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From the Winners of the 2015 Nature Canada Photo Contest

From The winners of the 2015 Nature Canada Photo Contest, Howard and Jackie.


_MG_4004Our adventure with Copper Cayuse Outfitters started with a warm welcome from our hosts Don Coggins and Dudley Kennett, wrangler Julie-Ann, and “our” horses Smokey and Freddy.   It wasn’t too long on the first days’ ride before we quickly learned we were in good care with these sure footed horses. The trails we rode covered mountain terrain that provided magnificent views as we continued to higher elevations.  Upon our arrival at base camp we enjoyed refreshments before embarking on a short ride to Birkenhead Lake where we cooled off with a late afternoon swim in the lake. Base camp is well equipped with tents and cots, a cook shelter, and shower with hot and cold water! While sitting around the evening campfire we learned about the history of the mines and traded stories.   Our second day started with a hearty breakfast, and then we were off to the mines.   The horseback ride to the mines passes tree lined mountain lakes and distant grizzly bear recovery areas. Smokey and Freddy were the stars placing each hoof with precision while safely carrying us up steep narrow mountain trails to the mines, and back down. Entering the mine was like stepping back in time to when the ore was carried on horseback down the same trails we traveled.   Suppers on both evenings was everything one would expect on a trail ride; baked beans and fresh salads served with thick juicy cuts of meat and home-made desserts. After another hearty breakfast the third day ride back to the ranch covered trails that we purposely hadn’t seen on the previous two days to ensure everyday was a new adventure.

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I would like to extend our gratitude to Nature Canada for providing us with this opportunity after winning the 2015 photo contest, and Copper Cayuse Outfitters for donating the prize by providing an authentic Canadian Signature adventure. The historic Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition isn’t an easy horseback ride on flat terrain but is well suited for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The staff and horses ensure all levels of horsemanship will have a unique experience.   Don, Dudley and Julie-Ann made us feel at ease and comfortable with the horses while we developed a bond with “our” Smokey and Freddy.

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CCO supplies first prize to Nature Canada’s 2016 Photo Contest

Once again CCO is supplying first price to Nature Canada’s AnnualPhoto-Contest-Banner

Photo contest. First prize will be a 3 day, 2 night trip to the Lie-lik-hel Mine, a trip recognized by Destination Canada as a Canadian Signature Experience.  So get out there and start taking pictures of this  great country we live in.

CCO goes to London

Thanks to our friends at Arc’teryx-Sky Camp takes shape

In preparation for Sky Camp, we had moved all of the material required for the main building up on to the ridge by quad. On Friday night our friends from Arc’teryx arrived at our base camp and on Saturday and Sunday we started putting the post and beam construction together. We had most of the rafters installed by the time Sunday evening rolled around and we even managed to get some time on the horses. We finished the roof on Wednesday this week, complete with winter bracing accomplishing our plans for this year. Many thanks to all of our friends that helped, notably Dan and Chris, and the folks from Arc’teryx. We could not have done it without you.


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Weather tight for the winter

Weather tight for the winter

Thanks to all our riders for a great season

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We want to thank all of our clients this year that have made our rides such a great success.  We hope you will join us again. For all those that went on the Historic Li-lik-hel mine ride, stay tuned for sky camp, we will post pictures as they are available


Canadian Signature Experience- The Li-lik-hel Mine Ride

CCO’s Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition has recently been designated a Canadian Signature Experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission in conjunction with Destination BC. Come join us on this historic ride into the past, while enjoying some of the comforts of the present.

Canadian Signature Experience

Nature Canada and CCO

Once again CCO has agreed to offer first prize in Nature Canada’s Photo Contest for 2015.  CCO is offering it’s designated Canadian Signature Experience , Li-lik-hel Mine Expedition, a 3 day, 2 night trip for two as first prize to the winning photographer as chosen by Nature Canada.



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