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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Trail Ride to Waterton Lakes National Park


Note: Please see General Ride Information for important details

This 5-day adventure ride is in Waterton Lakes National Park, the south section of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Day One (Monday)

The staging area will be the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary (see Travel and Accommodation for details and directions). Meet there before 8:00 am on your ride start date. Remember to have a hearty breakfast before you arrive.

The bus will depart at 8:00 am sharp and proceed south out of the city and into the countryside. There will be a stop and guided tour at the Bar U Ranch, a historic national site on the Cowboy Trail. The bus will continue down the Cowboy Trail, and stop in the town of Pincher Creek for lunch.  Finally, you will arrive at Alpine Stables in Waterton Lakes National Park for 2 hour ride.

After the ride, you will taken to the camp to enjoy a hearty meal and settle in for the night.

Days Two to Four (Tuesday to Thursday)

Each day starts with a hearty hot breakfast followed by a full day ride in Waterton Lakes National Park. You will enjoy your packed lunch at a highlight, lake or lookout, on the trail. Back in camp, you will enjoy a 3-course dinner followed by a campfire before retiring for the evening.

Day Five (Friday)

There will be 4 to 5 hour ride that morning, including a stop for your trail lunch.  At about 2 pm, a bus will transport you back to the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary for your trip home.

NOTE #1: Helmets are mandatory for all riders.

NOTE #2: Everyone is encouraged to take the provided transportation between Calgary and Waterton.  However, we do realize that driving to the ranch is more convenient for some people, for example riders who are driving up into Canada from the south.  If this applies to you, please let us know and we will provide directions.

Photo Galleries

The Trail Riders rode in Waterton Lakes National Park from 2015 to 2017.  Please take a look at the photo galleries for those years taken by our photo content entrants and winners:

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“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!”


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