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Porcupine Hills Cattle Drive

Porcupine Hills Cattle Drive
Alberta Canada
Surround yourself with 4,000 acres of vast open country which comprises the impressive Porcupine Hills Ranch. Herds of elk and deer mingle with Texas Longhorns and Crossbred cattle, as well as Percheron, Appaloosa and Quarter horses. This working ranch is a family-owned and operated. The family enjoys meeting and introducing guests the from all over the world to their western lifestyle. During the season from May to October you can join in on weekly ranch activities, branding in the spring and cattle round ups and drives (spring/summer/fall drives - book early).
Wayne and Judy and their family take pride in the historic legacy that depicts the ranch. Their daughter and her family farm 30 miles east, while three sons, Rusty, Brett and Flint, divide their time between other interests and ranch life. Established in 1881 by Colonel Lyndon, the foothills ranch stands as testament to a bygone era. By preserving their Western heritage and lifestyle, they are able to share the legends, history and culture of cowboy life with their guests. A visit to the ranch in the Porcupine Hills will leave you with a lifetime of western memories. If you have always wanted to be part of ranch life or a cattle drive, give some thought to spending some quality time on horseback in the beautiful Porcupine Hills. The ranch runs about 600 head of cattle and a herd of over 80 horses, many of them home-bred, which are suitable for all abilities. They have been breeding and showing award winning Percherons since 1969 and also breed registered Quarter Horses and Appaloosas.
You become very much part of the family at this ranch and will enjoy home cooked meals and comfortable accommodation. The main ranch house has two double guestrooms with a shared bathroom and the new cabin has two ensuite double rooms. Alternatively you may choose the rustic life in a turn of the century refurbished log bunkhouse.
Access is convenient from either the Calgary International Airport (1.5 hour drive) or from the U.S. Montana border crossing. Often guests use the place as a staging area to drive to Banff, Waterton National Park, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump or Calgary, returning the same day to the Ranch. (Please note that while the ranch has a high speed internet satellite, there is no cell phone service at the ranch.)

A Rancher's Goals
The goals of ranchers today is the same as yesteryear: produce the best beef we possibly can, raise the best horses that a cowboy would wish to have, operate in harmony with the wildlife and be conscientious stewards of the land.

Working Ranch
Cattle Drive, Round Up

Meeting: Claresholm
Airport: Calgary
Transfer: Calgary Pick up between 12 noon and 6 pm
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Porcupine Hills Cattle Drive
    Tour Code: WRAB04
    7 days / 6 nights ~$1,460.00
    Dates : May to October

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter, Appaloosa and Paint, Percher...
    Pace: For experienced riders only! 6 to 8 hr...

    Airport: Calgary
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