Explore the beautiful mountains of Alberta and British Columbia!

“Both Sides of the Great Divide Ride” is designed for keen riders who want to experience the incredible wilderness of both Alberta and BC! You will have the ability to ride in the midst of the rockies in the gorgeous Kananaskis Country of Alberta and then explore Nipika Mountain Resort in BC. Over the duration of the trek, you will learn about wilderness horsemanship, the different types of nature in Alberta and BC and a myriad of other skills.

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.

Accommodation

The guesthouse at the M&M Ranch, which we lovingly call “The Barn,” is an ideal place to get together, enjoy the scenery of the foothills and experience western hospitality. Set on 522 acres in the foothills, our ranch is a beautiful place to enjoy the quiet and majesty of the Rockies. You will enjoy opportunities to ride in the foothills and in the mountains around our area. “The Barn” equally reflects the atmosphere of the foothills with a cozy and unique space to relax in at the end of the day. Enjoy coming back to this warm space at the end of a beautiful ride and watch the horses play in the meadow while you enjoy a cup of coffee and relax.

The guesthouse offers room for a total of 8 guests in 5 bedrooms. Rooms can be rented separately.

For two nights, we will stay in cozy cabins at the scenic Nipika Mountain resort in British Columbia. Here, you will enjoy stunning views of Kootenay National Park!

Food

Each day starts with a freshly prepared breakfast in our guest lodge which will ensure you will head on the trail fully charged. Lunch will be taken in a scenic spot along the trail and dinner is served as a family style meal in our guest lodge. We take great pride in using fresh and local ingredients and prepare all meals from scratch using proven recipes. All our meals are homemade using fresh ingredients from approved sources. As an operating ranch, we follow the traditional way of serving food – everyone (guests, owners and staff) enjoy good food around a large table. We invite you to be part of a social experience where you can meet our horse enthusiastic staff, listen to Neil explaining the historic and geological background of the area or just indulge in a conversation with other guests or staff.

Please be sure to inform us prior to your arrival about any dietary restrictions and concerns you have as we only offer one type of dish per meal unless we know about special requests in advance. We can cater to special dietary restrictions such as vegetarian meals, dairy free or gluten free (surcharge of CAD 10 per day per person for gluten free meals).

We feature local wine and beer from chosen distributors if you would like a beverage to accompany your dinner. Any alcohol purchases can be added to your stay.

The Itinerary

Pick up in Calgary at 4:00, drop off at M&M Ranch followed by a reception and meet-and-greet.

Meet your horse and get to know your companion for the week! We will do an introduction to our methods of riding in the wilderness followed by a full day ride in Kananaskis Country.

We will do a full day ride in the mountains of Kananaskis Country. Route will be determined by the conditions and weather.

Full day ride in the mountains.

Load the horses in the trailer and drive to Nipika Mountain Resort in British Columbia. Its a 3+ hour scenic drive through Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Upon arrival, we’ll go for a late afternoon ride in along the beautiful Kootenay River Valley.

Day ride up the Cross River. Spend second night at Nipika.

We will go for a 2 hour ride in morning and then load the horses for our trip home. We will arrive at the ranch for supper.
After breakfast, it’s time to say good bye. Depart for airport at 9:30.

Details/Costs

Prices include: 6 days of guided riding in Kananaskis Country and British Columbia, pick up from Calgary and return to Calgary, 5 nights in our guesthouse and 2 nights in cabins at Nipika Mountain Resort, all meals.

Not included is alcohol with your meals and on the trail, 5% federal tax.

Price per person: $2,875 CAD
Level of Experience: Intermediate to experienced (see details), good level of fitness recommended
Pace and Terrain: Mostly walk on easy to rugged trails; trots and canters as trails allow
Accommodation: 5 nights at “The Barn” at M&M Ranch, 2 nights at Nipika Mountain Resort (single room charge $40 per night – subject to availability, please inquire)

A Horseback Riding Adventure in Alberta and BC!

2020 Trip Dates

Arrival Departure Price Availability
 3 October  10 October $2,875.00 Available

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