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Riding through the Alberta Rockies
from $2,319
Summary:

Ride the Continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia in Canada on this 8-day trail. Travel high into the Canadian Rockies while supplies are transported by horse-drawn wagon through the valleys, leaving the riders free to pick up the pace between passes. Camping out in the wilderness, this is one for adventurous riders who want to get off the beaten track and explore this wildlife-filled region and not only at a walk.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023 Alberta Rockies Great Divide Ride: 19 June; 17 July; 28 August; 11 (FULL) September.
  • 2023 Lost Trail: 31 (FULL) July.
  • Trip Length: Alberta Rockies Great Divide Trail Ride: 6 nights/7 days/7 riding days
    Lost Trail: 6 nights/7 days/7 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours per day
  • Meeting point: At the ranch, a 1h30 drive from Calgary Airport.
  • Riding Ability Required: Alberta Rockies Trail Ride: intermediate onwards.
    Lost Trail: advanced riders only
  • Usual Group Size: 2-16 (Great Divide)
    2-12 (Lost Trail)
  • Transfer: 2023: Transfer from B&Bs in Black Diamond or Turner Valley included in the price. From Calgary Airport via taxi, payable on site (a list of recommended transfer providers available upon enquiry).
Taking part in a cattle drive
from $1,525
Summary:

Experience Canada's wild west on this working guest ranch at the foot of the Coast Mountains in western Canada. Guests can relax and get away from modern life in this uninhabited landscape, riding out in small groups aboard quality horses. Non-riders can relax in the hot tub, go fishing or even try their hand at gold panning in the creek that runs through the ranch. This destination offers the tranquility of a remote location, comfortable accommodation and riding for all levels.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: 15 May - 15 Oct any day arrival, winter dates available on request. (Winter Season: 16 Oct - 14 May)
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Williams Lake Airport (YWL)
  • Riding Ability Required: From beginner onwards
  • Usual Group Size: 1-15
  • Transfer: 2023: from Williams Lake available for CAD$240 round trip 1st person (any additional CAD$160 pp) payable on site. Transfers are only available on Saturdays or Wednesdays. Car rental is also an option.
Camp trip in the Northern Rockies
from $4,209
Summary:

Fly into the middle of the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness in the heart of British Columbia by float plane and explore the area on horseback. The camp is nestled in the Gataga River Valley of the Northern Rockies beside Mayfield Lake which is rich in wildlife and wild scenery. Guests can expect to spend roughly half of their trip riding with the rest spent engaging in the many activities that the camp offers. If the weather allows, there may also be an opportunity for an overnight pack trip.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: 30 July; 6 August.
  • Trip Length: 7 nights/ 8 days/ 4 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4- 6 hours
  • Meeting point: On the dock at Mayfield Lake
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk and trot and be able to mount and dismount. Fitness is more important than riding ability.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-8
  • Transfer: 2023: See 'Sample Itinerary' for suggested transfer details.
Pack trip in the Northern Rockies
from Price on enquiry
Summary:

Journey to the Muskwa-Kechika in the northern part of British Columbia's Rocky Mountains and join a full-on wilderness expedition into this remote region. The expedition will leave the Alaska Highway in mid-June at Mile 172 and emerge near Mile 400 in mid-September, with riders joining for 2 week jaunts along the way.

This is remote wilderness riding, as wild as it gets. Participants do not need to be experienced horse-riders but must be physically fit and able to cope with up to ten hours riding along river valleys, alpine ridges, and high mountain passes.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: FULLY BOOKED
  • 2024: Please enquire
  • Trip Length: 14 nights/ 15 days
    Between 9-10 riding days.
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-10 hours
  • Meeting point: Fort St. John, Fort Nelson or Muncho Lake
  • Riding Ability Required: This is a tough trail where general fitness is more important than riding ability. Riders should be confident in walk and trot and be able to mount and dismount repeatedly, lead and saddle your horse.
  • Usual Group Size: 1-7
  • Transfer: 2022: Taxi from Fort Nelson approx CAD $100 pp. Carpool can usually be arranged.
Summary:

This relaxed working cattle-guest ranch in Saskatchewan has plenty to explore with nine miles of water frontage and more than 5,000 acres of rolling pasture and a herd of two hundred and fifty cows and calves.

