Overview

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of the Rockies on an exciting camping trip. You will experience the true beauty of the national park whilst enjoying a real backcountry adventure.

All the camps are a similar set-up and include simple luxuries such as washstands and hot water, filtered drinking water, an evening campfire, a spacious kitchen tent, ‘A’ frame canvas tents with wooden platforms for your accommodation and also rail corrals to keep the horses secure overnight. Nearby you will find fresh, clean rivers which are a treat for plucky swimmers and fisherman (please bring your rod if you’d like to fish!).

Each camp is surrounded by an electric fence to keep you safe from curious wildlife. There is a live-in cook who prepares your hearty camp meals, which are cooked and served in the kitchen tent. This tent warms up thanks to a wood-burning stove and there is plenty of seating space for socialising after dinner. Flints Park Camp even offers a hot shower!

During this ride you may explore a variety of tranquil areas including Rainbow, Sawback or Cuthead Lakes; breathtaking views of 40 Mile Summit, Cuthead View Point or Rainbow Ridge; wide, open valleys on the passes of Elk Lake or 40 Mile Summit plus the incredible beauty of the Dormer, Block and Mystic Valleys. There’s a historic elk corral and a wild goat trap which will hopefully allow you to spot and photograph some of the wildlife seen in the area: elk, deer, bighorn sheep, goats, eagles and perhaps even a bear or timber wolf. The rides are very casual with regular breaks and leisurely lunches, those being eaten on the trail. There is often the time for a post-lunch siesta or some exploring or fishing.

Key Facts

  • Trail riding – Camping in tents
  • Operates June to September
  • 3 night to 6 nights rides
  • Camping
  • Suits all levels of riding
  • Minimum: 2 riders / Maximum 12 riders
  • Riding time – 5-6 hours with leisurely breaks
  • Weight limit: 110 kilos

Riding & Horses

All levels of riders are welcome – rides are slow to take advantage of scenery and wildlife (walking pace). There is some challenging terrain so novice riders should be of an adventurous nature. Good fitness recommended.

A wide mixture of breeds including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Draft Crosses and others with over 300 horses. The horses are western trained and western tack is used.  The horses range in height from 14.2hh to 16.2hh.

It is recommended to wear a helmet at all times while horse riding. We recommend you take your own properly fitted helmet and body protector on your horse riding holiday.

Itinerary

BACK COUNTRY CAMPING TRIP

Cascade Valley (6 Days, 5 Nights) – campsite offering views of the rugged mountain peaks of the Palliser Range: 

Day 1: Riders meet at the office in Banff at 8.30am and are taken to the corral at Mount Norquay. Here you will meet your guides and horses and will mount up for your first ride, an eleven-mile route over Elk Lake Summit between Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain and then down into Stoney Creek Camp where you will spend the night.

Day 2: Today you will ride towards the headwaters of Stoney Creek, returning to the camp for the night. This area is a favourite amongst Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep who can often be spotted grazing in the high meadows, so you might be able to spot them and take some photos.

Day 3: You will tie up your bedroll and mount back up for the ten-mile ride to Flint’s Park Camp. This camp, located in the middle of open grass ridges, topped with impressive peaks, has become a favourite spot for many guests. Wildlife is often seen and can be photographed in this area.

Day 4: Today you will embark on a day ride which will lead you from camp to Block Mountain or to Cuthead Viewpoint, two of the most impressive areas which you can reach from Flint’s Park. This area is fascinating for riders as well as photographers, fishermen and hikers.

Day 5: Once again it’s time to saddle up in readiness to ride on to your next day of riding. When everything is ready, the riders will mount their horses and head on to the next valley. The ride can include Rainbow Lake, the stunning 40 Mile Pass, Vermillion Range which runs to the east and Sawback to the west. The tradition here declares that you will enjoy a real western dinner and a fun get-together with your newfound friends.

Day 6: Sadly your trip will have reached its last day but no better way to end it than with a scenic trail back to the corrals. You will complete your full circle and will end up back in Banff at around 5 pm.

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on local conditions. 

Camping is at one of two different sites: Flint’s Park and Stoney Creek.

Food and Accommodation

The experienced guides make this tent trip easy and comfortable, so you can relax and focus on the jaw-dropping scenery around you.

When night falls you’ll be warm and cosy as you curl up in your A-frame canvas tent, set on a raised wooden platform. Listen to the gentle hush of the forest as you fall asleep. In the morning you’ll have a wash stand with hot water for freshening up and a hearty, homemade meal prepared for you in the kitchen tent – the perfect fuel to give you energy for a day on the trail.

Plus, as you ride down the spectacular trails your guide will weave entertaining tales of the history of Canada’s rugged back country and what it was like to live and work in the great Canadian west. You’ll also learn about the diverse wild creatures that call this unspoiled mountain paradise home.

The accommodation is simple and maintains the rustic feel. Light is supplied by propane lamps and candles and you are kept warm and cosy by the wood burning stoves.

Meals are home cooked ranch style. Hearty and tasty meals are served on the trail. Breakfasts consist of steak, western style eggs, Danish pastries, English muffins, cheese, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Lunches are served on the trail, dinners and breakfast at the camp.

Typical dinners include BBQ Steak, home-made baked beans, baked potatoes, caesar salad, bread rolls, dessert, coffee, juice or roast beef, french onion soup, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, beans and garlic bread with a tasty dessert. Here they pride themselves on serving plenty of delicious food.

Dates and Prices

2018 TRAIL RIDE SCHEDULE:

  • Departs every Monday and Friday from 24th June – 13th September.
    Shorter trails may be available by request – please contact us for more information about these.
  • COSTS: 6 Days/5 nights CAD$1949.00 plus local tax 5% CAD$97.45

Note: Rates are based on the Canadian dollar and subject to currency fluctuation.  We will convert rates at time of enquiry and confirm final charges prior to final balance.

Includes

A six day/five night excursion

  • 5 nights accommodation (2 at Sundance Lodge and 3 at Halfway Lodge),
  • All meals from lunch on arrival day to lunch on departure day, soft drinks with meals,
  • 6 days of riding, own horse throughout
  • Includes 5% Canadian GST.
  • Camping mattress and tent

Not Included

  • Transfers
  • Alcholic beverages and incidentals not described in the itinerary
  • International flights to Canada and accommodation prior to and after the tour
  • Gratuities are optional but customary
  • Sleeping bag but this can be hired for a small fee

** Rates are based on Canadian dollar and subject to currency fluctuation **

Other Information

Location
Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Riders meet at the Banff office on the morning of the ride at 9.30am.

Airport
The closest airport is Calgary International Airport.  There is a paid shuttle service which runs between the airport and the town of Banff. Most guests choose to book a hotel in Banff for a few days before and/or after the ride.

Children
Children must be over 9 years of age.

Languages
English and French

For more information regarding the ride please email us at info@snaffletravel.com.au

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