Experience Real Life in the Canadian Prairies: Unique Alberta Vacations

Cabin Rentals, Ranch Vacations, and Pure Alberta Relaxation

Cabin Rentals, Ranch Vacations, and Pure Alberta Relaxation

©2008Angie Haggstrom

Vacations don’t have to include a visit to the same old hotel setting or the usual sightseeing tours. For something new and unusual, how about going on a true country vacation this year? Different styles of western vacations are available throughout the province. If you want to experience life in the Canadian Rockies, in Northern Alberta, or in the Southwest, go for it!

Alberta cottages in the southern portion of the province are a great way to experience a true country vacation no matter what time of year. Lyndon Creek Cottage, just outside of Claresholm is a wonderful place to spend your vacation. Here, you can stay in the rustic yet lavish guest house and enjoy waking up to the peaceful countryside of the Alberta Foothills. From here, you can explore the area including attractions such as the Birds of Prey Centre, Waterton National Park, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and many of the natural wonders in the area. Outdoor adventures like skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other activities are here as well. You get the enjoyment of living out in the country with the freedom of a hotel vacation!

Cabins in the wild Canadian Rocky Mountains are another great way to experience real life in the area. The Brewster Adventures allow you to live the history of the local area in a way that is not possible with a museum visit. Horseback riding on a 4-day pack trip takes you deep into the nearby Banff National Park where you can see the untamed wildness from a fresh perspective. Spend your days exploring the mountains and sleeping at night in an historic log cabin. They also offer day trail rides of Banff and genuine western barbeques in the Lake Louise area.

Guest ranches in Alberta give you the opportunity to witness life on the ranch first hand. You can watch the ranchers go about their daily lives of looking after their animals, and enjoy complete relaxation untainted by the rush of city life. The Lakeview Guest Ranch not far from Edmonton, Alberta is a prime example. Relax around the waterfront property and take part in your favorite activities. It is one of those vacations where doing nothing is truly a wonderful experience. Meals are made from scratch and offer the finest in Western Canadian cuisine. They even offer a selection of special programs and activities off and on throughout the year.

For those looking to truly experience life on a ranch in the Canadian Prairies, consider a real working ranch vacation. These vacations give you the opportunity to work and live on a real ranch. Red Lodge Guest Ranch lets you rent one of their comfortable Alberta cabins or stay in the ranch house. They bring you along and guide you through the various jobs done on the ranch including riding, moving and feeding cattle, and working with the horses. The vacation isn’t all work! There are trail rides and other fun activities to enjoy. If you choose to opt out of the ‘working vacation’ there are an unlimited number of activities and relaxation opportunities available. Volleyball, baseball, wagon rides, or just enjoying the fresh air. There is also a group lodge and camp sites available for visitors.

Take an entirely new vacation and experience real life in the Canadian Prairies! For more information, visit Alberta Western & Cowboy Vacations.

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