What to Bring

Clothing, footwear, for sleeping and accessories.

We are riding at high altitudes in the Rocky Mountains and the weather can vary from warm sunshine, to sudden downpours, to cold wet snow. Trail Riders can encounter temperatures ranging from +5°C (41°F) to +25°C (77°F) during the day, and from +10°C (50°F) to ‐5°C (23°F) during the night, depending on the weather. We suggest the following list of articles to bring so you will be warm and comfortable, regardless of the climate.

Clothing

The main idea is to dress in layers:

  • A cowboy hat, or something to keep the sun off of you
  • Rain Hat
  • Warm Coat
  • Heavy Sweater and/or Vest
  • Light Jacket
  • Rain Slicker or Rain Suit. Light plastic or vinyl capes will not do! Do not bring ponchos. (These have a tendency to flap in the breeze and can spoke the horses.) Keep your rain gear with you at all times!
  • Riding Chaps (Optional)
  • Light Riding Gloves
  • Warm Gloves
  • Extra Large Rubber Gloves (Worn over warm gloves on cold wet days)
  • Extra Jeans
  • Extra Shirts
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Underwear

Footwear

  • Riding Boots (Work boots with heels are fine as they double as hiking boots – make sure they are water proof)
  • Light Shoes or Sneakers (for camp)
  • Rubber or other waterproof Boots
  • Hiking boots for those hikes around camp or at lunch breaks

For Sleeping

  • Good Quality Sleeping Bag (suitable for ‐10°C)
  • Foam Mattresses are provided
  • Woollen toque (ski hat) and Socks
  • Long Underwear
  • Sweat Suit with Hood

Accessories

  • Personal Medications (It’s a long ride to the nearest drugstore!)
  • Camera
  • Extra Batteries (you will be taking LOTS of pictures – bring your camera charger too)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen (Lotion) (a must!)
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Bath Towel and Face Cloth
  • Flashlight & Extra Batteries
  • Facial Tissues
  • Soap and Shampoo (biodegradable)
  • Something to read
  • Small Saddle Bags or Fanny Pack (Optional) No backpacks while on a horse!
  • Liquid Refreshment

Duffle / Luggage

Remember to bring warm clothes. Leave your riding clothes and rain gear out of your duffel, as you will be in the saddle for several hours during each day.

Each guest is restricted to TWO duffel bags which includes your sleeping bag and EACH bag may not weigh more than 18 kg. (40lbs). Duffel bags must be of the standard variety, sturdy and well made. Any kind of luggage (the standard variety type used on aircraft) is NOT acceptable. DO NOT pack breakable items in your duffel. Alcohol is best in plastic bottles, beer in cans and wine in boxes. Alternatively, pack breakable items inside your sleeping bag. The T.R.C.R. does not guarantee the safe arrival of any type of breakable item! ALL duffel and supplies are packed into our base camp by horses.

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.

“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

“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

Notes

For guests traveling by air, you may want to consider packing your cowboy boots, shirt and jeans or any other items for the ride in your carry on. If your luggage gets delayed and it doesn’t arrive in time for your departure, you may look funny wearing swim trunks in the saddle! We have extra sleeping bags in camp if you need one. Saddle bags will be provided by the T.R.C.R.

Candy is a good idea and we do not sell alcohol. Please bring your own. Wine with our fantastic dinners is best in a box. Bring your joke books and some skit ideas if you like; we do have a selection of cards, games, books, etc. in camp for your leisure. Most importantly, leave your troubles and cares at home and bring your smiles and sense of humour. Be prepared for the “best vacation of your life” ™

What not to bring!

Do not bring any time type of electronic device; no headphones, iPads, iPods, cell phones, or any electronic device at all! Get “unplugged” for the week; it is good for the soul!

Reminder to all smokers: there is no smoking on the trail, (at rest areas only) and our polices are fairly strict in camp.

Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

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