Top Ten Canada Classic Adventures

Trail Ride the Canadian Rockies
By Bill McRae

It's some of the world's most beautiful and fertile ranch land, and the area along the Rocky Mountain front near Seebe is simply an incredible place to go horseback riding. Hop on and ride along the edge of the Great Plains, where it nudges up to the face of the Canadian Rockies.

Century-old ranches here welcome guests to join in old-fashioned riding holidays with lodging in cabins and mountain lodges. For serious adventure, multiday trail rides take you deep into the backcountry of Banff National Park or other Rockies parklands. You'll spend a couple nights in tents or in rustic lodges, and while you'll probably end up saddle-sore and sunburned, you'll see lots of wildlife and remote mountain landscapes. Guest ranches also offer part-day rides, with the option to combine your Old West adventure with a day of whitewater rafting or a hike to a wildflower meadow. At night, cheer on the broncs at a ranch rodeo and swing your partner at a square dance.


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