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Three Bars Ranch is home to over 100 head of horses, 1000 acres of land and an incredible backdrop with the Rocky Mountain Range to our East and Purcell Mountain range to the West, making the ranch the most incredible place to photograph horses.
Last Spring we hosted a group of photographers for a week long seminar on Equine Photography and it was such a success, that we are offering another week of fun, excitement and learning.
This year’s instructor is Professional Canadian Photographer, Ryan Courson (Horse and Hound Photography https://www.facebook.com/ryancoursonphotography/ )
An award winning Canadian equine photographer, Ryan’s images grace the walls of homes and businesses throughout the world. In addition, his work has been featured on the National Geographic website, and has also been used by The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, and various horse publications throughout Canada.
Ryan’s passion for teaching has led him to present the “The Art of Equine Photography” at various organizations throughout Ontario, and he loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with budding photographers.
“My goal is to help my students and workshop participants grow as photographers. It’s a two-fold process. To educate and inspire while at the same time, give photographers of all levels an environment where they can put to use what they’ve learned. By putting all of those elements together, the end result is that people come away with some pretty incredible images that were better than anything they’ve taken before!”
What your week with Ryan at Three Bars includes:
Accommodations in an upscale log cabin, all meals are included, use of all ranch facilities, ranch activities, working with Ryan from the start (setting up and taking photos) to editing and final work on your photos from each day.
To book your week with this amazing photographer at Three Bars Ranch, please contact Tyler Beckley (1-877-426-5230) or email@example.com
Please note: Space is Limited
Adults Love Late Spring Weeks At Three Bars Ranch
Looking for a great time to take a dude ranch vacation without a lot of kids around? Couples, groups and solo travelers who enjoy vacationing sans kids flock to Three Bars Ranch in late May and early June to enjoy their guest ranch vacation before the kids get out of school. The dude ranch’s low rates during this time period make it a great value as well.
Late May and June often yield some of the best weather for horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor activities. “Late spring is one of the nicest times to visit Three Bars Ranch,” says Tyler Beckley. “The mountains still have snow on the top and everything is very green and lush.” Days are also at their longest during this time period, so adults can spend the extra time enjoying the warm evenings, hanging out in the bar and staying longer at dinner.
Late spring is also a less crowded time at the guest ranch, offering guests the opportunity to be even more social and spend additional time with the staff. “Our ranch tends to be adults only during the late spring, due to the fact that kids are still in school,” says Tyler Beckley, owner of Three Bars Ranch. “Our rates during the late spring time period are considerably less as well,” Beckley adds. Hiking and wildlife sightings during late spring weeks are excellent, too.
Epic vacations at Spur Alliance ranches are easy to plan and completely hassle-free. Delicious meals, horseback riding, and almost all guest activities and events are included as part of the ranch vacation package, giving adults complete freedom to do whatever they’d like. This all-inclusive approach provides added vacation value and allows adults to create their own personalized vacation filled with memorable experiences and outdoor adventures.
Three Bars Ranch is the top choice for a North American multi-sport vacation. Voted Canada’s top guest ranch for the last five years, British Columbia’s Three Bars Ranch is the ultimate adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Located in the scenic region between Glacier National Park and Banff, this dude ranch offers exceptional horseback riding for all levels of riders from beginners to experts.
Three Bars Ranch also features one of the most complete all-inclusive vacation packages available including twice-daily horseback rides, guided hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and delicious meals. Lower spring season rates are available at Three Bars Ranch from May 22 to June 27, 2016. Riding guests save close to 20% on their Three Bars Ranch vacations during the late spring, while non-riding guests save almost 25% off the guest ranch’s summer rates.
Late May and June are also fantastic times for guests to visit nearby parks, such as Banff and Lake Louise. Three Bars Ranch is easily accessible from a variety of domestic and international airports, some of which are located near magnificent national park areas. Late spring is an excellent time to avoid having a crowded experience at the parks. There are fewer visitors in late May and early June, providing great conditions for wildlife viewing.
Today’s current exchange rates make Canadian guest ranch vacations an even more attractive choice for many travelers. The weak Canadian dollar is encouraging more Canadians to stay closer to home this year, while providing an extra incentive for travelers from the United States to vacation in Canada. Currently, one U.S. dollar buys $1.30 CAD in goods and services, making a Canadian riding vacation an incredible value.
So make plans for a late spring guest ranch vacation at Three Bars Ranch. It’s a fantastic time to visit. We’re waiting for your arrival!
