~ Old Entrance Trail Rides ~

~ Guided horseback trail riding with spectacular mountain views ~

Horseback trail rides in the foothills along the Athabasca River valley

Located between Hinton and Jasper, Alberta on Bighorn Highway #40 North

Old Entrance is 50 minute drive from Jasper town-site and 10 minutes from Hinton


General departure times 11:00 am, 2:00 pm daily
We're offering 1:00 pm ride departure until the snow comes
Looking for additional riders on scheduled rides
(some riding experience or good athletic condition necessary on longer rides over 2 hr.)



Open May 1 to October 31

We provide guided horseback trail rides departing from our riding stables at Old Entrance along the scenic Athabasca River valley. A real western riding experience is provided with small groups of up to ten riders. Ride historic trails originally used by early explorers, trappers and forest rangers along the beautiful eastern slopes of the Rockies. These trails are over a variety of terrain; in the river valley, up onto open foothill ridges with spectacular mountain views and through mature evergreen forests and back down to Old Entrance.

Trail riding is a great way to quietly get in touch with nature. Enjoy many wild flowers and spectacular scenery along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Wildlife is occasionally spotted while horseback riding; most often a squirrel, deer, coyote and an occasional elk or bear. Sighting of birds of many varieties is common; hawks, eagles, ravens, northern flickers, ruffed grouse, robins, jays and chickadees to name a few.

Our gentle horses are of mixed blood; some Morgan, Arabian and Quarter-horse breeding. A horse will be selected for you that suits your size and riding ability. Minimum age of 7 years for novice riders. Young riders will be led (ponied) by the guide. We do not double on our horses. We do not run the horses. Maximum rider weight limit is 250 to 290 pounds and this is dependent on the person's height, physical condition and level of riding experience. Our trails are up and down hills carrying heavy loads exceeding 250 pound is strenuous work for our largest horses.

For those wondering if horseback riding may be an activity that you would like to try, our advice to novices is that if you are in condition to ride a bicycle then you will have no difficulty riding a horse.

Our trail rides are open to the public from May to October.

Please e-mail or phone in advance to schedule a trail ride. We prefer to have at least one day in advance notice although some late bookings may be accommodated. When booking you will be required to provide children's ages and each rider's height, weight and level of riding experience ie. novice, beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Scheduled daily trail ride departure times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:30 pm. In early spring and late fall we generally offer only one ride per day with departure time in the early afternoon to enjoy the warmth of the day.

TRAIL RIDES: 2015 Rates:

1 hour - Orchard Creek Loop: $40/person

1 1/2 hour - Mountain View Loop: $50/person

2 hour - Athabasca River Ridge: $65/person

3 hour - Pete's Pond: $95/person

3 1/2 hour - Athabasca River Ridge & Pete's Pond: $110/person

4 hour - Indian Camp: $125/person

5 hour - Brule Lake View-Point: $155/person

Full Day Tour (8 hour) - Solomon Mountain-Red Willow Flats: $ negotiable

Full Day Tour (8 hour) - Folding Mountain (July & August) : $ negotiable

Prices listed are Canadian dollars plus 5% GST.

Reservations: We accept trail ride reservations with payment of a $40.00 non-refundable deposit per rider paid by Visa or MasterCard. We do offer rain-checks and will re-schedule a trail ride if rained out.

We require each child's age, each rider's height, weight and level of riding experience to accept a reservation ie. NOVICE; never ridden, BEGINNER; have ridden a few times in recent years, INTERMEDIATE; ride often and in good physical condition or ADVANCED; ride frequently, own horse or involved in competitive equestrian sports.

Payment: Travelers cheques, Cash, Visa or MasterCard

Prices are based on actual riding time. Participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to trail ride departure time for orientation and saddle fitting.

We require a minimum participation of two (2) riders and for the longer rides of 3 hours plus duration we require a minimum of four (4) participants. Custom full day tours are available, some riding experience is recommended and good physical conditioning is essential - please inquire. Day in advance booking is requested, although some late bookings may be accommodated.

Riding helmets are provided, mandatory for children under 18 years of age and optional for adults. All riders must wear sturdy footwear with no open toes. A light weight hiking boot with a narrow toe is generally best if you do not have proper riding boots. A rain jacket and hat are recommended. We'll tie the jacket to your saddle if the sun is shining. Weather conditions near the mountains can change very quickly.

Saddles are equipped with saddle bags for carrying an unbreakable water bottle, lunch and other small items. Back packs are not permitted and we sugesst not bringing large, heavy cameras, binoculars, etc.

Waiver of Liability:

We take every precaution to safeguard riders and their property (cameras, sun glasses, jackets, etc.), but ask that participants recognize that horse back trail riding can involve some risk as horses can be unpredictable at times regardless of their past training. Participants are required to acknowledge this risk by signing a waiver of liability prior to departing on our trail rides. We suggest that out-of-province riders check their insurance policies to ensure accident coverage in Alberta and if necessary purchase all inclusive trip insurance.

We advocate ecotourism, low impact activity and preservation of the natural environment along the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

Alberta Commercial Trail Riding (CTR) permit holder.

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Send e-mail inquiry: oldentrance@yahoo.com

Old Entrance Bed 'n Breakfast Cabins & Trailrides Inquiries Phone: (780) 865-4760

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Mary Luger
Old Entrance Trailrides (867822 Alberta Ltd.)
PO Box 6054
Hinton, Alberta, Canada
T7V 1X4

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