The First Day of Two or Four Day Trips
Today's adventure is 6 to 7 hours of riding over the ridge of Mount Yamnuska, a Native name meaning "Wall of Stone", or “End Mountain”, to our first night's destination, the Old Hussey's Cabin site. The horseback trip starts off with a climb onto the ridge of Mount Yamnuska, (approx. 5,500 feet) on well kept switchback trails.
With a breathtaking view of the Bow Valley, we continue over the back side of the mountain travelling through wooded areas, on trails that are walking only, because of the terrain. . Your guide will take you through quiet creek crossings, over majestic ridges with spectacular views, and finally through dense forests to a quaint cabin site named after an old Brewster Family friend, who had the original cabin in this private mountain location.
Spend the evening around the campfire recounting stories of the old times, and enjoying a traditional cowboy dinner. When you are ready to retire for the evening you can head for your cabin, already made up with bedding and a comfortable place to lay your head. Our cabins can accommodate up to four people.
The Second Day of Two or Four Day Trips
The backcountry adventure continues as we head northwest to the famed Brewster Company Ranch, Meadow Creek. This has been the winter grazing grounds for Brewster horses since the early 1900’s. Over the years the family has run as many a 600 head, but today only runs about 150. Thoughts today will wonder back to a time long ago as you continue to Live the Lore of the West.
We will climb mountain passes, keeping an eye out for Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep, deer, elk, and possibly even wild horses! Traveling through meandering river bottoms, and encountering beaver dams will keep you riding tall in your saddle all day. Our 5 to 6 hour excursion will bring us to the Meadow Creek Cabins, with its panoramic vista of Black Rock Mountain and surrounding mountain ranges. Enjoy a few stories around the campfire about past Brewster experiences, or most likely a few of your own, all the while under a beautiful starlit sky. If you are lucky you will even hear the Meadow Creek wolf pack, as they astound you with their lonely calls.
* On two day trips, guests travel back to the Kananaskis Ranch on the trails of yesterday enjoying southward views of the Bow and Kananaskis Valleys.
The Third Day
Not wanting to leave this magical Meadow Creek, we explore the natural beauty of the area, before departing back on our journey to Hussey's for one last night together. Southward and across the Ghost River, with rugged peaks as a magnificent backdrop, we travel the old horse trails exploring the splendor that is the Canadian Rocky Mountains before departing back on our journey to Hussey's.
The Fourth Day
We pack up to leave Hussey's; our last day on the trail together, but we will not soon forget our adventure of the past three days. Today's trail leads us along grassy ridges beneath the watchful eye of ancient snow covered peaks, back to the Ranch with a memorable adventure fresh in our minds and a picturesque view of Mount Yamnuska.
The riding is on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains bordering Banff National Park. For those asking for specific location information, we are also along the Ghost River Natural area, and near the southern tip of Lake Minnewanka, Yamnuska Mountain and Black Rock Mountain. There is no opportunity to gallop as the terrain is often steep, with a lot of ups and downs, and well treed. All rides are at a walking pace.
Contact us to check availability for Two and Four day trip departures, and to let us know your preferred trip dates.
All Trips depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Kananaskis Ranch. Please ensure that you check in by 8:30 a.m. the morning of your scheduled departure.
call 403-762-5454 TO BOOK
what we eat
The Meals - Great Western Fare
Upon leaving the Kananaskis Ranch, we have already packed your lunch for you! During a scheduled lunch break we lay out the blanket and set you up picnic-style. Your lunch consists of a couple of sandwiches, a piece of fruit, a drink and a yummy treat!
You will get to know your cook well, as they travel with you to every camp. Our backcountry cooks are trained both as guides and cooks - to provide hearty backcountry meals. We maintain authentic Western cuisine consistent with backcountry excursions of the old Wild West.
Your dinner is served buffet style and may contain the following menu items:
- Chicken, Steak, or Pork
- Salad (Garden or Caesar)
- Potatoes or rice
- Juice, coffee and tea
Rise and shine with the early birds! Your breakfast is also served buffet style and may consist of the following menu:
- Bacon and sausage
- French toast
- Hot cereal
- Juice, coffee and tea
what to bring
Your cabin will be equipped with sleeping bags, sheets, and pillows.
You will be required to bring the following:
- Boots suitable for riding and a change of shoes for camp
- Wet weather gear (waterproof jacket and pants recommended)
- Gloves and a hat
- Warm jacket and sweater
- Change of clothes (only one or two changes recommended)
- Toiletries, towel, flashlight, sunscreen, sunglasses and bug repellent
- Chaps and saddle bags (if available to you). These are available for rent at $25 per person, per trip.
Packing Your Gear
All gear must be packed in nylon or canvas bag, or bag with no frame (no suitcases). It is a good idea to line the inside of your bags with plastic to prevent moisture from getting in.
You may bring alcohol on the trip if you wish to drink while at either cabin locations around the campfire. This will be transported in our pack boxes. Please do not include it in your duffel bag as it may break.
Bags should be packed as lightly as possible, maximum 30 pounds allowed. The weather in the mountains can vary and change quickly; it is always better to be too warm than too cold, so pack accordingly.