Westworld Alberta

Spring 2015

Westworld Alberta

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54 W E S T W O R L D A L B E R T A | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 janice peters casey ROADSIDE Save 7% on a Parks Canada Discovery Pass when you buy at an AMA centre. The pass allows entry to nearly 100 national parks and historic sites across Canada. AMATravel.ca/DiscoveryPass "For the majority of people who come, it's not to ride horses, it's to see the backcountry," says Stuart Watkins, director of the non-profit Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies (TRCR). e orga- nization has been leading rides into Alberta's wild places every sum- mer since 1923. "e only way to see it is on horseback or on foot." Horseback it is, then. is year, the group tackles Waterton Lakes National Park, with a series of six-day rides. On day one, participants settle in and claim a teepee at base camp. en, each morning, they head out to some spectacular spot – an alpine meadow, a waterfall, a mountain pass – that few eyes will ever see. Nights are reserved for gourmet suppers – think steak and prime rib – and campfires in the Donut Tent (round with a hole in the top), with singsongs, jokes, storytelling, skits, square dancing and cowboy poetry. It's a full immersion into cowboy culture, says Watkins. But no riding or cowpoke experience is required to join a TRCR adventure, and everything from the horses and saddlebags to meals and cots is provided. Riders just need a sleeping bag, a raincoat and personal effects. Watkins invokes the 1991 back-to- the-land film City Slickers to describe his clientele, many of whom are over 50 and have never ridden a horse: "It's like the movie, only instead of a cattle drive, we do trail rides." trailridevacations.com W Joy Ride

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