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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

2018 Trail Ride Vacations

Join us for, the Best Vacation of your Life!

Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

This summer we will have six, six-day rides, in the Castle Provincial Park and Wildlands area in southwestern Alberta, Canada. Our wilderness base camp, known as “Teepee Town” will be located on Mill Creek, north of the border of Waterton Lakes National Park. 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. Our hot home cooked meals are served in a large kitchen/dining tent and we have plenty of hot water, washbasins, a hot private outdoor shower, separate mens/ladies washing tents, and dry toilets.

The traditional “Doughnut tent” is where we gather in the evenings around the campfire for our traditional “sing-song” with music, entertainment, and educational talks. All this fun while the professional staff look after the food, the horses, and your safety and well being. It is a complete holiday package!


Note: Please see General Ride Information and Logistics for important details

Day 1 Morning 7:30 AM Acclaim Hotel, Calgary, Alberta

Transportation Between the Acclaim Hotel and our trailhead:

The bus between the hotel and the trailhead has been arranged and is included in the cost of your ride. The bus departs from the Acclaim Hotel early Monday morning at 8:00 am to start your adventure, so please arrive at 7:30 am for check-in (and have a hearty breakfast first).

Your Emcee will be on board to register you, brief you on details for the week and answer your questions. As part of introducing you to our western history and culture, our first stop will be, the famous Bar U Ranch National Historic Sitewhere we will have a 2 hour tour followed by lunch, included in your ride fee.

Next we are off to the corral where you will meet the staff; there will be a safety orientation, and then you will be introduced to your horse. Horses are matched to riders according to the specifications that you will have given in your online registration. Saddle bags will be available to you there for your insect repellent, camera, binoculars, energy bars, water bottle, gloves, sunglasses, and an additional sweater will come in handy for your ride. Bring your rain slicker and keep it separate as it will be tide to your saddle. Then we “saddle up” for a short one hour ride to our base camp (your duffel will be packed on horses and arrive in camp ahead of you.)

Day 1 Evening – 6:00 PM MILL CREEK T.R.C.R. CAMP (AKA “TEEPEE TOWN”)

After arriving camp, you will settle in to your comfortable accommodations and perhaps clean up and get ready for “happy hour” and dinner. The chefs will prepare a multi-course dinner that quickly wipes away those hunger pangs. You will be surprised what our chefs can prepare: (alternating) roast chicken, BBQ steaks, baked ham, roast beef…. Sides include: potatoes, vegetable, salad, coleslaw and of course dessert! (Note: this is a set menu; please let us know of allergies and or dietary concerns. Accommodations may be made where possible.)

After dinner, as the sun dips below the mountains, a roaring campfire is started in our “Doughnut tent” (weather dependent). As you enjoy your favourite beverages, you may be entertained with music for a campfire sing-a-long, story telling, educational talks, squaring dancing, and/or cowboy poetry. With a full belly of food and drink and some good laughs with new friends, everyone turns in for the evening.

Days 2 – 5 8:00 AM MILL CREEK T.R.C.R. CAMP

The breakfast bell will ring for all to gather in the dining tent for a hot and hearty breakfast (alternating) – eggs, bacon, sausage, hot biscuits, pancakes, bacon, fruit and French toast. Your morning ritual will include hot coffee in the dining tent and perhaps a wash at our rustic wash areas with plenty of hot water.

After breakfast, guests will prepare their own picnic lunches choosing from a variety of breads, cold cuts, drinks and snacks. Next, everyone will meet at the corral where the cowboys and the head guide will greet you with a smile and a “how ya’ doin this morning?” The cowboys saddle the horses, check the cinches, and by 9:30 am we are off on the trail.

Each day will find you exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers or mountain pass. This area actually gives us more options than we have days to ride! The high, uninhabited valleys of the Rockies offer peace and contentment combined with the thrill of majestic vistas. There is a sweep of majesty to this land, a towering grandeur and nobility of face, so powerful in its vast silence. This alpine land abounds in larch, spruce and fir trees, mountain animals and birds, incredible alpine flowers, meadows and parklands leading to the nearby snow capped peaks and ridges.

By noon, we have reached our destination and after lunch, riders can fish, stroll, visit or stretch out for a nap in the hot mountain sun. A camera for these trips is a must! By late afternoon, it’s back to camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four-course dinner.

“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

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?

Trail Descriptions, 2018

Bring your binoculars and camera every day!

The Waterton/Castle area is quite remote. Expect to see no one else except your fellow trail riders this week. Also, enjoy the fact that there is no cell phone or internet coverage! Get unplugged!

All rides are weather dependent and subject to change. Riders have the option of staying in camp any day to rest and relax.

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.


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