history as well as the wildlife you'll encounter. Bring a camera!

Alberta

Warner Stables in the Town of Banff provides sleigh rides in Canada on a daily schedule, 7 days a week when weather permits. Horse-drawn sleighs leave every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. A romantic sleigh ride for two can be arranged with a buffalo rope blanket to cuddle under, tasty liqueurs, and Bernard Callebaut chocolates.

Take a trip back in time with a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Brewster Lake Louise Stables. A 15-passenger sleigh will transport you through the spectacular countryside of Lake Louise departing from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Follow that up with an old-fashioned Western Barbecue and Barn Dance and you'll experience a wonderful outing from days of yore.

Eastern Canada

Merrylynd Farm in Lakefield, Ontario invites you for a traditional Canadian sleigh ride with their gentle Belgian draught horses. They charge by the hour for every 4 people in your group which is an ideal situation as they have many winter activities to participate in along with sleighing such as: Ride the Ranch Sleigh Rides out of Oakville, Ontario will have their Belgian horses take you on a tour of rolling hills and forest-canopied trails with sleigh bells ringing. The horse-drawn sleighs will stop for a break to enjoy a hot chocolate or a few drinks before continuing on. Their sleighs can accommodate up to 20 people and a campfire and barbecue can be arranged afterwards.

Pourvoirie du Lac Beauport Sleigh Rides in Lac Beauport, Quebec is 15 minutes from Quebec City. Horse-drawn sleighs will take you along groomed trails through a forested winter wonderland. Their drivers are experienced guides that will explain the sights of the surrounding countryside. These Canadian sleigh rides can accommodate up to 8 passengers for a one hour trip.

Sleigh rides in Canada provide a tranquil setting for a family outing or a romantic getaway. The snow crunching under horse-drawn sleighs provide an opportunity to imagine a different era...a simpler time perhaps. You'll get an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the Canadian wilderness in its most serene form as the blanket of snow muffles all sound. Canadian sleigh rides are tradition that everyone should experience...young and old...families and couples...company get-togethers…and groups of friends.
 
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