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Canadian Rockies Backcountry Sundance Lodge Trip

3 Days / 2 Nights
Banff to Banff
From USD$875 per person
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Enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip with a bit of luxury through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows.

Sundance and Halfway Lodges provide just the right combination. Days are spent riding and exploring on horseback, while evenings are spent in our cozy lodges. Meals are always an event and the cooks ensure you are well fuelled for the day's adventures.

Completed in 1991, Sundance Lodge now sits on the original site of the horse corral for Ten-Mile cabin, built by Canadian Pacific Railway back in the 1920's. The cabin itself remains standing and was declared a historical site in 1990. It was used as a refuge for mountain guides and packers traveling to Mount Assiniboine, whose names you can still see carved into the logs. Sundance 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, we 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.)

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Day 1 Banff to Warner Stables This morning depart Banff by van to Warner 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.

Day 2 Backcountry Trail Riding 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 Backcountry Trail Riding & Return to Banff Guests say good-bye to Sundance Lodge and mount up for a leisurely ten-mile ride from Sundance to Warner Stables with a lunch stop on the banks of Healy Creek, arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Note: At Sundance Lodge, private sleeping arrangements are possible depending upon trip size, but are not guaranteed. Sundance has 10 sleeping rooms with 3 beds in each room; rooms are designated on a 'choose your own' basis once at the lodges. Halfway is equipped with single beds only and sleeps 14 guests in 4 rooms. Each of the trips includes full ranch style meals and approx. 5 - 6 hours of riding each day. We 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.

Lunch is served on the trail and there is usually time for some exploring, fishing (you are welcome to bring your rod) or even a well-deserved snooze in the grass.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation at back country lodges
  • Meals from lunch of day one to lunch on last day
  • Horse and riding tackle
  • Guides
  • All bedding is provided

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages and snack food

Things to bring:

  • Rain gear (pants, jacket and boots), riding boots or light hiking boots, a pair of casual shoes for around camp, extra clothing, warm jacket, hat, flashlight, camera and lots of film, sunscreen, gloves & toiletries. (Please note that there is no electricity at both lodges)

Note:

  • When packing your gear, keep in mind it is being packed out on a mule and our animal's comfort is very important to us. By following these guidelines you can help us ensure that. You must pack your gear in soft-sided, cloth or nylon bag. It cannot have any hard edges, frames or wheels. Your gear is restricted to a Total maximum weight of 30 lbs. Your coat, rain gear, hat and gloves are packed separately from your duffel and are either worn or tied with saddle strings to the back of your saddle. Saddlebags, rain gear and other essentials that you are taking on your horse with you are not included in the 30lb weight restriction. The balance of your luggage will be stored in a secure locker at the stables.

Day 1 Banff to Warner Stables This morning depart Banff by van to Warner 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.

Day 2 Backcountry Trail Riding 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 Backcountry Trail Riding & Return to Banff Guests say good-bye to Sundance Lodge and mount up for a leisurely ten-mile ride from Sundance to Warner Stables with a lunch stop on the banks of Healy Creek, arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Note: At Sundance Lodge, private sleeping arrangements are possible depending upon trip size, but are not guaranteed. Sundance has 10 sleeping rooms with 3 beds in each room; rooms are designated on a 'choose your own' basis once at the lodges. Halfway is equipped with single beds only and sleeps 14 guests in 4 rooms. Each of the trips includes full ranch style meals and approx. 5 - 6 hours of riding each day. We 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.

Lunch is served on the trail and there is usually time for some exploring, fishing (you are welcome to bring your rod) or even a well-deserved snooze in the grass.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation at back country lodges
  • Meals from lunch of day one to lunch on last day
  • Horse and riding tackle
  • Guides
  • All bedding is provided

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic beverages and snack food

Things to bring:

  • Rain gear (pants, jacket and boots), riding boots or light hiking boots, a pair of casual shoes for around camp, extra clothing, warm jacket, hat, flashlight, camera and lots of film, sunscreen, gloves & toiletries. (Please note that there is no electricity at both lodges)

Note:

  • When packing your gear, keep in mind it is being packed out on a mule and our animal's comfort is very important to us. By following these guidelines you can help us ensure that. You must pack your gear in soft-sided, cloth or nylon bag. It cannot have any hard edges, frames or wheels. Your gear is restricted to a Total maximum weight of 30 lbs. Your coat, rain gear, hat and gloves are packed separately from your duffel and are either worn or tied with saddle strings to the back of your saddle. Saddlebags, rain gear and other essentials that you are taking on your horse with you are not included in the 30lb weight restriction. The balance of your luggage will be stored in a secure locker at the stables.

Departure dates

(Tour Code: WSBLT3D) Departing from Banff: Monday

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE

15 May - 02 Oct, 2017

$875

$1,052

$840

Prices are per person and include all taxes. Minimum age 9 yrs.

Start planning your tailor-made holiday by contacting one of our specialists

Karen Sargent

Senior Travel Designer

Paulina Nowicki

Travel Designer

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