Most people around here will tell you that their favourite time of year is when the aspen trees turn golden yellow and the mountains get their first dusting of snow. We call it Indian Summer, when warm and clear days with blue skies generate crisp, vibrant colours. The air smells fresh, the play of light and shadow is dramatic and foreshadows the change of season.
September is statistically the driest month of the year. Night time temperatures are often below zero, but the day time highs are typically in the high teens and can reach the mid-20s.
During this week long vacation we aim to ride trails that let us appreciate the fall colours the most. The foothills are an ideal setting.
At the beginning of the week we will pair you with a horse partner to match your skill set to be your companion for the week. You may however enjoy trying a variety of different horses through out your stay, and that is possible.
Each day starts with a freshly prepared breakfast in our guest lodge. With either full continental breakfast, bacon and eggs, pancakes or waffles and fruit, you will head on the trail fully charged. Lunch will be taken in a scenic spot along the trail and dinner is served as a family style meal in our guest lodge. We take great pride in using fresh and local ingredients and prepare all meals from scratch using proven recipes.
Accommodation: Single Room (surcharge); Double Rooms (2 twins or king size bed) Shared Bathroom
(subject to change due to weather and other natural causes)
Sunday: We pick you up from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) around 4:00 in the afternoon. It is about a 1 hour drive to ranch, welcome and check-in. Meet & greet and dinner at guest house
Monday: After breakfast, you will meet “your” horse. After grooming and tacking you can get comfortable in our arena first before we head on our first ride to Whiskey Ridge
Tuesday: A four hour ride is planned in the foothills west of Bragg Creek, folllowed by some time to tour and shop in the hamlet of Bragg Creek before returning home for supper
Wednesday: North Fork is a 23 km loop southwest of the ranch offering some stunning views of the Rockies. This one takes us through the aspen forest, which should be stunning in late September.
Thursday: We’ll trailer the horses a bit further into the mountains this time, and explore the upper Elbow Valley. There are more evergreens in this area where you will pass beneath 3000m mountains and splash through the icy waters of the Elbow. Our route will depend on how hard everyone wants to ride, but there are many trails to choose from.
Friday: We’ve saved a ride over Powderface Ridge for the last day as a culmination of the week. From the 2100m high summit you will enjoy sweeping views of over a hundred kilometres to the east, and almost as far to the north and south.
Saturday: Departure is normally scheduled for 9:30, which will have you at the airport (or other Calgary location by 10:30.
Cost (double room) for 2018 season: $2295 pp + 5% federal tax