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Lodge-based horseback riding tour into the backcountry of Banff


Enjoy a combination of wilderness riding and comfortable accommodations on this lodge-based horseback riding tours into Banff National Park.  You will ride into the high country of Banff National Park and spend your days exploring the area.  In the evening you will return to a comfortable lodge and enjoy a delicious meal.  This trip is roughing it the civilized way.

The lodges are true backcountry accommodations, and are located on the original sites of the very first cabins built in the area.  In the 1920s these cabins were used as refuge for mountain guides and packers travelling to Mount Assiniboine.  Today the original buildings still stand on these sites as remembrances of years gone by.

The first lodge sits alongside a gentle curve on Brewster Creek, with the Sundance Mountain range as a backdrop. Built entirely with pine logs, the lodge has 10 sleeping rooms, a large country kitchen, and a cozy living room area where you can curl up by the woodstove and lose yourself in a good book. And although it is a remote backcountry lodge, your hosts decided to add what we felt was an important comfort from home - hot showers! (Please note that, for environmental reasons, showers are restricted to one per stay.) 

Surrounded by the beauty of towering peaks, the second lodge has been a welcome haven for over 80 years. Rich in tradition, this cabin was used back in the late 1920's by mountain guide Erling Strom as a stopover for his guests traveling from Banff to Mount Assiniboine. Then a single storied cabin, Strom's wranglers spent the night sleeping in tents while the guests found floor space within. The lifestyle at this rustic backcountry cabin remains much the same as it was 80 years ago - simple. Propane lanterns and candles provide the lighting, and a woodstove keeps the water and coffee hot and the cabin warm and cozy.

Each of the trips includes full ranch style meals and approx. 5 - 6 hours of riding each day. You ride for approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours in the morning, stop for lunch on the trail and ride another 2 ½ to 3 hours in the afternoon. The rides are all done at a walk in order to take full advantage of the scenery and wildlife viewing.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Horseback Riding & Pack Trips
SEASON

May to October

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides have years of experience guiding in the area.

RESTRICTIONS

These tours are suitable for beginner to advanced riders.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Not Applicable
TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Banff, Alberta.  Banff can be reached by taking Highway 1 west of Calgary, about 75 miles. 

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.  Mornings in the mountains may be cool.

REGION
Southern Rocky Mountains
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Riding equipment, use of the lodge facilities, backcountry user fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing suitable for a variety of weather conditions. Rain gear, warm coat, hat, long pants, riding or hiking boots, sneakers, bathing suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, flashlight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in backcountry lodges. The first lodge has 10 sleeping rooms, a large kitchen, a cozy living room area with a woodstove and hot showers.  For the longer trips, the second lodge sleeps 14 people and has propane lanterns and a woodstove.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included and consist of hearty western fare.

2 day tour, available May 19, 2017 - October 7, 2017
$649.00 / per person - CAD
Friday and Saturday departures. Based on double occupancy.
3 day tour, available May 15, 2017 - October 2, 2017
$989.00 / per person - CAD
Monday departures. Based on double occupancy.
6 day tour, available June 25, 2017 - September 13, 2017
$1949.00 / per person - CAD
Sunday and Wednesday departures. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 4.00% PST.



Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Payment is refundable with at least 15 days notice of cancellation.

2 day tour, available May 19, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Day 1

Riders meet at our office in Banff at 9:30 a.m. and are transported by van to the 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 the stables for the duration of the trip. Once you check-in, directions will be available from our office.

Day 2

After a relaxing evening at Sundance Lodge riders mount back up for a second full day in the saddle and return to the stables at approx. 4:30pm. A quick getaway to the backcountry for those without a lot of time on their hands!

3 day tour, available May 15, 2017 - October 2, 2017

Day 1

Riders meet at our office in Banff at 9:30 a.m. and are transported by van to the 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 the stables for the duration of the trip. Once you check-in, directions will be available from our office. 

Day 2

The adventure continues the next day with a day ride up the Brewster Creek Trail. The group spends lunch on the banks of the Brewster Creek; the ride home may take guests through the weaving river trail or the historic Strom pack trail with the rugged Sundance Range dominating the eastern horizon.

Day 3

Guests say good-bye to Sundance Lodge and mount up for a leisurely ten-mile ride from Sundance to the stables with a lunch stop on the banks of Healy Creek, arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

6 day tour, available June 25, 2017 - September 13, 2017

Day 1

Riders meet at our office in Banff at 9:30 a.m. and are transported by van to the 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 the stables for the duration of the trip. Once you check-in, directions will be available from our office. 

 

Day 2

The adventure continues southward with a ride up to Halfway Lodge. The trail winds along the historic Strom pack trail with the rugged Sundance Range dominating the eastern horizon. 

Day 3

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! 

Day 4

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. 

Day 5

The day begins with a hot, ranch-style breakfast; fuel for the ride up Fatigue Creek. At midday, both horse and rider enjoy a restful break in the Fatigue Valley, while the lunch mule is unpacked and coffee is brewed. The lofty heights of the Continental Divide provide spectacular vistas of both Alberta and British Columbia. 

Day 6

The gang gets together for one last day on the trail, a "soft" ten-mile ride from Sundance to the 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.