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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.

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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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Tours

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Rocky Mountain Outfitters

Calgary, Alberta

Rocky Mountain Outfitters offers quality horseback riding and equine adventures in Springbank AB and Kananaskis Country. RMO offers pack trips and equine camping trail riding hunting trips and fishing trips. RMO offers wagon rides and sleigh rides year round. RMO also offers English and Western riding lessons and driving lessons.

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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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Griffin Valley Ranch

Cochrane, Alberta
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Ride through 4,500 acres of forests, valleys and streams in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies at this ranch northwest of Cochrane. Trail rides, pony rides, BBQ rides and camping are available.

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Events

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Waterton Wildflower Festival

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

We invite you to step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Join us for guided walks, hikes, workshops and presentations. Come celebrate the first day of summer in a World Heritage Site.This festival, a program of the Waterton Park Community Association, features many workshops on photography and art, guided walks on plant identification and park ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations and local entertainment.

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