Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. A guided three-day horseback ride through the Banff backcountry. That’s what you’ll find on this Sundance Explorer getaway. You will experience a cowboy style adventure, your days will be spent exploring on horseback. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in a cozy Sundance Lodge – a luxurious backcountry haven that gives you a pure backcountry comfort. You will have plenty of time to share delicious hearty meals, delectable desserts and great conversation with your fellow riders.
Your adventure begins at 9:30am at the backcountry check-in at the large barn at stables. You can park for free at the stables during the trip. Once you check in you’ll meet your professional and friendly guides and get your slickers and saddle bags. Things happen on “Western Time” here so we may not leave right on the dot and you’ll have time to get to know your horse and ask any questions.
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 Sundance Lodge, where the dinner will be served. As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can sit back on the deck and relax or rest in your room.
It’s your last morning at Sundance, which is starting to feel like home thanks to the warm hospitality of your host. Be sure to take a few last photos to capture the moment as you prepare to hit the trail again.
Wave goodbye as you and your horse saunter back to the stables. It’s another gorgeous full day of riding through wooded hillsides and winding river trails with the soaring craggy peaks of the Rockies as a backdrop. You’ll refuel with a lunch stop along the banks of Healy Creek, where you will enjoy sandwiches, fresh-baked goodies and fruit. You will arrive back to the Stables at approximately 4:30 pm.
Season: May – October.
Tour stars on Mondays.
Minimum age: 9 years. All minors under 18 years old participating in a horse activity must have a parent or legal guardian on the ride with them.
Maximum of 250lbs (113 kg) As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age.
Riders must wear closed toed shoes – no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
Your tour includes:
– 2 nights accommodation at Sundance Lodge,
– Fully catered menu, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners.
– Three day backcountry ride,
– A friendly horse for every rider,
– Basic horseback riding instruction,
– Trail fees.
Remember to Bring:
A backpack to care with you on the ride, warm coat, rainjacket, shirts, jeans, riding boots, sneakers, gloves, a scarf, toiletries and a water bottle.
To check the availability dates, please make an inquiry by email to: bookings(at)yuliyac.sg-host.com with subject line: “Banff Sundance Explorer”.
Information on how to book this tour will be provided in your experience voucher.