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6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback

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Banff, Canada
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6 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

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Leave civilization far behind and saddle up for a six-day ride through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and along trails during this guided, horseback riding tour. Ride along the Bow River fed with cool glacial... More
Leave civilization far behind and saddle up for a six-day ride through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and along trails during this guided, horseback riding tour. Ride along the Bow River fed with cool glacial water to your first of two rustic lodge accommodations. Head up the stunning Allenby Pass and be rewarded with aerial views from 8,100 feet (2,468 meters) and enjoy hearty, delicious dinners at the lodge after your rides.

Highlights

  • Ride far into the backcountry and valleys on horseback
  • Ascend mountain trails to see the landscape from high above
  • Enjoy comfortably rustic lodge accommodations each night of the journey

What To Expect

Summary

Itinerary

Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge

Stop At: Banff Trail Riders, 132 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0 Canada
The adventure starts by meeting at 9:30am at Warner Stables,
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Itinerary

Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge

Stop At: Banff Trail Riders, 132 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0 Canada
The adventure starts by meeting at 9:30am at Warner Stables, where you can park your vehicle for free for the duration of the trip. You’ll meet your personable expert guides, fellow riders and the horse
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Itinerary

Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge

Stop At: Banff Trail Riders, 132 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0 Canada
The adventure starts by meeting at 9:30am at Warner Stables, where you can park your vehicle for free for the duration of the trip. You’ll meet your personable expert guides, fellow riders and the horse specifically chosen for you. Your horse will know just where to step even on the most precarious of trails, so you can trust them to get you where you are going.
This 6 day expedition gives you a chance to really unwind and relax into the rhythms of the Rockies. Leave your phone behind and escape from the constant ping of emails – it’s the perfect opportunity to clear and reset your mind.
Don’t worry if you are a complete greenhorn, the trusty horses, knowledgeable staff and talented cooks will ensure you are comfortable every step of the way. Things happen on “Western Time” here so you may not leave right on the dot and you’ll have time to get to know your horse and ask any questions.
Once the group has organised the gear and saddled up, you will begin the 10 mile journey to Sundance Lodge – following the rushing waters of the Bow River and Healy and Brewster Creeks. On the way we’ll stop for a cowboy cook-out along the banks of the river – the perfect fuel to give you energy for a day on the trail.
You’ll saunter into Sundance Lodge at around 4:30pm, where you will be greeted by the friendly lodge host and shown to your room where you can freshen up with a warm shower and settle in. Your lodge host will cater to your every need and make you feel welcome at the lodge, like you are a guest in their home.
This is no simple, basic lodge – you’ll be pampered in backcountry luxury, sleeping in a comfortable bed and dining on gourmet cuisine whipped up by your talented host in the professional kitchen. You’ll be surrounded by the beautiful backcountry of Banff, yet you’ll still enjoy the luxuries of life.
Duration: 14 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sundance Lodge, a rustic 10-room log cabin with solar power, wood heating, indoor washrooms and showers.

Day 2: Ride the Erling Strom Trail to Halfway Lodge

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
The adventure continues as you journey 9 miles southward to Halfway Lodge. The rugged peaks of the Sundance Range loom over the eastern horizon as you follow the winding historic Erling Strom Trail. You’ll be following in the footsteps that the early explorers of the Canadian Rockies took nearly a century ago. You’ll stop along the way for a picnic in the fresh air of an open mountain meadow.
Tonight you’ll stay at Halfway Lodge, located at the midway point between Banff and Assiniboine Mountain where weary riders have been stopping to rest since the 1920s. As you approach you’ll notice the trees start to thin out and the mountains peeking up above the treeline all around you. It is tucked into a postcard-perfect setting, with a striking cauldron of mountains all around it.
This lodge was constructed by Erling Strom in the 1920s as a stopover spot for the guests he lead on trips from Banff to Mount Assiniboine. With propane lanterns and candles providing lighting and a woodstove providing warmth, it hasn’t changed much in the last 80 years. (The only big change occurred in 1967 when a second story was added, due to a bear making a surprise entrance through the roof!)
Ride time: Approx 5-6 hours including lunch
Ride distance: Approx 9 miles
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Halfway Lodge, a rustic 4-bedroom cabin with woodstove heating, propane lanterns, outhouses and a shower.

