Overview

The Rocky Mountains of Canada are a vast land filled with stunning scenery, wildlife and majestic mountains that stretch across the landscape as far as the eye can see. Their peaks crusted with ice and snow and the air is cool and fresh.  This is just another day on the trail when you go on our 6-day Halfway Lodge horseback adventure. You’ll pass by the shimmering waters of the Bow River, travel along a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass, where jagged rock formations line the route.

And although you do climb to an elevation of 8,100 feet on this trip, the terrain is gentle for the entire way. And for all the rugged scenery you’ll get to gaze at on this trek, the adventure itself is far from ‘roughing it.’

Unwind in rustic luxury at the spacious Sundance Lodge and later at the cosy Halfway Lodge – both are quintessential mountain cabins. Comfortable beds, a crackling fire and enjoy delicious cuisine at the lodges in the wilderness.

Key Facts

  • Trail riding – Staying in Lodges
  • Operates June to September
  • 3 night to 6 nights rides
  • Lodges or 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

THE ITINERARY

Backcountry Lodge Trail

This trail allows you to take some home comforts with you on a tour of the world famous Rockies. Days will be spent exploring the area on horseback, whilst the evenings are spent in the cosy lodges. The pack trip is the perfect way to explore the beauty of Banff National Park!

Halfway Lodge (6 Days, 5 Nights):

Day 1: Riders meet at the office in Banff at 9.30am (free parking available) and are transported to the stables. There you will be met by your guides and horses and will mount up for a ride of around ten miles. This ride will lead you to Sundance Lodge (your accommodation for the night), via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River and Healy and Brewster Creeks.

Day 2: Today you will ride south towards Halfway Lodge. The trail follows along a historic pack trail with views of the rugged Sundance Range seen on the horizon.

Day 3: For most guests, today is the highlight of the trip. You will ride up Allenby Pass to an elevation of 8100ft where you can enjoy spectacular views. Don’t forget your camera!

Day 4: This is a rest day during which you can enjoy relaxing, fishing, a hike or a short ride to a glacier-fed lake.

Day 5: After saying farewell to Halfway Lodge you will following a winding trail along Brewster Creek, back to Sundance Lodge for your final night.

Day 6: For your last day the group will enjoy a relaxed ten-mile ride from Sundance Lodge back to the stables, arriving there at around 4.30pm. You will return with memories not to be forgotten!

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

Accommodation is in either Sundance Lodge or Halfway Lodge, depending on your chosen itinerary.

Food and Accommodation

Sundance and Halfway lodges provide a bit of homeliness whilst on your trip into the back country. Sundance lodge is a remote lodge situated on the curve of the Brewster Creek with a backdrop of the Sundance mountain range. The cosy mountain lodge has some home comforts with a large country kitchen, a living room warmed by a wood stove, and even hot showers. Halfway lodge was used in 1920’s by mountain guide Erling Strom. Now a two storey lodge, Halfway remains pretty much the same as it was 80 years ago. 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 Sunday and Thursday 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$2099.00 plus local tax 5% CAD$104.95

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,
  • 5 days of riding, own horse throughout
  • Includes 5% Canadian GST.
  • A rest day is included halfway through the trip for fishing and relaxing

Payable locally

  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages and incidentials not described in the itinerary
  • Flights to Canada and accommodation prior to and after the tour
  • International travel insurance
  • Gratuities are optional, but customary

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

Location

Location

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

Children must be over 9 years of age.

Languages spoken is English and French

Airport

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

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

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