Trail Ride Vacations in Waterton Lakes National Park

By The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Few things say Western Canada more than heading out on a horseback riding vacation into the breathtaking and majestic Waterton Lakes of the Rocky Mountains! Say goodbye to the city and say hello to the most memorable adventure you’ll ever have. These trail rides in Waterton Lakes are one of the best ways to see the Rockies. Enjoy mountain peaks and green valleys, crystal clear lakes and beautiful mountain trails on this unforgettable journey.

What you can expect

The bus between the Acclaim hotel in Calgary and the trailhead is pre-arranged and included in your fees. The bus departs at 7:30 AM to start your adventure, so please arrive at 7:00 AM for check-in (and have a hearty breakfast first).

As part of introducing you to western history and culture, the first stop will be the famous Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump at World UNESCO Site.

Next you are off to the camp where you will select your tent or teepee and unroll your sleeping bag before heading into the dining tent for a hearty lunch. Saddle bags are available for your insect repellent, camera, binoculars, energy bars, water bottle, gloves, sunglasses, and an additional sweater will come in handy for your ride. Bring your rain slicker and keep it separate as it will be tide to your saddle.

After a short ten-minute drive to the corral you will meet the staff; there will be a safety orientation, and then you will meet your horse. Saddle up for a spectacular 3-hour “pre-ride warm up” ride.

After this exciting ride, you will settle in to your comfortable accommodations and perhaps clean up and get ready for “happy hour” and dinner.

After dinner, a roaring campfire is started in the “Doughnut tent” (weather dependent). As you enjoy your favourite beverages, you may be entertained with music for a campfire sing-a-long, story telling, educational talks, squaring dancing, and/or cowboy poetry.

Days 2 – 4 (4-day trip), Days 2 – 5 (5-day trip), Days 2 – 6 (6-day trip)
8:00 am Waterton Springs T.R.C.R. camp
Gather in the dining tent for a hot and hearty breakfast. Afterwards, guests will prepare their own picnic lunches. The cowboys will saddle the horses, check the cinches, and by 8:30 AM you are off on the trail.

Each day will find you exploring lakes, valleys, glaciers or mountain passes. By noon, you will reach your destination and after lunch, riders can fish, stroll, visit or stretch out for a nap. By late afternoon, it’s back to camp for “happy hour” before enjoying a four-course dinner.

Optional boat tour down Waterton Lakes if you need a break from riding one day.

Final Day
The great thing about travelling with Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is that you don’t need to worry about moving camp on a daily basis. Unfortunately, however, all good things must come to an end and after a final days' ride, you return via bus to Calgary.


  • 4, 5 or 6 Day Tour options available
  • Enjoy teepee and tent accommodations while savoring delicious homemade meals
  • After a day on the trail, enjoy educational talks and live entertainment around a roaring campfire
  • Explore world renowned Waterton Lakes National Park on horseback
  • Licensed guides and professional cooks


  • A cowboy hat, or something to keep the sun off of you
  • Rain Hat
  • Warm Coat
  • Heavy Sweater and/or Vest
  • Light Jacket
  • Rain Slicker or Rain Suit. Light plastic or vinyl capes will not do! Do not bring ponchos. (These have a tendency to flap in the breeze and can spoke the horses.) Keep your rain gear with you at all times
  • Riding Chaps (Optional)
  • Light Riding Gloves
  • Warm Gloves
  • Extra Large Rubber Gloves (Worn over warm gloves on cold wet days)
  • Extra Jeans, Shirts, Socks, and Underwear
  • Good Quality Sleeping Bag (suitable for ‐10°C)
  • Foam Mattresses are provided
  • Woollen toque (ski hat) and Socks
  • Long Underwear
  • Sweat Suit with Hood
  • Riding Boots (Work boots with heels are fine as they double as hiking boots – make sure they are water proof)
  • Light Shoes or Sneakers (for camp)
  • Rubber or other waterproof Boots
  • Hiking boots for those hikes around camp or at lunch breaks

PLEASE NOTE - Complete details about your activity, including exact location, what to bring, cancellation policies and arrival information will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.

Meet location

Pick-up and return to the Acclaim Hotel, Calgary, AB


  • Recommended minimum age is 8 years old
  • Prior camping experience an asset
  • This tour caters to all riding abilities, beginners to advanced, however it is encouraged that beginners “brush up” on their riding skills (perhaps a few lessons) before their ride
  • Proficiency in English is required
  • Maximum weight: 225 lbs


  • Beginner and experienced riders welcome
  • Monday July 17 – Thursday July 20 – 4 day ride
  • Monday July 24 – Saturday July 29 – 6 day ride
  • Monday July 31 – Thursday August 3 – 4 day ride
  • Tuesday August 8 – Saturday August 12 – 5 day ride
  • Monday August 14 – Saturday August 19 – 6 day ride
  • Please call for tour opportunities outside of these times

Dietary requirements

  • Please inform of any allergies or dietary restrictions upon booking and this will be accommodated
4/5/6 Days
8 – 90
Up to 20 guests

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