Late Spring Weeks Offer Significant Savings At Three Bars Guest Ranch
Saddle up for savings and come to Three Bars Guest Ranch early this year. Low spring season rates are available at Three Bars Guest Ranch from May 27 to June 27, 2015. Guests visiting Three Bars Guest Ranch during this time period save close to 20% on their riding vacations, while non-riding guests save almost 25% off summer rates. In addition, today’s favorable currency exchange rates can make Canadian guest ranch vacations an even greater value for U.S. travelers.
June’s long days and summer-like weather are perfect for horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor adventures. “If I were to book a Canadian guest ranch vacation, it would be in June,” says Tyler Beckley, owner of Three Bars Guest Ranch. “The weather is great, airfares are lower, it’s one of the best times for horseback riding, and there are exceptional savings,” Beckley adds. Wildlife sightings during June weeks are excellent, too.
The month of June often yields some of the best weather for horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor activities. “June is our best value of the year and the conditions are superb, with daytime temperatures reaching into the mid-80’s,” says Tyler Beckley. “The waterfalls are spectacular, everything is green and lush, and we see more wildlife at that time.” Dude ranch guests are primarily couples, riding groups and single travelers during the month of June – although some families begin to arrive at Three Bars Guest Ranch during the later June weeks as schools close for summer.
June is also a fantastic time for guests to visit nearby parks, such as Banff and Lake Louise. Three Bars Guest Ranch is easily accessible from a variety of domestic and international airports, some of which are located near magnificent national park areas. “For anyone visiting the parks on the way to the ranch, June is the best time to see bears and the parks are less populated,” says Beckley.
Today’s current exchange rates make Canadian guest ranch vacations an even more attractive choice for many travelers, including Canadians. The weak Canadian dollar is encouraging more Canadians to stay closer to home this year. In fact, a recent study conducted by Leger Marketing revealed that almost 70 percent of Canadians are likely to take their summer vacations within Canada in 2015. British Columbia, home to Three Bars Guest Ranch, was one of survey participants’ top choices for their summer vacation destination.
June vacations at Three Bars Guest Ranch are also an exceptional deal for American travelers due to the combination of low pre-season prices and today’s advantageous exchange rates. Currently, one U.S. dollar buys $1.22 CAD in goods and services, making a Canadian riding vacation an incredible value. The favorable exchange rate allows U.S. travelers to stretch their vacation budgets and giving them a substantial boost in holiday purchasing power, particularly during these late spring weeks.
So, plan on coming to Three Bars Guest Ranch early and save big! We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.
Multigenerational Family Vacations at Three Bars Guest
Multigenerational family vacations are on the rise and so are family adventure vacations. A multigenerational vacation at Three Bars Guest Ranch offers a great combination of both types of trips. As the adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies, Three Bars Guest Ranch has hosted many multigenerational family vacations. It’s an excellent choice for families of all ages.
Readers have enjoyed our Q&A blog posts with Tyler Beckley, Three Bars’ Ranch Manager and Owner. We took some time with Tyler to find out more about why multigenerational vacations at Three Bars Guest Ranch work so well.
- Why is Three Bars Guest Ranch a top choice for multigenerational vacations?
We see a lot of families and multigenerational groups visiting Three Bars Guest Ranch because the elders in the family visited a guest ranch when they were kids. They want the next generation to share the same type of guest ranch experience that they had.
Fifty years ago over 75% of the population grew up on a farm or ranch – or they had strong ties to a rural lifestyle. Today, less than 1% of the population is involved in ranching or agriculture of any kind. The gap between today’s population and nature is becoming larger and larger. The older generations are concerned about that. They want their kids to have the strong connections and experiences with nature that they remember having.
The experiences guests have at Three Bars Guest Ranch give older generations and younger ones common ground. Grandparents and grandchildren can talk about the first time they went horseback riding, the first time they caught a fish, and much more. These kinds of shared experiences help to bridge the gap between the generations and create strong bonds.
- Offering flexibility, variety and activities for all ages and interests is very important for successful multigenerational vacations. How does Three Bars Guest Ranch meet this need?
That’s actually one of Three Bars’ biggest assets. Part of what makes a great vacation is doing things you love and enjoy. A dude ranch vacation often involves doing some things on your own and other things together. At Three Bars Guest Ranch, family members get the chance to have fun both together and apart. They get to have “me” time and “family” time. We take care of all the planning.
