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Canadian Rockies Backcountry Sundance Lodge Trip
(Tour Code: WSBLT3D) Departing from Banff: Monday
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18 May - 12 Oct, 2020
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Enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip with a bit of luxury through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. Spend three full days exploring timbered ridges and mountain meadows by horseback, with evenings tucking into cozy lodges. 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. Once you and your horse are ready to go, we will mount up for the 10 mile ride along the banks of the sparkling glacier-fed Bow River, Brewster and Healy Creeks. We’ll stop along the way for a hot lunch on the river banks, then late afternoon we will arrive at Sundance Lodge. This elegant and luxurious lodge offers you a chance to experience the Canadian backcountry, while relaxing in comfort. You’ll arrive to a hot cup of tea or coffee, a warm shower, a soft bed and the friendly greeting of your lodge host. Each host has a way of making the lodge their own, catering in your every need and cooking you delicious meals.
Day 2 - Backcountry Trail Riding
After a hearty breakfast you can leave your belongings at the lodge and set off unencumbered for a ride deeper into the backcountry with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. On today’s ride you’ll catch a glimpse of the enormous Brewster Glacier and the rock faces of the Sundance Range as you ride along the footsteps of the original pioneers. We will stop for lunch along the trail and enjoy an open-air picnic in this unforgettable setting. At the end of the day, you’ll return to your familiar room at Sundance Lodge, where you already feel comfortable and at home. As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can sit back on the deck and relax, drink wine and share stories and photos with your fellow adventurers.
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 4.30pm. Each of the trips includes approx. 5 - 6 hours of riding each day. 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. Meals are always an event and the cooks ensure you are well fuelled for the day’s adventures.
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.
- 2 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 animals’ 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.