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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. 

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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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Kananaskis Guest Ranch

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Historic Brewster Family Ranch on the Bow River at the entrance to the Canadian Rockies. Group Western Barbecue facilities held in the famed Donut tent, Rodeos, and live entertainment. Mountain Wedding ceremonies and receptions. Eighteen hole Golf Course, Pro Shop, Tournaments. Multi-day day back country horse trips featuring log cabin accommodations departing June to September with Brewster Adventures. Vacation rental for groups up to 10 people in Ranch Big House, four bedroom, 4,500 square foot lodge on the Bow River. Ranch is located 30 minutes west to Banff, 45 minutes east to Calgary just off the Trans Canada Highway.

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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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Banff and Lake Louise

Two iconic Canadian Rockies destinations are the popular resort town of Banff and the jewel of the Rockies, Lake Louise.  A haven for anyone looking for a true Canadian adventure with lots of outdoor activities on offer. You can hike, canoe and horse ride your way through Banff National Park.  

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Expires: 2018-10-01
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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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Skyline Trail Rides

Jasper, Alberta

Experience the history of the Shovel Pass Lodge, Jasper National Park's oldest backcountry lodge, on a three-day horseback and hiking trip to the world-famous Skyline Trail. Spectacular mountain scenery, exceptional wildlife watching opportunities and delicious home cooked meals await you on this all-inclusive adventure in the Canadian Rockies.

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Boundary Ranch

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Come visit and experience the real west in the spectacular beauty of the Kananaskis Valley. Boundary Ranch is an exceptional location to discover the adventure and serenity of the Canadian Rockies. Embark on horseback to explore backcountry trails with captivating nature and mountain views. Guided rides are suitable for guests six years and older with all riding levels and experience. Group Events include BBQ’s, staged gun fights, wild west rodeos, wagon or sleigh rides and more! Open year round includes banquet facilities, meeting rooms and gift shop; seasonally we offer Trail Riding, Pack Trips and Rick Guinn’s Steakhouse & Patio.

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