Bighorn Falls, Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, September 2017. This was my first time to Ya Ha Tinda, which has the distinction of being “the only federally operated working horse ranch” in Canada. The horses that are raised and trained here are used by Parks Canada staff to patrol the national parks in Alberta and other parts of western Canada. The ranch has a long history dating back to the early 1900’s, and there is evidence that the site was inhabited well before that! (You can read more here). I was absolutely amazed by the incredible wild beauty of the area and a return trip is already planned for next year!
The ranch lands in the foothills of the Rockies have been repeatedly Chinook-scoured – you won’t find much snow out here right now! I took these photos on January 30, just east of Chain Lakes, where my hubby, brother, and I had spent a few hours ice fishing.
*If you’re interested, here’s the Cowboy Trail route information. It’s a very scenic (if a bit meandering) 700 kilometer drive partway across the province. We’ve traveled it on numerous occasions, albeit not the whole thing all at once.