Day 3: Climb Allenby Pass on horseback to 8,100 feet

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
After a hearty breakfast you can leave your belongings at the lodge and set off on another adventure.
Today you’ll make the thrilling climb up Allenby Pass on horseback, an elevation of 8,100 feet. For many this is the highlight of the trip, as you’ll get a breathtaking view of the jagged rock formations, the enormous amphitheatre of mountains stretching out all around you.
It’s mind-boggling to imagine that Allenby Pass was a seafloor millions of years ago. If you look closely, you can still spot fossils of sea creatures visible among the rocks.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to your familiar room at Halfway Lodge, where you already feel comfortable and at home. As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can sit back and relax, drink wine and share stories and photos with your fellow adventurers.
Ride time: Approx 4-6 hours plus leisurely lunch
Ride distance: Approx 3-5 miles pending time of year and trail conditions
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Halfway Lodge, a rustic 4-bedroom cabin with woodstove heating, propane lanterns, outhouses and a shower.

Day 4: Rest Time to Enjoy the Backcountry

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Today is a rest day at Halfway Lodge. An optional hike is available today to a shimmering glacial fed lake at the end of the valley, where you can enjoy views of the valley below.
But if you’d rather relax, there’s no pressure. This lodge is a lovely place to find some quiet time, far away from the pinging of notifications and the pressure of your endless to-do list.
It’s a chance to take a breather, perhaps by sitting on the deck while getting lost in the pages of a good book. You may even take some time to groom your horse, who has no doubt become your best friend by this point.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Halfway Lodge, a rustic 4-bedroom cabin with woodstove heating, propane lanterns, outhouses and a shower.

Day 5: Follow Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
Say goodbye to the lovely staff at Halfway Lodge, it’s time to hit the winding trail along Brewster Creek back to Sundance Lodge. Be warned: you won’t want to leave Halfway Lodge once you have experienced this gorgeous retreat in the Rockies.
Your guide will lead you through the backcountry on a scenic and exciting trail, criss-crossing the valley in the historic footsteps of the early pioneers and stopping for lunch along the way.
You’ll arrive back at Sundance Lodge again, a luxurious retreat you will have fallen deeply in love with. Pamper yourself after your ride with a warm shower and a glass of wine, then enjoy another delicious meal prepared by your professional chef lodge host.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sundance Lodge, a rustic 10-room log cabin with solar power, wood heating, indoor washrooms and showers.

Day 6: Return to Warner Stables

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada
It’s your last morning at Sundance Lodge, which by now will feel like home due to the warm hospitality of your host. Wake up in your comfortable bed one last time, gather around for a delicious breakfast and wave goodbye as you begin the journey back to Banff.
It’s your final day on the trail – a gentle 9 mile ride from Sundance back to Warner Stables. Your guide will lead you through the backcountry along winding river trails and through the thick pine forests, with the jagged peaks of the Rockies always standing proudly on the horizon. You’ll stop along the banks of Healy Creek for a lunch of fresh sandwiches, baked goods and fruit.
You’ll return at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of great tales from the backcountry to tell your family and friends.
Duration: 17 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

What's Included

35nights accommodation
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Professional guide
Helmets (mandatory for riders under 18 years)
Breakfast (6)
DINNER (6)
Lunch (7)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions
National Park Entry Fee

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 9 years. Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 9 years. Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • Maximum weight is 250lbs.
  • Adult pricing applies to all riders.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 9 years. Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • Maximum weight is 250lbs.
  • Adult pricing applies to all riders.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age.
  • Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • Adults must sign a waiver for all activities, and a waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Please dress appropriately as stated on your voucher.
  • Limited electricity, no WiFi or cell service.
  • All passenger heights, weights, ages, dietary requirements and riding abilities must be advised at time of booking.
  • An understanding of basic English is required so that you can understand simple instructions from the guides.
  • Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel within 30 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 31 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.


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