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Canadian Rockies Horseback Sundance Lodge Trip
(Tour Code: WSBLT2D) Departing from Banff: Saturdays
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16 May - 10 Oct, 2020
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Enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip with a bit of luxury through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery.
Spend two days exploring timbered ridges and mountain meadows by horseback and spend a night at Sundance Lodge.Guests can expect to be riding their horses for five to six hours each day.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 - Banff to Banff Trail Riders
You’ll begin your journey at 9.30am at Warner Stables at the backcountry check-in area of the large barn where you will get to meet your horse. The horses are steady, responsive and can be counted on to cross any terrain, from forest paths to boulder-strewn creeks. Never been horseback riding before? Don’t worry. You will be matched with a mild-mannered horse and teach you everything you need to know. On this backcountry adventure, we’ll take you along a route that the early explorers of the Canadian Rockies blazed nearly a century ago. It’s the ideal way to dip your toe into horseback trekking in Banff, even if you don’t have a lot of time. Saddled up and ready to ride, we’ll hit the trail for the ten mile journey to Sundance Lodge. We will follow the trail alongside the rushing glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy Creek and Brewster Creek. Along the way we’ll stop for a simple, hearty cowboy-style hot lunch on the banks of the river. We’ll arrive at Sundance Lodge late afternoon, where your lodge host will greet you. Sundance is the ideal place for those who want to marvel at the beauty of the Banff Backcountry, while still being swaddled in comfort. You will be sipping from wine glasses, dining on food prepared by a skilled chef in a professional kitchen and sleeping in a comfortable bed. Your lodge host will cater to your every need and make you feel welcome, like you are a guest in their home. Settle into your room and freshen up from your day on the trail, then gather around the table for a gourmet meal and an evening of conversation. By the end of this trip, you’ll have plenty of new friends from around the world.
Day 2 - Backcountry Trail Riding & Return to Banff
After a restful sleep in the peaceful quiet of the backcountry, you’ll awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee. We will begin our ride back to Banff in the late morning. You’ll bring along handmade sandwiches for the journey, as well as fresh-baked goodies and fruit. You’ll return to Warner Stables at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of stories to tell about your adventure in the backcountry.
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.
- 1 night accommodation at Sundance Lodge
- Meals from lunch on day one to lunch on last day
- Horse and riding tackle
- All bedding is provided
- Alcoholic beverages and snack food
Things to bring:
- Rain gear (pants, jacket and boots)
- Riding boots or light hiking boots, pair of casual shoes for around camp
- Extra clothing, warm jacket, hat, gloves
- Flashlight, camera and lots of film, sunscreen
- 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.