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Ranch Stay in Alberta

Embark on a real Canadian ranch adventure and uncover the beauty of the Rockies to experience this beautiful region like never before. On horseback, explore the beautiful mountains and foothills of the picture-perfect Kananaski country and create a programme that is flexible and suitable to you. After a long day in the saddle, return to the warmth and comfort of this fabulous ranch situated in the heart of the countryside.
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Centre based holidays
8 days (5 days riding)
From £1,390
Family holidays
from 6 y.o
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Itinerary

Highlights

- Ranch stays will go ahead with no minimum of participants required
- Choose from a menu of options to customise your stay
- Available to all level of riders. Choose the speed and difficulty of your ride according to your level of skill. This is the perfect choice for families!
- Enjoy the comfort of a cozy lodge situated in the heart of the Kananaski countryside
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - CALGARY

    Kananaskis Ranch
    Fly from Europe to Calgary. Flights are not included but can be booked upon request.

    Our guide will welcome you at the airport at 4pm and transfer you to the ranch (approximately 1 hour drive). You will have a little time to relax before meeting the team and your fellow riders. Enjoy your first night at the ranch with a delicious welcome BBQ where you will discuss the plan for the week ahead.
  • Day 2 2 : RANCH KANANASKI – DAILY PROGRAMME TAILORED TO YOU

    Kananaskis Ranch
    Wake up in the heart of the Kananaski countryside for your first full day on horseback.

    How you spend your time will depend upon the programme you have chosen to customise your experience: private lessons to learn about trail riding and horsemanship, half-day trail ride or full-day trail ride discovering the beauty of the surrounding mountains and foothills of this spectacular region. Full-day rides include 5-7 hours riding, half-day rides (2-3 hours) are also possible.

    Outside of your horse riding activities, you will be able to make the most of the fantastic surroundings of the ranch and its cozy lodge style accommodation, outdoor fire pit and yard.

    You have the option of both a full-board and half-board stay, where you are free to make own plans for lunch or dinner and try out the local restaurants in the nearby towns.
  • Day 3 3 : RANCH KANANASKI – DAILY PROGRAMME TAILORED TO YOU

    Kananaskis Ranch
    How you spend your time will depend upon the programme you have chosen to customise your experience: private lessons to learn about trail riding and horsemanship, half day trail ride or full day trail ride discovering the beauty of the surrounding mountains and foothills of this spectacular region.

    Outside of your horse riding activities, you will be able to make the most of the fantastic surroundings of the ranch and its cozy lodge-style accommodation, outdoor fire pit and yard. You have the option of both a full-board and half-board stay, where you are free to make own plans for lunch or dinner and try out the local restaurants in the nearby towns.

  • Day 4 4 : RANCH KANANASKI – DAILY PROGRAMME TAILORED TO YOU

    Kananaskis Ranch
    How you spend your time will depend upon the programme you have chosen to customise your experience: private lessons to learn about trail riding and horsemanship, half day trail ride or full day trail ride discovering the beauty of the surrounding mountains and foothills of this spectacular region.

    Outside of your horse riding activities, you will be able to make the most of the fantastic surroundings of the ranch and its cozy lodge-style accommodation, outdoor fire pit and yard. You have the option of both a full-board and half-board stay, where you are free to make own plans for lunch or dinner and try out the local restaurants in the nearby towns.
  • Day 5 5 : RANCH KANANASKI – DAILY PROGRAMME TAILORED TO YOU

    Kananaskis Ranch
    How you spend your time will depend upon the programme you have chosen to customise your experience: private lessons to learn about trail riding and horsemanship, half day trail ride or full day trail ride discovering the beauty of the surrounding mountains and foothills of this spectacular region.

