Whilst it is the second largest country in the world, Canada has a population of just 34 million, making it one of the most sparcely populated. Stretching more than three thousand miles from the Pacific to Atlantic ocean, vast areas of the country remains untouched wilderness and there are a wide variety of landscapes to explore.
The eastern seaboard mixes the flavour and charm of Europe with the bustle of trendy New York, and the thick forests of the east spread out into broad, flat prairies which sprawl out west towards the Rocky mountains. Here weather ragged snow capped peaks and the sheer alpine landscape is speckled with chateauesque hotel, tranquil mountain towns and wet grassy valleys. Elsewhere in the north of the country, the Canadian Shield offers a vast expanse of rock scoured clean by the last ice age and dotted with picturesque lakes and rivers.
As well as this vast array of landscapes, Canada also boasts cosmopolitan cities which are clean, safe, friendly and multicultural. The country has a rich history of immigration, and the culture benefits from French, British and native American influences. This rich tapestry is constantly being added to with continuing immigration from Europe, Asia and the Americas as Canada continues to welcome people from all over the world.
The country has a long horse riding tradition and riding is possible in all areas of the country - from alpine trails in the Rockies to cattle drives in the plains and gallops through maple forests in the east. Cattle herders and cowboys in the central plains and rocky mountains also continue to keep equine traditions alive, with horse back events running all year and culminating in the annual Calgary Stampede. Dubbed the greatest outdoor show on Earth, this ten day programme of events attracts 1.2 million people and ends with the world's biggest rodeo.
Whether you are looking for adventurous horse riding in the breathtaking Canadian wilderness, want to improve your horsemanship skills, or to relax and enjoy warm ranch hospitality, you are sure to find it in Canada