What you can expect
Riders meet at 9:00 a.m. at Warner Stables.
Make your way to our backcountry check in area in the large barn. For those with a vehicle, free parking is available at the stables for the duration of the trip. Here you will meet your fellow riders and your guides for your trip. Slickers and saddle bags will be handed out if required and you will have time to organize your gear and ask any questions you may have. Your guides will then introduce you to your horses which have been specifically picked for you. Once you are comfortable you will mount up for the ten mile ride to Sundance Lodge via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy and Brewster Creeks. Half way to the lodge you will stop and enjoy a hot lunch by the Bow River. After lunch we will continue along the trail into Sundance Lodge. Your lodge host awaits you. Settle into your room and freshen up, then join your fellow riders around the fire or on the deck to swop stories of your ride in.
After a relaxing evening at Sundance Lodge riders mount back up for a second full day in the saddle and return to Warner Stables at approx. 4:30pm. A quick getaway to the backcountry for those without a lot of time on their hands!
- Saddlebags, rain gear and other essentials that you will need during the day (camera, sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, extra sweater, water bottle, etc) that you are taking on your horse with you are not included in the 30lb weight restriction.
- Warm coat - Essential to ward off chilly nights or a windy day. Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or fleece jacket.
- Rain gear - A rain coat and rain pants, and if possible, coverings for your boots and hat. Please DO NOT bring rain ponchos, they flap in the wind and spook the horses. If you have one, we recommend an oilskin slicker. We have a limited supply of full-length oilskin slickers available. These are available for pick up upon check in based on a first come first served basis.
- Clothing that is easily layered works the best.
- Shirts - Long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.
- Jeans - A cowboy classic
- Riding boots - A boot with a heel that can easily slip in and out of stirrups. Alternatives would be a narrow style of hiking boot or solid sneaker. For safety reasons, clunky hiking boots are not recommended. Water (rain) resistant boots are recommended.
- Sneakers - Or an extra pair of shoes for wearing inside the lodge, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.
- Toiletries - Towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. We Supply Toilet Paper and Hand Soap.
- Hat - A cowboy hat offers the most protection from the elements. Baseball caps or canvas-type hats are also fine. Please ensure that your hat fits snug or ties on and will not blow off in the wind. Chin straps are recommended.
- Gloves - Lined leather or suede gloves provide protection from the elements and a sure grip on the reins (bring two pair just in case one gets wet).
- Scarf - A silk or cotton scarf is recommended for extra warmth.
- Suncreen - Sunglasses and mosquito repellent.
- Your camera - Extra batteries.
- Flashlight - Remember to check your batteries!
- Liquor - Sundance Lodge has a liquor licence. Guests can purchase Wine and Beer from the cooks. Please bring your credit card with you.
- Cellular phones do not work in the areas you will be riding, so leave them somewhere safe. If you will be using the camera on your phone, please note there is no charging station in the backcountry.
- Saddlebags - You are welcome to bring your own; please fill them with only essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, your camera, sunscreen, etc. We reserve the right to limit the amount of gear in the saddlebags for weight. Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are NOT allowed - they are hard on your back and hard on the horse's back, and do not tie properly to the saddle.
- Please notify at time of booking of any allergies or dietary restrictions and requirements
- Be prepared for all weather types