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.