Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time? Then this 2-day overnight trip is perfect for you. It is a nice escape for families or groups of friends because anyone can do it. Also, one of the aspects of this tour that guests often rave about is the connection they forge with their hooved companions. At the end of the trip, you will have a new four-legged best friend.
Your Sundance Overnight journey in Banff begins by meeting at Warner Stables at 9:30 am. After you’re all checked in, you will be introduced to the horse that is has been specifically picked just for you. If you have never been horseback riding before, don’t worry! We will match you with a mild-mannered horse and teach you everything you need to know. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you gain confidence in the saddle, learn to trust your horse and go from greenhorn to cowboy.
On this backcountry adventure, you will be taken 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, you will hit the trail for the ten mile journey to Sundance Lodge. You will follow the trail alongside the rushing glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy Creek and Brewster Creek. Along the way, you’ll stop for a simple, hearty cowboy-style hot lunch on the banks of the river.
You will 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.
There are no sleeping bags or camp stoves here, 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.
After a deep and restful sleep in the peaceful quiet of the backcountry, you will awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee.
You’ll have the entire morning to wake up slowly and savour your time at this picturesque lodge. Sundance was built in 1991, near the original Ten Mile Cabin built in 1923 where the trail riders used to stop and rest on their way to Mount Assiniboine.
With no emails to answer or errands to run, your time is your own. You can sit on the deck, get lost in the pages of a good book, have a chat with your horse or get to know your fellow adventurers.
You 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.