Eastern Rockies Ride

Alberta Canada: (RTAB18-B)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/ab_eastern_rockies_ride.aspx

Introduction
Alberta Canada
You would love to explore the beautiful mountains of Kananaskis Country and the Foothills, but also love a bit more comfort? You want to ride all day but return to a warm bed and shower at the end of the day? We’ve got the answer for you! Ride on the Eastern Rockies gives you the most flexibility for your horseback adventure. A shorter 3-day to 7-day wilderness getaway into the breathtaking mountain wilderness of the Kananaskis range - in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This is a rugged, minimum impact ride, in small groups where everyone can get personal attention and develop their abilities and confidence.

This trip is offered all year round to you can choose which beautiful Canadian season to visit. Trails will be adapted according to weather conditions, but there is always plenty to choose from! In the summer, enjoy hiking and canoeing on the lake. Snowshoeing, skating and sleigh rides in the winter months. Massages can also be booked year round.

Ride on the Eastern Rockies is meant for any skill level. Whether you are a first time rider or a seasoned and experienced rider, you have the ability to customize your own experience! Build from our menu of options and ride for as long and hard as you like up to 7 hours in the saddle, or as calm and tranquil as you like. If you have interest in horses and want to sharpen up your skills, you can take private riding lessons and learn all about trail riding and horsemanship with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. We will pair groups only with similar experience levels so as to give the best possible experience to all levels of riders!

This is a genuine, real-life adventure, breathtaking scenery, camaraderie of the trail, excellent food and the opportunity to learn as much as you can about horses, riding and living with nature.

Accomodation


Accommodations

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

Description
The ranch lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 13 km south of the picturesque hamlet of Bragg Creek and roughly 60 kilometers southwest of Calgary - a wilderness area stretching to the Continental Divide! This is one of the prettiest areas for riding in the world. On the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta has a tradition of ranching that started in the late-1800's and continues today. Riding westward from the ranch toward the Continental Divide, landscape changes from one of rolling ridges and open forests to one of high alpine meadows, thick primal forests, and shear limestone cliffs. The highest peaks in the region are around 11,000 feet with permanent snowfields and glaciers on their shoulders. This variety of ecosystems makes each day’s ride different and beautiful in its own unique way.
The guesthouse has 5 rooms (2 single rooms with one double bed, and 3 rooms with king bed, two twins, or two double beds). There are 2 full bathrooms, which are shared amongst all guests. We provide all bed linen and towels, but please bring your own soap and shampoo. There is a hairdryer in each bathroom. We have an outdoor fireplace with picnic area. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the property except for around the outdoor fire pit. There is no TV in the guest house, but there is complimentary WIFI. You are welcome use the i-pod docking station, boards games, and a large selection of books and magazines available. Laundry is available for an additional fee at certain times of the day.


Room Occupancy
Single supplement is waived if you are willing to share.

Other Activities on the Ranch
The trails around the ranch are also suitable for walks. There is a small lake at the north end of the property with 2 canoes if you want to enjoy a paddle or watch the beavers. Massages can also be booked for an additional fee. During the winter months snowshoeing, skating or a sleigh ride (needs to be pre-booked) are possible on site and an excellent cross country ski facility is located nearby. 


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. All our meals are made fresh using as many local ingredients as possible. The menu changes daily and offers typical local dishes but also internationally inspired cuisine. As much as we take pride in preparing all meals from scratch, we are not a restaurant and typically, there is only one choice for a meal. Following the tradition of the “Good old days ranch life” we sit down all together, staff and guests, and enjoy a good meal and company together.
Coffee, teas, water, juice for breakfast, and hot chocolate are complimentary while you stay with us. Please note that we do not serve alcohol, but feel free to bring your own as well as any other favorite drink you like.
Breakfast is typically served around 8.30 AM, dinner around 6.30 PM. In most cases, you will have lunch on the trail. We will stop at a scenic place, enjoying a picnic lunch in great scenery.

Dietary Restrictions
We cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Gluten-free requests are $10 extra per day.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Experience
This trip is meant for any skill level. Whether you are a first time rider or a seasoned and experienced rider, you have the ability to customize your own experience! Build from our menu of options and ride for as long and hard as you like or as calm and tranquil as you like. If you have interest in horses and want to sharpen up your skills, you can take private riding lessons and learn all about trail riding and horsemanship with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. We will pair groups only with similar experience levels so as to give the best possible experience to all levels of riders!
A standard 4-7 hours per day will be spent on trail, though people wishing to spend less tune riding, or a day or two doing other activities such as hiking or relaxing, will have that option.

