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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. 

Jasper National Park | Alex Strohl

Peace River | Jeff Bartlett

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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Horseback Riding Spots

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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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Putting Horse Ranch - Horseback Riding

Edmonton, Alberta
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Enjoy a fun guided horseback ride featuring beautiful, well cared for horses. You will be able to easily mount the horse at our step up mounting station and swing your leg over and into a comfortable western saddle. Your ride will be with a guide and is usually in a group of 3 to 6 riders. If it's your first time riding, no worries! We can assist you, by leading the horse either while we are mounted on our horse or as we walk along beside the horse you ride. Suitable for ages 6 years and up.

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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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Tours

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Brewster Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Since the early 1900s the Brewster family has shared their love of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies with visitors from around the world. As the oldest outfitting company in Alberta, Brewster Adventures offers a unique and knowledgeable perspective on Banff National Park. Embark on a backcountry adventure and ride the historic Horse Drive trail to the Brewster Company Ranch. Attend a famous Western BBQ and Barn Dance. Or, admire the spectacular scenery on a trail ride or winter sleigh ride in Lake Louise.

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Horse Trekking Adventures

Fairview, Alberta

We provide challenging adventures to awaken all of your senses & refresh your spirit.General InformationYour hosts for these outdoor adventures are Harvey & Laureen Kosheiff & Family.We want to ensure you enjoy your time with us! Some key features about us: - Our riding adventures have multiple locations throughout Alberta to choose from. - Longer trips take guests into the Alberta Rocky Mountains- Shorter trips take guests into the boreal forest throughout the Peace Country of Alberta- We listen to our guest’s requests and customize their adventure to give each guest their best possible, unique experience.- We engage our guests in conversation about the wilderness that surrounds them while riding along the forested trails.Types of Accommodation Available:- Single person pop up tents - Double occupancy pop up tents - Family/group (four-six person) pop up tents - Family/group (four – six person) wall tents- Open air, under the stars, sleeping bags (tarps if needed)- Two (four person) cabinsGear, Food and Equipment Included: -Tents -All horse tack, horn and saddle bags -All meals and snacks-Water bottles- Air mattresses-Camp chairs-Sleeping bags** Guests are welcome to bring any of this gear themselves if they prefer ** We offer more than a trail ride!

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EC Bar Ranch Adventures

High Prairie, Alberta

Located just 10 minutes southeast of High Prairie EC Bar Ranch has something for everyone! Summer features an 18 acre Corn Maze. The Maze winds through some of the tallest corn around at an awesome 10+ feet high. After exploring the Maze, why not take in a horse-drawn wagon ride around the Maze perimeter. A picnic area and walking trail leading to a secluded riverside beach offer a relaxing retreat to round out your day. Be sure to watch for a couple special events such as “Flashlight Night” including a “Haunted Bale Maze” to end the season. Gift Certificates, Group, Corporate and School rates available. The Corn Maze is a great outdoor activity for all ages. Horseback riding and wagon rides along scenic trails allow for some awesome views of both nature and wildlife. Guides take you and your group along leisurely trails winding along and across the East Prairie River and through lush pastures and forests containing some of the largest trees in Northern Alberta.Winter time turns the Ranch into an awesome winter wonder land! Our Toboggan Hill features a heated shelter, lit hill for evening enjoyment and a roasting fire to toast your marshmallows! Round out this day with a Horse-Drawn Sleigh or Hay Ride. A great activity for your family, club or office outing.For more information on any of our attractions call 780-523-0242 or visit www.ecbarranch.ca and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, “EC Bar Ranch Trail Rides”, to keep up-to-date on news and special events happening at the Ranch.

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Events

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Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede

Stettler, Alberta
2018-06-07 To 2018-06-10 MST

Cruise into Stettler for a rip-roaring good time! There are events happening all weekend long from rodeo and circus acts to the art walk and car club show, shine and cruise along with many other events in between. Make sure to come hungry as there are plenty of pancake breakfasts and BBQs planned. Check out our website for more information on events.

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Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2018-06-14 To 2018-06-19 MST

Drop by the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies - learn to identify the different species, ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations. Activities include: Wildflower Photography and Painting, Wildflower Identification, Wildflower Connections, Wildflowers by Horseback, as well as an Afternoon Tea with Local Experts.... and more. Events throughout the festival are led by highly qualified professionals, naturalists and scientists who will help make your Festival experience memorable. Admission is free.

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