We spent a fantastic week with our 2 kids (10 and 8). Family run place with very friendly, but also professional, hosts.
Room was basic but comfortable and very spacious.
The ranch prides itself on having their own horses which they train. They don't rent from elsewhere. It shows - the horses were "alive" but tolerant and well known by the wranglers.
Scenery is spectacular, and horse back a great way to see it. But don't expect to do more than trot. I daresay all ranches are similar, but there was some reluctance to canter / lope.
Food was basic but fine. The cook was an excellent baker - the cakes were great!
The layout of the place means you can meet other guests easily - indeed that is half the point of the place. Don't expect to be left alone! Met some super nice people.
The kids love horses and rushed out at first light to be with them. All credit to the wranglers that they made that possible. They had an amazing time - lots of excitement, no requests for tv or iPods (yay!) and lots of learning about horses.
The wranglers were, without exception, good company, experts at handling horses, "can-do". A pleasure to spend the day with.
The focus of the place is, rightly, on the riding and on that the ranch excels. My only reason for 4 stars is that the food is fairly basic. We would definitely go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three Bars Guest Ranch, The Adventure Ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Three Bars is Canada's premier guest ranch. Packages include access to a world class riding program, rafting, guided hiking, mountain biking, skeet shooting and a full evening program. All accommodations and meals are included in packages. ... more less