Riding and Canoeing
This Trip will wake the Canadian in you! Using the ultimate transportation modes of the explorers and the Native Indians, we will spend 3 days of canoeing on the beautiful Milk River followed by 4.5 days (140 km) riding across the open plains of Southern Alberta, from the Sweetgrass Hills on the Montana border to the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan. Explore the magical coulees, badlands and sweeping vistas of the High Plains, and ride along routes that were once used by the Natives, whiskey traders, fugitive outlaws, and the North-West Mounted Police.
The itinerary below is an outline of what to expect, rather than a fixed agenda. We may have to alter the plan if conditions like weather, bear activity or river water levels make a trail unsafe.
Historic Writing On Stone
At historic Writing-On-Stone, you’ll find a badlands landscape that has been sacred to Native Americans for thousands of years. Much of this country has not changed since the time of the buffalo. The Prairies are excellent riding country, with unlimited opportunity for experienced riders to move at a faster pace. Riding through the Prairies is an unforgettable experience.
The Milk River meanders through the Southern Prairies, often carving deep trenches into the sandstone hills. The water runs with a steady current, punctuated by the occasional short rapid. It is relatively warm, narrow and suitable for novice paddlers (with a guide). It is the only river in Canada that flows into the Gulf of Mexico via the Missouri/Mississippi.
The Itinerary 2018
Day 1 Guests arrive in Calgary, transfer to Bragg Creek, reception, accommodation in guesthouse at ranch
Day 2 Meet “your” horse and get acquainted during a day ride through beautiful Kananaskis Country
Day 3 Depart for Milk River in Souther Alberta, launch canoes after lunch, canoe for 3-4 hours, overnight in tents
Day 4 Canoe the twisty Milk River (all day) , overnight in tents
Day 5 Canoe the Milk River to Writing-on-Stone rodeo grounds, meet up with the horses in early afternoon, do a short scenic ride through the Provincial Park, overnight in tents
Day 6 Ride to Ross Bridge (~25 miles), overnight in tents
Day 7 Ride to Pinhorn Ranch (~25 miles), trailer to Manyberries, overnight in small hotel
Day 8 Ride to Bare Creek Reservoir (~15 miles), opportunity to swim with the horses
Day 9 Ride into Highway 41 (~15 miles), return to M&M Ranch in late afternoon, accommodation in guesthouse at the ranch
Day 10 Depart for Calgary Airport approx 9:30
Our Camp at Bare Creek Reservoir
Our camp locations change daily. During the canoeing part, we carry our gear with us in the canoes, stowed away into waterproof containers. We sleep in 2-3 person tents near the river. After we meet up with the horse party, our gear is transported by truck from camp to camp. We will have one or two larger canvas wall tents with cots and also smaller tents to allow for best sleeping separation given the demographics of each group.
Dietary: We cater to all types of dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, lactose free and gluten free. Reflecting the premium prices on gluten free products, we charge $100 ($10 per day) for gluten free dietary requests.
For those not interested in the canoeing – book the MOUNTAINS AND PRAIRIES SPRING EDITION ! Mountain riding and Prairie riding combined in one trip!
Prices include: 8 days of guided riding & canoeing, with historical and natural interpretation, all meals from dinner on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure, 3 nights in our guesthouse, 1 night in hotel in Manyberries, 5 nights camping, Transport from Calgary to Bragg Creek and to trail-head (Milk River) and return (from Elkwater, Alberta) and PHENOMENAL MEMORIES!
Not included is alcohol with your meals and on the trail, 5% federal tax. (you can buy your own beer and wine for dinners during the trip)
|Price per person:||$3,735.00 (CAD), 2019 Trip Dates – May 25 – June 3|
|Level of Experience:||For canoeing part: beginner to advanced. River offers many Class II rapids
For riding part: intermediate or better, expect to ride 25 miles (40km)/day at faster pace, we do not allow beginners or novices on this ride (see details)
|Pace and Terrain:||Walk over moderate to difficult terrain, many trots and canters for several miles, river crossings, grassy slopes|
|Accommodation:||3 nights at the M&M Ranch (surcharge for single room applies), 5 nights in camp, 1 night in hotel|
Experience a Mountain and Prairie Adventure on Horseback!
No trips in 2019. Please check back for 2020 dates.
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