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Imagine yourself heading back in time and moving cattle over the picturesque rolling landscape of Alberta. Home On The Range Adventure Tours can arrange for you to be surrounded by this vast open country that comprises the wonder that is the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Join one of the experienced outfitters that partners with us to provide this unique western experience. You will view wildlife that may include elk and deer as they mingle with the wide variety of cattle found in Alberta, and enjoy becoming familiar with horses that range in breed from Appaloosa, to Percheron, to Quarter horses.

If you have always wanted to be part of a cattle drive, give some thought to spending time exploring one of the world's most unique and fulfilling experiences. Join one of our highly qualified outfitters and make your western experience dream a reality. You will be given the opportunity to ride and drive cattle with experienced ranch hands whose life's occupation has been as a cowboy; from catching wild horses to riding broncs and working with cattle.

And remember, it's not all hard work. After a day in the saddle, you can spend the evening savouring a delicious home cooked meal and gazing peacefully into the glow of the crackling campfire.

Come experience a cattle drive as only a cowboy can.

Each trip includes all equipment & supplies, accommodation, guide, meals and horse.

Riding Experience

In order for guests to enjoy one of our Cattle Drive experiences, they should have at least intermediate riding experience and be able to ride for long periods of time. The terrain is varied as is the pace, but most of the riding is done at a walk or trot. Cantering or galloping is only done when necessary to bring the cattle back into line or keep them going in the right direction.

To really get to know the country and your horse we recommend the following working ranch and cattle drive packages.

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Lucasia Ranch Cattle Drives

$1900/person plus tax & 10% gratuity. With private ensuite, $2000/person plus tax & 10% gratuity.

May 29 – June 4, 2014

Head 'Em Up Spring Cattle Drive

The first cattle drive of the year transfers the yearlings into the Forest Reserve. Usually the yearlings are gathered on one day and driven three miles to the neighbour's corrals. They will stay there overnight, and the next morning they are moved between 15 and 20 miles into the Forest Reserve.


June 8 - June 14, 2014

Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats Lucasia Ranch Branding Week

Cattle roundup, branding and neighbourhood social. Take in a traditional branding experience that, even today, echoes the practices of the past. Help the crew gather, sort and brand; you're welcome to observe or pitch in and learn the basics.


July 20 - July 26, 2014

Checking the ElkHelping Hand #1

Join the Lucasia Ranch crew as they help neighbouring ranchers move their cattle.


July 27 – August 2, 2014

Catch' imHelping Hand #2

Join the Lucasia Ranch crew as they help neighbouring ranchers move their cattle.


August 17 – 23, 2014

Where's MomMove 'Em Out Cattle Drive

The third cattle drive of the year takes place in mid-August. This involves taking up the cows and calves to join the rest of the herd. This drive is similar to the first two as they will go into the same pasture as the earlier group.


October 1 - 7, 2014

See you later!Rocky Mountain Roundup Cattle Drive #2

The final cattle drive of the year is the Fall Roundup. This drive takes place around the middle of October as the cattle need to be out of the Forest Reserve by the 15th of the month. You leave early from the ranch buildings and ride into the reserve. The cattle are gathered and pushed to the corral setup, which is located in the Reserve. At the end of each day you will return to the ranch for a well-earned rest and a wholesome supper.

The following days will be similar as all of the stragglers need to be found and corralled. While the search is on for the stragglers, a group of ranchers will be separating the cattle as there are five ranchers with herds combined on the Reserve. When everyone has returned, each owner will leave with their herds at different intervals. The Lucasia herd will then be driven the seven miles home.

We recommend that if you are interested in a cattle drive, you book early as space is limited and these weeks are the first to book.

REMINDER: For cattle drives, guests have to be experienced riders who can handle 6-8 hours in the saddle, riding up and down steep hills on narrow paths. This will guarantee that all our guests will have a safe and enjoyable cattle drive. Thank you for your help to make these weeks so special for all participants.

We look forward to sharing our western way of life with you!

Contact our knowledgeable staff today to discuss making your western experience holiday a reality.

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Mountain Meadow Cattle Drives

3 days - 2 nights: $765/person plus tax & 10% gratuity
4 days - 3 nights: $995/person plus tax & 10% gratuity

Come and join us on over 15,000 acres of high country wilderness bordering the eastern slopes of Waterton Lakes/Glacier National Park. This area is a combination of crown and private land that has been the high country summer pasture for ranchers’ cattle herds for over 100 years. Thrill to the experience of exploring different scenic trails, rich with a diversity of landscapes and history.

Cattle drives at Mountain Meadows are scheduled for the first part of June, end of July and end of September. These are energetic cowboy rides, so some previous riding experience is required.

