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2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback

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    What to Expect
    On this adventure you’ll spend a night at Sundance Lodge - a wonderfully luxurious backcountry haven. Your days will be spent exploring on horseback and your evening relaxing in the cosy lodge, sharing a delicious hearty meal and great conversation with your fellow riders.

    Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge

    We’ll begin our journey at 9:30am at Warner Stables at the backcountry check-in area of the large barn. (You can park your vehicle here for free during the trip.) We’ll hand out your slickers and saddle bags and introduce you to the horse that we have specifically picked just for you. Things happen on “Western Time” here so we may not leave right on the dot and you’ll have time to get to know your horse and ask any questions. On this backcountry adventure, we’ll take you along a route that the early explorers of the Canadian Rockies blazed nearly a century ago. It’s the ideal way to dip your toe into horseback trekking in Banff, even if you don’t have a lot of time.

    Saddled up and ready to ride, we’ll hit the trail for the ten mile journey to Sundance Lodge. We will follow the trail alongside the rushing glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy Creek and Brewster Creek. Along the way we’ll stop for a simple, hearty cowboy-style hot lunch on the banks of the river.

    We’ll arrive at Sundance Lodge late afternoon, where your lodge host will greet you. Sundance is the ideal place for those who want to marvel at the beauty of the Banff Backcountry, while still being swaddled in comfort.

    There are no sleeping bags or camp stoves here, you will be sipping from wine glasses, dining on food prepared by a skilled chef in a professional kitchen and sleeping on a soft bed. Your lodge host will cater to your every need and make you feel welcome, like you are a guest in their home.

    Settle into your room and freshen up from your day on the trail, then gather around the table for a gourmet meal and an evening of conversation. By the end of this trip, you’ll have plenty of new friends from around the world.

    Day 2: Return to Warner Stables

    After a deep and restful sleep in the peaceful quiet of the backcountry, you’ll awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee.

    You’ll have the entire morning to wake up slowly and savour your time at this picturesque lodge. Sundance was built in 1991, near the original Ten Mile Cabin built in 1923 where the trail riders used to stop and rest on their way to Mount Assiniboine. (Ten Mile Cabin is still there and Sundance Lodge sits where the corral would have been.) We will begin our ride back to Banff in the late morning. You’ll bring along handmade sandwiches for the journey, as well as fresh-baked goodies and fruit.

    You’ll return to Warner Stables at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of stories to tell about your adventure in the backcountry.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 1 night of accommodation
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Professional guide
    • Helmets (mandatory for riders under 18 years)
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • National Park Entry Fee
    • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 9 years. Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
    • Maximum weight is 230lbs.
    • Adult pricing applies to all riders.
    • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age.
    • Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
    • 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).
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
    • Not recommended for participants with back problems.
    • Not recommended for pregnant women.
    • Not wheelchair accessible.
    • Please dress appropriately as stated on your voucher.
    • Limited electricity, no WiFi or cell service.
    • All passenger heights, weights, ages, dietary requirements and riding abilities must be advised at time of booking.
    • An understanding of basic English is required so that you can understand simple instructions from the guides.
    • 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.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 31 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 30 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Popular mentions
    Despite a rainy start, we had a wonderful time. Kim is a terrific, patient, well trained guide and a lovely person. Trekking along muddy trails, through a couple of rivers to Sundance Lodge was amazing. Heather and Marylee greeted us with a fire and food and we soon forgot
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    Response from Horsebackbanff, Manager at 2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback
    Responded 5 Aug 2019
    Thank you for your comments we are glad you enjoyed your trip to Sundance Lodge, Its a very special place. We hope to see you back on the trails again soon. I suggest one of the longer trips next time. The further you ride the better the trip.
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    The highlights of the trip were the wonderful guide, Daniella, who is a super talented rider and all round sports woman, together with the lovely family we rode with and the beautiful Swedish Camilla who braved the trip with two British families The positives are: - the Lodge
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    Response from Holidayonhorseback, Manager at 2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback
    Responded 16 Aug 2018
    Thanks for your feedback, we always recommend people take a couple of hours to ride before embarking on a overnight trip. I will pass along to the team to be more diligent of riding ability and offer more assistance. We hope to see you on the trails with us again.
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    Happy birthday to me!!! That’s right I spent my 70th Birthday on the back of a horse headed to an overnight adventure to Sundance Lodge in the backcountry of the Alberta Rockies. I’ve been around horses for 40 plus years and these outfitters are the real deal. The horses are
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    I knew it was going to be a unique and spectacular 2 day trip in the mountains near Banff when I booked online, but it was actually much better than I could have ever imagined! Everything was perfect on this trip...the scenery, the weather, the guides and packers, the horses,
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    Response from BanffHorseback, Manager at 2-Day Sundance Overnight Backcountry Lodge Trip by Horseback
    Responded 27 May 2018
    Thank you for your Review Frank Im so glad you enjoyed your time with us. I will be sure to pass along your kind comments to the team. We hope to see you and your father on the trails again soon.
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 2 days
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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