Vermillion Range 3 Night Horseback Trip

Horseback Riding

Banff Trail Riders

Ride deep into the scenic backcountry of Banff National Park and experience this unforgettable 3 night pack trip. Departing from the Norquay Corrals, a full day ride takes you into Stoney Camp for the first night followed by a night at Flints and Mystic camps with awesome rides in between. Fully catered camps and trailside lunches included.

What you can expect

Day 1

All riders meet at Warner Stables at 8:30 a.m. to check in, before being transported by van to the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay. There you meet your guides and horses, and mount up for the ride to Stoney Creek Camp. You will journey up to Elk Lake Summit for a lunch break, arriving at the Stoney Creek Camp on the Cascade River at 4:30pm.

Day 2

Riders mount up, and ride the ten miles to Flint’s Park Camp. This camp, located in the center of open, grassy ridges topped with high peaks, has become a favorite of many riders. Wildlife is commonly spotted and photographed in this area. Lunch will be along the Cascade river.

Day 3

The ride from Flints Park to Mystic Valley is a highlight of the trip. The ride can include Rainbow Lake, the stunning 40 Mile Pass, Vermillion Range which runs to the east, and Sawback to the west. Guests have the opportunity to observe the historic art of horse packing, using the famous diamond hitch. When everything is securely in place, you ride into Mystic Valley for the final night. It is traditional to have a real western dinner to celebrate the last night at the camp. Time to kick your cowboy boot heels and have a wind-up get-together!

Day 4

Pack up your bedroll and mount up one last time for the leisurely ride along 40 Mile Creek back to the Mount Norquay Corral. From here you will be driven back to Warner Stables. Approximate arrival time at Warner Stables is 5pm.

Duration

4 Days

To-bring

  • Bags/luggage - Waterproof bags are the best option.
  • A warm sleeping bag — Preferably a bag rated to -15 degrees Celsius. You may not need it, but it sure comes in handy if you do. A trick for extra warmth is to tuck a flannel sheet or non-bulky blanket inside your sleeping bag.
  • A warm coat — 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 can scare the horses. If you have one, a slicker is recommended. A limited supply of full-length slickers (traditional cowboy rain coat) are 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. You can always remove what you don’t need, but you still have it just in case.
  • Shirts – long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.
  • Jeans – a cowboy classic. Also important is a pair of long underwear for chilly nights.
  • 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 around camp, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.
  • Toiletries — towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. Please note that there is no electricity at the camps. TOILET PAPER AND HAND SOAP SUPPLIED AT ALL CAMPS.
  • 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. If you prefer to wear a riding helmet, there are some available upon check in on a first come first served basis.
  • 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 — Recommended for extra warmth.
  • Sunscreen— sunglasses and mosquito repellent.
  • Camera
  • Flashlight — Remember to check your batteries!
  • Liquor – Camps are licensed and offer a small selection of beer and wine for sale
  • Water bottle – for refreshment while you are riding. You will be able to refill your water bottle at each camp.
  • Saddlebags – You are welcome to bring your own; There will be saddlebags available at check in. Please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, camera, sunscreen, etc. 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.
  • Cash – you may want to bring some cash to purchase liquor or leave a gratuity for your cooks. You can also use credit cards to purchase liquor.

Dietary requirements

  • Please notify of any allergies or dietary restrictions and requirements

Weather requirements

  • Be prepared for all weather types

Highlights

  • 3 nights in the beautifully secluded Banff backcountry
  • Fully catered camps
  • A-frame canvas tents on raised wooden platforms
  • Unforgettable views of Mystic Valley, Vermillion Range and many more

Notes

  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • 3 Dinner, 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch
  • 4 Days horseback riding (approx 6hrs each day)
  • Camps complete with wash stands and hot water
  • This trip departs every Monday in June, July, August, and September
  • Camps are licensed and offer a small selection of beer and wine for sale

Meet location

Meet at Warner Stables at 8:30am

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.

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

This activity is available on request.

Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number

Minimum time to book before

48 hour

Comments

  • Prices include Parks Canada backcountry fees
  • All meals included
  • It is strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel, health, and cancellation insurance directly after booking a trip. Please note that each rider will be required to sign a waiver releasing Banff Trail Riders and Her Majesty in Right of Canada as represented by Parks Canada Agency from all risks. Safety experts recommend hard hats and narrow boots. Helmets are not provided on our tours, if you would like to wear a helmet, please bring one with you.

Regular rate

Adult (aged 18 – 85) $1,239.00 CAD
Youth (aged 9 – 17) $1,239.00 CAD

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