I honestly thought that I knew everything about the Canadian Rockies. Okay, maybe not everything, but after living in Calgary for the last 10 years, I’ve had my fair share of Rocky Mountain experiences. I’ve spent a lot of time camping near beautiful mountain lakes, enjoying world-class skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, hiking, and even riding in a helicopter for a birds eye view of one of the most incredible places on earth. I really did think I had experienced everything the rockies had to offer. That is, until I heard about Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. This non-profit group, which has been around for more than 90 years, takes customers for six-day journey’s on horseback through the backcountry of the Rockies.
By back country, I mean scenic untouched areas around the Rocky Mountains that almost no one has ever or will ever see. There is only two ways to see it. Long, excruciating hikes or horseback. I’ll go with horseback. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a cowboy or cowgirl for six days. Hop on your horse, ride through the worlds most delicious scenery, eat luxurious meals and sleep in iconic teepee. Doesn’t it sound incredible?
This trip isn’t exactly roughing it either from what I hear. It’s as luxurious as you can get with this sort of adventure. Fine dining, showers, comfortable pads for sleeping and even dancing! Yup, each evening will be square dancing lessons. This is one trip I am really excited to take part in this summer. I’ve always wanted to sleep in teepees and I’ve always wanted to ride a horse. The rocky mountains are my favourite location in the world. I love dancing. I love being outdoors. Perfect.
Want to join us? There are a total of 10 six-day trips during the summer of 2014. The cost of the trip is about $2000 with everything included except for the first nights accommodation in the town of Sundre before the trail ride begins. After talking with Stuart Watkins, the President of the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, it’s incredible how many costs are involved with running these sorts of tours. The horses are the biggest expense. When all is said and done, this is incredible value for a truly unique and one-of-a-kind trip. You won’t find this anywhere else and it’s something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Want to learn how to ride horseback with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop? Visit TrailRideVacations.com and sign up for one of this years incredible trips. Maybe we’ll even be on the same tour! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact T.R.C.R at firstname.lastname@example.org