FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... AND ANSWERS
Horseback Trail Rides FAQ
E-Bike Tours FAQ
How old do you have to be to ride?
A minimum age of 16yo is required by Ontario law to ride an E-Bike.
What kind of trails do you take?
The E-bike tour goes all on paved country and town roads.
Is there a maximum weight for e-bikes?
Riders should be maximum 240 lbs and in good general condition.
Can we stop for photos or to take a break or hydrate?
Yes! anytime you'd like to stop on the ride you can. Your guide will always wait for you before making any turns on the route and will wait for you.
Should i bring money for ice cream?
Not needed... it's our treat. :)
Can I bring a water bottle or personal items?
Yes. As storage space allows.
What should I wear?
Dress appropriately for the weather. Be mindful, you will be exerting less energy than on a regular bike ride. Closed shoes that won't fall off. Sunscreen as needed. Helmets are required, we have some if you don't.
Where should I park?
When you arrive at the farm, please drive to the very end of the driveway and park in front of the old barn. There is a washroom beside the parking area in the small steel building with the ironic ice cream cone. You can find your guide up the grass ramp to 2nd level of barn.
Do I need to know how to ride a bike?
Yes. E-bikes are just like regular bicycles to operate except that there is a motor that assists the pedaling and makes it easier and faster.
Do I still have to pedal?
Yes. E-bikes are pedal assisted and pedaling is still required, but much easier and faster.
Can we rent the bikes without a guide?
At this time, no. These bikes are cherished members of the family and we aren't quite ready to let them go off on their own yet. ;)
Can we book a shorter ride or a custom route?
Yes. you can let us know if you have a custom ride in mind. Also, if you are considering purchasing an e-bike and just want to try out a number of different styles or models, we can accommodate that too.
What if it rains?
If you are unsure about weather conditions, be sure to text or call us before you come. We cannot safely ride in extreme cold, icy conditions, heavy rain or thunderstorms. Be sure to contact us before deciding not to come or if you are unsure of conditions. Refunds or rainchecks provided if we have to cancel due to weather.
Where can I find out more?
See our E-Bike Rides page.
Horseback Riding Lessons FAQ
How old does my child have to be to start?
Our current minimum age for lessons and camps is 8 years old.
What equipment does my child need?
Ontario law requires riders to wear a CSA approved riding helmet and boots with a heel. We have helmets to use until you acquire one for your child. We also have some sizes of boots to borrow until you find some. They will also need long pants comfortable to ride in (riding pants, leggings, stretch jeans), appropriate clothing for outside weather, gloves.
When should I arrive for the lesson?
Lesson times are booked for when lesson should begin. Please be sure to allow time to get your horse from the field, groom and tack up before the lesson time starts (at least 15 mins). This will be taught to students.
Where should I park?
When you arrive at the farm, please drive to the very end of the driveway and park in front of the old barn. There is a washroom beside the parking area in the small steel building with the ironic ice cream cone. You can check what horse you will be riding on the schedule board beside tack room.
Can I come in the barn and help my child get ready?
The barn space is small and so only one adult family member per child is allowed to accompany them in the barn to assist them getting ready while that is still needed. Please wear appropriate footwear in barn (no flip flops or open toed sandals).
Are lesson spectators allowed?
What if I have to cancel or miss a lesson?
Please let us know ASAP if you or your child will not be able to make a lesson. We will do the same.
What if it rains?
If you are unsure about weather conditions, be sure to text or call us before you come. We ride in everything except extreme cold, icy conditions, heavy rain or thunderstorms. Be sure to contact us before deciding not to ride or if you are unsure of conditions. Refunds or rainchecks provided if we have to cancel due to weather. We do have a covered riding arena so rain is generally not an issue.
What kind of riding do you teach?
Riding instruction focuses on riding the Gaited Horse on well-mannered Paso Fino Horses. The goal is to improve your riding skills to get the best gait, and maximize good horsemanship, riding enjoyment and safety. This is a quiet and laid-back environment, ideally suited for the recreational rider. This is not a competition-oriented facility. We incorporate obstacles, jumping, basic dressage, games and trail riding all with a focus on gentle, balanced 'Centered Riding' in our program. Our riding lesson times usually alternates between in the riding arena and on our beautiful trails, where great learning happens.
Do I have to sign up for a whole package or season?
No. There is no long term commitment required and lessons are pay as you go.
Where can I find out what is available and cost?
See our Riding Options page. We do not always have the capacity to take on new students, but check back periodically as this changes throughout the year.
What accommodations do you currently offer?
At the moment we have 2 vintage campers available to rent here on the farm, on scenic Sunset Hill. "Tutti " is the small 1979 Turquoise Rambler. "Trevor" (aka: "That 70's Time Capsule") is the larger 1979 Itasca. Both are parked under individual roofs to keep the worst weather at bay. Both have their own deck area. Both have firepits and chairs, and both have access to a shared covered gazebo area and BBQ and outhouse. Both have running water and electricity, fridge, microwave, coffeemakers and coffee/tea. Trevor also has hot water, a shower, propane stove and air conditioning. Consider these campers as on-the-farm glamping!
What's the best way to book?
You can contact us directly or book thru Airbnb. See Accommodations page for links and details.
How many guests per camper?
Both are best suited for maximum 2 guests. Trevor may accommodate more upon request.
Can I bring my dog?
No, sorry. As this is a working horse farm with daily activity and farm guests we ask that you leave your dog at home. We do have 2 very nosy, friendly farm dogs who will want to meet you and visit you often.
Can I tour the rest of the farm?
Yes. Overnight guests are welcome to tour the property, visit the animals, swim and hang out at the pond, use the float deck and paddleboard and hike the many trails. Be aware the white horse fences are electric. Please stay out of paddocks for your safety.
What do I need to bring?
The campers are pretty well stocked with kitchen items. Please bring your own bedding and beach towels. Your food and beverages and your license to have good glamping fun.
Is there a washroom in Tutti?
No, sorry. But there is an outhouse, running water in the camper, and a pond to cool off in.
Can I have a fire and is there firewood?
Yes. Each camper has their own firepit and firewood is provided. There are swing-out grills over each firepit if you wish to cook over the fire.
Will I see the sunset and a starry sky and hear Amish wagons go by and coyotes howl?
Will there be people staying in the other camper when I am there? Could my family or friends book the other one?
Whenever possible we try to block off the other camper from being booked once one of them is booked. For this reason, get in touch if it looks like only one camper is available to be rented at your chosen time. They may possibly both be available if booked well in advance.
Where do I park?
As you go up the driveway, before you get to the house, you will see an old tractor on the right with a Sunset Hill Camping sign on it. Turn right there and drive on grassy lane. You can park near your campers. Trevor campers can park on the left. Tutti campers can park to the right of their camper, just beside the wee cedars.
Can I book a horseback ride or e-bike tour or day spa treatment for during my stay?
Yes! There is a 20% discount for all rides for overnight guests. Please be sure to book early as rides are often booked well in advance. message 519-829-6161 to book a ride. To book a treatment at the day spa on site, or message Tanya at 613-827-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.