Join the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies (TRCR) this summer for a wilderness adventure in the saddle exploring the most spectacular country in the world, all in comfort! This is boomer adventure travel at its finest, sharing a remarkable horseback trip into the majestic Canadian Rockies with a few like souls. The T.R.C.R., a non-profit organization, operate six-day professionally guided trail rides each summer. You don’t even have to be able to ride to do it, though you have to like horses and be willing to learn. If this is not on your “bucket list” you’re missing out!
Many people come back year after year to renew acquaintances to attend these historic, western, cowboy cultural trips. In fact, the Trail Riders have a high guest return rate with some riders having been on 30 or more rides! Over 60% of riders are +50, and 70% are adventuresome women! If there is a requirement for membership, it is that a person enjoy horseback riding, the great outdoors company of a few like souls, and a desire to submerse themselves in the cowboy culture and way of life – the Western Canadian way!
At the base camp the riders are assigned to native style Indian teepees and tents, which will be their home for the next five days. There is a washstand with plenty of hot water available for use by guests, and a propane hot shower!
For the next four days, the riders follow a basic daily plan. A full hot breakfast, from 7:30 - 8:00 am and by 9:00 a.m. the riders are off on the trail. Each day will find the riders exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers or mountain passes. The high, uninhabited valleys of the Rockies offer peace and contentment combined with the thrill of majestic visas. There is a sweep and majesty to this land, a towering grandeur and nobility of face, so powerful in its vast silence. This alpine land abounds in larch, spruce and fir trees, mountain animals and birds, meadows and parklands leading to the nearby snowcapped peaks and ridges.
By noon, the riders have reached their destination and a picnic lunch, is served near a lake or a stream. After lunch, riders can fish, stroll, visit or stretch out for a nap in the hot mountain sun. By late afternoon, the dudes are back in camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four-course dinner. By 7:30 pm the cowboys light a roaring fire in the “Doughnut tent” and an evening singsong square dancing, cowboy poetry, story-telling and live entertainment complete the day.
This summer, the Trail Riders will explore Waterton Lakes National Park, a world UNESCO site. They have been doing this for 93 years out of the Calgary, Alberta, Canada that you can easily reach as part of any Western holiday. (The Calgary International Airport supports Air Canada, Westjet, United, American, Alaskan, and Delta) Note: U.S. residents receive a 20% discount with the present currency exchange rate.
May 19, 2016