Cattle & Trail Adventure in Quebec

Quebec Canada: (IT-CAQU01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/canada_quebec_cattle_and_trail.aspx

Introduction
Quebec Canada
Come on an adventure in Canada in the beautiful province of Quebec, colonized 400 years ago by the French. When meeting the people of our country, you will discover a warm, hospitable, and charming group of people. Located on the high plateaus of Haute Beauce's rolling hills with the breathtaking view of the Appalachians around you, this ranch, which looks like it was taken from a Western movie, will make you live exhilarating moments. Come learn the basics of Western riding techniques. Become a cowboy for a week and learn how to handle your horse while selecting cows and calves in the context of team penning, cutting horses, and authentic cattle sorting. Have fun meandering through our spectacular riding and hiking trails. We will also take you on a tour of our sugar maple forests, which make our delicious maple syrup. Our typical Quebec cuisine will make your mouth water, as our maple desserts have an outstanding reputation and make our home an enviable destination.

For an extra special trip, come join us during our Indian Summer (September and October) when Quebec is bathed in reds, oranges, and yellows of every shade while the leaves change colour. People travel around the world for this magnificent experience!

Highlights
- Personalized discovery of western riding, cattle sorting, and cowboy life
- Welcome by a warm and enthusiastic Quebec family, who speaks the typical French language
- Trail riding in the heart of forests, maple groves, and unspoiled nature
- Participation (if you wish) in daily tasks caring for cows and horses (boxes, feeding, care)
- Other activities for non-riders includes fishing, swimming in the river, hiking, massages, and more

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be spent at the same location.

Chalet
You will be staying in a cottage, just down the hill from the ranch. The newly renovated cottage is located near a former dam with a magnificent lake and a trout river, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.
There are a total of 5 bedrooms and one bathroom. Rooms are based on double occupancy with shared bathrooms. The cottage can host up to 10 people.
There is a Jacuzzi onsite for relaxation.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement will include a private room and a shared bathroom.


Meals
All meals are included in the trip from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. Meals are home-cooked Quebec cuisine with rich and diverse flavors that will have you asking for more! Alcohol is not included on the trip; however, guests are welcome to bring their own.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
Riders should be at minimum low leveled intermediate. They should be comfortable at walk, trot, and canter, and confident on horseback.

Pace
We ride for 6 days and on average 4-5 hours per day. Riders have the chance to explore Quebec's magnificent countryside where they have the opportunity to ride at all paces as well as learn about and participate in cattle work such as team penning, horse cutting, and cattle sorting.

Horses
We have 7 quarter horses and 2 paint horses on the ranch. Our horses were raised and imported from Texas and have been trained for cattle work.
 

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1
Arrival into Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. At 6:00pm, a member of the host family welcomes you at the airport. You will be driven to the ranch located in the region of Beauce, which is approximately one hour away. Upon arrival, you have time to settle into your room in the cottage. Afterwards, you meet your hosts and dine with them during your first dinner.

Day 2
After a good night's rest, a delicious Quebec breakfast is served at your cottage with sweet, salty, and maple syrup on the menu! After breakfast, you will discover the ranch by going to the stables, meeting the horses, and preparing your mount for the day. Your hosts utilize the Monty Roberts' ethological method. They first introduce you to this method with ground work, which will teach you how to bond with your horse while controlling it from the ground. Then, in the riding arena, you mount and ride your horse while your level of experience is assessed by the hosts. After the exercise, lunch is taken with you on trail to enjoy out in nature. You will return from hacking around 4:00pm, which will leave you time for relaxation at the ranch before dinner. With your free time, you can explore the beautiful landscape. Dinner is served with the host family around 6:30pm with local specialties.
Riding: 2-5 hours

Day 3
This morning, you are ready for an initiation to cattle sorting, the discipline of predilection of your hosts, who are delighted to share their passion with you. The horses are skilled with working with livestock and will help boost your confidence in this new environment. Their agility and responsiveness to the way cattle move will quickly become evident to you. After lunch, you can go trail riding in the woods and admire the beautiful views of the Quebec countryside and its endless forests. By mid-afternoon, you return to the ranch and are free to relax or socialize with your hosts/ group.
Riding: 2-5 hours

