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Guest Ranch Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. Banff, Alberta
Banff National Park, Alberta
The Canadian Rockies and its surrounds provide the perfect backdrop for a ranch, resort or lodge. Often when walking around towns like Banff and Canmore, you feel like you are walking around in a beautiful water colour painting. Calgary can get a bit stressful at times with parking meters, traffic lights and high rise buildings taking over the skyline. Even Banff can, at times feel a little commercial. This is why a ranch like Rafter Six Ranch is so remarkable. Only 30 minutes from Banff or 45 minutes from Calgary, it is like crossing into a whole new world. Once you cross the grill, you enter a serene world where lazy dogs lie in the sun and horses run free around the grounds.
The Rafter Six Ranch is a place full of stories of the past but packed full of adventures for the present. Whether you are looking to just relax for a few days close to the city but feeling like you are in the wild or something more – they have it all. There are guided horseback trail rides, overnight pack trips through the picturesque Bow Valley Provincial Park, a thrilling White Water Raft Trip down the Kananaskis River, a unique and challenging Adventure High Ropes Course in the tree tops ending with a zipline and also some great hiking and biking trails.
This is one Guest Ranch resort of the Canadian Rockies that simply needs to be seen to be believed. It really is surprising that after a very short drive from the city or Banff, you are all of a sudden thrown into this ranch wonderland. Dominant snow-capped mountains frame every gorgeous scene around this lodge. Aside from its aesthetics, Rafter Six has the perfect facilities for a wedding, corporate meeting or even a family reunion. It even has its own wedding chapel so everything can take place within the idyllic grounds. With the summer fast approaching, there has never been a better time to get back in the saddle!