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From Drumheller through Edmonton to Banff, experience the fascinating world of cowboy culture, dinosaur history and Canadian treasures.
Destinations > Western Canada > Ranchlands & Prairies
13 nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, 13 days car rental, sightseeing as specified, daily riding excursions and on-site events at La Reata Ranch and a personalised roadbook.
Daily, 17 May - 03 Oct 2018
NOTE: Departures 28 May – 06 Jun are not available due to La Reata Ranch restrictions.
Departures between 05-15 Jul coincide with the Calgary Stampede.
Discover a world of fossils, cowboy culture and central Canada treasures on a unique new itinerary combining new destinations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Authentic ranches demonstrate how life on horseback was for the settlers of the 19th century, and stays in urban centres show the changing face of their community and philosophies.
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Stay at the authentic guest ranch La Reata Ranch where you can explore the beautiful landscape and living the social life of a Canadian cowboy.
Head into the Badlands, one of the largest accessible dinosaur fields in the world with a rich geological history.
Relax at Elk Ridge Resort, the perfect luxury resort to rejuvenate half way through your journey.
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Pick up your rental car and check into your downtown hotel. Perhaps visit Heritage Park or the Calgary Tower today.
Head into the Badlands – an arid, rocky region displaying the geological and paleontological history of the last 200 million years. This area is one of the largest, accessible dinosaur fields in the world.
Cross the provincial border into Saskatchewan – the Bread Basket of Canada. Although famous for its wheat fields, the province is home to a diverse environment of rolling plains, northern forests and waterways. Arriving at La Reata Ranch, the next two days are yours to explore this beautiful landscape on horseback during the day, and spend the evenings living the social life of a Canadian cowboy. (D)
See Day 3 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
Journey past numerous shallow lakes, grasslands and a horizon-filling Big Sky to Moose Jaw where you will enjoy a local tour and re-enactment in the tunnels below the town streets. Afterwards, tour the Heritage Centre of the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police before continuing to Regina.
Continuing north, the landscape turns more rugged and the forests begin to expand over the horizon as you arrive at Elk Ridge Resort, a luxury resort perfect to relax and rejuvenate.
See Day 6 for today's itinerary.
Stop on the very edge of the provincial border! Lloydminster is a town with a unique location, where half the residents living in Saskatchewan and the other half in Alberta.
Edmonton is home to large urban parks, bike paths and pedestrian walkways that let you discover fascinating sights and unique neighbourhoods.
The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains awaits. As you drive west the mountains grow in the distance until they are suddenly looming outside every window. Jasper is renowned as the starting point for days of adventure to be had around the park.
See Day 10 for today's itinerary.
Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel the Icefields Parkway. Banff is Canada’s most famous Rocky Mountain community. Perhaps arrange a visit to Banff Natural History Museum, a gondola ride or try river rafting.
See Day 13 for today's itinerary.
Descend from the mountains back through the foothills to Calgary where your journey ends.
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