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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. 

Guided horseback riding in Sundre

Horseback riding in Banff National Park

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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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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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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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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Cascade Valley Backcountry Tent Trip - 5N/6

Hop in the saddle and explore the deep, wild forests of Banff on this backcountry wilderness adventure with Banff Trail Riders. Ride down spectacular trails to two comfortable campsites, to gather by the fire and sleep in canvas tents. Departs Mondays and Fridays, includes accommodation and a fully catered menu.

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Horseback + Gondola + Lake Cruise Package

Experience three popular Banff summer activities on this package deal with Banff Trail Riders. Take a one-hour ride horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River, ascend Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for 360-degree views over Banff and take a 1-hour interpretive lake cruise at Banff's largest lake, Lake Minnewanka.

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Raft and Horseback Ride Package

Experience two popular summer activities on this package deal with Banff Trail Riders. Take a one-hour ride horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River in Banff, followed by an afternoon riding the family-friendly class 2-3 whitewater rapids on the Kananaskis River just 45 minutes from Banff.

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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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InsideOut Experience

Seebe, Alberta
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Inside Out Experience provides fun, safe and memorable Canadian Rockies outdoor adventures for all ages and skill levels. All of the Inside Out Experiences take place amidst spectacular mountain scenery that is unparalleled in western Canada. Alberta and the Canadian Rockies offer an unforgettable vacation experience in incredible locations such as Banff, Canmore, and Kananaskis Country. Full-day packages include: Saddle & Paddle, Golf & Raft, and Full Day Rafting!

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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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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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Royal West

Calgary, Alberta
2018-10-18 to 2018-10-28 MST

Royal West is hosted by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Royal West is the heart for equestrian competition. Over ten days at the Agrium Western Events Center at Stampede Park, Royal West features both international and national events with over half-of-a-million dollars in prize money handed out throughout the tournament. The tournament hosts the Spirit of the West Cup, the Royal West International Championship, Western Canadian Hunter Derbies and when applicable the CET Medal National Finals.

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