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Reviews



The trip was awesome! The nature, the people, the horses! Just everything.

Christian S.
Horse riding was very good, challenging at times, with views to die for. The accommodation was very good and food was good as well. My horse Chester was very good, very happy to ride him and he was very sure-footed.

Olga R.
Amazing, wonderful, spectacular! The best adventure I have ever had. This is something I have wanted to do since I was 10 years old and it was everything and more than I could possibly imagine. (Favourite memory?) The mountains had the biggest impact but everything from our guide, the fantastic horses, our hosts and wonderful cooks at the lodges. If I had to pick one memory it is sunrise up at Halfway Lodge - breathtaking.

Anne C.
Very entertaining. The scenery and location were spectacular. The staff and guide were all very good as were the horses. Our guide was very informative and hard working.

Stephen W.
Very well organised from start to finish. Horses are well looked after and obviously loved. Care and attention to guests, by staff, was excellent and the lodges were amazing. Amy's food at the Sundance Lodge was exceptional and both Sundance and Halfway Lodge were immaculate. I had the pleasure of riding Denver who was beautifully behaved. Tack was great and we were able to help untack at the end of the day. Josh (our guide) was great - very attentive, informative and great fun!

Gabby W. (Lodge Trail)
A once in a lifetime experience. I have been lucky enough to visit places few people go to. The food was better than expected considering the location of the second lodge. Plenty of it and 3 courses each evening. (Favourite memory?) Seeing snow on the Rockies - beautiful without but amazing (if cold!) with. Plus the outdoor shower - a unique experience. Josh (riding guide) made the trip!

Jo W.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

A wide mixture of breeds including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Draft Crosses and others.

Nature of horses:

Calm and sure-footed.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

100kg / 220lbs

Tack type:

Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

For 52 years this establishment has been offering beautiful rides which allow you to explore Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park. Including part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain range, it is packed full of glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest and magnificent alpine landscapes - this is some of the best scenery you can enjoy on horseback anywhere in the world! These trails teach you about life in the west, whilst bringing you close to the flora and fauna of this incredibly diverse and outstandingly beautiful area.

You start out from the office in Banff and will be taken to the stables to begin your adventure in the Rockies. Riders will be led along trails by experienced guides who will take you from one spectacular view after another, also allowing you to view the wildlife of the area in its natural habitat. Banff National Park is home to 56 mammal species including grizzly and black bears, wolves, lynx and cougar. Pack trips are available to Sundance and Halfway Lodges which offer luxurious backcountry accommodation and incredibly scenic views. Camping trips are also available and these are ideal for those with the real spirit of adventure.

Riders can choose to embark on trails of varying lengths, staying in warm homely lodges along the way. All abilities are welcome as these are strictly walking rides, taking into account the difficult terrain and the fact that the focus is on nature, scenery and enjoying an adventure in the area's remote wilderness.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Sundance and Halfway lodges provide a bit of homeliness whilst on your trip into the back country. Sundance lodge is a remote lodge situated on the curve of the Brewster Creek with a backdrop of the Sundance mountain range. The cosy mountain lodge has some home comforts with a large country kitchen, a living room warmed by a wood stove, and even hot showers. Halfway lodge was used in 1920's by mountain guide Erling Strom. Now a two storey lodge, Halfway remains pretty much the same as it was 80 years ago. The accommodation is simple and maintains the rustic feel. Light is supplied by propane lamps and candles and you are kept warm and cosy by the wood burning stoves.

Meals are homecooked ranch style. Hearty and tasty meals are served on the trail. Breakfasts consist of steak, western style eggs, Danish pastries, English muffins, cheese, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Lunches are served on the trail, dinners and breakfast at the camp.

Typical dinners include BBQ Steak, home-made baked beans, baked potatoes, caesar salad, bread rolls, dessert, coffee, juice or roast beef, french onion soup, gravy, mashed potates, corn, beans and garlic bread with a tasty dessert. Here they pride themselves on serving plenty of delicious food.

 

Activities

Sundance lodge can be used as a base for cross country skiing and hiking trips. Food and bedding is provided by the lodge, leaving guests free to enjoy the many trails around Banff national park.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and French.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: 8 years

Tuition: No

Included: All riding, full board accommodation and an experienced guide

Not included: Flights and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

There is a shuttle service which runs between the airport and the town of Banff. Most guests choose to book a hotel in Banff for a few days before and/or after the trip.

Airport: Calgary International Airport

Alternative Airport:

 

Programmes


Backcountry Lodge Trail



This trail allows you to take some home comforts with you on a tour of the world famous Rockies. Days will be spent exploring the area on horseback, whilst the evenings are spent in the cosy lodges. The pack trip is the perfect way to explore the beauty of Banff National Park!

Halfway Lodge (6 Days, 5 Nights):

Day 1: Riders meet at the office in Banff at 9.30am (free parking available) and are transported to the stables. There you will be met by your guides and horses and will mount up for a ride of around ten miles. This ride will lead you to Sundance Lodge (your accommodation for the night), via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River and Healy and Brewster Creeks. 

Day 2: Today you will ride south towards Halfway Lodge. The trail follows along a historic pack trail with views of the rugged Sundance Range seen on the horizon. 

Day 3: For most guests, today is the highlight of the trip. You will ride up Allenby Pass to an elevation of 8100ft where you can enjoy spectacular views. Don't forget your camera!

