High Plains Drifter – 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.


High Plains Drifter

Crossing Milk River
Enjoy fast and long canters across the open Prairies!

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.

High Plains Drifter

The Milk River is a pretty and easy River to canoe on

Police Coulee in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
Refreshment for horses and riders
Itinerary 2018

26 May    Guests arrive in Calgary, transfer to Bragg Creek, reception, accommodation in guesthouse at ranch

27 May    Meet “your” horse and get acquainted during a day ride through beautiful Kananaskis Country

28 May    Depart for Milk River in Souther Alberta, launch canoes after lunch, canoe for 3-4 hours, overnight in tents

29 May    Canoe the twisty Milk River (all day) , overnight in tents

30 May    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

31 May   Ride to Ross Bridge (~25 miles), overnight in tents

01 June    Ride to Pinhorn Ranch (~25 miles), trailer to Manyberries, overnight in small hotel

02 June    Ride to Bare Creek Reservoir (~15 miles), opportunity to swim with the horses

03 June    Ride into Highway 41 (~15 miles), return to M&M Ranch in late afternoon, accommodation in guesthouse at the ranch

04 June    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.

Prices include: 8 days of guided riding & canoeing, with historical and natural interpretation, all meals from dinner 27 May until breakfast 05 June, 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: Alcohol with your meals (you can buy your own beer and wine for dinners during the trip)and 5% federal tax

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!

Price per person: $3,735 (CAD), see schedule for trip dates
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: 5 nights at the M&M Ranch (surcharge for single room applies), 3 nights in camp, 1 night in hotel
Route: see trailmap

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