Overview

Experience the wonders of the Canadian Rockies and surrounding wilderness. Be awed by the incredible scenery, with immense mountains, crystal clear lakes and abundant wildlife. Spend a few days in the cosmopolitan city of Calgary and enjoy an optional visit to Spruce Meadows, one of the world’s top Show Jumping facilities, just South of Calgary on 360 acres.

After your horse riding experience a must see is to travel along one of the most scenic highways in North America, the Ice Field Parkway, and ride the Ice Explorer ride to Athabasca Glacier with the Glacier Skywalk. Some other highlights include a stop at Lake Peyto, which has an amazing turquoise blue colour and the famous Lake Louise with Victoria Glacier in the backdrop.

The Calgary Stampede, ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’. Attracting over one million visitors, and featuring one of the world’s largest rodeos, stage shows, chuck wagon racing and concerts is on 6-15th July 2018.

If you are wanted to stay on in Canada after your horse riding holiday we are more than happy to help with other travel arrangements including Rocky Mountaineer, Cruising, other tours in Canada and other horse riding tours.

Air Canada departs from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Vancouver and Calgary daily.

Key Facts

  • Operates July and August
  • 5 night/6 day ride
  • Camping at main base
  • Suits all levels

Riding Level

All levels of riders are accepted.

It is recommended to wear a helmet at all times while horse riding, We recommend you take your own properly fitted helmet and body protector on your horse riding holiday.

Itinerary

THE ITINERARY

DAY 1 Morning 7:30 am Acclaim Hotel, Calgary, Alberta

Transportation Between the Acclaim Hotel and the start of the camp

The bus between the hotel and the camp has been arranged and is included in the price.

As part of introducing you to our western history and culture, our first stop will be, the famous Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, where there will be a 2 hour tour followed by lunch, which is included.

Afterwards we go to the corral where you will meet the staff; there will be a safety orientation, then we “saddle up” for a short one hour ride to our base camp (your duffel bag will be packed on horses and arrive in camp ahead of you.)

DAY 1 Evening – 6:00 pm Mill Creek Camp (AKA “Teepee Town”)

After arriving at camp, you will settle in to your comfortable accommodations and enjoy getting to know the other guests with a “happy hour” prior to dinner. The chefs will prepare a multi-course dinner that quickly wipes away those hunger pangs. You will be surprised what our chefs can prepare: (alternating) roast chicken, BBQ steaks, baked ham, roast beef…. Sides include: potatoes, vegetable, salad, coleslaw and of course dessert!

After dinner, as the sun dips below the mountains, a roaring campfire is started in our “Doughnut tent” (weather dependent). As you enjoy your favourite beverages, you may be entertained with music for a campfire sing-a-long, story telling, educational talks, squaring dancing, and/or cowboy poetry. With a full belly of food and drink and some good laughs with new friends, everyone turns in for the evening.

DAYS 2 – 5 – 8:00 am Mill Creek Camp

The breakfast bell will ring for all to gather in the dining tent for a hot and hearty cooked breakfast.

After breakfast, guests will prepare their own picnic lunches choosing from a variety of breads, cold cuts, drinks and snacks. Next, everyone will meet at the corral where the cowboys and the head guide will greet you with a smile and a “how ya’ doin this morning?” The cowboys saddle the horses, check the cinches, and by 9:30 am we are off on the trail.

Each day will find you exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers or mountain pass. This area provides so many wonderful options than we have days to ride! The high, uninhabited valleys of the Rockies offer peace and contentment combined with the thrill of majestic vistas. There is a sweep of majesty to this land, a towering grandeur and nobility of face, so powerful in its vast silence. This alpine land abounds in larch, spruce and fir trees, mountain animals and birds, incredible alpine flowers, meadows and parklands leading to the nearby snow capped peaks and ridges.

By noon, we have reached our destination and after lunch, riders can fish, stroll, visit or stretch out for a nap in the hot mountain sun. A camera for these trips is a must! By late afternoon, it’s back to camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four-course dinner.

Subsequent Evenings Mill Camp Creek Camp

Refer to Day 1 evening for description.

Note: The last night in camp is our traditional awards, induction of new members, and skit night so keep this in mind during the week so you can create the best skit, poem, or tall tale ever! This is a tradition and great fun!

