Life on the Range at Bar Diamond Guest Ranch
Holiday Ref: 16511
Experience Western Ranch Life, Blackfoot Medicine Wheels, River Jet Boat Tour, Prairie
Art Studio, Grain Elevator Museum, Catalogue Tea House, Hutterite Colony, Restored Railway Station & Stunning Prairie Scenery.
Available on selected dates June – September 2019
Upon arrival into Calgary airport transfer (included) to your overnight hotel.
Full day to explore the Stampede City of Calgary. We have included admission to the Calgary Tower. Officially opened June 30th 1968, the ‘Tower’ has become the City of Calgary’s most famous and identifiable physical landmark. One of the first Towers of its kind, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in Calgary and is a must-see on any itinerary. Throughout the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, a flame burned at the top of the Tower, making the Calgary Tower the World’s Largest Olympic Torch. The torch is still lit today for special occasions, like Canada Day and during the Calgary Flames race for the Stanley Cup, sparking fond
memories as well as a certain civic pride in all Calgarians. Visitors to the Observation Deck will be able to virtually “step out into” space on the new glass floor experience. Imagine standing 525 feet above the ground in the heart of Calgary and being able to look straight
down and directly out in front of you into the heart of the city. The experience will be awe-inspiring and will challenge the emotions, but rest assured --- the thrill will be worth it.
Settle into your comfortable room in the century-old Bar Diamond Lodge. Stroll, stargaze and maybe even spot the beautiful Northern Lights. Meals included: Dinner
Enjoy a home-cooked country breakfast before connecting with 5,000 year-old Blackfoot teepee rings, a vision quest site and medicine wheels that sit upon the river hilltops, the only twin medicine wheels in North America. Board the Hern’s jet boat for an afternoon tour on the South Saskatchewan River. Watch for Prairie wildlife and encounter remnants of homes built by the first Western pioneers among the badlands hoodoos. The rugged river cliffs hide dinosaur fossils waiting to be uncovered. The river remains virtually untouched to the way the First Nations people saw it centuries ago. Gather together with ranch hands & fellow travellers for a game of pool, a movie or a cold beverage with your fellow travellers. Experience good old ranch hospitality. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visit Acadia Valley’s grain elevator museum. Learn how this region’s traditional grain crops were weighed, graded and sent across the country. Tour an Eaton’s Catolog House and tea room. Stop for a cup of roasted coffee and delicious homemade goodies. Enjoy your lunch made by the ranch cook surrounded by the impressive landscape and artwork at Sagebrush Studios. Wander through 20 acres of beautifully landscaped prairie with ever changing gardens and water features and then, into the three historical churches that act as the artists’ alleries. Drop down into the Red Deer River Valley to take a trip on the Estuary Ferry and tour a nearby Hutterite Colony. Maybe you can pick up fresh produce, jams and jellies. En route back to the Ranch, enjoy a stop at a local craft and gift shop in Empress where you will walk through the restored train station which was once “The Hub of the West”. After a delicious home-cooked ranch style supper, you can put your feet up on the veranda and enjoy the quiet solitude, just as the early ranchers did one hundred years ago. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Let the world wait one more day and stick around to hike wide open prairie trails. Go bird watching, pet the horses, track deer and antelope, or spot a coyote. Take one last stroll to the riverbank to sit, to fish or to take a meandering canoe ride. Or just relax and read a book. If you fancy a day on the range with our wranglers and family members, choose a horseback ride for today. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy one more sunrise and home cooked breakfast on the ranch before you depart for Calgary Airport where you will overnight after returning your hire car.
Checkout of your Calgary Airport hotel and board your flight back to the UK.