Horses and Alberta go back a long way. The
west was explored with horses, tamed by mounties on horseback,
settled with horses and ploughed with horses. Today there are
numerous opportunites for exploring Alberta on horseback. Here
are a couple you will find of equestrian interest.
Choose from a great variety of horsebacking adventures
in Jasper National Park
Pyramid Lake Stables (at Pyramid
Resort) has short rides up into the benchlands above Jasper
Ridgeline Riders in Jasper has longer guide rides
available at Maligne Lake, including
the Bald Hills Fire Lookout ride (780-852-3370)
At Jasper Park Lodge, horse are available for hourly rental.
From here you can take a leisurely ride to Lake Annette or a
5 hour canyon ride. Riding lessons are also available.
For a longer expedition how about 3 or 4 days at the Shovel
Pass Lodge. Private cabins (newly renovated) with home cooking.
Call Skyline Trail Rides (403-852-4215)
We do recommend guided trail riding.
There are a variety of reasons that we will not go into here.
Short rides are available
from Timberline Tours to Bow Lake (call 403-522-3743).
They also do expeditions up to 14 days or longer. Talk to the
Holiday on Horseback . Their corral is
at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Hotel and they run one hour trips along the Spray
River. If you fancy the idea of riding your mount up to a hearty
breakfast then this is the place! They also arrangecovered wagon
rides and rides that include wilderness cookouts (1800-661-8352).
Best time to try the six day ride is the fall when leaves have
started to change and weather is still nice.
Brewsters Lake Louise Stables. You can ride (half day) to the
plain of six glaciers (Lake Louise)
on an awe-inspiring ride where you will see something very vew
people will ever see, six stunning glaciers. Saddle up for another
amazing (full day) ride to Paradise Valley, the Giant Steps
and lake Annette. Lunch is included. Contact Brewster's Lake
Louise Stables at 403-522-3522. Want more cowboy stuff? How
about Brewster's Cowboy and dance barn.
For those seeking multi day pack trips consider calling
Kananaskis Area (southwest of Calgary)
East of Banff in Kanaskis country is the Rafter Six Ranch, near
Seebe. Situated nicely on the banks of the Kananaskis River
is a ranch with lodging in a guest ranch, daily trail rides
and good old country coooking. (403-673-3622)
Just off highway 40 you find the Boundary ranch where adventure
rides are available as well as week-long trail ride backcountry
trips. Your choice. (877-591-7177)
Alpine Stables features horses and guides daylight hours with
over 200 kilometers of trails. Ask about Crypt Lake