Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies
2018 Trail Ride Vacations
“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!”
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”
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.
“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!”
“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.”
“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??”
“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.”
“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!!!”
“This ENTIRE adventure was more than we ever expected. More than a dream but a life long satisfaction. WE WILL BE BACK!!”
“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!”
Subsequent Evenings MILL CREEK TRCR CAMP
Refer to Day 1 evening for description.
Note: The last night in camp is our traditional awards, induction of new members, and skit night so keep this in mind during the week so you can create the best skit, poem, or tall tale ever! This is a TRCR tradition and great fun!
Final Day 10 am – A shorter ride and then return to Calgary
The great thing about travelling with Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is that you don’t need to worry about moving camp on a daily basis. Unfortunately, however, all good things must come to an end and today we pack our duffle and after another spectacular days ride, we return via bus to Calgary.
(Note: Do not expect to arrive in Calgary until 8:00 pm)
Hopefully you have already booked your nights accommodation, unless you are planning to drive home that night. It is not recommended that you make travel plans Saturday night, but rather stay in Calgary. These accommodations before and after the ride must by booked by you and the cost is not included in your ride fee. By then it is tears, hugs with newly made friends and sad farewells as we leave each other with promises of, “See ya next year!”
Note: There will be no official “after the ride dinner,” but riders staying the night in Calgary, often gather for dinner or drinks and one last get together before they go their separate ways.)
Where are we Riding?
Day 1 - Arrival and Base Camp
After a two-hour tour and lunch at the Bar U Ranch, enjoy a leisurely short ride into our base camp. Home for the next five days!
Day 2 - Blue Lake
A relaxing six-hour ride with mild elevation gains. Enjoy your picnic lunch with a mountainous background before ascending to Spionkop Ridge. Watch for bighorn sheep and moose. Enjoy the spectacular view into Waterton Lakes National Park and as far south as Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. (Note: the three-minute video on the homepage was filmed here).
Day 3 - Windsor Ridge and Castle
A more challenging eight-hour ride. This is grizzly and sheep habitat.
Day 4 - Avalanche Slope
After that challenging ride up Windsor Ridge the previous day, enjoy a relaxing six-hour ride up to a beautiful rock headwall with a potential hike to a waterfall at the lunch break. Possible ride to Hidden Falls after, adding one hour.
Day 5 - Whitney Creek
A gentle ride through a mix of forest and open country. Good vantage points and leisurely lunch by the creek and small waterfall with a fishing and wading opportunity.
Day 6 - Gladstone Falls
A gentle, flat ride for last day. Predominantly forested and shaded with an option to stay in camp and ride out around noon.