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Horseback Riding Summer Outdoor Activities

The first people to see Alberta from the saddle clearly noticed something worth sticking around for. Cantering through meadows, rolling prairie and foothills will do that to a person. • Learn it: Being a first-time horseback rider is no reason not to get the pioneer experience. Lots of ranches offer training paired with day-long rides. • Level up: Multi-day trail rides? Yes, please. Trot the open range by day (eyes peeled for wildlife). At night, sleep in a cozy tent after one-upping your new cowpoke friends around the campfire. • Try it: Test your horseback skills by herding cattle on a working ranch. 

Ever wondered where Banff Trail Riders' 300 horses spend winter? It’s a pretty sweet gig – work six months of the year, then run free, eat, and hang with your buds for the other six months.

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Jasper National Park | Alex Strohl

Peace River | Jeff Bartlett

Unlike when settlers headed north into the Peace River country in the early 1900's, today it is possible to get adventurous in the Peace region with relative ease. Explore with camping, river travel, by motorcycle, by air, and on horseback.

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DJ Ranch

Black Diamond, Alberta

DJ Ranch Horsemanship Facility offers the best of the west in a horse experience. They own several Suffield Mustangs that are second generation from the military roundup near Medicine Hat. They offer hands-on experience to beginners for a western horse experience. Enjoy grooming, tacking-up and riding, even if you've never ridden before. Lessons and Summer Camps for kids. Overseas visitors welcome. We are located on 130 acres with a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains.

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Flying Cross Ranch

Lacombe, Alberta

Flying Cross Ranch is a full service riding stable in Lacombe Alberta. Roy & Christina Sturgeon started Flying Cross Ranch in 2013 after seeing the need for a place for people new to horses to learn about them and enjoy them. Flying Cross Ranch is not just about riding lessons, it is a place where people can come to build meaningful relationships and a sense of community. It is a place for you to feel a sense of belonging, a place for family, where healing happens, and life skills are learned, where joy is experienced, where health returns and the stress of the world disappears. We are so excited that you have decided to allow us to join you in your journey with horses!

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Beaver River Trestle

Cold Lake, Alberta

Look down. Way down. The Beaver River Trestle, at one kilometer long and 60 metres high, is a highlight of the Iron Horse Trail. It is accessible from Cold Lake via three km of the multi-use Trail. Or you can drive to the west end by turning north off Highway 28 at the Y Road and parking at the trail access point. The 300 km Iron Horse Trail connects many of the area’s natural gems and tourist attractions. ATVers use the Iron Horse Trail to access countless kilometres of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region’s rugged terrain.

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Hammer Hill Stables

Strathmore, Alberta

Hammer Hill Stables offers horse drawn Sleigh/Wagon/Carriage rides & Trail Rides. Also offers wedding/graduation/anniversary carriage services. Historical Hammer Hill Buffalo Jump is located on our land. You are welcome to come to our stables or we can bring our Belgian Teams & horses to you.

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Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting Ltd.

Black Diamond, Alberta
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Saddle up! Anchor D Guiding and Outfitting located in beautiful Kananaskis country just southwest of Calgary, offers up a getaway that's a little bit different with full-day or half-day trail rides, hunting trips, weekend trips, or week-long adventure rides. You ride the horse and on the longer trips your gear rides in a covered wagon. Your group camps under the stars every night or you can spend the night in a luxury cabin to help soothe your pleasantly weary bones at the end of the day!

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U Bar Ranch

Grande Cache, Alberta

U Bar Ranch offers hourly, two hour and half-day horseback rides and multi-day horseback trips. Guided trail rides are along mountain trails leaving from our barn. Full day trips are into Kvass Flats and the splendor of the Willmore Wilderness Park. Fully serviced RV hook-ups and camping are available at the stables. With access to great hiking and 0.5kms from Grande Cache Lake; make U Bar Ranch your next vacation stop.

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