Join us on a traditional roundup and cattle drive, as we move our cattle to greener pastures.

Each of these cattle drives can be booked as a 3 or 4 day overnight riding package, with 2-3 days of cattle gathering, driving, and herd check rides. For those that come for 4 days, the last day is spent exploring the country side, relaxing, and just enjoying the amazing scenery of the area.

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Sierra West Cattle Drives

2 days - $550 per person plus tax & 10% gratuity (A variety of accommodation is available)

June 28 & 29, 2014; July 19 & 20, 2014 and August 9 & 10, 2014

"Frontier Cattle Drive”. Saddle up and ride with the Sierra West gang on their 2014 Cattle Drives. These trips will take you through some of the most scenic mountain countryside nestled close to the base of the majestic Livingstone Mountain range in south western Alberta. Step back into the pages of time and experience a taste of the “Old West” as you ride the open ranges, drive cattle, indulge in down home country cooking and tell yarns & sing songs around the campfire. You will marvel at the breath-taking scenery, serenity of nature and the comradeship of fellow horsemen. You’ll experience an adventure you’ll remember forever – Reserve Your Saddle Today!

REMINDER: For cattle drives, guests have to be experienced riders who can handle 6-8 hours in the saddle, riding up and down steep hills on narrow paths. This will guarantee that all our guests will have a safe and enjoyable cattle drive. Thank you for your help to make these weeks so special for all participants.

Contact our knowledgeable staff today to discuss making your western experience holiday a reality.

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Lakeview Guest Ranch Cattle Drives

Lakeview Guest Ranch Cattle Drives riders overlooking river

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Not Included:

$390/person (horse provided) plus tax (based on double occupancy) $350/person (bring your own horse) plus tax (based on double occupancy)

2014 Cattle Drive Weekend Packages

Arrivals & Departures
Arrivals Departures
June 30th July 2nd
July 26th July 28th
August 30th September 1st
September 27th September 29th
Arrivals after 3:00pm. Departures prior to 11:00am

Friday:  Arrive at Lakeview Guest Ranch.

Settle in your comfortable guest room and (if applicable) put your horse in the corral. Discover the ranch property, or join the hosts on a tour. Maybe you like to help take care of the farm animals, or go for a trail ride with your own horse. Dinner is available in one of the nearby restaurants or you can fix your steak over the camp fire, firewood is included.

Saturday:

After a scrumptious breakfast, guests depart for the partner ranch in Evansburg. At 10.30 a.m., the cattle boss will give a “cowboy one on one” briefing and matches the riders with their horses. A warm up ride follows in the corral.  The ride starts at 11 a.m. sharp.

The group will  round up the first herd and drive around 100-400 head of cattle on to new pastures. There will be bush riding to make sure no stray animal is left behind. In the early afternoon, the group will stop for a picnic lunch break on the trail, with ranch beef smokies, roasted to perfection over a fire. A second herd of cattle will be picked up after lunch and driven to a new grazing area.

Lakeview Guest Ranch Cattle Drive Drover

When you bring your own horse, depending on the route the cattle boss chooses, it might be interesting to know, that there may will be a creek and wooden bridge to cross and some elevation changes during the ride. After the cattle drive, the group will ride along beautiful riverside trails towards the cabin. Those who wish to go for a nice canter across the open fields, can do that. The other riders will move on at a slower pace toward the cabin, where a home cooked supper awaits the riders.

Enjoy a drink while sitting around the camp fire on the picturesque shores of the Pembina River, or play horse shoes and learn some lasso tricks from the pros. On a hot summer day, there is the opportunity to go for a swim in the river and maybe you would like to ride your horse into the water. Don’t forget your swim suite and a towel. Tired and happy, filled with amazing memories of the day, guests then head back to Lakeview Guest Ranch.  

Sunday:

Wake up late and feel well rested after a good night’s sleep. Have the first cup of coffee on the sun deck and watch the horses play. Enjoy a hearty European/Canadian style breakfast. 

REMINDER: For cattle drives, guests have to be experienced riders who can handle riding up and down steep hills on narrow paths and through brush. This will guarantee that all our guests have a safe and enjoyable cattle drive. Thank you for your help to make these weekends so special for all participants.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The ranch partners reserve the right to cancel any riding event at any time, in case of bad weather or ground conditions, or if the minimum number of 6 riders could not be booked. In this case, guests will receive a full refund of any amounts paid. Furthermore, we do not accept liability for any expenses guests may have incurred due to cancellation.

Contact our knowledgeable staff today to discuss making your western experience holiday a reality.

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