Take a horse and carriage ride at Abbeymoore Manor in Victoria, BC, Canada

Take a horse and carriage ride at Abbeymoore Manor in Victoria, BC, Canada

Horse and carriage vacation in Victoria

Abbeymoore Manor, a 1912 heritage mansion in Victoria, BC, has scooped TripAdvisor’s No 1 spot for the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Canada for the seventh time. With 700 reviews to date, the inn has carved out this bed & breakfast niche over ten years of hard work and savvy inn-keeping. For anyone inexperienced in what an inn has to offer, Abbeymoore Manor is a perfect place to start.

Abbeymoore Manor is a 1912 heritage mansion in Victoria, BC. Leave the horses behind for this horse & carriage holiday.

Abbeymoore Manor is a 1912 heritage mansion in Victoria, BC. Leave the horses behind for this horse & carriage holiday.

Abbeymoore Manor for luxury vacation in Victoria, BC

Abbeymoore Manor is a grand mansion in the Rockland area of Victoria, Canada, once the neighborhood of Victoria’s elite. The rooms are large, have ensuite bathrooms, period antiques and the kind of beds you have to climb into. Guests have all the amenities of an upscale hotel but in a more relaxed and elegant environment. With innkeepers who know the inner secrets of Victoria, you have a built-in concierge. Reaping the best of both eras, guests enjoy complimentary wi-fi and parking just minutes’ from downtown Victoria, yet can repair to the antique-filled parlor in the afternoon with a glass of sherry and slip into a bygone era.

Horse and Carriage Package – Spare the Horses, James

If you’re ready to experience true inn hospitality with a generous measure of romance, go for the Spare the Horses, James package. This one-night stay, with a breakfast, carriage ride through the streets of Victoria (currently celebrating its 150th anniversary), and dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants, is a gem. From $149 CAD per person (double occupancy), stay one night, and enjoy carriage ride, dinner and breakfast.

A trip to Victoria, BC, Canada is not your typical horseback riding vacation. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride at sunset.

A trip to Victoria, BC, Canada is not your typical horseback riding vacation. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride at sunset.

Not your typical horseback riding vacation

When is the last time you rode in a Victorian carriage? The horse drawn carriage is operated by Victoria Carriage Tours. The horses are Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale draft horses. They were bred as working horses and they thrive on work, just like humans that take pride in their work. A draft horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six (6) times its own weight. However most carriage horses are used at less than that capacity. These horses are used at about 25% of that capacity. The draft horses weight between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds and a typical loaded carriage with 4 passengers is less than 2,500 pounds. They enjoy consistency and if that’s provided, they are happy. They enjoy the attention of the public and staff. Really they probably get more attention than the average privately owned horse!

Cuddle up by the fire at Abbeymoore Manor after your horse & carriage ride around the streets of Victoria, BC, Canada

Cuddle up by the fire at Abbeymoore Manor after your horse & carriage ride around the streets of Victoria, BC, Canada

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If You Go:

Abbeymoore Manor (888) 801-1811 or (250) 370-1470

1470 Rockland Avenue
Victoria, BC V8S 1W2

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