Horse-drawn wagon rides come to Invermere

Horse-drawn wagon rides come to Invermere this summer after council voted in approval at its recent meeting.

The clip clopping sound of horse hooves trotting around Invermere’s streets will be heard this summer, after Invermere council voted during its most recent council meeting to allow horse-drawn wagon rides in town twice a month.

Council members received a request, during their Tuesday, May 10th meeting, from A Bar Z Mountain Adventures owner Brent DuBois to operate horse-pulled wagon rides for the public within the downtown two days a month from July through August as well as during special events, circling from 7th Avenue down to Kinsmen Beach and back.

“My team is two elderly ladies Franny and Cathy that are beautiful bomb-proof draft mares,” wrote DuBois, outlining that his businesses currently already offers one-hour to seven-day horse rides throughout the valley, at Fairmont Hot Springs, at Panorama Mountain Resort, and in the backcountry.

“Last season we were able to supply more than 3,400 valley visitors with a horse experience,” he wrote.

Rides will be on a 12-person wagon and will cost $20 per person, with kids under six years old riding for free. Pick up and drop off will be at Avenue (formerly Tiffany’s Thredz) clothing store on 7th Avenue and the Kinsman Beach concession stand. The ride will take roughly 20 minutes each way.

“I believe it will add a much-needed attraction and character to downtown,” wrote DuBois.

The wagon will have a slow-moving vehicle sign, reflectors on all four corners and a flashing light. Franny and Cathy will be outfitted with manure bags that will be emptied into horse trailers and removed daily.

“It’s a nice, old-fashioned horse wagon,” Invermere planner Rory Hromadnik told council during the meeting, adding that by the time horse feed, transport and insurance is factored in, DuBois won’t make a huge profit and “it’s truly just a community promotion.”

Council voted unanimously to approve the horse-drawn wagon rides, not just during July and August, but from May 12th to September 30th.

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read