An unforgettable adventure awaits you during this week-long excursion. Over 5 days of riding all day we explore the Foothills and ride through forests and meadows until we reach higher elevations and the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
7 day packtrips will typically cover 100-120 km of both foothill and mountain topography in Kananaskis Country. Five days gives you lots of time to develop an affection and appreciation for both your horse and the Canadian wilderness, though almost everyone agrees that the time flies quickly and they are left with the urge to return and explore other untracked valleys and ridgelines.
This trip normally runs Sunday through Saturday (see schedule). Arrival day is Sunday, departure day is Saturday. The itinerary below is an outline of what to expect, rather than a fixed agenda. We may have to alter the plan if conditions like weather, bear activity or river water levels make a trail unsafe.
Day 1: We will arrange pick-up from Calgary in the afternoon, either from the international airport or a hotel – please be sure to send us your arrival or hotel details). The exact pick up time will be coordinated with you directly, but typically we don’t schedule pick-ups before 4 pm. After a approximately 1 hour drive you will be dropped off at the M&M Ranch where we have a welcome meet & greet BBQ with all guests and the staff to give you and us the chance to get to know each other a bit, ask questions and – most importantly – go over the plan for the next days, including weather forecast and reminders of what you need to bring. We will talk to you about your riding skills, preferences and dislikes in a horse so we can select a good match for you to ride over the next days.
You will then be issued a sturdy duffle bag, sleeping bag and mattress. After you check into your room, you will have time to pack and prepare for the trip and socialize with the other guest.
Day 2: After breakfast it’s time to meet “your” horse! We carefully pick a companion from our herd to match your abilities and physical size. While grooming and saddling you get the chance to acquaint yourself with your new friend. After a short test ride in our arena we will pack a lunch and leave the ranch – either on horseback or by loading them on a trailer and departing from a near trailhead. We take it easy the first day and ride through the forests and meadows of the Foothills until we reach our first camp. Typically, we ride between 4 and 5 hours on the first day.
When arriving in camp, we take care of the horses, groom and feed them and then have time to rest ourselves with a good cup of cowboy coffee or tea. The camp is located near a small river that is refreshing on a hot day – for those who like to take a splash! Dinner is made over an open fire. We have put up large wall tents that offer enough space and shelter for the group.
Day 3: If the weather for the day is favourable we will break camp after breakfast and depart for our longest day of the week. A breathtaking ride through the foothills and across Forgetmenot Range will take the better part of 7 hours to get top our next camp. This ride can’t be done in poor weather conditions.
Day 4: After a long day we will take a little break and explore the valley we are camped. A short ride will take you to scenic views, there is a waterfall that can be explored as well. On a hot day, it’s great to spend some time at the river and relax or go for a swim. We expect to ride for about 4 hours. We are not moving camp today.
Day 5: We have several options for this day, one is a longer ride around a mountain range. It is a long (7 hour) but very scenic ride that will stay in your memories for a long time.
Day 6: After breakfast, we will break camp and depart the valley that we have grown to love. Again, several options are possible for this day, from an easy 3 hour ride to a 5.5 hour route that takes us over a ridge line with phenomenal views.
In the afternoon, we reach the trailhead where we will be picked up by the trailer. After a short drive back to the ranch you can relax, shower and let the memories settle before we all get together for a final dinner in the lodge.
Day 7: After breakfast, it’s time to say good bye. The shuttle will pick you up around 9.30 AM to take you back to Calgary. With you will be the memories of an unforgettable adventure in Kananaskis Country.
Prices include: 5 days of guided riding in Kananaskis Country, pick up from Calgary Sunday and return to Calgary Saturday, 2 nights in our guesthouse, all meals from Sunday night to Saturday morning.
Not included is alcohol with your meals and on the trail, 5% federal tax.
|Price per person:||$2,295 (CAD), see schedule for trip dates|
|Level of Experience:||intermediate to experienced (see details)|
|Pace and Terrain:||mostly walk on easy to rugged trails; trots and canters, some trail sections are very technical and require good balance and full control over the horse, rides range from 4 to 8 hours/day|
|Accommodation:||2 nights at the M&M Ranch (surcharge for single room applies), 4 nights in camp|
|If you wish to extend your stay, you can add a few days of “Ranch & Ride”. Click here for more information.|