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Guest Ranches Alberta, Canada Guest Ranches, Alberta Rodeos, Rocky Mountains Backcountry Rides, Alberta Horseback Riding Packages, Alberta Cattle Working Ranch, Banff Sightseeing, Canada Tours, City Slicker Ranch Packages, West Canada Dude Ranch Pack Trip, Working Ranch Alberta
07 Days Ranches, Rodeos & Rocky Mountain Sightseeing
GRP#01 Rocky Mountains Ranches & Rodeos
Day 01: Calgary - Ranch You are met at your Calgary arrival point and transported across Alberta's rolling countryside to Homeplace Ranch, where you will spend the next six nights.  Homeplace Ranch is a year round working guest ranch in Alberta's high cattle country, located conveniently between Calgary and Banff.  Bears, deer, coyotes, elk and other wildlife are frequently seen here. After a hearty lunch, where you meet and get acquainted with the other tour guests, you'll have the opportunity to take a trail ride in the area.  Riding varies from mountain valleys to high foothills, crossing numerous streams, mountain meadows and old Indian trails.  This type of terrain allows you the chance to periodically trot or canter if desired.  Homeplace has over 45 head of horses to satisfy the expert to novice rider. A horse is assigned to you when you arrive. The wranglers will spend time showing you how to become comfortable and work with your mount.  If you wish you can come out in the mornings to help feed and groom the horses.Once back from your trail ride you can relax on the deck or take a hike in this wilderness wonderland.  Then it’s time to enjoy the very best of western hospitality, including our welcoming B-B-Q dinner, before spending a restful night in this western hideaway.

Day 02: Ranch – Rodeo Get up early to help with feeding and grooming the horses, or spend a little extra time relaxing in your comfortable bed.  Then, after a satisfying breakfast, it’s off on another trail ride.  Or you may decide that you would like to spend the time hiking or just sitting back and soaking in the peace and tranquility of this mountain hide-away. After another wholesome lunch, it’s off to a traditional Rodeo, or perhaps a Native American Powwow and Rodeo, to experience the adrenalin rush of the cowboys' eternal battle to overcome the raw power of the untamed animals of the west.  You will spend the day enjoying the exhilaration and excitement of bucking broncos, bull riders, steer wrestlers, calf ropers, and barrel racers.  Don't forget that your tour guides are also professional photographers, and they are always available and willing to help you with your photography questions.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the rodeo cowboys and clowns for conversation and photographs. At the conclusion of the rodeo we head back to Homeplace for dinner, and another restful night.

Day 03: Ranch - Banff After your morning trail ride or leisurely meander around the guest ranch, and another of those wonderful lunches, we’re off to the town of Banff. You’ll take an eight minute ride in a glass enclosed gondola to the 2288 m (7500 ft) summit of Sulphur Mountain, where three levels of outdoor observation decks offer a panoramic 360 degree view of Banff and the surrounding area. We’ll introduce you to the majestic Banff Springs Hotel. A unique blend of opulence and seclusion, it has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, the Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, timeless beauty and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness. Then it’s on to the Banff town site, where you can tour the many fine museums and natural history centres, in addition to sampling the extensive and unique shopping opportunities. Once back at the guest ranch you’ll enjoy having savoured another delectable western dinner.

Day 04: Ranch – Calgary We spend today in Calgary. Calgary, sitting at an elevation of 1,139 metres (3,740 feet) above sea level, is located at the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and has a population of 904,987 making it the fifth largest city in Canada. Our first stop is a private visit and tour of Korite International and Canada Fossils.  Korite International and Canada Fossils are not open to the public. In 1908 a member of the National Geological Survey team found mineralized fossils of ammonite along the St. Mary's River in Alberta.  It was not until 1981 that enough high quality Ammolite was discovered to make mining commercially viable. Ammolite is Canada's Gemstone. Extremely rare and beautiful, Ammolite's iridescent colours glow with the beauty of the rainbow. Ammolite's luminous qualities rival the famous black opal for colour and fire.  Each Ammolite gem is unique in brilliance, colour and pattern. Korite International operates the world's largest Ammolite mine. Canada Fossils collects and supplies authentic fossils from many countries. They specialize in colourful Canadian ammonites, mammoth tusks, a collection of small fossils for schools and amateur collectors, and fully mounted dinosaur skeletons. The owners of Canada Fossils have dealt in fossils since 1970. The company has an excellent international reputation.  Among other clients and partnerships, it is the consultant to Japanese museums on the import and export of fossils. The final stop on this tour is a visit to the exquisite on-site gift shop. Today’s lunchtime dining experience features a revolving view of the city. The Calgary Tower's famous revolving dining lounge offers a unique setting. You can see every angle of the City, the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding areas without leaving your chair. After lunch, it's off to Heritage Park. You will receive a guided tour of this real frontier town. And the people are as real as their town. From the baker to the blacksmith, they're lovers of the true West.  Travel back in time and discover the treasures of Western Canada's past. All the sights and sounds of pre-1914 life are recreated at Canada's largest living historical village. You can cruise the lake aboard the S.S. Moyie steam wheeler, or tour the town by steam train, horse-drawn wagon, carriage or old-fashioned bus.  Or just take a stroll down Main Street. And the funs not over yet! Get ready for a special treat as you enjoy dinner at Ranchman's Restaurant. Often referred to as Canada's Greatest Honky Tonk and Country Night Club, Ranchman's is the Official Hospitality Location of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. Ranchman's proudly displays over sixty championship trophy saddles of Canadian and World champions. The walls spring alive with daring and danger-packed action photos of legendary showdowns between man and beast. Many of Country Music's greats have also performed here.  And, Ranchman's is proud to have been voted the Canadian Country Music Association's Country Club of the Year on three occasions. Ranchman's authenticity has also attracted many movie location shoots; including Cool Runnings and Unforgiven. In addition, Ranchman's offers a full country-style menu featuring AAA Alberta beef, chicken and ribs, all slow-cooked to perfection and tender-spiced with their own brand of western barbecue sauce. Entertainment starts at high noon and features an all-Canadian lineup of the best bands north of the 49th parallel. Return to the ranch