Final Day 10 am – A shorter ride and then return to Calgary

The great thing about travelling with the group is that you don’t need to worry about moving camp on a daily basis. Unfortunately, however, all good things must come to an end and today we pack our duffle bags and after another spectacular days ride, we return via bus to Calgary.

(Note: Do not expect to arrive in Calgary until 8:00 pm)

We recommend booking an extra nights accommodation either side in Calgary. We can help with booking accommodations before and after the ride and the cost is not included in your horse riding cost.

Please contact us for further information and details at info@snaffletravel.com.au.

Accommodation and Food

The camp, although “rustic and wilderness,” has private accommodations for individuals, families and friends, in walled tents and native Indian style canvas teepees, complete with raised cots and mattresses. Where possible, riders select their own teepee/tent mates, particularly with families or friends wishing to be together. Hearty meals are served by our expert camp cooks and served in a large kitchen/dining tent and we have plenty of hot water, a hot private outdoor shower, separate mens/ladies washing tents, and dry toilets.

Dinner is a set dinner menu so please let us know of allergies and or dietary concerns. The traditional “Doughnut tent” is where we gather in the evenings around the campfire for our traditional “sing-song” or perhaps music, entertainment, and educational talks. All this fun while the professional staff looks after the food, the horses, and your safety and well-being. Each ride has an Emcee who is responsible for the day to day operations of the ride. The Head guide is responsible for all the horses and safety issues and carries a first aid kit. Please do not bring Smart Phones, iPads, iPods, radios, ear plugs or any other kind of electronic equipment, computers etc. etc. Texting or use of the Internet is not allowed. You are here to unplug yourself!

Please do bring your camera and be prepared to use it continually. (Note: There is no facilities to charge camera batteries etc.)

 

Dates and Prices

2018 TRAIL RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • Ride #1: Monday, July 9 to Saturday, July 14 – SOLD OUT
  • Ride #2: Monday, July 16 to Saturday, July 21 – 5 places left
  • Ride #3: Monday, July 23 to Saturday, July 28 – 12 Places left
  • Ride #4: Monday, July 30 to Saturday, August 4 – SOLD OUT
  • Ride #5: Tuesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 12 – 7 places left
  • More rides may be added or let us know if you want to go on a waiting list

COSTS: 6 Days/5 nights CAD$2875.00 plus local tax 5% CAD$143.75

Note: Rates subject to currency fluctuation and we will convert rates at time of enquiry and confirm final charges prior to final balance.

 

Rates are based on the Canadian dollar and subject to currency fluctuation, so please contact us for the most up to date pricing for your riding holiday.

Includes

A six day/five night excursion

  • Accommodations in camp with tents/teepees and raised cots with mattresses; wash, shower facilities and dry toilets.
  • Professional guides and cooks
  • A horse, horse tack that is provided to you, and the care & feeding of it
  • Meals including hot breakfast, picnic lunch, after ride snacks, and a 4 course hot dinner
  • Live western cowboy entertainment
  • Coach transport from Calgary to the camp and return
  • Entrance and tour of the Bar U Historic Ranch, and lunch
  • Back country fees, Membership in the TRCR. We are a non‐profit society and as such are required by the Govt of Alberta to charge a membership fees

Payable Locally

  • Your ride fee does not include:
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%
  • Flights to Calgary and accommodation prior to the tour and after the tour.
  • Your accommodation and meal costs before and after your ride.
  • Saddle bags, cots and mattresses are supplied but duffle bags, rain gear, or sleeping bags are not supplied. (If you are travelling from overseas and do not wish to pack a sleeping bag/duffel bag we may be able to help you; just ask…)
  • Alcohol is not provided, so bring your own.
  • Gratuity is optional, but customary. We suggest 6-8% of the ride cost, per rider
  • ** Rates are based on Canadian dollar and subject to currency fluctuation **

Other Information

Each year the trail ride location changes and this year the location is the Mill Creek area, in the Castle Wildlands in southwestern Alberta. This year there is  five, six-day rides with a maximum of 18 guests on each ride. Riders come from around the world and you will meet people from all walks of life who share your joy of the wilderness. Riders bring their own personal gear. We supply all the horses, western tack, great meals, and accommodation in tents and teepees.

Environmental awareness has always been a top priority and we have been a leader in reducing backcountry impact.

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