Experience the cowboy way of life under the endless sky of the Canadian prairies and ride where the Blackfoot Indians once camped as they hunted bison across the vast plains. Overnight in simple log cabins with en suite rooms, relax in the hot tub after each day.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: Arrivals on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 22 May to 9 Oct.
  • Trip Length: 2 nights min plus min. 10 nights 29 May - 8 June plus min 7 nights 22-29 May and 2-9 Oct
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saskatoon Airport
  • Riding Ability Required: All abilities can be catered for. Groups can be split according to ability when riding out on the trail.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-10
  • Transfer: 2023: Saskatoon Airport: from £119 return per person (4 or more people), payable upon booking. See below itinerary for more details.
Summary:
Explore the backcountry of Banff National Park on this horse riding holiday with comfortable lodge accommodation. Sure-footed horses take riders of any level through the wilderness around Bow River and up in to the mountains, with gourmet food, a crackling fire and comfortable beds each night.
Departure Dates:
  • 2023 6 Day: Thursday and Sunday departures between 18 June and 10 September.
  • 2023 4 Day: Wednesday departures between 21 June and 6 September
  • 2023 3 Day: Monday departures between 15 May and 9 October
  • 2023 2 Day: Saturday departures between 13 May and 7 October
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding. Shorter stays between 2 and 4 days also available.
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: At the stables just outside Banff
  • Riding Ability Required: All levels. Riders should be able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: 1-6. Private groups of up to 12 can be arranged.
  • Transfer: Transfers from the airport can be arranged through Banff Airporter or through us. From $118 per person return.
Cougar Creek, Canadian Pack Trip
from $2,559
Summary:

Pack trips through the Canadian Rockies - the real deal with awe-inspiring scenery and remote camp sites.

Departure Dates:
  • 2022: 7 day pack trip: 10 (FULL) September.
  • 2022: Mountain Prairie Combo: 10 (FULL) September.
  • 2023: 7 day pack trip: 18 June; 16 July; 20 August; 9 September.
  • 2023 10 day pack trip: 2 July; 6 August.
  • 2023 Alberta Drifter: 27 May.
  • 2023 Mountain Combo: 9 September.
  • Trip Length: 7d/6n or 10d/9n
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-8 hrs per day with breaks
  • Meeting point: Calgary Airport (YYC)
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot, canter on a good horse. Intermediate and above for Great Plains and Mountain Prairie combos.
  • Usual Group Size: 1-8
  • Transfer: Included from Calgary airport or town at around 4pm. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour. Return transfer arrives to the airport approx. 11am.
Wildlife pack trip in Canada
from $2,529
Summary:

An immersive nature experience, travelling on horseback through the Canadian wilderness and exploring the fauna and flora living there. Learn the instincts and habits of an abundance of wildlife including bears, eagles, mountain goats, moose, cougars and wolves from your knowledgeable guides. 

Overnight in canvas tents out in the wilderness, this ride gets you really close to nature.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: May to October. 7 day programmes start on Sundays, 5 day programmes start on Mondays or Wednesdays.
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/7 days riding or 5 days/4 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-8 hours per day.
  • Meeting point: The Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Vancouver
  • Riding Ability Required: From novice onwards, riders must be able to mount and dismount unaided
  • Usual Group Size: 1-7
  • Transfer: 2023: Shuttle pricing to be confirmed.
    2022: Approx. £335 return per person from Vancouver to ranch on set dates. Special group rates available, please enquire. Additional charges applied for transfers at other times. Transfers are payable in advance.
Riding in wild meadows
from $1,725
Summary:
Explore the wilderness of Canada with expert trackers and assist with conservation efforts from this friendly dude ranch. Staying on-site each night, trails into the nearby mountains are home to all sorts of special native species. This is also ideal for non-riding partners who can participate in wildlife treks or other activities on the ranch.
Departure Dates:
  • 2023: 1 May to 31 October. 4 day programmes start Mondays or Thursdays.
  • Trip Length: 4 days/3 nights
    Extra nights available upon request
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-6 hours
  • Meeting point: The Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Vancouver
  • Riding Ability Required: From novice onwards
  • Usual Group Size: 1-20. Trail rides will be split according to ability with a maximum of 7 per group.
  • Transfer: 2023: Shuttle pricing to be confirmed.
    2022: Approx. £335 per person return from Vancouver. Special group rates available, please enquire. Transfers are payable in advance.
Sparkling Waters
from $3,545
Summary:

This is a rare chance to experience a remote wilderness, the westernmost of Canada's territories that borders Alaska. The area is inaccessible by car or plane, a world away from the usual day trips out of Whitehorse.

On this 2 week pack tip we bring all supplies on packhorses with only one resupply by float plane halfway through the trip. Louise Carpenter of the Telegraph Travel magazine travelled with us on this trip.

Departure Dates:
  • 2023: 28 May; 18 Jun; 9, 29 (FULL) Jul; 16 Aug; 2 Sept.
  • Trip Length: 13 days / 12 nights/ 10 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6 to 8 hours
  • Meeting point: Whitehorse International Airport, Yukon (YXY)
  • Riding Ability Required: Comfortable in all paces on varied terrain and fit enough to spend up to eight hours a day in the saddle. Because pack horses are in the group, almost the entire ride is at walk.
  • Usual Group Size: 3-8
  • Transfer: Included from meeting point. It is a ten minute drive to the ranch.
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