Horse driven sleigh ride on Christmas Eve proposed for Radium

Motion to approve new sleigh ride granted by Village council

Gateway Motel is proposing to offer a horse driven sleigh and wagon ride through the Village of Radium Hot Springs on Christmas Eve, in what could be the start of a beautiful tradition for the community.

“We are open over the Christmas holidays and we would like to be able to offer our guests a great customer experience while they are staying with us as well as a festive opportunity for the community,” said Erin Palashniuk, co-owner of the Gateway Motel in a letter to mayor and council that was discussed at the Wednesday, November 8th council meeting.

According to Ms. Palashniuk, there is an interest from the business community for the holiday tradition of horse driven sleighs, for what could become a major attraction for visitors in years to come.

Proper insurance for the activity was a concern for council members as well as the potential safety hazard of crossing the highway.

According to Village Chief Administrative Officer Mark Read, it would be highly unlikely they would have permission to use the highway.

To approve the activity, mayor and council stipulated that the ride would have to stay away from the highway as a condition to what was otherwise a well received idea.

Ms. Palashniuk’s letter to council covered insurance concerns, clearly outlining the insurance policy for this type of event, stating the outfitter contracted to host the activity would have insurance in place for the evening of the event, with the Village and businesses listed as co-insured.

Bar Z Mountain Adventures has been designated as the company that will provide rides to the community with the plan in place to have a central pick up and drop off point in Radium.

The Village was asked to partner with Gateway to make it an annual occasion with the cost of the activity which totals $500 to be absorbed by the businesses as the sponsors.

A motion to approve the activity was granted with the Village on board for the partnership.

“I think it’s a great idea and if we can offer any support that would be great” said Mayor Clara Reinhardt.

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