This kind of vacation experience also creates some interested splits. Maybe a dad and his daughter don’t usually do things alone together, but they both really want to go river rafting while the other family members ride or do something different. As part of their Three Bars family riding vacation, family members have the chance to do just that.
It’s also important to remember the guest ranch setting. Even when people go off and do things without the family, they’re only gone for a short while. Then everyone comes back together for meals and group activities. Sharing stories and experiences at the end of a day are an important part of the dude ranch experience.
- Do families and multigenerational groups have specific goals when they come to the ranch?
I think the goals people have when they book a family riding vacation are often different than when they leave. I would say the biggest goal that multigenerational families have is to spend time quality time together. They also want to share experiences and make great family memories.
To me, spending quality time as a family involves doing things together that you will be able to talk about for years. Sometimes though, we have to facilitate a certain process for that to happen. A mom telling dad to stop reading his emails, or a dad telling his son to stop playing his video game does not create that experience. We have to create an atmosphere where all of those things happen naturally – without anyone noticing. The experience can then be shared by engaged members. It doesn’t happen automatically, but it definitely happens.
- How do multigenerational vacationers measure the success of their trip?
Guests come to Three Bars Guest Ranch for the first time because they like the amenities, or our activity program, or something else about our riding vacations catches their eye. They come back to Three Bars for a different reason, though. I believe my older guests crave that connection with the younger generations – and there’s a need to get to a place where that connection can be made. It’s not on Facebook. I now realize that many of my older guests know that this connection is possible – they have almost waited for it to happen. It is a very cool process to watch. Guest ranch vacations here are special that way.
I measure the success of our program not by our ability to take technology away from our guests – we don’t do that, but by our ability to create an environment that it is not needed. I can tell you from firsthand experience that when a 14 year-old girl leaves her phone in her room to go explore, her parents and grandparents know that their vacation has been a success.
Learning Is Fun at Three Bars Guest Ranch
Hands-on, immersive learning opportunities are very popular with vacationers right now, and what could me more fun than an active riding vacation at Three Bars Guest Ranch? Three Bars offers horseback riding for all levels of riders from first-time beginners to experts. In addition, the ranch also includes a wide variety of fun additional activities such as fly fishing, shooting, mountain biking and archery as part of its multi-sport vacation experience.
We talked with Tyler Beckley, Ranch Manager and Owner, to find out about the customized approach to learning experiences at Three Bars Guest Ranch.
- Do many guests choose a ranch vacation because they want to learn something in particular, like riding?
Everyone has a different reason for choosing a guest ranch vacation, but learning is a big part of it. Learning to ride a horse is one of the major reasons why people visit Three Bars Guest Ranch, particularly because of our excellent horseback riding program. Three Bars is well known for having a world-class horseback riding program for all levels of riders, so our riding vacations are exceptional. This is due to a combination of great horses, certified wranglers, and the experience of the Beckley Family. Safety is always our #1 concern. The best way for us to keep our guests safe is to make them better riders. It doesn’t matter whether guests are young, old, big or small – learning to ride is a fun, interactive way for couples and families to bond together. We tailor our learning experience to the rider.
- Are there any other skills that vacationers want to learn when they come to a ranch?
Everything! At Three Bars Guest Ranch, we are all about learning. We don’t just take our guests out on horseback riding tours; we teach them how to ride properly. Our Three Bars team takes a teaching approach to everything we do. We don’t just take our guests on an excursion to go riding or shooting, fishing, gold panning, or to shoot archery. We teach them how to do those things just like we would do them ourselves – all in a very safe environment.
Since we’re the adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies, a vacation at Three Bars Ranch is full of firsts. There’s the first time guests go riding, the first time they catch a fish, the first time they shoot a gun … the list goes on and on. I cannot tell you how many emails we get from families telling us about their kids going home and continuing one or more of their new activities there. Many guests also visit Banff and Glacier National Park on the way to or from Three Bars Ranch. There’s a lot to experience and learn there, too.
- What factors are important when planning a riding-oriented learning vacation?
With all guests, especially families and multigenerational groups, safety is the most important thing. You always want to work with a reputable guest ranch property. Often the differences between guest ranches are in the small details. There are different aspects that will make a particular guest ranch the perfect fit for someone. From the outside, all guest ranches may seem like they are the same – but they definitely are not. There are huge variations in accommodations, meals, pricing, activities and horseback riding programs. It is important to know exactly what the property offers and what its true strengths are.
