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Cattle drives and more at a guest ranch in southern Alberta


If you are looking to experience an authentic cowboy lifestye then this guest ranch south of Calgary is the perfect choice.  Join ranch cowboys as they herd cattle through the picturesque Porcupine Hills of southwestern Alberta. Surround yourself with 4000 acres of vast open country, which comprises the impressive working cattle ranch. Herds of elk and deer mingle with Texas Longhorns and Crossbred cattle, as well as Percheron, Appaloosa and Quarter horses.

Established in 1881 this ranch stands as testament to a bygone era. After a day in the saddle, you can spend the evening beside a crackling campfire or relaxing on our deck. Taste the crystal clear spring water that flows through our ranchyard into a pond that is home to colourful ducks and geese. Join the local cowboys as they go about the daily ranch activities.

Besides the daily horseback riding tours, other ranch activities include cattle drives, branding days, seasonal round-ups and regular checks on cattle & horses. Other activity options include team roping practice & learn the basics of roping the dummy, challenge someone to a game of horseshoes, enjoy an evening of firepit cameraderie or hike the hills and watch for birds and other wildlife.  

Cattle drives are offered throughout the spring, summer and fall and are an integral part of the functioning of the ranch. This ranch runs about 600 head of cattle & 80 horses.  If participating in a cattle drive it is suggested that a week package would be most suitable as it gives you the time to get to know your horse, as well as getting a bit of knowledge about the terrain in the surrounding hills.  Cattle drives start in late May with the drive to move the yearlings to their summer pasture and are scheduled throughout the summer until mid October for the big round up to bring the cattle home for the winter.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Guest Ranches
SEASON

late May to October

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

All packages included guided horseback riding, moving cattle and ranch activities.

RESTRICTIONS

The regular ranch packages are basically trail ride weeks which sometimes include a little bit of cattle work. Basic riding skills are required from every rider, we are not able to take guests who have never been on a horse before as well as guest under the age of 14 years.

The ranch is placed in the scenic foothills surrounded with lots of wildlife. Up and down hill riding as well as hidden holes caused by prairie dogs make the beautiful terrain challenging why our main gait will be walk. Guests are welcome to share ranch life and enjoy their free time after supper with our marked hiking trails in the scenic nature. 

On the cattle drives packages guests need to be experienced riders who can handle 6-8 hours in the saddle. 

The ranch has Internet access but no cell phone service.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Not Applicable
TRANSPORTATION

Access to this ranch is convenient from either the Calgary International Airport (1.5 hour drive) or from the U.S. Montana border crossing.

Transportation is available from Calgary International Airport and back: $300 for the first passenger and $50 per passenger after that. For pick up at other destinations in Calgary an additional fee will be charged.

WEATHER

Southern Alberta can be dry and hot in summer but rainstorms are common.

REGION
Southern Alberta
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All riding gear and ranch equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, long pants for riding, long-sleeved shirts, riding boots or hiking boots, hat, gloves, shorts, t-shirts.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Guests may choose between three accommodation options: a new log guest house, the main ranch house or an historic Pioneer cabin.  

The new, hand-crafted custom-built  log guest cabin was completed only three years ago. Completely self-contained, this cozy accommodation choice very much reflects the ranches western flavour. Available in this cabin are two bedrooms with queen-sized beds as well as a loft with a double-sized futon. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms.  

In the main ranch house, accommodation includes, two double guestrooms with shared bath & sitting room on a private floor.  

Or guests may choose the rustic life in a turn of the century refurbished pioneer cabin.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals are home-cooked with ranch-raised beef & plenty of vegetables. Desserts are varied, homemade and delicious! Hearty ranch breakfast served. 

3 day tour, available late May - mid October
$600.00 / per person - CAD
2 nights. 1 day of riding. Based on double occupancy.
5 day tour, available late May - mid October
$1200.00 / per person - CAD
4 nights. Riding and ranch activities. Based on double occupancy.
7 day tour, available late May - mid October
$1650.00 / per person - CAD
6 nights. Riding, ranch activities and local sightseeing tours. Based on double occupancy.
7 day tour, available late May - mid October
$2050.00 / per person - CAD
Cattle drives. 6 nights. Sold out for 2018. 2019 dates coming soon.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
50% of the your package cost is required for confirmation of your Ranch stay. If we receive your cancellation less than 30 days prior to your date of arrival, the Ranch will not refund your deposit. If a cancellation should occur 31 or more days prior to your arrival date, a handling fee of $150 + 5% GST per booking will be due and payable to the ranch.
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