Crystal Langford and eight-year-old son Elwyn will let Jack do most of the heavy lifting this summer on the waterfront.

Plenty of horse power on Nelson’s waterfront

You’ve probably noticed Crystal Langford’s new ride on the roads along Nelson’s waterfront.

You’ve probably noticed Crystal Langford’s new ride on the roads along Nelson’s waterfront.

A draft horse pulling tourists around in an antique carriage is hard to miss.

“I really didn’t anticipate how much attention we’d get,” says Langford, sitting in the drivers seat of the carriage with her eight-year-old son and assistant Elwyn.

As she steers her horse Jack out of the parking lot at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, a man walking down the sidewalk pulls out his cell phone to snap a photo.

Later, a cyclist pedals alongside the carriage to tell Langford what a beautiful horse she has, and the occasional driver speeds up to pass them.

But the distractions don’t bother Jack. He spent seven years pulling carriages in Illinois, before Langford bought him last fall.

“He’s used to a lot more traffic and noise then we’d ever get in Nelson,” Langford says.

“I joke that he’s enjoying the easy life here in Nelson, but actually he really does need to work. If he doesn’t get enough physical exercise, he’ll get sick and depressed.”

Langford’s tour service, Kootenay Horse and Carriage, is the first of it’s kind in Nelson. She offer tours ranging in length from 25 minutes to two hours, every Friday through Sunday weather permitting, and also does private bookings.

For information and rates, see


Just Posted

Smoky skies force flight cancellations

Air quality in West Kootenay also a health concern

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Columbia River Treaty negotiators met in Nelson this week

Next session is in Portland in October

UPDATE: Fire forces closures and delays on Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass

Motorists should detour using Kootenay Lake ferry

Evacuation alert issued for City of Kimberley

Three hours after an evacuation order was issued for the St. Mary Valley, an evacuation alert was issued for the nearby community of Kimberley.

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Federal government announces over $115 million to Royal Canadian Navy

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was at Victoria’s CFB Esquimalt to announce missile system upgrades

RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

Most Read