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.

Horses
The horses have been chosen for their endurance, spirit, and reliability in the mountains. Our horses are trained western style (neck-reining), but most English trained riders adapt very quickly to this style of riding with a bit of instruction and advice! Most horses will be fitted with western style saddles but those with a distinct preference for English riding may be accommodated.

Itinerary

This is a stationary ride and includes 4-7 hours guided riding each riding day suited to your skill level.
The trip is scheduled with a no riding on your arrival day and no riding on your departure day. This of course can be altered. In order to make the half-day ride, please arrive by 1:00pm to the ranch with having already eaten lunch. In order to make the full-day ride, please arrive by 9:00am. Let us know your choice when you book!

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.

Trails are subject to change due to weather and other natural causes.


Rates and Dates for Eastern Rockies Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations at the ranch, all meals from dinner on first day to breakfast on last day, full day rides (half day rides also available)

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionCan$ ~US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP - 5 riding daysCan$2125$1805
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.85

GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident) * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
    GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionCan$~US$
2019 Transfers not included. Best to rent a car and drive. Can$ 0 $0
2019 Daily rate with full day ride and all meals, dbl, pp Can$ 395 $335
2019 Daily rate with half day ride and all meals, dbl, pp Can$ 275 $235
2019 Single supplement, per night Can$ 40 $35
2019 Special diet (gluten-free) supplement Can$ 70 $60
2019 Option: Day 1 full-day ride, FB (arrive by 9:00am) Can$ 245 $210
2019 Option: Day 1 half-day ride, HB (arrive by 1:00pm) Can$ 105 $95
2019 Transfer from the Calgary airport by taxi, each way, per car ~
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Can$ 0 $0
2019 Transfer back to Calgary airport by taxi, each way, per car ~
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Can$ 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - 5 riding da... 1 /7 Reserve

Dates Note:
Custom tour dates available from 3 days/ 2 nights -- please inquiry to confirm availability

Rates do not include:

Riding on Day 1 (available with upgrade), alcohol with your meals, transfer from/to Calgary, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Bragg Creek
Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Transfer: --

Climate:


Bragg Creek area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

30

36

41

50

59

66

72

71

62

54

40

32

Average Low Temperature (°F)

1

7

13

23

31

38

41

40

32

24

11

4

Average High Temperature (°C)

-1

2

5

10

15

19

22

22

17

12

4

0

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-17

-14

-11

-5

-1

3

5

4

0

-5

-11

-16

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

6

7

10

10

8

8

7

5

4

3

Source: NOAA

 

Seasons
During the riding season of June to September, temperatures will range widely, with the hottest daytime temperatures reaching 30 C (85 F). We are riding at elevations ranging from 1400 m (4400') to well above the tree line at 2700m (8400'), so wide fluctuations in temperature can be expected. This region always cools off at night, and frequently experiences frost even in mid-summer. We always take our rain gear with us on the saddle. Even if it doesn't rain, it may be necessary to cut the wind when we're above the tree line

What To Bring:
We suggest to bring
- 2 pair of jeans or riding pants
- 3 long sleeve shirts
- Fleece or sweater (fleece is lighter)
- Jacket or vest as wind breaker
- Brimmed hat (protects from rain, sun and low branches) **we have helmets to borrow should you request one
- Healed, ankle-high, water-repellant boots
- Gloves
- Toque (warm hat)
- Warm socks (1 pair per day)
- Underwear (1 set per day)
- Towel and swimsuit (optional)
- Personal hygiene items
- Warm underwear
- Camera
- Chaps (if available)
* If you have any medical condition like allergies, or are on medication, please tell your guide.

Available to rent for additional fee
- Rainwear (oil-skin slicker)

Saddle bags
Your trail horse will have 2 saddlebags tied to the saddle. One is for your personal items to carry on the trail, such as camera, sun protection, water bottle, extra layer of clothes, etc. The other bag is reserved for "group items" such as lunch or first aid kit. Your rain wear will also travel with you tied behind the saddle.