Canadian Rockies Guest Ranches
Try a Canadian Rockies guest ranch on your next vacation
Looking for an active vacation with a variety of activities? Consider a Canadian Rockies guest ranch vacation. Guest ranches, also known as dude ranches, concentrate a wide range of activities in one place, taking the headache out of planning your vacation, and allowing you to do more with your time.
Here at JasperNationalPark.com, we highly recommend The Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch in Cranbrook, British Columbia for exactly this reason. Three Bars, which specializes in family guest ranch vacations, offers hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, tennis, river rafting and lots more.
And of course, there’s the horseback riding. Tyler Beckly, who represents the third generation of Beckly’s to run this ranch, notes that some guest ranches have a bad reputation for the quality of horseback riding they offer. But he points out that at Three Bars Guest Ranch, they have a team of expert horse trainers.
“We’re very good at what we do,” says Tyler. “Both my father and my younger brother are professional horse trainers, and they show all over the world. A lot of people when they think of a dude ranch, they think of low-quality horsemanship, and that’s obviously not the case here.”
Tyler’s trained guides, known as “wranglers,” on Three Bars Guest Ranch, all start off with a solid background in horsemanship, and are all Dude Ranchers Association certified when it comes to horse activities, so you know you’re in good hands. These same horse guides are also well-trained in the other Canadian Rockies that Three Bars offers, so you won’t have to necessarily start over with a new guide with every activitiy.
Beyond activities, you’ll get a chance to mellow out in front of a campfire, in a hot tub or in the heated pool. At the cozy main lodge you can participate in group activities. All guests stay in well-appointed private cabins, giving everyone their own space and some privacy.
You’ll find the Three Bars Guest Ranch between Banff National Park and Glacier Park, a great place for accessing much of the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. This part of the Canadian Rockies offers quiet nature, pristine water, idyllic meadows and unbeatable mountain views.