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7 Day The Great Divide Back Country Horse Riding Holiday in Alberta

Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting Ltd. Dewy Matthews Box 656, Black Diamond Alberta, Canada, T0L 0H0

The Great Divide Horse Riding Holiday Canada

The “Great Divide Ride” is the most popular trip we have. It’s a 7-day moving trip, using two teams of draft horses and covered wagons to transport the food, camp, and duffle to the two different camps during the trip. The horseback riders hit the high mountain trails that take you high above timberline, past tumbling mountain streams and through stands of virgin timber following the Continental Divide between Alberta and BC.

Key information

  • Tack type: western tack
  • Riders weight limit: 240 lbs
  • Horse Breed: Quarterhorse, Appaloosa, and Draft Cross.
  • Horse Heigh: 15 to 17 hands

Highlights

  • 7-day moving trip with draft horses
  • Suitable for novice to advanced riders
  • Amazing riding adventure with amazing teams
  • Ride through the high mountain trails
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' camp accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:30
Check-out Time:
05:00

You will be accommodated at two different camps during the trip. For your own comfort, you may need to bring your personal sleeping bag and personal gear.

Program

The “Great Divide Ride” is the most popular trip Anchor D have. It’s a 7-day moving trip, using two teams of draft horses and covered wagons to transport the food, camp, and duffle to the two different camps you will stay in during the trip. While the wagons roll through the lower elevations, the horseback riders hit the high mountain trails that take you high above timberline, past tumbling mountain streams and through stands of virgin timber following the Continental Divide between Alberta and BC. By the time you get to the next camp, the kitchen tent is set up and a welcome cup of hot coffee is ready for you.

Please check in for your trip at the ranch at 9:30 a.m. on the first day. Anchor D highly recommends helmets as they do not supply them, so if you wish to wear one or have your child wear one, you will need to bring it with you.

Location

You will be riding the high mountain trails that take you high above timberline, past tumbling mountain streams and through stands of virgin timber following the Continental Divide between Alberta and British Colombia.

Food

You will be served all the meals and snacks, starting with lunch on the first day, and ending with lunch on the last day.

Accustomed as we are at being at the top of the food chain, you will rarely see a meal on any of Anchor D's horseback holidays that does not have some type of meat. They serve prime cuts of beef, as well as pork and chicken. “Cowboy” style food: chili, steak, tacos, chicken with vegetables and rice or potato, salads, desserts, and snacks. Lunches are sandwiches with a homemade snack and fruit. For those of you who have special dietary needs, please help Anchor D by suggesting things that you can eat. With enough advance notice, they will do their best to accommodate you. Anchor D are very proficient at gluten-free meals so be sure to let them know if this is something you will be needing. Please remember that once the horseback riding trip is underway, Anchor D have a set menu that cannot be changed.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily adventure and horse riding
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Sure-footed mountain horses
  • Saddles with saddle bags
  • Cots with closed cell foamies
  • Water bottles
  • Wranglers and cooks
  • Solar showers

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Tips and gratuities
  • GST

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Downtown Calgary

  • Drive south on Macleod Trail to Stoney Trail/ Spruce Meadows Trail (Hwy 22X) overpass.
  • Go right (west) on 22X until you come to the Hwy 22 intersection.
  • Watch for the big orange sign with flashing lights that says ‘Divided Highway Ends 2 KM’, about 1 km after this sign is the turn for Millarville, Black Diamond, Turner Valley.
  • Go left (south) and follow the signs into the town of Turner Valley.
  • Once you’re in Turner Valley, there’s a 4-way stop (the only one in town).
  • Turn right (west) and go for 15 km, until you see the sign for Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting on the right (north) side of the road.
  • That’s them! Give yourself around an hour and a half (depending on traffic) to get here from downtown

Driving directions from Calgary Airport

  • Go south on Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail (Highway 22X), and turn right (west).
  • Drive west until you come to the intersection of Hwy 22, turn left (south).
  • Watch for the big orange sign with flashing lights that says ‘Divided Highway Ends 2 KM’, about 1 km after this sign is the turn for Millarville, Black Diamond, Turner Valley.
  • Follow the signs into the town of Turner Valley.
  • Once you’re in Turner Valley, there’s a 4-way stop (the only one in town!).
  • Turn right (west) and go for 15 km. until you see the sign for Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting on the right (north) side of the road.
  • That’s them! Give your self around an hour and 20 minutes to get here from the airport.

Driving directions from Banff

  • Drive east on #1 (Trans-Canada) Hwy, until you come to the intersection of Hwy. 22 South.
  • Turn right (south) and go 17.5 km. to Bragg Creek.
  • At the 4-way stop in Bragg Creek, turn left and go 3.4 km to Hwy 22 again.
  • Turn left onto Hwy 22, and follow it until you come to the intersection of Hwy 22X and Hwy 22.
  • Turn right on Hwy. 22 (south) and follow the signs into Turner Valley.
  • Once you’re in Turner Valley, there’s a 4-way stop (the only one in town!).
  • Turn right (west) and go for 15 km. until you see the sign for Anchor D Guiding & Outfitting on the right (north) side of the road.
  • Come on in! Give yourself around 2 hours to get here from Banff.

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Calgary Airport (YYC). If you are looking for transportation between the airport or area hotels and the ranch please contact Mom’s Taxi Service at http://www.momstaxiservice.ca.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Sunday June 20, 2021
(7 days / 6 nights)

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