General Information and Logistics

We will explore the Mill Creek area, in the Castle Wildlands in southwestern Alberta. The T.R.C.R. rode in this area ten years ago, and we are back there because of the popularity of our wilderness camps and the Castle. We will have five, six-day rides with a maximum of 18 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.

Camp Accommodations

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, a hot private outdoor shower, separate mens/ladies washing tents, 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 94 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.

Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Logistics

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 our trail head will depart there at 8:00 am sharp on the day of your ride. Please arrive at the Acclaim Hotel by 7:30 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 the trail head. 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 Acclaim Hotel.ca for reservations. Please let them know that you are part of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies to receive the group rates.

“The whole experience far surpassed my expectations: the scenery was spectacular; the horses were steadfast and well cared for; the other riders were lots of fun and full of enthusiasm; the Emcee, trail leaders, and guest speakers were very knowledgeable; the food was great; the list could go on. I will definitely return next year!”

wils0n17Oshawa, Canada

“So many good people are involved to make this a truly wonderful memory… but for me I was not disappointed with anything the rustic accommodation the food the horses the people the scenery all of it just the best time. Recommend highly.”

moonsyBrisbane, Australia

“5 days of riding wonderfully trained horses, Sleeping on cots in a teepee, scrumptious food, fantastic evening entertainment couldn’t ask for a more awesome adventure. Leave the city and stress behind, come on a ride with this great club!”

T3505NWpatrickmSan Jose, California

“My experience with the TRCR is one that I will never forget. I was given a special gift to go horseback riding, and I could not refuse. I would recommend this wonderful riding vacation to everyone!”

fi0nagtBeaconsfield, Canada

Challenging, rustic, and rewarding!

Just as our photographs couldn’t capture the majesty of the mountains through which we rode, it’s impossible to adequately describe the TRCR experience in a “snapshot” review. In July of 2017, after much anticipation, I rode with my two sisters on a six-day adventure. The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Once my initial anxiety over riding again was quelled, I was free to enjoy vistas only accessible by hiking or on horseback: wildflower-rich prairies, breathtaking peaks, glacial tarns, ever-present wildlife, and awe-inspiring vantage points. The company was congenial, the food hearty and delicious, the cultural and historical lessons amazing, the fun contagious, and the experience…absolutely memorable. I recommend it unreservedly.

Joan V

“I was so excited to complete a bucket list item the first time, had a lifelong experience the second time and can’t wait for the third time in 2018!! I might add that I have not laughed this hard in years!! New friends for life!”

June J

“If you are looking for a fantastic outdoor adventure, this is it.
If you are looking to do and see things that love never dreamed of, this is it.
If you are looking to be around some amazing people and be cared for like family, this is it.

Thanks for making our family vacation a memorable one.”

David T

“You don’t have to be an expert rider to be awe-inspired by the great horses and scenery you will enjoy each day. As one of our ride companions said, you get to feel a teensy bit like a cowboy, and who doesn’t want that??”

250waaNanaimo, Canada

“If you are looking for something different with some challenge and the most breathtaking vistas you will ever see then do this trip. The TRCR staff is fantastic, the food is delicious and plentiful and the experience will absolutely change your life. We will be returning next year and many more.”

JimandMelissaBMiddletown, Connecticut, USA

“We enjoyed our annual horseback rides in the Canadian Rockies for thirteen years. Each year we did not think it could get better, but it usually did. If you enjoy an outback adventure to see breathtaking panoramic vistas from the back of a horse and meeting new people from around the world, you will LOVE riding with TRCR. Food and accommodations were amazing in the wilderness!!!”

Jean203Goode, Virgina

“We just completed a terrific week with the TRCR. We would never have been able to access this fantastic country if it were not for this organization. One of our best vacations ever!”

JanLondon, Ontario

“This ENTIRE adventure was more than we ever expected. More than a dream but a life long satisfaction. WE WILL BE BACK!!”

June and ScottOrlando, Florida

“What an amazing week! Horses were great – energetic, confident and sure-footed. Guides were amazing, generously sharing their vast knowledge of the Rockies, the prairies and trail riding. All around an 11/10!”

BethVancouver, B.C.

“This trip was a dream come true. My friend and I spent a lot of time planning and preparing for this adventure, and we’re so happy that we finally did it. If there’s a little cowgirl/boy deep inside of you, I highly recommend that you give them life before the chance gets away from you. Highly recommended!”

AJ Italian Alps, Italy

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