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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Trail Ride to the Great Divide


Note: Please see General Ride Information for important details

This ride is in an area of the spectacular Rocky Mountains south of Banff known as Kananaskis Country.

Day One

The staging area will be the Anchor D Ranch (see Travel and Accommodation for details and directions). Meet there by 9:30 am on your ride start date.

We will transport you, horses and gear to the Etherington trailhead, where we will load the wagon, mount our horses and set off on the trail to camp. We will ride up Etherington Creek to the Great Divide Trail, up over Baril Peak and down to Baril Creek, to meet the wagons at the first campsite.

Day Two

After breakfast we mount the horses and head up Baril Creek, drop over a canyon into B.C., around Mount Boulton, and back to camp. This is a longer day (approximately 6 ½ hours of riding), and very rugged and steep terrain is negotiated.

Day Three

We break camp, load the wagons and the riders head up over Fitzsimmons and Strawberry ridges and drop down into the Highwood River Valley, where the second camp has been set up.

Day Four

Today the riders go into the high country overlooking Muir Creek. We cross south Muir Creek and ride south over North Muir Creek. Lots of riding along high ridges and steep trails leading back to camp.

Day Five

We head up McPhail Creek, ride up over the Hill of Flowers, through Bishop Pass to Lake of the Horns. The horses are tied off, and you hike up to the lake for some incredible views from the top, or stay an enjoy the view where you are.

Day Six

The horses are ready and the wagons are packed by 10:30 a.m., ready to head to the trailhead. The wagons go on ahead to the trailhead, and the riders cross to the west side of the Highwood Mountain Range. Lunch is on top of Baldy, where we can look to the west at the Continental Divide range, where we’ve spent the entire week riding.

We end our trip at the Cat Creek trailhead, where the van is waiting to take us back to civilization and the Anchor D Ranch.

“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

“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

“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

“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


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