    Outside of your horse riding activities, you will be able to make the most of the fantastic surroundings of the ranch and its cozy lodge-style accommodation, outdoor fire pit and yard. You have the option of both a full-board and half-board stay, where you are free to make own plans for lunch or dinner and try out the local restaurants in the nearby towns.
  • Day 6 6 : RANCH KANANASKI – DAILY PROGRAMME TAILORED TO YOU

    Kananaskis Ranch
    How you spend your time will depend upon the programme you have chosen to customise your experience: private lessons to learn about trail riding and horsemanship, half day trail ride or full day trail ride discovering the beauty of the surrounding mountains and foothills of this spectacular region.

    Outside of your horse riding activities, you will be able to make the most of the fantastic surroundings of the ranch and its cozy lodge-style accommodation, outdoor fire pit and yard. You have the option of both a full-board and half-board stay, where you are free to make own plans for lunch or dinner and try out the local restaurants in the nearby towns.
  • Day 7 7 : CALGARY - EUROPE

    One last hearty cowboy breakfast before saying goodbye to the team and horses. With you, will be the memories of an unforgettable adventure in Kananaskis Country.

    Transfer to Calgary airport at around 9:30am. Return flight to Europe must be departing after 12:30pm.

  • Day 8 8 : EUROPE

    Arrival in Europe in the morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride. They are based on a 6-night riding programme, riding between 5-7 hours per day depending on what you are looking for.

- Dates are flexible and you can arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. This holiday will confirm for one person and all departures are guaranteed. We recommend a stay of 6 nights, but it is possible to stay for as little as 3 nights and as many as 10 nights. Please contact us for a personalised quote over your preferred dates. 

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 1 international rider and a maximum of 8 riders, plus guides.

- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. £160/€180. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date.

- Accompanied minors are welcome from 10 yo, provided they match the riding requirements.

- Rider weight limit: 100 kg/15 st/220lbs. Heavier riders may be accepted with advance notice but you must match the riding requirements and be able to mount and dismount unassisted.

- There is a supplement for riders requesting a specific diet at CAD 10 per person per day (around GBP 5 per person)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Staff and guides

English-speaking guides and wranglers

Logistics

1 horse/rider

Domestic transportation

Return airport transfers

Accommodation

Double or twin room

Meals

Full board accommodation from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D7

Extra

Saddlebags

Price doesn't include

Meals

Alcohol is not included (payable locally by cash in CAD or credit card). Personal extras payable locally as well.

Transports

Transfers outside normal hours
International flights

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
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Equestrian info

Horses

A team of 37 beautifully bred horses, well adapted to the winter and demanding terrain of the region. You will find that there is a horse for everyone, with a variety of breeds including Percheron and Paint crusaders, Welsh Pony, quarter horses, as well as Arabian and Canadian bred horses. The horses are working horses- robust, tough and sure footed.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

This trip is perfect for beginners who wish to learn how to ride outside and on a variety of terrains, but also for experienced riders who wish to perfect a certain discipline or wish to have the opportunity to discover Canada on horseback.
Children accompanied by adults and can ride at a very good level are accepted from 10 years.

Rider weight limit: 100 kg/15 st/220lbs. Heavier riders may be accepted with advance notice but you must match the riding requirements and be able to mount and dismount unassisted.

Pace

The main pace of the ride is walk, with opportunities for trots and canters where the terrain allows it.

Tacking ability and participation

You will be asked to tack and untack your horse. From the outset, your guide will ensure that you know how to do this with Western tack and will be happy to answer any of your questions and alleviate any concerns.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

Riders willing to go on more advanced rides need to be riding fit, with good levels of endurance. The terrain can be uneven at times with significant differences in level. There may be times in the ride where you will need to dismount from your horse and walk. The ranch is located at 130m above sea level, with the altitudes encountered on the hike varying up to 2000m.

