Activities and Things to do at Rocking ‘R’ Ranch
The world famous Calgary Stampede is a ten-day event that takes place in the heart of Calgary, Alberta and Stampede Park is only a 45 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. The Stampede Parade features 160 entries from around the world and kicks off The Calgary Stampede in July of each year.
The Calgary Stampede Rodeo is the main attraction of the Stampede and runs every afternoon. Each evening nine heats of 4 chuck wagons and 16 outriders compete in a race known as “The Half-Mile of Hell.” This is followed by the Grandstand Show which features an amazing cast of musicians, dancers, singers and comedians. The evening concludes with a spectacular display of fireworks!
The Calgary Stampede Midway has rides for everyone from small children to the most daring thrill seekers! In addition to all of this there are displays of Arts and Crafts and numerous Agricultural Events and Shows.
heritage days stampede
The biggest event in the Strathmore Area is the annual Heritage Days Stampede which takes place on the August long weekend each year. See champion cowboys participate in the PRCA Rodeo and Dodge Pro Tour Championship Chuck Wagon Races each day. For more heart stopping action you can take in the Running of the Bulls, an event guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
The Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royal Tyrrell Museum, located in the heart of the Alberta Badlands, opened in September 1985. In the first year the museum had nearly 600,000 visitors and hundreds of thousands continue to visit this world class museum every year. We’ll pack you a delicious picnic lunch and send you off on the Dinosaur Trail to experience the world class museum just a 45 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. Stop and view the scenic Horseshoe Canyon along the way or take a helicopter ride over the canyon.
Fly Fishing Adventure
Enjoy world class fishing on the beautiful Bow River. Just 30 minutes from the Ranch you will find some of the best river fishing in North America. You can venture out on your own or we can arrange a guided tour for you. Picnic lunches are also available.
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play takes place in July each year and is set in the natural bowl amphitheatre of the Drumheller Badlands. Each year thousands of visitors witness the portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Authentic costumes and live animals contribute to this true to life re-creation of the Holy Land.
The Rosebud Dinner Theatre is nestled in the picturesque Hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. The theatre runs 5 or 6 productions each year at the local Opera House and dinner is included. Plan to go early as there are a few interesting little shops in the Hamlet.
If you like to golf there are six golf courses with a 20 minute drive from the Rocking R Guest Ranch. The Oxbow Golf Course is an easy nine-hole course. The Strathmore and Speargrass courses are 18-hole courses and each feature a fully stocked pro shop, full length driving range, practice putting green and licensed restaurant.
Speargrass is a championship length golf course located on the banks of the Bow River. The layout provides four different teeing grounds on each hole for all abilities. The course offers generous fairways, large greens and strategically placed sand traps and water hazards. The view of the river valley is spectacular!
The Rocking R Guest Ranch will design your equestrian adventure to match your riding ability. We offer the following packages:
Introduction to Horses
In this two-hour session you will be introduced to riding and learn to groom and saddle your horse. You will be shown how to mount your horse, move your horse about, stop your horse and dismount. The lesson will be conducted in an outdoor arena, which provides a safe place in which to learn to ride.
Day Ride in Kananaskis Country
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and then load up the horses for a short trip to the Beautiful Rocky Mountains. There are numerous Equestrian Day Use Areas in Kananaskis Country. Your guides will take you on a scenic trail ride through forests and open meadows in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a light lunch at the base camp and after a great day of riding, we’ll take you back to the ranch for a dip in the hot tub before you tuck yourself in for a good night sleep.
Three Day Equestrian Adventure
Each day includes a hearty breakfast, snacks, drinks and a sumptuous dinner. Enjoy glorious rides during the day and evenings around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and gazing at a blanket of stars! We will provide tents and camp cots for your comfort. You will experience western culinary delights and some of the best scenery in North America. If you don’t want to ride you can hike, fish or just relax and soak up the sun!
Horseback Riding on the Ranch
If you are not comfortable riding in the mountains but would still like to ride we can take you on an easy ride along the canal adjacent to the Ranch. The cost to ride on the ranch is $45.00 per hour per horse. There is a minimum charge of one hour.
Spruce Meadows Equestrian Facility
Spruce Meadows is an internationally-recognized equestrian facility located in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. This picturesque complex is just 40 minutes west of the Rocking R Guest Ranch.
Spruce Meadows is an outstanding facility that has captivated the worldwide audience of the sport of show jumping – there is no other place like it! Spruce Meadows hosts a number of show jumping tournaments throughout the year but the two biggest events are the North American in early July and the Masters Tournament in early September.
Come and enjoy the athletic excitement and excellence at Spruce Meadows and at the end of your busy day retire to the peace and tranquility of the Rocking R Guest Ranch.
Hay Rides or Sleigh Rides
Come meet our team of Clydesdales – Rosie and Sadie!
$169.00 per hour for guests staying at the Ranch – Minimum One Hour
$350.00 for groups (up to 15 people) not staying at the Ranch
Includes Hot Chocolate/Cold Drinks and Cookies or Trail Mix after your ride.
Wedding Carriage Rides
$800.00 for weddings on the Ranch
$1200 for weddings off the Ranch
After 6 hours the additional charge is $100.00 per hour
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