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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Cowboy Chic in Calgary


The Kananaskis Country recreation area.  

5. An Oddball Day

Going to Calgary without seeing the Rockies is like visiting L.A. without checking out the ocean. It’s only an hour’s drive from the breathtaking peaks of Kananaskis Country, a 1,600-square-mile recreation area. Saddle up for a horseback ride at Boundary Ranch, where guided trail rides (between one and five kilometers) clop along verdant paths and besides glacial lakes. Aside from some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Canada (Brokeback Mountain was filmed here), you’ll likely spot wild elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and possibly a grizzly bear—let's hope from very far away. Rides last from one hour to a full day and can be combined with an afternoon of whitewater rafting on the Kananaskis River or a big-ass BBQ lunch.

Published on Aug 28, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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