Equestrian equipment

Western saddles.
Saddlebags and water bottles provided.
Helmets are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

The guesthouse at the ranch is an ideal place to get together, enjoy the scenery of the foothills and experience western hospitality. Set on 522 acres in the foothills, the ranch is a beautiful place to enjoy the true colours of Autumn in the Rockies. With aspen forests that shine golden yellow leaves while snow-capped mountains stand majestically behind them, you will feel like you stepped into a photograph. “The Barn” equally reflects the atmosphere of the foothills with a cozy and unique space to relax in at the end of the day. The guesthouse offers room for a total of 8 guests in 5 bedrooms.
Service is limited with WIFI available for you to connect to the outside world.

Meals

All meals are homemade, using fresh and local ingredients. Meals are served communally, with everyone sharing the same large table.
If you have a special diet or food allergies, please specify when booking as menus can be adapted to vegetarian, lactose-free and gluten-free menus (supplement of $ 10 per day for a gluten-free menu)

We feature local wine and beer from chosen distributors if you would like a beverage to accompany your dinner. Any alcohol purchases can be added to your stay.

Climate

Calgary experiences long winters and short, hot summers. The climate is very influenced by the elevation of the city and the proximity of the Rocky Mountains.

Calgary experiences summer day temperatures above 30 ° C about four days a year.
Summer evenings can be quite cold; the average minimum in summer is 8 ° C and frost can occur in any month of the year.
Most of the precipitation falls from May to August; June sees the heaviest rains on average.

Autumn is the driest period. The averages for this period are around 20 ° C. Night temperatures; however, frequently drop below 0 ° C.

Although the cold winters of Calgary can be very uncomfortable, the hot dry wind, called "Chinook", blows regularly over the city from the Pacific Ocean during the winter months.
These winds have sometimes raised the temperature by more than 15 ° C in a few hours, and can last for several days.
More than half of the winter days have a maximum temperature above 0 ° C. On occasion, the temperature in winter can even approach 20 ° C.
The temperature drops below −30 ° C five days a year on average; however, periods of extreme cold generally do not last very long.

Guide and local team

Our lovely guide Neil first founded the ranch in 1991, where he combined adventure and nature, with his love for history and horses. He is passionate about his region, and takes pride in showing riders the beautiful country and horses. His philosophy? Respect the magnificent nature that surrounds the region and the fantastic team of horses that will take you there. During the camps, Neil and his team do their utmost best to preserve the natural environment for the future generations to come. His wife Undine is also part of the team and looks after the guesthouse and helps train the horses.

Tips

In Canada, it is customary to leave a tip - primarily in restaurants and other service-based establishments. Expect to leave around 10-15% of the bill.
At the ranch, your hosts are usually tipped around 100- 150CA$ per rider.

Packing list

Please note that laundry services are available.

Head
- Helmet - mandatory
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and keep you cooler
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper
- Waterproof jacket - it can rain and there are frequent thunderstorms
- Swimming costume - for the Jacuzzi

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the ranch in the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun.

Evening wear
- Casual clothes for the evening

Nightwear
- Pyjamas or nightdress

Other useful items
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding you can put them in your saddlebag
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Rehydration sachets

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you just in case.

Visa & Health

Formalities

To find out if you need a visa and check formalities required, visit the official Canadian government website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html

VISA AND ENTRY FORMALITIES
To enter Canada, a valid passport is required by all Australian, British and US nationals. All other nationalities should check with the local embassy. If you are travelling with children and only one parent is present, you should carry a letter of consent from the non-travelling parent.
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Canada. You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation using an ETD.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals, such as British nationals, are now required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.
Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. To apply, you must have a valid passport or acceptable travel document, a credit card, and an email address. You need to apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applications are approved quickly, even within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.
You can find more information about eTAs and travel to Canada by following the link below: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html

In any case please check online the official government website for any updating or modification in the entry procedures.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
If you are travelling with children, and only one parent is present, you should carry a letter of consent from the non-travelling parent. Immigration officers have the right to question children using simple and appropriate language to establish whether there are any concerns about child abduction. A letter of consent may help to dispel potential concerns. For further information check with the Canadian High Commission or the Canada Border Services Agency.

