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Get away from it all and gain an inside view of an authentic working family ranch... ride the foothills, check cattle, fix fences, learn to rope the dummy or just kick back and relax. Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Canada this small working cattle ranch is the real thing. On 2 week programmes guests will experience cattle work and learn the basic techniques of working cattle and ranch roping. Riding experience would be beneficial for this but is by no means essential as on this horse riding holiday beginners can also participate.

Why not combine your stay at the Ranch with a two day stay in the city for the world famous Calgary Stampede in July? Please contact Unicorn Trails for details.

Trip length13 days / 12 nights - cowpuncher
7 days / 6 nights - ranch stay, cattle drives & branding week
5 days / 4 nights - short break
Ride price detailed prices
price promise
2016 Cow Puncher: Cow Puncher £1,969/€2,215/$2,409/SEK21,329
2016 Ranch Stay: double pp £999/€1,125/$1,219/SEK10,809
2016 Short Stay: double pp £699/€789/$859/SEK7,589
2016 Cattle Drive: double pp £1,269/€1,425/$1,555/SEK13,735
2016 Branding Week: double pp £1,269/€1,425/$1,555/SEK13,735
Departure dates

2016: Ranch stay, short break, cowpuncher from mid May to mid October.
Cattle drives - 29 May(full); 14 August(full); 29 September -available for experienced riders only
Branding Week - 5 June

Approximate riding time per day4 to 6 hours
Riding ability required Click for detailsBeginner onwards. For cattle drives riders must be at intermediate level due to the rough terrain and long hours in the saddle. Minimum age 12.
Group size1-10
Meeting point (getting there)Calgary International airport (YYC). Set transfer pickup time is between noon and 6pm on Sundays and the drop off time is between noon and 6pm on Saturdays.
Transfer2016: C$315 return for a single passenger and C$52.50 return for every 2nd/3rd passenger. Approx. transfer time 2 hours.
Alternatively take the Red Arrow bus from Calgary for a total cost of C$90pp.
Flight guideLondon - Canada (YYC) from £400 return
Single supplement detailed pricesNo single supplement as guests have own room


There are many different programmes on this riding holiday and they vary with the time of year, work needing to be done and guests requests. Varying length of stays are possible on this ranch.

Short Break 5d/4n
for those passing through
Ranch stay 7d/6n probably the minimum needed to get to grips with cattle work
Cow puncher 14d /13n for those serious about learning the ranch lifestyle

This is a genuine working ranch and you will learn about all this entails. On the longer stays, you will experience more cattle work and learn the basic techniques of working cattle and ranch roping. Riding experience would be beneficial for this but is by no means essential. There are a number of special occasions during the typical ranching year and these are detailed below.

Branding Week 7d/6n
Take in a traditional branding experience that even today, echoes the practices of the past. Help the crew gather, sort and brand; you're welcome to observe or pitch in and learn the basics.

Cattle Drives 7d/6n
The first cattle drive takes place in late May/early June and allows you to take the yearlings into the Forest Reserve.
Usually they are gathered on one day and then we drive them three miles to the neighbour's corrals. They will stay there overnight, and the next morning we combine the herd and move them between 15 and 20 miles into the Forest Reserve.

The next cattle drive's will take place in mid-August time when it is time to move the rest of the cow-calf pairs out west to the forestry. 

The final cattle drive is the Fall Roundup. This drive takes place at the end of September/beginning of October as the cattle need to be out of the Forest Reserve by the 15th of the month.

We usually leave early from the ranch buildings and ride into the reserve from the back of the ranch. The cattle are gathered and pushed to the corral setup, which is located in the Reserve. At the end of the day we will return to the ranch for a well-earned rest and a wholesome supper. The next day will be very similar as all of the stragglers need to be found and corralled.
While the search is on for the stragglers, a group of ranchers will be separating the cattle as there are five ranchers with herds combined on the Reserve. When everyone has returned, each owner will leave with their herds at different intervals. The ranch herd will then be driven the seven miles home. This is two hard days in the saddle and riders must be experienced and able to handle 6-10 hours per drive day in the saddle.

We would also suggest that if you are interested in a cattle drive, please book early as space is limited and these weeks are always the first to book.


There are 3 single rooms on the ranch. Single guests can have these at no extra cost subject to availability.

Please note that there is no riding on arrival and departure days. Arrival time at the ranch is after 3pm and departure time on your final day is before 11am. If you have booked an airport transfer then pick up is between noon and 6pm on the arrival day and drop off is between noon and 6pm on departure day.

Please enquire for transfer costs if arriving on a day other than a Sunday or departing on a day other than a Saturday.

Please note that all our ranch prices are fully inclusive of taxes and charges. Extras that are commonly charged onsite ranches which we include in our prices are: state taxes, local town taxes and accommodation tax. Gratuities are payable on site; 12-15% is commonly expected as the staff are paid largely via tips. We recommend a tip of approximately CAD$175. In addition our prices are guaranteed not to be affected by currency fluctuations once booked.

The weight limit for this ride is 18 st/250 lb/114 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

As we are specialists in our field we have extensive knowledge of all our products from details of accommodation and meals to number/size/type of horses to pace of riding ... and much more.
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Includes all accommodation (supplement for en-suite), all meals and soft drinks, riding and ranch activities, state tax.
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International flights, transfer to and from Calgary Airport, tip.

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Reading List
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.

The Penguin History of Canada - Kenneth McNaught. A basic but useful primer on the country's history.
Native Peoples and Cultures of Canada - Allan Macmillan. This provides a historical framework and raises contemporary issues regarding Canada's Native people.
City to City (also published as O Canada!: Travels in an Unknown Country - Jan Morris. This is a collection of essays written after she traveled in Canada from coast to coast.
Maple Leaf Rag: Travels Across Canada - Stephen Brook. A somewhat quirkier collection of travel essays.
The Road to Canada's Wilds: Parks Along the Trans Canada Highway - John and Martha Stradiotta describe the many national and provincial parks across the country in .
For a taste of Canadian literature, read Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, Alice Munro's The Moons Of Jupiter short story collection, Michael Ondaatje's In The Skin Of A Lion or Robertson Davies' Fifth Business .

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