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1 Hour Bow River Ride provided by Banff Trail Riders

1 Hour Bow River Ride
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from $87.94 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Last updated: 31 Jul 2020
A note from 1 Hour Bow River Ride
All guest are required to wear a mask when checking in for their ride or when using the facilities.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Enjoy a fun introduction to horseback riding during this excursion through the Banff National Park. Led by a cowboy guide, ride beside the Bow River or Spray River and past natural springs. Experience the beauty and grandeur of this mountainous area while resting your feet and letting the horse do the work. Ideal for first-time riders, as basic riding instruction will be given.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Includes use of safety helmets
Learn about the history of Banff from your guide
Cover more ground than you would hiking
A family-friendly excursion that's ideal for beginners
What to expect
Get a different perspective of the incredible scenery of Banff, during this horseback riding excursion along the Bow River or Spray River. This riding experience provides visitors with a first-hand taste of the wild landscape around Banff, much as the early settlers would have seen it, while mounted on horseback. If you chose to cover the Bow River area, head to the natural sulfur hot springs. Follow the trail, which loops around a marsh near the Bow River. As you ride, catch views of Mt. Norquay and the Cascade Mountain in the distance.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 12217RIDE
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Lead and tail guides • Use of horse • Helmet (mandatory) • Basic horseback riding instruction
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drink • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h
Departure details
Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada The meeting point for the Bow River Ride is at Warner Stables, the big red stables located on Sundance Road in Banff.
Inclusions
Lead and tail guides • Use of horse • Helmet (mandatory) • Basic horseback riding instruction
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drink • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada The meeting point for the Bow River Ride is at Warner Stables, the big red stables located on Sundance Road in Banff.
Duration
1h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
All riders must arrive 30 minutes prior to their ride time.
Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 years or over and a maximum of 230lbs. Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.
Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
Riders must wear long pants and sturdy closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle - no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
Adults must sign a waiver for all activities, and a waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Popular mentions

4.0
100 reviews
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15
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Terrible
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Bearded Explorer
18 contributions
Excellent beginner trail
May 2021 • Couples
Our trail ride was a great time. My wife had never been on a horse and I hadn’t been in years. Staff were patient and informative, we were both very comfortable from the beginning to the end....of course as comfortable as a first time rider can be 😊 The one hour ride was just right, we weren’t too sore but had lots of views and enjoyed the horses.
Written 28 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vittoria W
Calgary, Canada6 contributions
Will do it again
Oct 2020
#horsebackbanff. We enjoyed our ride on Oct 5 and would recommend it to anyone who has this on their bucket list, especially in the fall when the leaves are turning golden color. I have never been on a horse, so this is perfect for beginners. The staff at Warner Stables was friendly, professional and followed all Covid rules. The instructions the staff gave us prior to starting our ride made me feel comfortable and confident. Our horses were well trained, obedient and friendly. Our leader was Lindsay, She was very upbeat, experienced and informative. The trail ran through a forest along side the Cave and Basin and the Bow river. Lindsay would at times point out something of interest along the way, such as the bear claws on trees.
Written 13 October 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon.
Written 14 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicole K
2 contributions
Amazing experience! 100% would recommend
Sep 2020 • Couples
The ride was beautiful & the horses were 100% good boys . (Taylor & Tom tom) Our guide Hunter was so sweet and very knowledgeable about the animals , environment & trails . Never a dull moment . Somebody better give Hunter a raise!!! Will definitely be coming back :)
Written 23 September 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you Nicole we look forward to your return visit.
Written 9 October 2020
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ALi d
1 contribution
Called me fat
Sep 2020 • Friends
She looked at me and said we definitely don’t have a horse for you. She made me step on the scale and made a weird horse noise at me. Don’t recommend unless you weight under 150
Written 20 September 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Our weight limit is 230 lbs if you are under this weight we are happy to take you on a ride. The limit is in place for the health of our horses.
Written 22 September 2020
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SKM
Calgary, Canada1 contribution
Disgusting Customer Service
Sep 2020 • Friends
Today was absolutely horrible! The staff right from the start were judgemental and rude. They embarrassed me by making me stand on a scale and took my money and gave me no refund. Yet they have trail guides that weigh 2 times as much as me! Worst experience ever!
Written 19 September 2020
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Horsebackbanff
We have a weight limit of 230lbs for the health of our horses. Each guest has to confirm at time of booking that they are below this weight. We have scales at the barns to reconfirm weights.
Written 21 September 2020
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D C
Calgary45 contributions
Great first experience
Aug 2020
We went on this tour in mid-August. Great first ride with our kids. Clear instructions, manageable trail, friendly staff & horses. Would like to the the 1 hr Spray River Crossing next time!
Written 8 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Horsebackbanff
We look forward to your return visit.
Written 9 September 2020
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chelzea
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
terrible
Sep 2020
so we are supposed to ride with them on saturday, sep 5 2020. the appointments at 10, and they tell ppl to come 30 mins prior, but since we stayed in calgary its kinda far of a drive. i called them an hour before telling we will be 10 minutes late, since it was kinda traffic on the hi way that weekend. so we arrived at 9:40 there and they didnt let us in, nor issued a refund. dont ride with them!!!
