Banff Horseback Riding Tour

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Trip Overview

Duration

7 Days

Activities

Horseback Riding

Physical Rating

Riding Ability: Experienced Novice

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Ride Into the Wild

Experience the bluebird skies and alpine rapture of Canada’s very first national park on our Banff Horseback Riding Tour! With our sure-footed horses, we ride along the historic Erling Strom trail that runs parallel to crystalline glacier-fed rivers and meadows blurred with wildflowers. Expect knock-out backcountry cuisine, deep sleeps and the relief of being far from the grasp of cell phone reception, internet and WiFi.


Experience Renewal in Nature

Get Your Cowgirl On

On this signature seven-day backcountry riding adventure, we recharge with pampered stays at Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge. Along the way, we may meet brazen bighorn sheep, nimble mountain goats, grizzly and black bears, bugling elk, whisky jacks and playful marmots. Following a historic pack trail, we ride up Allenby Pass, where the Rocky Mountains embrace those in their daunting midst. For a soft cowgirl experience, this is it. We travel at a leisurely walk to fully enjoy the scenery along the way.

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Everyone was top notch—our guides, chefs, and shuttle drivers. The horses were fantastic too! Highly recommend this trip!”

Susan P.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Banff National Park

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  • Day 2

    Journeying to Sundance Lodge

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  • Day 3

    Erling Strom Trail

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  • Day 4

    Allenby Pass

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  • Day 5

    Halfway Lodge

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  • Day 6

    Brewster Creek Trail

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  • Day 7

    Return to Banff

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Take a Deeper Dive

Want all the details in one handy package? Download the full itinerary here. 

What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Experienced and awesome female wrangler guide(s)
  • checkmark icon Attentive lodge hosts
  • checkmark icon Ground transfers between Banff and Warner Stables as outlined in the itinerary
  • checkmark icon One night’s accommodation in Banff plus five nights at Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge with a fully catered menu and all-you-can-drink coffee
  • checkmark icon Private upgrade available for the first night only
  • checkmark icon All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7
  • checkmark icon Horses, all tack (saddles, bridles etc.) plus pack mules and equipment
  • checkmark icon Please do not bring your own saddlebags; they will be provided (Western-style)
  • checkmark icon Helmets are provided and must be worn while mounted
Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Banff, Alberta and finishes in Banff, Alberta. The closest airport is the Calgary International Airport (airport code: YYC).

The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we’ll be spending many hours each day in a saddle, riding Western-style, so if you are a novice rider or haven’t ridden recently, we recommend you take 6–10 riding lessons prior to this trip. We’ll match you with a mild-mannered, sure-footed mountain horse based on your skill level.

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

This is an active multi-day tour on horseback. Basic horsemanship skills are required. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

  • checkmark icon Riding experience at walk and trot, but not necessarily confident at cantering
  • checkmark icon Riding skills and the fitness to ride for six days, 6–8 hours, covering 5-10 miles per day
  • checkmark icon Comfortable mounting and dismounting unassisted on uneven terrain
  • checkmark icon Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance
  • checkmark icon Leading horses up and down over hilly (and sometimes very steep) uneven terrain
  • checkmark icon Skills for basic self care in cold temperatures: sub 0C/32F is possible, even in summer!
  • checkmark icon The maximum rider weight for this trip is 230 pounds
  • checkmark icon Riding Ability Rating:
  • checkmark icon Riding Ability: Experienced Novice (Riding experience at walk and trot but not confident at canter.)
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