Die mans het hulle regemaak om te gaan kamp oor die lang naweek, ek sou by die huis bly, maar toe begin dit kapok en ons almal gaan maar toe vir ‘n rit deur die flurries al die pad Ya Ha Tinda en Big Horn valle toe, waar ons al in die somer was, daar was die weer darem beter.
Ya Ha Tinda Government Ranch and Bighorn Campground.
“The Ya Ha Tinda covers 3,945 hectares, running 27 km along the north bank of the Red Deer River. Approximately one third of the ranch area is natural grassland and two thirds is mixed forest. This productive montane area has an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bear, wolf, cougar, moose, deer, and bighorn sheep. Today the area is a major winter range for elk, with about 1,000 elk wintering in the area. The Ya Ha Tinda is private property owned and managed by Parks Canada. It is not a National Park. This ranch is the only federally operated working horse ranch in Canada. Horses are wintered and trained here to be used as working horses for patrolling and protecting Canada’s Western National Parks. As an active working ranch, staff regularly use tractors, trucks, quads and other equipment on the property.
In the early 1900’s the Brewster Brothers Transfer Company obtained a grazing lease in the area. By 1908 they were raising and breaking horses here for their guiding and outfitting business. Horses were wintered in the area and trailed to Banff and Lake Louise for the summer.
The Ya Ha Tinda ranch area was formerly within the boundaries of Rocky Mountains National Park. The boundary changed a number of times before the present day Banff National Park Boundary was established. In 1917, National Parks took over the area as a winter range, breeding and training facility for park horses.
Archaeological evidence indicates that the area has been used by aboriginal people for over 9,400 years. Many camps, tipi rings and artifacts have been found. Remains of pre-historic bison have been found here as well. The Red Deer River may have been a major trading route since more camps exist west along the river towards the continental divide. Ya Ha Tinda means “Mountain Prairie” in Stoney.”– Parks Canada
Ons het lekker by Rocky Mountian Lodge middag-ete gehad, alhoewel ons braai goed gepak het, was ons nie lus om in die weer te sukkel nie.