Day 05: Ranch After another of the wonderful breakfasts that you’ve become accustomed to, you have the opportunity to enjoy another trail ride. Or, if yesterday’s activities were just too much fun, you can relax on the deck or take a quiet hike before lunch. The afternoon provides you with a choice of activities. You can take a guided hike on the Sunshine Meadows. The Sunshine Meadows are known as the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Situated at an average elevation of 2220m (7,300), the meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia. Surrounded by some of the Rockies' highest peaks, the unobstructed views are beyond compare. Wildlife is abundant in the meadows, and the brilliance of the summer flowers and autumn larches guarantees spectacular scenery on every visit. Licensed naturalists lead a guided walk through the meadows. You'll have great opportunities to learn about the unique alpine ecosystem, about different plants and animals found in the alpine, and about the colorful history of the Sunshine area. Or you may want to go whitewater rafting in the Kananaskis Valley. This is a great experience for families, or as a group outing. Both the Kananaskis and Elbow Rivers are beautiful rivers consisting of grade I - III rapids (gentle to intermediate) and appropriate for first time paddlers. Approximately 2 - 2.5 hours will be spent surfing, splashing and floating on a professionally guided raft on one of Western Canada's mountainous rivers. Or you have the opportunity to enjoy a trail ride, relax on the deck, or take a leisurely hike around the familiar environment of Homeplace Ranch.

Day 06: Ranch – Banff – Columbia Icefield – Lake Louise – Ranch Today you will experience the incomparable beauty of the rugged and majestic Rocky Mountains. Our first stop is the Columbia Icefields, an area of glacial ice covering some 390 sq. km with a maximum depth of 365 m (1210 ft). Bigger than the City of Vancouver, the continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers and its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. You will take a tour of the icy slopes in a specially designed Snocoach that goes to the middle of the glacier on a 5 kilometer round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the icefall below the glacier headwall, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow that fell as long as 400 years ago. After lunch at the Icefields, it's a short trip to your first view of the imposing Victoria Glacier nestled behind beautiful Lake Louise. You will be left with no doubt as to why this is known as the "Jewel of the Rockies." Royalty, Hollywood stars and heads of state come to Lake Louise to relax, but increasingly the rest of the world is discovering its simple charms as well. Lake Louise, with its blue-green water set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is probably the most beloved and most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. Chateau Lake Louise presents excellent lakeside views of the glacier, while offering old-world charm and elegance amidst the wilderness. Then it's back to the guest ranch. Where, after a leisurely dinner, you can settle into your comfortable accommodations, and enjoy a good night's rest in preparation for another full day tomorrow.

Day 07: Ranch – Calgary After breakfast, you can go on a trail ride, savour the majestic scenery on the beautiful hiking trails as you watch for birds and wildlife, or just sit back and soak it all in. The morning and the choice is yours. Then, after lunch the next leg of your journey is a drive through Kananaskis Country (flight time permitting). This is an unspoiled paradise of towering mountains, pristine lakes, evergreen valleys, and glacial streams. At the end of the day you arrive back in Calgary, where we'll be happy to deliver you to your onward location.
Rates & Dates
Month
Tour Dates
Rates per Person CAD$
May - August
Saturday - Friday (7-Days)
$2190.00
Services Included
• 7 Day Tour
• Transfer from/to Calgary
• Lunch Calgary Tower
• Dinner Ranchmans Restaurant
• 6 Night Ranch Accommodation
• Rocky Mountain Sightseeing Tour
• Calgary Sightseeing including Entrance Fees
• ½ Day Sightseeing Tour Banff
• Professional Photo Support
• Transportation Driver/Guide
• 1 Day Rodeo or PowWow
• ½ Day Whitewater Rafting
• 4 Trail Rides
• Kananaskis Sightseeing Tour
• All Meals
• Guide Service
• GST Tax
• PST Tax
• All Meals
• Gratuities