Ride Overview - Banff Backcountry Horseback Ride
A Canadian horseback riding vacation with a touch of comfort! You will enjoy your days exploring on horseback and your evenings nestled in cozy lodges. Meals are always an event as the cooks ensure you are well fueled for your riding adventures. For over 49 years, this facility has been upholding the true western heritage in Banff National Park. The pace is kept at a walk in order to take full advantage of the scenery and wildlife. You will not hear a car, a phone or nagging emails for up to 6 days! With a herd of over 200 horses, you will find your perfect mount. This horseback riding vacation will create cherished memories RIDING IN CANADA
Sundance Lodge is located alongside a gentle curve on Brewster Creek at the foot of the Sundance Mountain range. Completed in 1991, the lodge now sits on the original horse corral for the 1920’s Ten-Mile cabin. Used as a refuge for mountain guides and packers traveling to Mount Assiniboine, this cabin was declared a historical site in 1990. You can still see their names carved into the surrounding logs. Sundance is entirely constructed with pine logs and contains 10 sleeping rooms, a large country kitchen and a cozy living room warmed by a wood stove. The lodge does have hot showers, however, for environmental reasons, we do restrict those to one per stay.
Halfway Lodge has been welcoming backcountry travelers for over 80 years. Rich in tradition, this cabin was used in the late 1920’s by mountain guide Erling Strom as a stopover for his guests traveling between Banff and Mount Assiniboine. Originally built as a single storied cabin, Halfway Lodge, had a second story added in 1967 after a bear made an appearance through an unexpected entrance – the roof! Thanks to the bear, Halfway now sleeps a maximum of fourteen guests. Not much else has changed in the lodge over the last 80 years with propane lanterns and candles providing the lighting, and hot water and warmth coming from the wood stove.
“Horse Riding in the Mountains can be exhilarating. And when you book with these guys, your experience is likely to be excellent. Punctual, experienced, and very helpful all along the trail, and the price was fair too. “
Ride Itinerary - Banff Backcountry Horseback Ride
Riders meet at 9:00 a.m. at Warner Stables. There they are met by their guides and horses and mount up for the ten-mile ride to Banff Sundance Lodge via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy and Brewster Creeks. For those with a vehicle, free parking is available at Warner stables for the duration of the trip. Once you are comfortable, you will mount up for the ten-mile ride to Sundance Lodge via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy and Brewster Creeks. Halfway to the lodge you will stop and enjoy a hot lunch by the Bow River. After lunch, you will continue along the trail into Sundance Lodge. At the lodge, you will settle into your room and freshen up, then join your fellow riders around the fire or on the deck to swap stories of your ride in.
The adventure continues southward with a ride up to Halfway Lodge. The trail winds along the historic Storm pack trail with the rugged Sundance Range dominating the eastern horizon.
Rider’s mount up with camera’s armed for the day ride up Allenby Pass, for many this is the highlight of the trip as you climb to an elevation of 8,100 ft!
This day offers you a choice of a rest day, hiking, fishing or ride to a glacier fed lake.
After a warm good-bye to the cook and Halfway, the winding trail leads back along the Brewster creek to Sundance Lodge. This will be home for the next 2 nights.
The gang gets together for one last day on the trail, a “soft” ten-mile ride from Sundance to Warner Stables, arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m. The adventure has come to a close, but the magic of your holiday will linger on to be relived and shared.
Ride Details - Banff Backcountry Horseback Ride
Dates: Departure day: Sundays and Wednesdays: June 24th – September 9th
Best Months to Ride: Peak season is June – August. The shoulder season, April, May, September, and October, offer cooler weather and less tourists.
Airport: Calgary International
Meeting Place: Banff Trail Rider Store
Daily Riding Hours: 2 1/2 – 6
Riding Days: 4 1/2
Riding Ability: Trail riding – mostly walking on ascending and descending trails.
Restrictions: Minimum age: 8, Maximum rider weight: 250 lbs., Gear bag restricted to a maximum of 30 lbs.
Group Size: 1 to 14
Horses: Appaloosas, Paints, Quarter Horse, Draft Crosses
Accommodations: Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge
Price: 4 days: $1,200.00 per person, double occupancy $1,295.00 single
6 days (Sunday and Thursday departure): $1,850.00 per person, double occupancy $2,150.00 single
*Prices are based on USD/CDN exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: lodging, all meals, horse, tack, guide, all taxes and park user fee(s)
Not Included: airfare, transfer to and from airport (around $115.50 CDN round trip per person), saddlebags available for rent ($2 per day), gratuities, pre and post ride lodging
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