Written 8 September 2020
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Horsebackbanff
So this is kinda how we see the story as outlined in your booking...... Guest called at 9:00am to advise that they might be arriving between 9:40am and 9:50am. They have indicated the traffic has delayed them. I advised that they do need to be on time for safety briefing and if the horses have been loaded and/or briefing missed they will miss the ride. They are aware no refund if this is the case. I advised we may be able to reschedule them for 50% off is they miss their ride - Guests arrived to the barn at 9:55 am. unfortunately could not get them on the ride. offered to re book them at 50% for another day but didn't want to. Please just turn up on time and be respectful of the other riders who all turn up on time. You will have a great ride.
Written 9 September 2020
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Cheryle F
2 contributions
Most worthwhile
Aug 2020 • Solo
Riding astride a beautiful roan who responded with immediacy to my gentle moves, we moved along a well traveled trail along the Bow, amidst trees, green & lush with foliage. Care was stressed for our safety by knowledgeable guides. It touched my heart to hear our rides were all rescue horses. I hope I left a kind imprint upon Boundary for he certainly made my day & trip to Banff worthwhile. 😊 I was informed guides wern't taking pictures due to covid, however a friendly Corider stepped up & helped to create an account of the memory. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend. Thank you very much Banff Trail Riders.
Written 1 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Horsebackbanff
Your very welcome. We are so pleased you enjoyed your ride. Thank you for the review.
Written 9 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TravelerGuro101
1 contribution
DO NOT GO HERE
This place is a scam. They do not inform you that you must arrive 30 minutes prior and if you are 1-5 mins late due to phone time or loss of service or simply a wrong turn, they will not allow you to ride or accommodate rescheduling. They will charge you the full amount. Their prices are expensive to begin with. If you want to reschedule you have to pay all over again for being 2 minutes late. This is ridiculous. The costumer service is outrageous. They are incredibly rude and act as if they hate their job. I also found them to be a tad racist. Do not go here!! If you plan to book call them over the phone and make sure to ask them ALL the information as they will hide it from you so they get free money and less work to do. Disgusting.
Written 20 August 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Im sorry but from our side we tell every customer multiple times when to turn up for their ride. It is just not possible to load people who are late as it disrupts everyone else who turns up on time for the rest of the day. We can accommodate people if we have space. If we do not have space we can not reschedule. I also am offended that you can make the judgement that our staff hate their jobs. We have lots of long term staff who would leave if they truly hate their jobs. Also to call them racist is just slanderous. Please read all of our review, for the customers who turn up on time they have an amazing experience.
Written 21 August 2020
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Sharon F
Mississauga, Canada7 contributions
Superb experience
Aug 2020 • Family
Booked the 1 hour ride for a family of 4. Jill was our leader and was exceptional guiding my 8 yr old daughter on how to handle her horse - Leroy. The trail on the way back alongside Bow river was exceptional.
Written 10 August 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for your review we are glad you enjoyed the ride with the family.
Written 10 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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GEOS30
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An Enjoyable Experience
Overall an enjoyable experience. A bit pricey, and not something you would do that often. They had really good COVI
jsroach13
jsroach13
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Awesome trip July 2019
I was nervous when packing to leave for this trip, but once we were there all that anxiety went away. There were 6
Anavbufalo
Anavbufalo
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Very disappointing
I am disappointed! I bought a private sleigh tour to spend my bday celebration with family and I pictured a perfect
Mistya81
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Not tourist friendly
I'm planning to go to Banff from Dec 13 to 17, 2020. I clicked on a Facebook ad and booked a sleigh ride for 40% of
pedaltothepedal
pedaltothepedal
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Beyond Underwhelming
My girlfriend and i did the 2 hour Sundance tour, and we both strongly feel it was a rip off. People on walking tra
138paigej
138paigej
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Great Experience
Awesome activity to do while in Banff! Great for anyone who is new to riding horses as they just walk the whole tra
BunD333
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Boring
Did the 2 hour Sundance loop with my boyfriend and was pretty disappointed. We thought it would be a fun activity a
GarrettP149
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Trail ride
A very enjoyable afternoon. The staff is competent and highly organized. The horses are well trained and safe for e
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Q5715IUsamh
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Bullied my friend
We booked a one hour ride for four people, however they didnt even have enough horses for us. The staff was rude, h
moeh367
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PURE LOSER EXPERIENCE
The most trash service ever. The 2 lady’s in the front were pure losers completely laughed at my buddy for being ov
reichmec
reichmec
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Nice trail ride
We did the 2 hour trail ride and really enjoyed it. Saw lots of great scenery along the way and the guides shared t
JFLTravels
JFLTravels
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Best way to experience the Canadian Rockies
My spouse and I went on the 6 day lodge trip as part of our honeymoon. It was an amazing trip. It is truly the best
Carol0553
Carol0553
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Perfect family activity!
This was fantastic! The guides were friendly, horses were gentle and easy to ride, the scenery was stunning. My s
Keith H
Keith H
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A fantastic tour
Our family booked the half hour wagon ride in Banff, and are really wishing we had done the full hour! What an amaz
mango_mad
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Horsey love for Banff Trail Riders
Extremely professional group. Very organized, with wonderful horses. It would be hard not to have a good experience
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