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Riding through the Alberta Rockies
from $2,265
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:
  • 2019: 16 June; 14 July and 25 August.
  • 2020: 16 June; 12 July; 9 August; 6 September
  • Trip Length: 7 nights/8 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: Intermediate onwards.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-16
  • Transfer: 2019: C$180 per car one way from Calgary Airport payable on site.
Summary:
6d/5n or 3d/2n pack trips through the stunning Banff National Park for all level of rider on well schooled reliable horses, staying in comfortable remote camps to fully enjoy the wilderness.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019 6 Day: Monday and Friday departures between 26 June and 4 September - Many dates sold out, please contact for availability
  • 2019 3 Day: Wednesday departures between 24 June and 2 September - Many dates sold out, please contact for availability
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding or 3 days/2 nights/3 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Ranch
  • 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 Brewster. From $118 per person return.
Riding along a dry river bed
from $2,395
Summary:

A stunning pack trip through the wild mountains of Alberta for riders of all levels. Stay in cosy cabins as you explore the unspoilt Ghost River area on this adventurous ride.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019/20: On request between June and October for a minimum of 2 riders.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours (some days may exceed 7 hours)
  • Meeting point: Calgary International Airport or the hotel in Banff.
  • Riding Ability Required: Novice onwards, riders must be able to mount and dismount unaided. Experience of riding over rough or steep terrain is useful but not necessary.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-8
  • Transfer: 2019: Included from meeting point. It is also possible to arrange transfers from Canmore, please enquire for cost.
Pack trip in the Northern Rockies
from $4,329
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. In 2019, 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:
  • 2019: Expedition One 17th Jun-1st Jul; Expedition Three 15th-29th Jul; Expedition Four 22nd Aug-4th Sep; Expedition Five 4th-18th Sep.
  • Trip Length: 14 nights/15 days excl Expedition 4 which is 13 nights/14 days. Between 9-10 riding days.
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-10 hours
  • Meeting point: Fort St John, Fort Nelson or Muncho Lake depending on expedition.
  • 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: 2019: Taxi from Fort Nelson approx CAD $100 pp. Carpool can usually be arranged.
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:
  • 2019 6 Day: Thursday and Sunday departures between 23 June and 12 September.
  • 2019 4 Day: Wednesday departures between 26 June and 11 September
  • 2019 3 Day: Monday departures between 20 May and 7 October
  • 2019 2 Day: Saturday departures between 18 May and 5 October
  • 2020 6 Day: Thursday and Sunday departures between 21 June and 10 September.
  • 2020 4 Day: Wednesday departures between 24 June and 9 September
  • 2020 3 Day: Monday departures between 18 May and 12 October
  • 2020 2 Day: Saturday departures between 16 May and 10 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: The meeting point is at the stables
  • 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 $2,119
Summary:
Pack trips through the Canadian Rockies - the real deal with awe-inspiring scenery and remote camp sites.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 7 day pack trip: 8, 14 (full) Sep (* High Season)
  • 2019: 10 day pack trip: 18* Aug (* High Season)
  • 2019: Mount Prairie Combo: 14 (full) Sep
  • 2019: Great Plains Trail and Mount Prairie Spring Edition: 25 May (Full)
  • 2020: 7 day pack trip: 21 Jun; 12* Jul; 9* Aug; 12 Sep (* High Season)
  • 2020: 10 day pack trip: 28 Jun; 19* Jul; 16*, 30* Aug (* High Season)
  • 2020: Mount Prairie Combo: 23 May; 12 Sep
  • 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 $2,245
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:
  • 2019: May to October. 7 day programmes start on Sundays, 4 day programmes start on Mondays or Thursdays.
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/7 days riding or 4 days/3 nights/4 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: 2019: Approx. £225 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.
Sparkling Waters
from $3,065
Summary:
Wild camping trip in the pristine nature of the Yukon
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 27 May(FULL); 16 June; (FULL) 06 (FULL), 22 (FULL) July; 11 (FULL) August
  • 2020: 31 May; 21 June; 11 July; 2 August.
  • 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.
Horses in the Yukon
from $1,369
Summary:

Explore one of the few pristine wildernesses left in the world on these pack trips into the Yukon territory in Canada. You'll enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, camping accommodation and untouched wilderness. This is a ride for adventurous riders from beginner level onwards.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 5 Aug, 22 Aug, 1 Sep
  • Trip Length: 4 nights/5 days/5 days riding
    3 nights/4 days/4 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Whitehorse Airport YXY, Canada.
  • Riding Ability Required: From beginner onward.
  • Usual Group Size: 3-6
  • Transfer: 2019: $175 per person return from Whitehorse airport to the ranch, around 50 minutes. Payable on-site in cash.
Taking a rest
from $3,249
Summary:

The ultimate challenge - cross the High Andes along the remote historic route. For the adventurous, tough and reasonably fit only.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 13 Jan; 17 Feb (FULL); 28 Dec
  • 2020: 19 Jan; 20 Feb (confirmed); 9 Mar; 28 Dec
  • Additional dates are available on requests for groups of 10 or more from Dec - March.
  • Trip Length: 9 days / 8 nights / 7 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6 to 9 hours
  • Meeting point: Santiago, Chile at 2pm.
    End point of ride - Mendoza, Argentina. It is possible to catch a bus back to Santiago at the end of the ride - this takes 6 hours and costs in the region of $40
  • Riding Ability Required: From fit and confident novice onwards. Min age 10.
  • Usual Group Size: 10-15
  • Transfer: Included from Santiago and back to Mendoza at end of ride. Transfer time is approx 2 hours.
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