Equine Skijoring

Skijoring

Skijoring, what in the world is skijoring? Its is a winter sport where a person on skis is towed behind a horse, dog(s), or motor vehicle. While many countries have sports involving being pulled on skis, the name is derived from the Norwegian skikjoring. (ski driving)

Equine Skijoring

The popularity of this sport has ebbed and flowed over the years. Skijoring rose to the level of demonstration sport in the 1928 winter Olympics. The sport has been seeing a resurgence of popularity in North America over the past decades. People;e are reconnecting with the skill and excitement of skiing behind a galloping horse.

 

Equestrian skijoring consists of a team of a single horse, generally guided by a rider, pulling a person on skis who carries no poles and simply hangs onto a tow rope. The North American Ski Joring Association holds competitions in which a rider guides the horse with skier navigating a series of jumps and obstacles. More informal competitions are held on flat ground over short courses, often as simple sprint races on a straightaway, sometimes with turns on the course.

 

The sport requires sound horsemanship, skilled skiing, a sense of adventure and a quick mind to adapt to the challenges of a high speed winter sport.

Wells Gray Skijoring

On Feb 24, 2018, the Wells Gray Riders Association is providing a demonstration of this exciting nordic equine sport. Where? Right here in beautiful Clearwater BC.  This promises to be great winter fun for the whole family. Come on out and cheer the spectators on. Be prepared for high speed thrills, spills and chills.

Wells Gray Skijoring event poster. Feb 2018. Clearwater BC. A family event. Stay at Valley Hideaway Guest House.

Wells Grays Riders Present – Skijoring

 

 

For more information, or to register a team 

 

Winter, spring, summer, and fall …. it takes all year to do it all in Clearwater.

We are offering a special rate for this event, contact us to book.

The Birchleg

The Birchleg is coming February 3, 2018

What is the Birchleg?

The Birchleg is a family fun cross country ski event. It begins with a mass start at 10:00 AM at the Candle Creek Cross Country Ski Trails. You can expect expert skiers, families and novices out for a good time. Ski all 28 km of trails or ski just a bit, its up to you.

Its your chance to dress up like a viking or ancient Norwegian. There are prizes for the best costume. It’s followed by a hot Norwegian Style lunch (or vegetarian lunch). Its a fun filled community event.

Whats it all about?

According to the Wells Gray Outdoors Club (Clearwater, BC, Canada):

Rescue of-Haakon-Haakonsson-painted-by-Knud-Bergslien

Rescue of Haakon Haakonsson. Painted by Knud Bergslien

 “The Birchleg is a fun ski event in early February re-enacting a cross country ski trip made by two Viking warriors in the 13th Century. King Haakon of Norway was murdered in 1204 during a time of civil war. The King’s infant son was in immediate peril of the same fate. Two Viking warriors loyal to their dead king and his heir took the baby to safety in Trondheim. Their flight was in midwinter, skiing 55 kilometres across the mountains. Holding the child secure behind a shield, these warriors were armed with a battle-axe and spears. Young Haakon Haakonson grew to adulthood in safety, returning to Norway to claim his father’s throne.”

There was even a movie made recently about the rescue of King Haakon based on the mythic historical story. The Last King is worth watching, whether you plan to ski the Birchleg or not.

A scene from the rescue as depicted in “The Last King” – Image Courtesy Norwegian Film Institute

Follow this link for waiver and entry form.

Busy BirchLeg day? No problem, there’ re still lots of opportunities to cross country (nordic) ski here through the rest of the winter.  More than 25 km of groomed trails at Candle Creek await you at. There are still more groomed trails at North Thompson Provincial Park and there are miles upon miles of unbroken trails through the wilderness.

If you are looking for a place to stay while here, book your stay at Valley Hideaway Guest House, we are open year round.

 

Clearwater Farmer’s Market

Enjoying the Clearwater Farmer’s Market

As we do many Saturday’s Kathy and I stopped by the Clearwater Farmer’s Market this morning. It is always an enjoyable stop. Our only purchase today was farm fresh, free range, brown eggs for our B&B guest’s breakfast, but we have purchased many things from the different vendors over time.

Located just about 1 kilometre from Valley Hideaway Guest House is the delightful local Clearwater farmer’s market. Artisan crafts and gifts; farm fresh produce; farm fresh eggs; meat; home made preserves; locally made European style chocolates and more can be found there. 

This trip we saw homemade quilts, crochet work and hand made fishing tackle. Walking sticks, locally made and perfect for hiking Wells Grey Park with were on display and available. There was handcrafted wooden furniture for sale.

Fresh flowers. Fresh and dried herbs. Framed photos of some of the local scenery were on offer.

 

Clearwater Farmer's Market

                                                          Clearwater Farmer’s Market

 

Clearwater Farmer's Market welcome sign

 

The Market happens on Saturday mornings throughout the season and is worth a stop, The local Elks Club offers a wonderful pancake breakfast adjacent to the market for only a few dollars. Enjoy a meal and spend some time at the market, Clearwater style.

