On this unique 9-day trip, you'll go horseback riding at Waterton Lakes National Park and camp in tents and teepees, before heading up into the Rockies to explore its magnificent landscape.
Enjoy a vacation in Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta, Canada. Settle into your base camp, known as “Teepee Town,” located on private land. This rustic wilderness camp includes private accommodations for individuals, families, and friends, in walled tents and canvas teepees, complete with raised cots and mattresses. Hot home-cooked meals are served in a large kitchen/dining tent, and there's plenty of hot water, wash basins, a hot outdoor shower, and dry toilets.
Once settled into camp, and after an orientation warm-up ride, you'll have two full days of relaxing trail rides to explore the beautiful surroundings. Each day's ride is customized based on weather, trail, and wildlife conditions, ensuring each trip is its own unique adventure. You have a trail guide and emcee to lead the way and educate you about your surroundings. You'll wind through quiet, lush lands with the snow-capped Rockies as your backdrop. The rides also leave you plenty of time to disembark from your horse and explore the area on foot.
After you wrap up your time at Waterton Lakes National Park, spend one more night in Calgary before you begin the next leg of your trip in Banff. A guided bus tour takes you through the Rockies for a chance to explore the area's unique rock formations. Then enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible panoramic views of this picturesque landscape. There's also time for you to enjoy Banff on your own before you take part in a cowboy cookout and trail ride to wrap up this western adventure.
Features & Inclusions
Day 1 – Calgary
Arrive in Calgary and settle into your hotel, conveniently located by the airport. Enjoy the day to explore the area on your own. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2 – Transfer to Camp / Trail Ride
This morning you will be met by a member of the Trail Riders team who will escort the group from Calgary to Waterton Lakes National Park. The first stop will be the famous Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump, a World UNESCO Site, for a 90-minute tour. Then it's off to camp where you can select your tent or teepee and enjoy a hearty lunch. Take part in a safety orientation, get introduced to your horse, then saddle up for a spectacular three-hour pre-ride warm up ride.
Back at camp, partake in “happy hour” and a multi-course dinner. Then as the sun dips below the mountains, enjoy a roaring campfire in the “Doughnut tent” (weather dependent), along with music, storytelling, educational talks, and maybe even some dancing! Overnight campground.
Day 3 – Trail Ride
Start the day with a warm breakfast and hot coffee, pack a picnic lunch, and then hit the trails. From Waterton Lakes Stables, you'll follow the trail along what is known as the “wildlife habitat loop” followed by a lovely meadow where you'll gather for an educational talk and tips about riding. Expect to see fantastic vistas and mountain flowers. Alternatively, you may ride through an Aspen forest and along Lower Waterton Lake.
By noon, you'll have reached the destination, and 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! By late afternoon, it’s back to camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four-course dinner. Overnight campground.
Days 4 – Trail Ride
Each day will find you exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers, or mountain passes. The high, uninhabited valleys of the Rockies offer peace and contentment combined with the thrill of majestic vistas. Bring your binoculars and camera every day!
Today's ride will be customized based on factors such as weather, trail conditions, Parks Canada policies, wildlife notifications, and the riding ability of the guests. Every trip is different! Here is a list of possibilities:
Day 5 – Trail Ride and Transfer to Calgary
Today, you'll pack your duffle and after another spectacular ride, return via bus to Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 6 – Transfer from Calgary to Banff
Transfer from cosmopolitan Calgary up into the Rockies and settle into your time in the scenic resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Day 7 – Explore Banff Tour including Gondola Ride
Take a guided bus tour through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay while learning about the natural attractions of the wind-shaped hoodoos. Surprise Corner, along Tunnel Mountain Drive, delivers a breathtaking view of the valley without comparison. Experience an eight-minute gentle ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a four-person, fully enclosed gondola. A spectacular view and picture-taking opportunity await you at the top of this 360-degree panoramic vantage of Bow Valley. Learn all about how these majestic mountains have shaped this unique community. Overnight in Banff.
Day 8 – Day in Banff & Cowboy Cookout
Enjoy a free morning and afternoon in Banff on your own. Stroll through the quaint resort town, photograph the stunning scenery, or explore Banff National Park. Next, enjoy a unique cowboy cookout trail ride and meal in the great outdoors on this authentic western excursion. Horseback riders travel along the trail at the base of Sulphur Mountain, and non-riders enjoy a scenic covered-wagon ride along the Bow River. Everyone meets up for a BBQ steak cookout at 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail. Overnight in Banff.
Day 9- Transfer to Calgary Airport
Today you'll transfer back to Calgary for your return flight home.
Acclaim Airport Hotel in Calgary and Moose Hotel & Suites in Banff.
Dates & Prices
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Teepees & Trails Through the Rockies - 9 Day: Departs 16th July 2017 ($3,299), 30th July 2017 ($3,299)