Province/Territory: Alberta

Hitch up with a Frontier Cattle Drive

  • 100 yearlings
  • 02 days on a frontier cattle drive
  • 15 miles of riding Alberta outback

Saddle up and be part of a frontier cattle drive, spending two days on horseback herding 100 yearlings through backcountry to new pastures.
Eat lunch on the trail amid wildflowers and keep an eye open for moose and eagles. Finish the day with a home-cooked feast in the Longhorn Saloon, part of the reconstructed wild west Cowtown, then gather around a campfire for songs and cowboy poetry before heading to your western bunkhouse for the night.

Why you should visit

• Yipping and hollering and learning the art of chasing cattle.
• Horseback riding with a view of the jagged Rockies’ foothills.
• Lunch on the trail in the wide open backcountry.
• Telling stories and reciting cowboy poetry around a campfire at night.
• Moving 100 yearlings to fresh pasture.
• Wildflowers as far as the eye can see.
• Bedding down in a western bunkhouse in Cowtown, a wild west village.
• Seeing eagles, moose and deer on the trail.
• Feasting on a roast beef dinner in the Longhorn Saloon.

Weather

• Average July and August temperatures in the Rockies' foothills are highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Days are dry and often sunny and by August evening temperatures are become chillier as autumn moves in.
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

Rates and dates.
• There are two cattle drives every summer, in mid-July and mid-August.
• The drives take place over two days.
• Accommodation is available in cabins or by camping.
• Groceries, supplies and banks are available in Pincher Creek, Alberta.

When to go

• Two frontier cattle drives take place - one in mid-July and one in mid-August.

Need to know

• Riding experience is recommended.
• Bring your own horse if you like.
• Horse, saddle and tack are provided.
• Dress in layers and bring a rain slicker, leather gloves and a hat.
• Bring boots with heels if you have them.
• Mosquito repellent and sunscreen are handy.

Getting Here

• Located 100 miles from Calgary near Pincher Creek, Alberta, a two hour drive on Highway #2.
• If flying in to Calgary, it’s necessary to rent a car to access Pincher Creek.