Alberta, in western Canada, is a prairie province. Its capital, Calgary, is a major distribution and transportation hub as well as a major commerce centre.
Just 85 kilometres west of Calgary is Kananaskis, 4200 square kilometres of towering peaks, mountain lakes, swiftly running waters and grassy meadows. It is packed with vacation activities. In winter it has skiing and snowboarding, and in summer, rafting, golfing, kayaking, hiking and horse riding.
Boundary Ranch in the Kananaskis Valley was there long before the area was recognised as a tourist destination. In the 1930s Guinn Outfitters began the legacy of sharing their beautiful area with visitors from around the world. More than 70 years of experience in mountain horseback riding provides a memorable holiday.
There's almost more natural beauty that any one person can take in. The Rockies, alpine meadows with carpets of flowers, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, elk and lots of busy little squirrels are everywhere you look. It's certainly a photographer's delight.
There are trail riding activities to suit every level of ability, and you can spend an hour, a day or a week at the ranch. Parts of the area are experiencing more and more mountain bike and hiking traffic, but Boundary Ranch Rides travel high into remote and untouched parts where there are virtually no other people.
The high-country base camp is an undemanding 20 kilometre ride through the Evan Thomas Valley. The main camp is on a high alpine meadow just below the tree line at 2100 metres.
The village-style camp has waterproof tents and camp cots with foam mattresses. The kitchen turns out delicious and hearty meals, cooked on a wood-burning stove. A bell is rung to let hungry campers know dinner is ready.
Pack horses take in all food provisions and you need to take along a sleeping bag (or you can rent from Boundary), rain gear (just in case), sturdy boots, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, gloves, warm jacket and any snack foods or alcoholic beverages you may fancy.
Everything should be packed into a soft sided bag with a maximum of two bags of a combined weight of not more than 20 kilograms. It's a good idea to line the inside of the bags with plastic to avoid any moisture from getting in.
There are picnic stops along the way and plenty of opportunity to take pictures of your magnificent surroundings.
Alberta, a western province of Canada
Boundary Ranch four day tours start at $1185 per person. Horses, all meals, tented accommodation and guide are included. Trips run from late June until September.
Air New Zealand has flights to Vancouver with connections to Calgary.
- Sydney, $2361
- Melbourne, $2443
- Brisbane, $2452
- Adelaide, $2660
- Perth, $2681
Valid for travel between November 1-December 9, 2008.
Prices quoted correct at 21.02.2008
For more information
Box 44, Kananaskis Village
Alberta Canada T0L 2H0
Ph: +1 403 591 7171
Fax: +1 403 591 7326
Ph: 02 9959 4277
Fax: 02 9929 4543
9/5 Rosebery Place
Ph: 1300 799 197
Fax: 02 9555 1703
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476
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