MEET THE LOCALS AT CLEARWATER FARMER’S MARKET

One of the joys of a local market is meeting the locals. Whether catching up with old friends or meeting new once from the area, there is always someone to talk to. Learn a bit of local history, share in some local culture. Find out about events you might not know of or attractions that many tourists miss. Some will be long time residents and others who are new. Visit with others from around the world who have stopped to check out the market as well. There are plenty of friendly folks hereabouts.

View the Farmer’s Market FaceBook Page

 

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Happy Canada Day

Let’s Celebrate Canada Day

A Canada Day anniversary Celebration.

July 1, 1867, a new nation was formed. Ontario (then Canada West), Quebec (then Canada East),  and the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick came together to become the Confederation of Canada.

The red Ensign. Canada's first flag

Canada’s First Flag – The Canadian Red Ensign

Other provinces joined the initial four over the years. We now number ten provinces and three territories.

July 1st is Canada Day, the day we celebrate the official founding of our nation. Like every other country in the world the were various people groups, nations, states and tribes here before this nation was formed. That is the nature of nations, tribes and empires. They rise and fall and change. Canada is far from perfect but it is a wonderful place to live and we love her.

Canada's Current Flag - The familiar Maple Leaf - adopted in February 1965

Canada’s Current Flag – The familiar Maple Leaf – adopted in February 1965

Here in Clearwater, BC we will be celebrating with festivities down at Dutch Lake. There will be lots to do and the forecast is for hot and sunny weather. Come on down and celebrate our birthday if you can. If you can’t make it here try and take in the festivities at your local or nearest Canadian community. It will be fun.

In celebration of Canada Day, we have attached a flag pole and Canadian Flag to the front Valley Hideaway Guesthouse. It will be a permanent feature of our B&B. We are proudly Canadian but look forward to hosting guests from around the world and learning more about them and their nations.

 

Canada 150 Flag, Canada Day logo

HAPPY CANADA DAY

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We are open

Open at Last

It’s been a journey since we moved to Clearwater, BC in August 2016 but Valley Hideaway Guest House is now open. New home, new life, new church, new friends and more. 

We now enter into a new phase with the opening of Valley Hideaway Guest House. Clearwater’s newest B&B is now officially open. Thanks to the local contractors and many friends, family members and the team(s) from “the cowboy church” in Sherwood Park, Alberta for all the work that went into making this day possible.

We are officially open.

 

Your hosts at Valley Hideaway Guest House celebrating that we are open.

It is official. We are now open

 

Book your Guest Suite at the Guest House today. Close to the hub of Clearwater BC. Great access to Wells Grey Provincial Park.

Canada Day

 

 

Happy 150th Canada.

On July 1, it’s Canada Day. That will be when Canada officially celebrates the 150th year of confederation. I wonder what the fathers of confederation would think of us now.

It’s a time of rejoicing and celebration. Virtually every community in the country is celebrating on that day. Kevin and Kathy Corbin from Valley Hideaway Guest House, Clearwater’s newest B&B, will likely be joining many of the residents of Clearwater, BC as we celebrate with a birthday bash at Dutch Lake.

 There will be a BBQ (by donation), face painting , horse display team , canoeing , zumba, and games on the beach.  There will be lots of ice cream and fresh watermelon to keep you cool. Bring your sunscreen and your bug spray.

Compared to many nations of the world 150 years is a relative newcomer. We know that, but we’re proud of “the true north strong and free”.  She is far from perfect (as are all countries) but we love her nonetheless.

If you can join us at Dutch Lake, that’s wonderful. If you can’t, then celebrate in whatever community you find yourself.

 

Book your B&B getaway at Valley Hideaway Guest House today. Rest, Relax, restore and explore.

Crabapples for Dessert

Crabapples and Deer

One of the blessings of our one acre property in Sunshine Valley is the frequent opportunity to see deer and other wild game, often grazing on crabapples.. Birdlife is abundant and the squirrels are often comical to watch, particularly in the early spring when they seem to be everywhere looking for mates. Their games of chase are frantic, high speed romps up and down the trees and across the forest floor.

Here at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse in Clearwater, BC, we are blessed to have two small herds of deer in the neighbourhood as well.  A half dozen whitetail deer are often seen along with three or four mule deer. We have learned that the deer love to eat roses. One day my minis will be in bloom, the next the deer will have gotten them all. They enjoy nibbling on our cedars, one in particular is quite malformed from their browsing.

A special treat seems to be the crabapples. In our front yard is a big old crabapple tree of some nearly inedible ornamental variety. It blooms a bright pink in the spring and is quite beautiful and in season it sets massive quantities of fruit. It’s not uncommon to see grouse nestled in the branch picking fruit or for the deer to drop by and have crabapples for breakfast or dessert.

Deer and Grouse

More than once I have been started when a ruffed grouse flushed out of the tree. Sitting invisibly unless you are looking for them they wait until you get close. Then they explode out and away, leaving you to catch your breath. A grouse will not hurt you but they can sure make you jump.

The deer and the grouse are a delight. A real blessing is to look out the living room window and see them munching ten feet away. I sometimes mutter to myself when I have to rake up the fallen fruit in the fall but can’t help smiling when I remember the deer having crabapples for dessert. Or how high I jumped when the grouse startled me.

Mule deer buck and doe enjoying a crabapple feast

 

Crabapples for dessert

 

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