Sundance Overnight Lodge Trip

Horseback Riding

Banff Trail Riders

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time to do it? Then this 2-day overnight trip is perfect for you. Meander along a trail that takes you to the tranquil Bow River. Relax and enjoy a cowboy coffee by campfire along the way before arriving at Sundance Lodge, secluded but just 16 km (10 miles) from town. At night, relax on the porch or linger near the crackling fireplace and watch the starry night.

What you can expect

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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!

Duration

2 Days

To-bring

  • 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.

Dietary requirements

  • Please notify at time of booking of any allergies or dietary restrictions and requirements

Weather requirements

  • Be prepared for all weather types

Highlights

  • Perfect for all ages, families or groups of friends because anyone can do it!
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Riding speed is kept at a walking pace in order to take full advantage of the scenery and wildlife viewing
  • Explore Banff National Park on horseback, like the pioneers did

Notes

  • 1 Night accommodation at Sundance Lodge
  • 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch
  • Sundance Lodge has 10 sleeping rooms with 3 beds in each room.
  • Rooms are designated on a ‘choose your own’ basis
  • The lodge does have hot showers, however for environmental reasons, we do restrict these to one per stay
  • Tour departs every week Friday and Saturday

Meet location

Meet at Warner Stables

Driving directions

  • From the Trans Canada Highway drive along Banff Avenue to Downtown. Continue south along Banff Avenue to the Bow River Bridge, and drive across. As soon as you cross the bridge, turn right onto Cave Avenue and drive for 700ms, next turn right onto Sundance Road. The Warner Stables is the big red stables at the end of Sundance Road. There is plenty of free parking at the site.

Location

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 9 yrs
  • Maximum weight: 250lbs
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult - they must ride their own horse.

Cancellation / Refund

  • 14 day cancellation policy. Cancellations outside of 14 days receive a full refund. Cancellations inside of 14 days prior to tour departure are 100% non refundable. Please note that this policy is non-negotiable.
  • In case of unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel, health, and cancellation insurance prior to their trip.

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:

Sunday Not available
Monday Not available
Tuesday Not available
Wednesday Not available
Thursday Not available
Friday
Saturday

Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number

Minimum time to book before

48 hours

Comments

  • Prices include Banff Tourism Levy Fees.
  • Please provide proof of medical/travel insurance.
  • Prices based on 2 guests per room
  • Single supplement – Single person occupying a room – additional $80.00 per night
  • 3rd Person in a room – Discount of $60.00 per night/per room
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2017 rates and may be subject to change for the 2018 season.

Regular rate

Adult (aged 18 – 85) $649.00 CAD
Youth (aged 9 – 17) $649.00 CAD

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