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Horseback riding adventure through Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta


This summer your guide will have five, six-day rides based at our Mill Creek Camp, part of the Waterton/Castle area in southwestern Alberta, Canada. The wilderness base camp, known as “Teepee Town” will be located on Mill Creek, north of the border of Waterton Lakes National Park. The camp, although “rustic and wilderness,” has private accommodations for individuals, families and friends, in walled tents and native Indian style canvas teepees, complete with raised cots and mattresses. Hot home cooked meals are served in a large kitchen/dining tent and we have plenty of hot water, washbasins, a hot private outdoor shower, separate mens/ladies washing tents, and dry toilets.

The traditional “Doughnut tent” is where we gather in the evenings around the campfire for our traditional “sing-song” or perhaps music, entertainment, and educational talks. All this fun while the professional staff look after the food, the horses, and your safety and well being. It is a complete holiday package!

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Horseback Riding & Pack Trips
SEASON

July to  August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
20
GUIDE INFORMATION

Horses are cared for by the Head Guide and the cowboys. The Head guide is responsible for all safety issues and carries both a first aid kit and a satellite telephone for emergencies only.

RESTRICTIONS

For our entire 93 years of colourful history we have “geared ourselves” towards both the experienced rider and the inexperienced “dudes.” It is not necessary to be an experienced horseman, however we STRONGLY SUGGEST that every rider “brush up” on the riding skills before attending a ride. We travel at a steady walk and all the horses are handled and cared for by the staff. Young people are welcome to come on the ride with one or more of their parents (grandparents – a frequent occurrence). All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend that children be at least eight years old and have some camping/horse experience.

Riders have a weight restriction of 225 lbs and must speak fluent English for safety reasons.

Please do not bring iPhones, iPads, iPods, radios, computers etc. etc. You are here to unplug yourself!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Warm sleeping bag, bath towel and face cloth, flashlight, soap and shampoo.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end at the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. Bus transportation to and from Calgary is included in the package.

WEATHER

You will be riding at high altitudes in the Rocky Mountains and the weather can vary from warm sunshine, to sudden downpours, to cold wet snow. Trail riders can encounter temperatures ranging from +5°C (41°F) to +25°C (77°F) during the day, and from +10°C (50°F) to -5°C (23°F) during the night, depending on the weather. 

REGION
Southern Alberta
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Foam mattress, saddle bags, all riding gear and horse tack, entertainment. Park fees, entrance fees and membership fees are included.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Rain gear, warm coat, hat, light jacket, wool or fleece underclothes, gloves, warm socks, long underwear, riding/hiking boots, sneakers, rubber boots.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, saddle bags or fanny pack, sunglassses, sunscreen, water bottle, insect repellent, binoculars, riding chaps.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The camp has private accommodations for individuals, families and friends, in walled tents or Indian style canvas teepees, complete with raised cots and mattresses. The hot gourmet meals are served in a large kitchen/dining tent and we have plenty of hot water, toilets, and hot showers. Where possible, riders select their own teepee/tent mates, particularly with families or friends wishing to be together. 

 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Hearty meals are served by our expert camp cooks in a large dining tent.

6 day tour, available July - August
$2875.00 / per person - CAD
July 8-13, July 15-20, July 22-27, July 29-August 3, August 7-12, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
If you cancel more than 90 days before the ride start date, you will receive any monies paid less a $50 membership fees. If you cancel 90 days or less but more than 30 days before your ride start date, you will receive 50% of any monies paid. If you cancel 30 days or less before your ride start date, there is no refund. If you decide to transfer to another ride this year, you must do so 30 days or more before the ride start date. 100% of any monies paid will be transferred to the new ride. This is subject to availability.

6 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

Monday Morning – 7:30 AM Acclaim Hotel, Calgary, Alberta
Transportation Between the Acclaim Hotel and Waterton Lakes National Park:

The bus between the hotel and the trailhead has been arranged and is included in the cost of your ride. The bus departs from the Acclaim Hotel early Monday morning at 8:00 AM to start your adventure so please arrive at 7:30 AM for check-in. Note that you will be arriving back to the hotel late on the following Saturday and we recommend that time-dependent travel plans should not be made for Saturday evening. (i.e. book a hotel room – again at the Acclaim Hotel for your own convenience)

Your volunteer Emcee will be on board to register you, give you waivers to sign, brief you on details for the week and answer your questions. ALL guests must sign waivers.

First stop will be, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, an Alberta Heritage Site. where we will have a 90 minute tour, included in your ride fee. Next we are off to our camp at Waterton Springs Campground where you will be able to select your tent or teepee and unroll your sleeping bag before heading into our dining tent for a hearty lunch.

Next it is off to the Waterton Lakes corral (only 10 minutes away). After meeting the staff, there will be a safety orientation, and then you will be introduced to your horse. Horses are matched to riders according to the specifications that you will have given in your online registration. Remember, you will need to keep any small necessities needed for the day out of your duffel/luggage since it will be back in camp. Items like a rain slicker, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, energy bars, water bottle, gloves, sunglasses, and an additional sweater will come in handy for your ride. These items will be either tied to your saddle or placed in saddle bags which the guides will supply you with.

Then we “saddle up” for a spectacular 3 hour “pre-ride warm up” ride. (details below)

Our shuttle will then take us back to camp.

Day 2

Day 2-5

Tuesday – Saturday Mornings 8:00 am Waterton Springs camp
The breakfast bell will ring for all to gather in the dining tent for a hot and hearty breakfast (alternating) – eggs, bacon, sausage, hot biscuits, pancakes, bacon, fruit, fresh muffins, french toast with fruit, cinnamon rolls, omelets, fresh croissants. Your morning ritual can include a hot shower or a simple wash at our rustic wash stand with plenty of hot water. After breakfast, everyone will be shuttled to the corral where the cowboys and the head guide will greet you with a smile and a “how ya’ doin this morning?” The cowboys saddle the horses, check the cinches, and by 9:30 AM we are off on the trail. Each day will find you exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers or mountain passes. This area actually gives us more options than we have days to ride! The high, uninhabited valleys of the Rockies offer peace and contentment combined with the thrill of majestic vistas. There is a sweep of majesty to this land, a towering grandeur and nobility of face, so powerful in its vast silence. This alpine land abounds in larch, spruce and fir trees, mountain animals and birds, incredible alpine flowers, meadows and parklands leading to the nearby snow capped peaks and ridges.

By noon, we have reached our destination and lunch, consisting of sandwiches, cookies, oranges, snacks and tea and coffee is served near a lake or a stream. After lunch, riders can fish, stroll, visit or stretch out for a nap in the hot mountain sun. A camera for these trips is a must! In fact the entire week will be filled with “Kodak moments.” By late afternoon, its back to camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four course dinner.

Day 6

Saturday Morning 10 am – A days ride and then return to Calgary
The great thing about travelling with our guides of is that you don’t need to worry about moving camp on a daily basis. Unfortunately, however, all good things must come to an end and today we pack our duffle and after another spectacular days ride, we return via bus to Calgary. (Note: Do not expect to arrive in Calgary until 8:00 pm) Hopefully you have already booked your nights accommodation, unless you are planning to drive home that night. It is not recommended that you make travel plans Saturday night, but rather stay in Calgary. These accommodations before and after the ride must by booked by yourself and the cost is not included in your ride fee.

Note: There will be no official “after the ride dinner,” but riders staying the night in Calgary, often gather for dinner or drinks and one last get together before they go their separate ways.

By then it is tears, hugs with newly made friends and sad farewells as we leave each other with promises of, “See ya next year!”