|Holiday on horseback is pleased to offer a number of exciting and educational interpretive trips each summer featuring leading authorities on wildlife, photography, mule-manship, and Banff National Park, as well as a bit of fun and history.
A portion of your trip cost is donated to continuing wildlife research and conservation in Banff National Park through the University of Calgary Grizzly Study, and the Friends of Banff programs.
For information on what to bring and Banff information, see Reservations.
Continuation of the Year of the Grizzly
With Dr. Mike Gibeau
6 day Wilderness Tenting ride
Year 2001 was emphasized as the 'Year of the Grizzly'. Eleven years later this trip is still
in high demand and we continue with our interpretive study of grizzlies and their habitat.
Over the past 100 years of horse travel in the Rockies, we can attest to the compatibility
between bears and horseback travel. Whatever the reason may be, bears take little notice
of horse parties giving us an opportunity to observe them and their unique habitat.
Dr. Mike Gibeau is one of Canada's leading authorities on grizzlies and their environment
and he accompanies you on this six day trip. Mike has worked with bears in National
Parks for over 30 years, first as a Park Warden, and now as a biologist. You will enjoy
a horseback adventure and share in a rare opportunity to spend some time in one of
Canada's prime Grizzly habitats with professional interpretation.
This trip takes you on our Wilderness Tenting route through the tent camps of Stoney
Creek, Flints Park and Mystic Valley. Each camp is set up with A-frame canvas tents on
raised wooden platforms, large cozy kitchen tents for meals and socializing, rail corrals
for the horses, treated drinking water, even a shower at Flints Park!
28 - September 2
Trip Code: 10B
With Raymond Gehman
6 day Wilderness Tenting
For the past 3 years we have featured a photography trip
to share our remote wilderness with those eager to visit
these special places. Professional instruction can help
you take the next step towards that perfect imagine. The
adundance of spectacular scenery, wildlife and cowboy
lifestyle provide any enthusiastic artist with incredible
landscape, portrait and action photos.
Raymond will once again be our photo instructor for 2011. He is a long-time contraibutor to National Geographic Magazine, Books and Traveler's Magainze. He will share come of his secrets and hints for getting the most out of your artisit eye and camera's creative potential.
This trip takes you on our Wilderness Tenting route through the tent camps of Stoney Creek, Flints Park and Mystic Valley. Each camp is set up with A-frame canvas tents on raised wooden platforms, large cozy kitchen tents for meals and socializing, rail corrals for the horses, treated drinking water, even a shower at Flints Park!
Check out Raymond's photos, including some from last year's trip, at www.raymondgehman.com.
Dates: August 14 - 19
Trip Code: 8B
in the Wilderness
With Melanie Percy
5-day wilderness tenting ride
Wolves have always been a
fascinating part of mountain life as their presence helps
to maintain ecological health, yet the animals remain
mysterious and elusive towards humans. While few visitors
to the mountains ever see wolves, their presence can be
confirmed by paw prints on the trail, and by the occasional
howl on a moon-lit night. Melanie Percy, a local wildlife
ecologist who has spent may years tracking wolves in Banff
National Park will take guests through the traditional
territory of the Cascade Valley wolf park. Melanie will
share her knowledge of wolf biology, social behaviour,
predator-prey relationships, pup production and denning,
and will discuss the history of wolves, wolf research
and research techniques in Banff National Park. Melanie's
experience as a wildlife ecologist has also given her
a wide spectrum of knowledge regarding grizzly and back
bears, cougars, lynx, wolverine, elk and other animals
in the area. This trip takes you on our Wilderness Tenting
route through the tent camps of Stoney Creek, Flints Park
and Mystic Valley. Each camp is set up with A-frame canvas
tents on raised wooden platforms, large cozy kitchen tents
for meals and socializing, rail corrals for the horses,
treated drinking water, even a shower at Flints Park!
This trip has been added to the Canadian Tourism's Signature
Experience Collection! This collection includes experiences
from all over Canada that share what this beautiful country
is all about.
7 - 11
Trip Code: 11C
Mules and Mountains Clinic
"Saddle up and Ride." An exciting high country adventure with North America's leading mule clinician Brad Cameron. Bring your own mule and join Brad for 5 spectacular days of hands on trail training in the Canadian Rockies. For those unable to bring their own mule, a limited amount of mules are available for rent
from Warner Guiding & Outfitting, Ltd.
With Brad Cameron
5-day wilderness tenting ride
Under Brad's careful guidance, Participants will learn how to negotiate many different natural obstacles with safety and confidence. Enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of other mule riders while endless mule stories are told around the campfire at night.
Backcountry meals, comfortable tent camps, and unequalled scenery and all included. This is a unique, one of a kind clinic experience that only Brad Cameron can offer.
For more information and reservations on this clinic, please visit Brad's website at www.muletrainer.com
Trip is taking place
August 3-7, trip code 6C