This will be the first Indigenous-owned ranch experience offered by the operator in Alberta.
An hour’s drive northwest of Calgary, the property is surrounded by 82 acres of wilderness and offers horseback adventures for up to six people, ranging from two to 10 days.
Each tailor-made journey taps into the Indigenous way of life, offering an insight into natural navigation, geology, animal tracking and medicinal plant identification.
On a typical nine-night ranch stay, the first five days are spent getting to grips with horse riding and developing an understanding of First Nation outdoor skills from basic camping and fire lighting, to reading the nature trails and learning about the indigenous culture. The final five days are spent out on the trail putting these skills into practice.
Guests can also try their hand at archery under the instruction of owner, Tracey Klettl (a descendant of the Cree and Mohawk people), who has previously represented Canada at the World Archery Championships.
The accommodation is based in Métis-style comfortable trapper tents (each tent can hold up to five people) complete with wood burning stoves and shared facilities. Weather permitting, all meals are enjoyed “family style” around the campfire where stories are shared in the traditional way under the wide Canadian skies.
Sandra Potter, Marketing Director at Ranch Rider, comments: “A first for Ranch Rider, the ranch is a wholly owned and run Indigenous tourism operation, with stays at Painted Warriors giving people a unique glimpse into the lives and culture of the Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk people.
“The horseback adventure invites travellers to see nature from a new perspective, as they will be riding in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains and reconnecting with the outdoors through the eyes of the First Nations, their philosophy shaping all of the authentic outdoor experiences from practising archery through to learning backcountry basics. Its proximity to Calgary also makes the ranch an ideal starting or end point to a festival focused trip.”