Montreal on Horseback

Face it: Your lifestyle has made you soft. Too many martinis and too much foie gras; not enough wood chopping, bear wrestling and horseback riding. It’s not too late, however, to reclaim your manhood. This week, we run down the best places to ride horses around Montreal. Head out for an afternoon, perhaps with a date in tow. (After all, riding horses topless drives women wild; it’s science.) It may not be your typical weekend outing, but that’s precisely the point.

La Clef des Champs Centre Equestre
This equestrian centre offers tours lasting between one and two-and-a-half hours. The long ride includes a picnic, and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate riders. $25 – $55, 564 Route du Canton, Brownsburg-Chatham, 1-888-297-6337.

Ranch Chez Cowboy
Saddle up at this fully functional ranch, which boasts more than 80 horses and 30 kilometres of trails through woods, fields and quarries. $15 for one hour, $25 for two, 1125 St. Marie Rd., Mascouche, 514-754-7492.

Le Ranch au Fer d’Or
Caters to beginners with their equestrian program, offering an initiation session (“get to know your horse and prepare your mount”) and then a ride from the stables to the foot of Rigaud Mountain. $30, 779 St. Henri Rd, St. Marthe, 450-459-8006.

Double J Ranch
Invites novices and avid horsemen alike to their one-hour or 90-minute guided tours. The latter, a “sunset trail,” ends with building a fire, and the option to have a picnic or BBQ (bring your own grub). $30/horse, $40 for the sunset trail, 1647 St. Louis Road, 450-455-7075.

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