TRAVELLING VIA THE USA
If you are planning on flying to Canada via the USA, You should complete an online pre-registration form on the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) website, before you travel. The US Customs and Border Patrol recommends that you do this at least 72 hours before departure. Applying for and securing an ESTA is a separate process to your Canadian eTA.

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade du Canada
    35, avenue Montaigne
    75008 Paris
    Tél. : 01.44.43.29.02
    Fax : 01.44.43.29.86
  • Consulat du Canada à Lyon
    21, rue Bourgelat
    69002 Lyon
    Tél. : 04.72.77.64.07
    Fax : 04.72.77.65.09
    consulatcanadalyon@wanadoo.fr
  • Canadian High Commission in the UK
    Canada House, trafalgar Sq
    Trafalgar Square,
    London
    SW1Y 5BJ
    SW1Y5BJ London
    Tél. : (020) 7258 6600
    Fax :
  • British High Commission in Canada
    80 Elgin Street
    Ottawa Ontario K1P 5K7
    K1P5K7 Ottawa Ontario
    Tél. : +1 613 237 1530
    Fax :
    ukincanada@fco.gov.uk
  • Ambassade du Canada
    Avenue de Tervuren 2
    1040 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 741 06 11
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 741 06 43
    bru@international.gc.ca
  • Ambassade de France au Canada
    42, Promenade Sussex
    Ottawa
    K1M 2C9 Ontario
    Tél. : +1 (613) 789 1795
    Fax : +1 (613) 562 3735
    politique@ambafrance-ca.org

Health

There are no health requirements to enter Canada as a short-stay tourist. Visitors intending to stay in Canada for more than six months, either as tourists, students or employees, may be required to take a medical examination. Visitors working in an occupation in which protection of public health is essential may be required to undergo a medical examination even if employment is only temporary. Check with the Canadian Consulate or High Commission for further information.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.
Our recommendation:
Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

Voltage

110-120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin and three-pin (grounded) plugs are standard

Budget and money

Canadian Dollar (CAD; symbol C$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of C$2 and 1, and 25, 10, 5 cents. Although the 1c coin (or penny) remains legal tender, as of 2013 it is being phased out of circulation.
Major credit cards are widely accepted. Use of debit cards is widespread, although many stores impose a C$5 to C$20 minimum per debit card purchase, and service charges may apply.
ATMs are easy to find in populated areas but are less common in remote regions such as rural parts of the Northwest Territories, Nunuvat and Labrador. Use a machine affiliated with a major bank to reduce service charges; independent machines in locations such as casinos and convenience stores may carry high charges and do not always accept international cards.

Telephone and jetlag

Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) -0600 UTC
To call Canada, the following dial code is required.

+1 to dial Canada its 001 from UK
The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never far from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Turn yourself and start heading north, and it's not long until the traveller will find themselves in the vast and sparsely populated lands that make up the majority of Canada. With no phones and no cellular coverage, and probably pretty sparse on power, it provides a great opportunity to unplug and get away from it all. In the northern reaches of Canada, above the arctic circle, you may even find that satellite devices might not work without a clear view of the sky over the equator.

Did you know?

Did you know?

The Calgary Stampede.
The Calgary Stampede is an event that preserves and celebrates the local western heritage and sense of community. It is one of the world’s best know tournament-style rodeos and offers many attractions and activities to a crowd of international visitors. It was born in 1886 with the first Calgary Exhibition – a small event that was seen as the opportunity to share knowledge about practicing agriculture and showcasing the best of the west. It became an annual event and grew steadily until it started to attract national attention and hosted its first stampede in 1912. Nowadays, the Calgary Stampede usually takes place in July and features a stampede rodeo, livestock competitions and horse shows, as well as many other agricultural and western events. You can find out more in the Calgary Stampede official website.

If you are interested in learning more about rodeo and western traditions, this could be a great add-on to your ranch holiday as this particular ranch is located less than an hour from Calgary.