Family Fun: Horsing Around in Calgary

As a city of cowboys and culture, Calgary is one of Canada’s best destinations for family fun. Families with little buckaroos wanting to holster a happening holiday have come to the right place. Trot yourself over to these equine excursions for some wild west adventure.

HOMEPLACE RANCH

Earn yer spurs at this authentic dude ranch, part of Alberta’s famous Cowboy Trail. Those 7-years and older can saddle up with riding lessons or opt to trot on a half-day trail ride, past pretty meadows laced with deer and cattle on the outskirts of Calgary. 

Site 2, Priddis; 

SPRUCE MEADOWS

Home to world class show jumping, families don’t need to wait for equestrian tournaments to enjoy getting up close and personal with the resident horses. Anytime of year you can stroll the lush grounds, visit the barns, or burn off energy in their massive playground.

18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW; www.sprucemeadows.com

GET KITTED OUT

Cowboy couture can be found across the city, but Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack is your one stop shop for wranglers, spurs,  stetsons and even kid’s cowboy wear. For a real treat, splurge on a pair of custom-made cowboy boots at Alberta Boot Company or an authentic cowboy hat from Smithbilt Hats.

GLENBOW MUSEUM

A trove of enticing exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the city’s western legacy, permanent collections dive deep into the world of aboriginal people, frontier exploration, and the development of western life. Tip: Head to the The Museum Shop for one of a kind souvenirs and cool educational toys.  

BUTTERFIELD ACRES

Just because you’re in the city, doesn’t mean you can’t spend time at a farm. This multi-acre city farm offers hands-on experiences for all ages from pony rides to milking goats to hunting for freshly laid eggs.

Country Hills Blvd NW; www.butterfieldacres.com

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