Vermillion Forks chapter was formed in 2015 when Jim McCrae, founder of Back Country Horsemen Society of BC, moved from his home in Aldergrove to Tulameen, near Princeton. Vermillion Forks was the original name given to Princeton by early settlers due to the red ochre along the banks of the Tulameen River where it joined the Similkameen River.
What makes this area so appealing to horsemen are the abundance of trails – ancient, old, and new. First Nations trails are still in evidence although many of them became part of newer trails such as the historic Hudson Bay Brigade and Dewdney Trails. Both of these (and others) were opened in the mid 1800’s and are still fabulous riding. The Kettle Valley Railway used to run through the valley, and the railbed is now a scenic and popular trail ride. There are limitless quad trails and logging roads to ride, many of which have old cabins or abandoned mines along them.
Day rides have included Allenby, Cinder Cone, China Ridge and the Tulameen area. We are always looking for ride leaders and new places to go!! And we are wide open to education ideas; recent education events included a packing clinic and an “Introduce your horse to drones” clinic.
Vermillion Forks chapter leads an annual club ride from Tulameen across the river to the Paradise Valley in Manning Park. We have also had pack trips to a few Rendezvous’.
Paul Fyfe was chairman for the first years and during that time, the fledgling chapter hosted a successful Rendezvous in Princeton in 2016.
Every year we organize a work bee to clear the Olivine section of the HBC trail. We are currently working with BC Parks to replace the Ewart Creek bridge in the Snowy Mountain Protected Area.
Pre COVID-19 times, we held monthly meetings at various locations in or around Princeton, as well as social events like BBQ’s, happy hours and even a Snow Cat Escape to the top of Rabbit Mountain last winter.
This is a small, vibrant club with an enthusiastic membership looking forward to more adventures!
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