Day 4: This is a rest day during which you can enjoy relaxing, fishing, a hike or a short ride to a glacier-fed lake. 

Day 5: After saying farewell to Halfway Lodge you will following a winding trail along Brewster Creek, back to Sundance Lodge for your final night. 

Day 6: For your last day the group will enjoy a relaxed ten-mile ride from Sundance Lodge back to the stables, arriving there at around 4.30pm. You will return with memories not to be forgotten!

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on local conditions. 



Accommodation: Accommodation is in either Sundance Lodge or Halfway Lodge, depending on your chosen itinerary.

Halfway Lodge - 2 nights at Sundance Lodge and 3 nights at Halfway Lodge
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: All abilities welcome - rides are slow to take advantage of scenery and wildlife (walking pace). There is some challenging terrain so novice riders should be of an adventurous nature. Good fitness recommended.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Day rides.
Departure dates: 2018: Departs every Sunday and Thursday from 24th June - 13th September.

Shorter trails may be available by request - please contact us for more information about these.
 
Pricing: 2018:

Single occupancy: £1523
Double occupancy: £1280 per person
Triple occupancy: £1219 per person

Prices include 6 nights accommodation (2 at Sundance Lodge and 3 at Halfway Lodge), all meals from lunch on arrival day to lunch on departure day, soft drinks with meals, 5 days of riding, own horse throughout as well as 5% Canadian GST. A rest day is included halfway through the trip for fishing and relaxing.



Backcountry Camping Trail



Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the Rockies on an exciting tent trip! You will experience the true beauty of the national park whilst enjoying a real backcountry adventure. 

All the camps are a similar set-up and include simple luxuries such as washstands and hot water, filtered drinking water, an evening campfire, a spacious kitchen tent, 'A' frame canvas tents with wooden platforms for your accommodation and also rail corrals to keep the horses secure overnight. Nearby you will find fresh, clean rivers which are a treat for plucky swimmers and fisherman (please bring your rod if you'd like to fish!). 

Each camp is surrounded by an electric fence to keep you safe from curious wildlife. There is a live-in cook who prepares your hearty camp meals, which are cooked and served in the kitchen tent. This tent warms up thanks to a wood-burning stove and there is plenty of seating space for socialising after dinner. Flints Park Camp even offers a hot shower!

During this ride you may explore a variety of tranquil areas including Rainbow, Sawback or Cuthead Lakes; breathtaking views of 40 Mile Summit, Cuthead View Point or Rainbow Ridge; wide, open valleys on the passes of Elk Lake or 40 Mile Summit plus the incredible beauty of the Dormer, Block and Mystic Valleys. There's a historic elk corral and a wild goat trap which will hopefully allow you to spot and photograph some of the wildlife seen in the area: elk, deer, bighorn sheep, goats, eagles and perhaps even a bear or timber wolf. The rides are very casual with regular breaks and leisurely lunches, those being eaten on the trail. There is often the time for a post-lunch siesta or some exploring or fishing. 

Cascade Valley (6 Days, 5 Nights) - campsite offering views of the rugged mountain peaks of the Palliser Range: 

Day 1: Riders meet at the office in Banff at 8.30am and are taken to the corral at Mount Norquay. Here you will meet your guides and horses and will mount up for your first ride, an eleven-mile route over Elk Lake Summit between Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain and then down into Stoney Creek Camp where you will spend the night. 

Day 2: Today you will ride towards the headwaters of Stoney Creek, returning to the camp for the night. This area is a favourite amongst Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep who can often be spotted grazing in the high meadows, so you might be able to spot them and take some photos. 

Day 3: You will tie up your bedroll and mount back up for the ten-mile ride to Flint's Park Camp. This camp, located in the middle of open grass ridges, topped with impressive peaks, has become a favourite spot for many guests. Wildlife is often seen and can be photographed in this area. 

Day 4: Today you will embark on a day ride which will lead you from camp to Block Mountain or to Cuthead Viewpoint, two of the most impressive areas which you can reach from Flint's Park. This area is fascinating for riders as well as photographers, fishermen and hikers. 

Day 5: Once again it's time to saddle up in readiness to ride on to your next day of riding. When everything is ready, the riders will mount their horses and head on to the next valley. The ride can include Rainbow Lake, the stunning 40 Mile Pass, Vermillion Range which runs to the east and Sawback to the west. The tradition here declares that you will enjoy a real western dinner and a fun get-together with your newfound friends. 

Day 6: Sadly your trip will have reached its last day but no better way to end it than with a scenic trail back to the corrals. You will complete your full circle and will end up back in Banff at around 5 pm. 



Accommodation: Camping is at one of two different sites: Flint's Park and Stoney Creek.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: All abilities welcome - rides are slow to take advantage of scenery and wildlife (walking pace). There is some challenging terrain so novice riders should be of an adventurous nature. Good fitness recommended.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Day rides.
Departure dates: 2018: departs Mondays and Fridays from 25th June - 3rd September.
 
Pricing: 2018:

Single occupancy: £1371
Double occupancy: £1188 per person

Price includes 5 nights tent accommodation, all meals from lunch on arrival day to lunch on departure day, soft drinks with meals, own horse throughout the trail, camping mattresses and tents (own sleeping bags need to be provided or can be rented for a minimal cost). 5% Canadian GST has also been included in these prices.

Price does not include transfers, flights, travel insurance, alcoholic drinks and extras not described in the itinerary.