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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

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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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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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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Rocky Mountain Show Jumping

Calgary, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (RMSJ) is an equestrian event management company that specializes in hosting Jumping and Dressage tournaments, along with a variety of other event thought the season. Located at the beautiful Anderson Ranch at Calgary’s south end, just minutes south of Spruce Meadows. Featuring Goby’s Grill, at the heart of the property, this family friendly fully licensed restaurant is open seasonally from May to the end of August during the many hosted public and private events. Goby's has free live music every Saturday during the summer outdoor tournaments. RMSJ hosts over 20 tournaments each year, including Bow Valley Classics, June Classic CSI2*, Rocky Mountain Classics, Royal West and many more!

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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.  

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-10-01
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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff's activity booking centre. For almost two decades, Banff Adventures has helped visitors experience the best of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Offering every summer or winter activity and tour available, we specialize in providing convenient service, allowing you to spend more time playing in the mountains and less time planning for them. We have a variety of packages that bundle activities together, saving you time and money. We offer bike rentals from our store in the summer and ice cleats, skates and cross-country ski rentals in winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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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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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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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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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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