This summer we will explore Waterton Lakes National Park. Our base camp – your home for three, four or five nights – (depending upon which trip you book) will be located in the Waterton Springs area, just outside the park gates. We will have one, four-day ride, two five day rides and two six-day (more rides, if bookings are sufficient). There are a maximum of 20 guests on each ride.
Riders come from around the world and you will meet people from all walks of life who share your joy of the wilderness. Riders bring their own personal gear. We supply all the horses, western tack, great meals, and accommodation in tents and teepees.
Environmental awareness has always been a top priority of the T.R.C.R. and we have been a leader in reducing backcountry impact.
Our camp, although “rustic and wilderness,” has private accommodations for individuals, families and friends, in walled tents and native Indian style canvas teepees, complete with raised cots and mattresses. Where possible, riders select their own teepee/tent mates, particularly with families or friends wishing to be together. Hearty meals are served by our expert camp cooks and served in a large kitchen/dining tent and we have plenty of hot water, washbasins, a hot private outdoor shower, and dry toilets. We have a set dinner menu so please let us know of allergies and or dietary concerns. (Accommodations may be made where possible)
The traditional “Doughnut tent” is where we gather in the evenings around the campfire for our traditional “sing-song” or perhaps music, entertainment, and educational talks. All this fun while the professional staff looks after the food, the horses, and your safety and well-being. Each ride has an Emcee who is responsible for the day to day operations of the ride. The Head guide is responsible for all the horses and safety issues and carries a first aid kit.
Please do not bring Smart Phones, iPads, iPods, radios, ear plugs or any other kind of electronic equipment, computers etc. etc. Texting or use of the Internet is not allowed. You are here to unplug yourself! Please do bring your camera and be prepared to use it continually! (Note: we do have the ability to charge camera batteries etc.)
Riding Experience and Age Restrictions
For our entire 93 years of colourful history we have “geared ourselves” towards both the experienced rider and the inexperienced “dudes.” It is not necessary to be an experienced horseman, however we STRONGLY SUGGEST that every rider “brush up” on the riding skills before attending a ride. Taking a few lessons prior to your ride is a good idea. We travel at a steady walk and all the horses are handled and cared for by the staff. Young people are welcome to come on the ride with one or more of their parents (grandparents – a frequent occurrence). An adult must accompany all riders under the age of 18. We recommend that children be at least eight years old and have some camping/horse experience.
Our staging area this summer will be the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. (address: 123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta. Phone:(403) 291–8000) Each rider should arrive in Calgary the day before their ride begins. You are welcome to stay in any of the many hotels in Calgary, (visitcalgary.com) but out of convenience to yourself, we suggest you stay at our host hotel, The Acclaim, as the bus to Waterton Lakes National Park and our camp will depart there at 7:15 AM sharp on the day of your ride. Please arrive at the Acclaim Hotel by 7:00 AM with your gear on the day of your ride. (and have a hearty breakfast before)
We have negotiated a group rate at the Acclaim Hotel, so be sure to mention the name, “Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies” to receive a better rate (use the code “TRAILR” when booking online). Parking of vehicles at the Acclaim Hotel while you are on your ride is allowed. Make sure you get a receipt for the dashboard of your car! The Acclaim Hotel is a short distance from the airport and they do provide a free shuttle.
Note: You are responsible for the booking and payment of your own hotel accommodation! International guests will need to clear customs and immigration when arriving in Calgary from foreign countries. (Note: ALL visitors to Canada require a passport!)
Staying or parking at the Acclaim Hotel is not mandatory. The only requirement is that you arrive at the Acclaim Hotel by 7:30 am Monday morning to board the bus to transport everyone to Waterton. There are quite a variety of accommodations in Calgary to choose from.
Group and parking rates for the Acclaim Hotel: (subject to change)
- Standard Room $119 per night
- Studio Queen Suite $129 per night
- Car parking for the week $45 above ground; $75 underground
If you are driving, the Acclaim Hotel is at 123 Freeport Boulevard NE, Calgary, Alberta. Call 403‐291‐8000, toll free 1‐866‐955‐0008 or visit acclaimhotel.ca for reservations. Please let them know that you are part of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies to receive the group rates.
Remember to bring warm clothes. Other things to pack can be found on the “What-to-Bring” page and a list will be sent to you with your ride confirmation. Leave your riding clothes and rain gear out of your duffel, as you will be in the saddle for several hours during each day. There is no restriction as to how much you may bring, but bring only what you need….
Your own Saddle
It is also important to let us know in advance if you are planning to ride with your own saddle. We need to make arrangements for this before the outfitter saddles all of our horses. (No, you cannot bring your own horse…)
We strongly encourage our riders to spend some time before or after their ride touring Calgary and Western Canada, particularly Banff and Banff National Park.
For further details about the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies or for help planning your trip to Waterton, Banff, Jasper and/or the world famous Calgary Stampede, contact them.