Day 4
This morning you can choose to go for a hike or a trail ride in a maple sugar grove, where you may be lucky to see a deer, hares, and many birds. At this point, your guide explains the world of maple syrup harvesting and offer you the possibility to visit a sugar shack. After the trail ride, lunch is served at the ranch. Western games in the afternoon as available if you'd like to join in. This gives you a chance to initiate yourself to disciplines of cattle sorting (ranch sorting, 3 men 2 gates, team penning) and speed games likes barrel racing. All in all, the afternoon equates play and relation. In the evening, to extend the warm and authentic moment, admire the sunset at the river and jump in for a swim if that is your desire. For dinner, a barbecue takes place on the ranch terrace.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 5
After having a good breakfast and preparing your mount, enjoy a ranch-sorting session. At this point you should start feeling a real collaboration with your horse. You van even start a small competition, where the work of two mounts is timed, two by two. Lunch is served at the ranch cowboy style. In the afternoon, you leave on horseback for the village of St. Victor in Beauce, renowned for its western and rodeo festival that takes place every year in July. On the way, you ride through valleys and between fields and in maple groves. You cross over streams and on their banks take a small pause to soak in the beauty of the surrounding nature. After our village visit, we return to the ranch for dinner and enjoy a late-night gathering with our friendly hosts.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 6
After breakfast, you unite with your horse and deepen your experience of equestrian games with cattle. Herein, ranch sorting and team penning should hide no more secrets from you! Have lunch and again join your horse for equestrian activities. The choice is yours: either experience a session of western training in a quarry or if your prefer, go for a trail ride in the now familiar surrounding sugar forests. During the evening, you are free to do as you wish. One of our hosts would be more than happy to introduce you to Quebec cuisine. Dinner is served at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 7
After a cowboy-style breakfast taken at the cottage, enjoy a last full day of trail riding in the wooded trails of the ranch, These trails are adequate for all pace: walk, trot, and lope. Meander through nature's scenes of lakes, forests, and sugar bushes. Enjoy a lunch at 'Trapper's Camp', a cozy and typical chalet of our region made of wood, before heading back to the ranch in the afternoon. If you have discovered that you enjoy ranch-sorting over trail riding, it is possible to cut short the trail ride and enjoy a last ranch-sorting session. Basking in the ricer is another option. A convivial dinner is served at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 8
This is your last awakening in the Beauceron region. After breakfast, your hosts will drive you to the airport to catch your return flight.

For more information on the sample itinerary of our St. Victor Rodeo Special, click here.


Rates and Dates for Cattle & Trail Adventure in Quebec

Rates include:

Accommodations in a cottage, all meals, 6 riding days, English/ French-speaking hosts.
For St Victor Rodeo Special: accommodation, all meals, 2 outings to St Victor Rodeo, 6 riding days and evening at the St Victor Rodeo.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionCan$ ~US$
    A
    20198-day trip, APCan$3270$2780
  • B
    20198-day trip, AP (St Victor Rodeo Special)Can$2910$2475
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.85
Gratuity:
A 10% gratuity will be added to your bill at the end of the week for the staff's hard work. 
  % (Tip paid Locally)

GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident) * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 10 % (to be paid locally)
    GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionCan$~US$
2019 Transfer from/to Québec City Airport, roundtrip, pp (2+ pax)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Can$ 140 $120
2019 Single supplement (private room, shared bath) Can$ 515 $440

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 07/20 - 07/27 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (St Victor Ro... 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/20 - 10/27 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcohol, gratuities
For St Victor Rodeo Special: Gratuities, Poutine lunch on day 5, entrance to rodeo on day 6 (optional - C $25), alcoholic drinks, airport transfer.

Other Info
Meeting: Québec City Airport or Ranch
Airport: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Transfer: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Climate:
                                Sainte-Clotilde de Beauce area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

18

22

33

46

62

71

75

73

64

51

37

24

Average Low Temperature (°F)

0

2

13

27

39

49

53

52

43

33

23

8

Average High Temperature (°C)

-8

-6

0

8

17

21

24

23

18

10

3

-4

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-18

-16

-11

-3

4

9

12

11

6

1

-5

-13

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

8

10

10

11

11

11

10

10

11

11

11

Source: NOAA


Seasons

Southern Quebec has a humid continental climate with 4 distinct seasons having warm to occasionally hot and humid summers and often very cold and snowy winters. Rain and snow are common throughout the year.

Spring is an appealing time to visit Quebec, when the icy winter weather quickly and abruptly comes to an end. April heralds the beginning of the warmer weather in Quebec, although late snow flurries in April and even May are by no means unheard of. By May, the climate is particularly pleasant. Spring is a particularly short season in Quebec, for no sooner has it begun than summer arrives.

The summer weather and climate in Quebec is extremely warm and this is without doubt one of the best times to visit the area. July and August offer Quebec's hottest summer weather. The summer season is from June to the end of September, when the temperatures begin to drop as fall approaches, although a late summer with unusually hot weather can run well into October.

The trees begin to color up and a chill fills the air when autumn arrives in Quebec. By November, the climate is noticeably colder, affected by strong winds causing a definite wind-chill factor.

The highest levels of rainfall take place during the summer months, although these heavy showers are often short lived and followed by strong sunshine.

What To Bring:
Items to bring should based on the season. Quebec can have very cold winters so it is best to bring many layers (wools) and waterproof outerwear. Summers can be quite hot and humid, so make sure to dress accordingly.

What to Bring
-Travel documents and travel voucher
-Passport
-Riding helmet (mandatory- available to borrow if requested ahead of time)
-Riding boots
-Jeans/ riding pants
-Chaps
-Riding gloves
-Waterproof coat
-Long-sleeved shirts -Jacket for cooler evenings (thick winter jacket if traveling in winter/ early spring)
-Comfortable shirts
-Jeans
-Shorts
-Bathing suit
-Underwear and socks
-Pajamas
-Comfortable shoes/ sneakers
-Personal toiletries
-Insect repellent
-Sunscreen
-Personal medication
-Camera and charger
-Water bottle
-Sunglasses