ACTIVITIES in the Surrounding Area
Though you may choose to spend all your time at the Ranch itself, there are many things to do and see around the area. Trips by car to Banff (Canada's 1st National Park), Calgary, Spruce Meadows or Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump can easily be done, using the Ranch as your home base.
Just coming off celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" is in full swing from July 5-14, 2013. Calgary and the communities surrounding it are taking this opportunity to put on events from June through to September to help commemorate this anniversary. Visit the Calgary Stampede website to learn more, find out about the many free events, and purchase tickets to other events, including the rodeo, grandstand show and many musical concerts .
Want to enjoy the some of the best Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing in Canada? You can venture out on your own - our Bow River is a haven for fly-fisherman, and our many mountain lakes and streams are available.
If you wish some guiding, with Dave Brown, you can fish the Bow River while learning to cast to large Rainbow and Browns or let Dave and his guides at Orvis show you all the latest techniques and fly patterns while walking along a small stream in the shadows of the Rockies. Dave Brown Outfitters.
You will require a fishing license, available at nearby Bragg Creek.
If rafting is something you always wanted to do, Inside Out Experiences has many different packages to choose from.
There are many exceptional golf courses within a short drive of the Homeplace: Redwood Meadows, Kananaskis, Scirocco, Highwood. A bit further afield, there are the spectacular mountain courses in Canmore: Silvertip and Stewart Creek, and in Banff: the Banff Springs Golf course.
BAR U RANCH
A few miles down Highway 22, the Historic Bar U Ranch allows you a look back into the histroy of ranching in southern Alberta. Their interpretive buildings and display are fascinating, and their staff demonstrate black smithing, horse shoeing, and many other activities that would be typical on a ranch. Horse drawn hay rides take you from their parking lot down into the ranch for easy access.
In 2012, the Bar U has many special events helping to celebrate 100 years of the Calary Stampede. These include Chuckwagon "Cook offs", Canada Day Festivities, Ranch Rodeo, Chore Horse competition and Polo matches. Friends of the Bar U
HEAD SMASHED IN BUFFALO JUMP
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is known around the world as a remarkable testimony of prehistoric life. In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the jump as a World Heritage Site placing it among other world attractions such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands.
Just 20 minutes from the Homeplace Ranch, this picturesque complex has captivated the worldwide audience of the sport of show jumping. Spruce Meadows was Ranked #1 in the world in 2002/2003/2004/2005/2006 and 2007. Spruce Meadows' tournaments have attracted virtually every Olympic, World, European, and National Show Jumping Champion.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6, 641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.