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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

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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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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police is dedicated to preserving the history of the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations of Southern Alberta. The museum is a re-creation of the original Fort built in 1874 and is the birth place of the famous RCMP Musical Ride. The Fort is the only on-site Musical Ride in all of Canada preforming the original NWMP Musical Ride four times daily in July and August. Step behind the scene and participate in a Canadian Signature Experience, Groom A Horse, and become a part of the Ride!

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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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Mukwah Rafting Tours

Sundre, Alberta
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The true Alberta experience! Wild horses, wildlife, mountains, and rivers; things you need to see for yourself from our vantage point. No crowds and lots of room to roam. Whitewater Rafting (two or four hours and a float trip daytime or nighttime) through the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Other amenities we offer are a guided hike, camping cabins, camping, BBQ, Sauna, hot showers, and camp games. We also offer Calgary's only guided river experience, right through downtown on the Bow River.

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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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Homeplace Ranch

Priddis, Alberta
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Welcome to Homeplace Ranch - Horse Awareness Program, Day Riding, Riding Lessons and Wine and Beer Rides From 1974 to 2013, Mac Makenny, a passionate horseman, owned and operated Homeplace Ranch as a full service guest ranch. Since then, we no longer offer full guest packages, but lodge self catering rentals and Mac's special attention during day rides, lessons, and horse awareness opportunities. We are looking forward to another great season in 2016-17.

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