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Kananaskis Mountain & Prairie Expedition

Itinerary for Kananaskis Mountain & Prairie Expedition

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Guests arrive in Calgary before 4:00pm, transfer to ranch, reception, accommodation at the ranch

Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride
Training ride at the ranch, getting acquainted with the horse and ride to Threepoint Camp.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Threepoint Camp

Day 3 (Monday): Threepoint Camp to Elbow Camp
Riding approx. 8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Elbow Camp

Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Box Canyon
Riding approx. 4.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Elbow Camp

Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride through Cougar Gap
Riding approx. 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Elbow Camp

Day 6 (Thursday): Powderface Ridge Ride
Pack up camp and ride with pack horses to trailhead (1 hr). Continue over to Powderface Ridge (4.5 hours) and return to ranch
Riding approx. 5.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ranch

Day 7 (Friday): Transfer to Writing-on Stone Provincial Park
Transfer to Writing-on Stone Provincial Park (4 hours by car), set up camp and vet check for Competitive Trail Ride.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Writing-on Stone Provincial Park

Day 8 (Saturday): Competitive Trail Ride
Participation in Border Coulee Competitive Trail Ride (Novice or Intermediate Category, see below for details).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at Writing-on Stone Provincial Park

Day 9 (Sunday): Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Ride
Leisurely ride through the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and transfer back to ranch in the afternoon (4 hours by car).
Riding approx. 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ranch

Day 10 (Monday): Departure
Departure and transfer to Calgary after breakfast
Meals included: Breakfast

The "Border Coulee Competitive Trail Ride" is the name chosen for a competitive trail ride conducted at Writing On Stone Provincial Park, in Southern Alberta. 

In Alberta, Competitive Trail rides are sanctioned by TRAC. There is an explanation of sport on their website . The competition is very friendly and low-key, people are just trying to get the best performance from their horse. It is likely that we will enter you in the "novice" category, which is roughly 35-40 kms to be completed in 5 and a half hours. We will ride as a group, so even though we are scored individually, one of us will set the pace and coach as we go. We depart Bragg Creek on Friday before noon, drive 375 kms to Writing On Stone, set up camp and vet the horses in for the ride that evening. The competition ride itself is on Saturday. There is a big party Saturday night, and on Sunday the awards are presented and then we will ride some of the route again at a leisurely pace to pick up the trip markers and take some photos of a very interesting landscape. Then we drive home that afternoon, arriving back in Bragg Creek Sunday evening.

The competition has an entry fee (normally around $65-75/horse), and all participants must be members of the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF). This is already included in the tour package cost. If someone isn't keen to do this part of the program, we are happy to have them just do the Kananaskis Explorer Ride. It is an unforgettable experience!

If the Border Coulee Competitive Trail Ride is cancelled for some reason, we will discuss other fun riding options for the last 3 days of this program.
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Kananaskis Mountain & Prairie Expedition
Tour Code: RTAB18-C
10 days / 9 nights
Dates : Sept

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: Canadian, Arab, Quarter Horse, Morgan,...
Pace: walk, trot and canters in the mountain...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
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