I always recommend choosing a guest ranch with lots of variety in their program. Each person is different. Not everyone is going to want to ride every day, all day. It is important to have a wide variety of options for each guest to do – and at their individual level. It’s only a great vacation if you are doing things you enjoy. That’s one of Three Bars’ strengths. At Three Bars Guest Ranch, there are numerous activities for everyone and many different things to learn.
- Do you find that learning something together gives families something special to bond over and share?
Yes, absolutely. That’s particularly true of learning something new, because it puts everyone on the same playing field. Family riding vacations are popular and learning to ride a horse is a great equalizer for families. How long is that kid going to remember that he could trot faster than his dad? Learning to do something together is a powerful thing and it creates great experiences. Experiences like those create lifelong memories, and here at Three Bars, we facilitate outstanding experiences for every guest. Creating the best customized vacation experience for each guest is what Three Bars is all about.
Travelers who enjoy outdoor adventures and riding vacations should make plans to take a Canadian guest ranch vacation this year.
For U.S. travelers, one U.S. dollar now buys $1.27 CAD in goods and services as of this posting, making a Canadian guest ranch vacation an incredible value. The last time exchange rates were this favorable was almost six years ago, according to XE.com.
“The favorable exchange rate has the effect of putting Canadian vacations on sale, allowing Americans to stretch their vacation budgets and giving them a substantial boost in purchasing power,” says Tyler Beckley, owner of Three Bars Ranch. The current exchange rate may also make 2015 a good year for Canadians to vacation closer to home, allowing travelers to get more for their money as well.
Voted Canada’s top guest ranch for the last five years, British Columbia’s Three Bars Ranch is the ultimate adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Set in North America’s spectacular Crown of the Continent region between Glacier National Park and Banff, Three Bars Ranch offers horseback riding for all levels of riders from beginners to experts. The ranch provides one of the most complete customized all-inclusive vacation packages available, offering complimentary activities like horseback riding, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking and tennis as part of their program.
“With summer just around the corner, 2015 is shaping up to be the best year yet to experience a Canadian guest ranch vacation,” says Tyler Beckley, owner of Three Bars Ranch. The dude ranch is currently seeing strong demand from couples, families and multigenerational groups and weeks are booking quickly. “With the weak Canadian dollar, there is no better time to visit and get a great deal on a family riding vacation,” says Beckley.
The Three Bars Ranch vacation experience offers a wealth of activities for all interests and age groups. Twice-daily horseback rides, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, gold panning, world-class fly fishing, and family-style meals are all part of Three Bars’ customized, inclusive approach to Canadian riding vacations. Additional adventure activities such as ATVing and skeet shooting are also available. The attractive facilities and upscale log cabins at Three Bars Ranch make it an excellent choice for a family riding vacation, active multigenerational vacation or family reunion.
For many travelers, combining horseback riding with breathtaking scenery adds up to the ultimate active vacation. Set on 1,200 acres in the magnificent Canadian Rockies with an additional 68,000 acres available for horseback riding and outdoor adventures, Three Bars Ranch delivers all that and more. Many guests also combine their guest ranch stay with a visit to nearby Banff, Lake Louise, or Glacier National Park. Three Bars Ranch is easily accessible from a variety of domestic and international airports, many of which are located close to these spectacular park areas.
Vacationers who are looking for even more value should take advantage of the lower rates offered during Three Bars’ spring season, from May 27 to June 27, 2015. “The early season is a great time to come to Three Bars Ranch,” says Tyler Beckley. “The rates are lower, airfares are cheaper, the weather is spectacular, and everything is green – making it a beautiful time of year to visit.” In addition, the current favorable exchange rate makes a Canadian riding vacation during this time period an even better deal for U.S. travelers.
Learning How to Ride a Horse at Three Bars Guest Ranch
Not everyone that books a Guest Ranch vacation comes from a horse related background, that is why we are here to help you learn how to ride a horse. There are often guests that have never had the opportunity to pat a horse, let alone climb up into the saddle. Here at Three Bars we are happy to help, we teach a lot of people how to ride. Three Bars looks at many factors when choosing the appropriate horse for each rider.
Tyler Beckley, Ranch Manager and Owner, takes us through some of the steps that helps make that lifelong connection between Horse and Rider happen at Three Bars..
Our guests provide information to us at the time of making a reservation. This information includes: Age, Physical Stature, Riding Ability and Confidence. We also take the opportunity to talk to each of our guests upon arrival. These conversations allow us to gain insight into specific concerns each person has about the riding experience. All of these factors give us the opportunity to select the perfect horse for each riding individual. Luckily we have over 100 horses on the property to choose from.
