3 Day Backcountry Horse Trip

Horseback Riding

Brewster Adventures

This backcountry horseback trip offers 3 full days of unforgettable riding through the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Ghost River area, bordering Banff National Park. Explore Black Rock Mountain, climb the shoulders of Yamnuska Mountain and wonder at the vista of Orient Peak. Horses, guides, meals, and cabin accommodations with all bedding are provided. Simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

What you can expect

First Day
Your adventure starts with a 6 to 7 hour ride on well kept switchback trails, over the ridge of Mount Yamnuska. With a breathtaking view of the Bow Valley, you continue over the back side of the mountain travelling through wooded areas. Your guide will take you through quiet creek crossings, over majestic ridges with spectacular views, and finally through dense forests to a quaint cabin site named after an old Brewster Family friend, who had the original cabin in this private mountain location.

Spend the evening around a campfire sharing stories, while enjoying a traditional cowboy dinner. When you are ready to retire for the evening, head for your cabin, which will already be equipped with bedding. Cabins can accommodate up to four people.

Second Day
Continue Northwest to the famed Brewster Company Ranch, Meadow Creek. This has been the winter grazing grounds for Brewster horses since the early 1900’s.

You will climb mountain passes, keeping an eye out for rocky mountain big horn sheep, deer, elk, and possibly even wild horses. Traveling through meandering river bottoms, and encountering beaver dams will keep you riding tall in your saddle all day. This 5 to 6 hour excursion will bring you to the Meadow Creek Cabins, with its panoramic vista of Black Rock Mountain and surrounding mountain ranges. Enjoy a few stories around the campfire under a beautiful starlit sky. If you are lucky you will even hear the Meadow Creek wolf pack, as they astound you with their calls.

Third Day
Explore the natural beauty of the area and ride out the horse drive trail to the Bar C trail head before a short truck ride back to the Kananaskis ranch.


3 Days


  • All gear must be packed in nylon or canvas bag, or bag with no frame
  • Boots suitable for riding and a change of shoes for camp
  • Wet weather gear (waterproof jacket and pants recommended)
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Warm jacket and sweater
  • Change of clothes (only one or two changes recommended)
  • Toiletries, towel, flashlight, sunscreen, sunglasses and bug repellent
  • Riding Chaps, Saddle bags and Helmets available on request
  • Camera
  • You may bring alcohol on the trip if you wish to drink while at either cabin locations around the campfire

Weather requirements

  • The weather in the mountains can vary and change quickly; it is always better to be too warm than too cold, so pack accordingly


  • Features some of the most scenic areas of the Alberta Foothills and the Canadian Rocky Mountains bordering Banff National Park
  • Overnight in rustic log cabins
  • Horses, guides, meals, and cabin accommodations are provided
  • Many wildlife spotting opportunities


  • The riding is on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains bordering Banff National Park
  • All rides are at a walking pace
  • Please ensure that you check in by 8:30 a.m. the morning of your scheduled departure. All Trips depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Kananaskis Ranch
  • Your cabin will be equipped with sleeping bags, sheets, and pillows
  • Riding Chaps, Saddle bags and Helmets available on request
  • Custom trips available and a flexible schedule is offered
  • The amount of riding each day can be adjusted for riding levels and experience, weather and trail safety

Meet location

Brewsters Kananaskis Ranch

Driving directions

  • Trips depart from Brewster's Kananaskis Ranch, located 30 minutes east of Banff and 45 minutes west of Calgary. Look for large green highway signs off the No.1, Trans-Canada Highway to Kananaskis Ranch and the villages of Seebe and Exshaw. EXIT 114. Please take the entrance to the Ranch Golf Course entrance and turn left before crossing the cattle guard to the Golf Course



  • All guests must sign an indemnity waiver before trip departure. The waivers must be witnessed by a Brewster Mountain Pack Trains employee and require your full mailing address and signature
  • If guests are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will also be required to sign along with the Rider that is under age
  • All riders must be a minimum of 52” tall and 8 years of age
  • Riding Helmets are mandatory for persons 17 years and under
  • Bags should be packed as lightly as possible, maximum 30 pounds allowed

Cancellation / Refund

  • Full refund if cancellation notice provided more than 30 days prior to ride departure date
  • Zero refund if cancellation notice provided less than 30 days prior to ride departure date

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


  • Price is subject to 5% GST

Regular rate

Adult (aged 8+) $975.00 CAD

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