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Kananaskis Continental Divide Ride

Itinerary for Kananaskis Continental Divide Ride

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

While we have a route planned at the outset of every trip, changes are sometimes forced upon us by weather, bear activity or other environmental hazards. The guides reserve the option of changing the day's activity from the published schedule based on any concern they have for the safety of the party. In these cases, various alternatives will normally be presented to the group and a decision made in consultation with them.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
We will arrange pick-up from Calgary in the afternoon, either from the international airport or a hotel. The exact pick up time will be coordinated with you directly, but typically we don’t schedule pick-ups before 4:00pm. After approximately a 1 hour drive, you will be dropped off at the Ranch where we have a welcome meet & greet BBQ with all guests and the staff to give you and us the chance to get to know each other a bit, ask questions, and – most importantly – go over the plan for the next days, including weather forecast and reminders of what you need to bring. We will talk to you about your riding skills and preferences and dislikes in a horse so we can select a good match for you to ride over the next days. You will then be issued a sturdy duffel bag, sleeping bag, and mattress. After you check into your room, you will have time to pack and prepare for the trip and socialize with the other guests.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch

Day 2 (Monday): Mt Barell Ride
After breakfast it’s time to meet your horse! We carefully pick a companion from our herd to match your abilities and physical size. While grooming and saddling, you get the chance to acquaint yourself with your new friend. After a short test ride in our arena we will pack a lunch and leave the ranch – either on horseback or by loading them on a trailer and departing from a near trailhead. We take it easy the first day and ride through the forests and meadows of the Foothills until we reach our first camp. When arriving in camp, we take care of the horses, groom and feed them, and then have time to rest ourselves with a good cup of cowboy coffee or tea. The camp is located near a small river that is refreshing on a hot day for those who like to take a splash! Dinner is made over an open fire. We have put up large wall tents that offer enough space and shelter for the group.
Riding approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Mt Barell

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mt Barell to Elbow River
If the weather for the day is favourable we will break camp after breakfast and depart for our longest day of the week. A breathtaking ride through the foothills and across a mountain range will take the better part of 7 hours to get top our next camp. This ride can’t be done in poor weather conditions.
Riding approx. 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Elbow River

Day 4 & 5 (Wednesday & Thursday): Elbow River on Horseback
We stay in this comfortable and scenic camp for the next 2 days. It gives us the opportunity to move without packhorses and explore the highlights of the valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Elbow River

Day 6 (Friday): Ride to the Mountains
After breakfast, we will break camp and depart the valley up the valley heading for the pass. We may camp here and explore the lakes around the pass or push on to a camp in the next valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Elbow River

Day 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday): Paradise Valley on Horseback
Reaching the camp in Paradise Valley, we again have the chance to explore the now more rugged wilderness. The mountains are steeper, the ground even rockier, the river runs fast and cold. The highlight is a ride to Paradise Pass, a 8,400′ with a sweeping view across the peaks of the Rockies.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Paradise Valley

Day 9 (Monday): Ride back to Elbow River Valley
After breakfast, we break camp for the last time, pack the horses, and ride down the valley where we will be met by the truck and trailer. After 8 days of riding through Kananaskis Country, you will return to civilization, where you can enjoy a shower and a nice dinner in the company of your new found friends.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch

Day 10 (Tuesday): Departure
After breakfast, it’s time to say good bye. The shuttle will pick you up around 9.30am to take you back to Calgary. With you will be the memories of an unforgettable adventure in Kananaskis Country.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Elevations range between 4400' at the Ranch, to over 8400' at Paradise Pass. Routes may vary due to a variety of natural conditions.
There are some trails we use where it is necessary to hike over rocky terrain, either to avoid undue risk or to enjoy a vista that cannot be ridden to. For most people this is a refreshing change that allows them to stretch their legs. We recommend that you bring or wear comfortable footwear that you can hike for a kilometer or two in. A reasonable level of personal fitness is required.
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Kananaskis Continental Divide Ride
Tour Code: RTAB18-S
10 days / 9 nights ~$3,275.00
Dates : July to Aug

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: Missouri Foxtrotter, Canadian, Arab, Q...
Pace: Moderate pace. Slow in the mountains, ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
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