Safety is paramount at Three Bars. We want to ensure a safe, positive experience for all riders, not just our beginners. This begins with the horse! The horses here at Three Bars are hand selected by the Beckley Family. We are very fortunate to have some of the best tail horses anywhere. The second component is the Wrangling/Guide staff. Each Wrangler is trained to provide lessons, both in the arena and out on the trail. By providing our guests with riding techniques, we feel we are able to solidify or possibly improve a riders technique. A unique feature Three Bars has is that we are able to send many rides out at a time that cater to very specific needs. Each ride consists of no more than 6 guests max and a qualified wrangler. Our Guest to Wrangler ratio is what allows us to tailor each ride to suit the needs of our Guests. On any given morning, we take up to 9 rides out. These rides vary from a short 1 hour ride for those that request it, walking rides, trotting rides, fast rides (trotting and loping), lesson rides, adult only rides, kid’s rides and everything in between. We also run a full lesson program to help you learn how to ride better.
We have a lot of diversity in our terrain right on the ranch, and in the forested land that surrounds us. We have the ability to ride on the flat, through the water, climb the mountain located behind the ranch and any combination in between. As we have many trails and 60,000 acres, there is somewhere new to explore every day. The scenery is unique and breathtaking.
We believe building a strong partnership between horse and rider allows our guests to have a positive experience when riding at the Ranch. Many of our return guests will request the same horse that they had the previous trip as the bond they created is such a memorable one. That being said, if our guests at any time would like to switch horses, we will do everything we can to accommodate that request.
The Calgary Stampede – “The greatest outdoor show on earth” runs for ten days every year in early July (July 4th – 13th for 2014). While there are thousands of shows and exhibits to see, the highlights are the rodeo, grand stand show and my favorite – the chuck wagon races. 1 or 2 days at the Stampede are a must if you are going to be in Calgary in early July. Many of our guests visit the stampede for a night or two either before or after their visit here at the ranch. It is recommended that you book both rodeo tickets and hotels as early as possible, as both sell out quickly. The stampede also showcases major concerts and tickets are in hot demand. Details on the Calgary Stampede can be found at cs.calgarystampede.com
Be sure to book you chuck wagon tickets with your package. They are not included in all packages and are a highlight of the event.
Traffic in Calgary can be a mess, so try to use the public transit system or C-Train to access the grounds. It will save you a lot of hassle. Even better if you can stay in a hotel close to a station.
There are several great option to consider, depending where you travel from and how much time you have. Flying into Cranbrook (YXC) is a great option for getting to the ranch as fast as possible. Both Air Canada and Pacific Coastal offer service into Cranbrook multiple times per day via Calgary and Vancouver. We do offer a free shuttle to and from the Cranbrook Airport.
Another Canadian option is flying into Calgary, Alberta (YYC) and driving to the ranch. You could extend your vacation and drive through Banff National Park and Lake Louise. This northern route offers incredible recreational opportunities, if you have an extra night or two. Banff and Lake Louise offer, including many different hiking trails. Roads conditions are usually very good and there are lots of great hotels and resorts in the Banff Nation Park. I personally like the Rim Rock Resort, just outside the town of Banff. It is a 4.5-hour drive from the Calgary airport to Three Bars Guest Ranch.
Vancouver is another option if you are taking an extended vacation. It is a 10-hour drive from Vancouver to Three Bars Guest Ranch, so it is best to break it up into a few days. There are many things to see and do along the way; several national parks, vineyards, lakes, etc.. This route gives you the option of travelling north on Hwy 5 and Hwy 1, or taking Hwy 3 along the southern route of the province.
If you are travelling from the U.S., we suggest considering both Spokane, WA (GEG), and Kalispell, MT (FCA). You can usually save money by flying within the U.S. rather than internationally into Canada. Spokane is a 3.5 hour drive to the ranch and Kalispell is only 2 hours to the ranch. The great thing about Kalispell is that it is at the south gates of Glacier Park, another great add on if you have a couple of extra days in your holiday plans. Whitefish, MT is also close and a great little town.
Rental Cars: It is not necessary to have a rental car while at Three Bars Guest Ranch, however, it is sometimes more affordable to keep your car than to pay the drop fees. Also keep in mind that any car rented in the U.S. will have to be returned to the U.S. and the same applies to Canadian rentals. You cannot return a rental car to a different country.
Passports: it is necessary to have a passport to travel into Canada.