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3 Day Sundance Explorer Lodge Trip in Banff, Alberta

Sundance Lodge, Brewster Creek Trail, Improvement District No. 9, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Short Horse Riding Holiday in Canada

This horse riding holiday will take you to the rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. When the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry comfort, cowboy style. This adventure will also take you along the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, one of the best spots in Banff to spot elk, deer, or even moose roaming along the shores. Moreover, you will follow the historic Erling Strom Trail traveled by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s while taking in awe-evoking views of the Sundance mountain range. At night, the cozy Sundance Lodge will give you a surprisingly comfortable spot to rest your head. Snuggle by the fire, devour gourmet backcountry cuisine, and swap tales about the day’s adventures with your fellow riders, this is a truly perfect holiday!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 104 kilograms / 230 pounds


  • 3-day horse riding sessions
  • Guide
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Fully catered menu

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen

Sundance Lodge is a rustic ten-room log cabin that was built in 1991. Set against the looming Sundance Mountain Range and surrounded by thick woods, Sundance Lodge feels remote and secluded despite being just 16 kilometers (10 miles) from town. The lodge is powered by solar and heated by burning wood and there are indoor washrooms and heated showers onsite. All bedding is provided. This place is known for its great food. It also features hot showers and electricity generated by solar power. The massive kitchen brings out the best in the cooks who fully cater with a rotating seasonal menu. The walls were built with locally harvested timber. Sundance Lodge features ten rooms with space for up to 34 people.

Please note that there is no cell service, wifi or internet during the trip. Prices are based on two guests per room, but the rooms have a variety of configurations. A single room supplement is available for an additional fee.


The three-day tour will commence at 09:30 at the Warner Stables on Mondays with three full days of riding (approximately five to six hours per day including leisurely breaks). The ride returns to the stables at 16:30 on Wednesday. Please meet at the Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. There is plenty of free parking at the site. No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then Banff Trail Riders will be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. The guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.


With about 300 horses in the stables, Banff Trail Riders is able to pinpoint the absolute perfect horse for any rider. That means if you’ve never been riding before, Banff Trail Riders will be sure to pair you with the most mild-mannered horse available so you can enjoy the experience. After all, Banff Trail Riders wants both seasoned horsemen and horsewomen as well as new riders to have the time of their lives.


Day 1: Backcountry ride to Sundance Lodge

Do you want more time to really soak up the tranquility of the Banff backcountry? On this adventure, you’ll spend two nights at Sundance Lodge - a wonderfully luxurious backcountry haven. Your days will be spent exploring on horseback and your evenings relaxing in the cozy lodge, sharing delicious hearty meals, delectable desserts, and great conversation with your fellow riders. Your adventure will begin at 09:30 at the backcountry check-in at the large barn at Warner Stables. You can park for free at the stables during the trip.

Once you check in, you’ll meet your professional and friendly guides and get your slickers and saddle bags. 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. Never been horseback riding before? Don’t worry. Banff Trail Riders will match you with a mild-mannered horse and teach you everything you need to know. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you gain confidence in the saddle, learn to trust your horse, and go from greenhorn to cowboy. One of the aspects of the tours that past guests rave about is the deep connection that they form with their hooved companions.

Once you and your horse are ready to go, you will mount up for the ten-mile ride along the banks of the sparkling glacier-fed Bow River, Brewster, and Healy Creeks. You’ll stop along the way for a hot lunch on the river banks, then in the late afternoon, you will arrive at Sundance Lodge. This cozy lodge offers you a chance to experience the Canadian backcountry while relaxing in comfort. You’ll arrive to a hot cup of tea or coffee, a warm shower, a soft bed, and the friendly greeting of your lodge host. Each host has a way of making the lodge their own, catering in your every need and cooking you delicious meals.

Day 2: Day ride in the backcountry

Cuddled in your cozy bed at Sundance Lodge, you’ll wake up to the rays of the morning sun streaming in through your window. After a hearty breakfast, you can leave your belongings at the lodge and set off unencumbered for a ride deeper into the backcountry with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. On today’s ride, you’ll catch a glimpse of the enormous Brewster Glacier and the rock faces of the Sundance Range as you will ride along the footsteps of the original pioneers.

You will stop for lunch along the trail and enjoy an open-air picnic in this unforgettable setting. At the end of the day, you’ll return to your familiar room at Sundance Lodge where you already feel comfortable and at home. As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can sit back on the deck and relax, drink wine, and share stories and photos with your fellow adventurers.

Day 3: Return to Warner Stables

Sundance Lodge is an island of comfort and elegance in an ocean of wilderness, a place where you can admire the rugged beauty of the backcountry while wrapped in soft blankets and sipping from a mug of hot tea. It will be your last morning at Sundance which is starting to feel like home thanks to the warm hospitality of your host. Please be sure to take a few last photos to capture the moment as you prepare to hit the trail again. Wave goodbye as you and your horse will saunter back to Warner Stables.

It’s another gorgeous full day of riding through wooded hillsides and winding river trails with the soaring craggy peaks of the Rockies as a backdrop. You’ll refuel with a lunch stop along the banks of Healy Creek where you will enjoy sandwiches, fresh-baked goodies, and fruit. You’ll arrive back at approximately 16:30. This two-night journey is a great way to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback even if you are only staying for a short time.


  • Guests participating in backcountry riding will need to be nine years or over and a maximum of 230 pounds. Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of their horses and the safety of their 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 the foreign visitors, you are required an understanding of basic English for the horseback rides so that you can understand simple instructions from the guides.
  • Children aged 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • For safety purposes, helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age. Helmets are optional but recommended for backcountry riders aged 18 years and over.
  • Riders must wear closed toed shoes - no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
  • 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.


This vacation will take place in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.


You will savor two dinners, two breakfasts, and three lunches. From juicy steaks grilled over a campfire to plump Cornish game hen matched with a side of fluffy mashed potatoes, all the food served during a Banff Trail Riders’ trip is prepared by professional cooks who are masters of backcountry cuisine. Even miles away from civilization, the backcountry cooks are able to prepare some surprisingly sophisticated meals. A large, well-equipped kitchen and a talented cook are key to the great food at Sundance Lodge. You can savor everything from braised beef short ribs to crème Brulee cheesecake.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3-day horse riding sessions
  • Guide
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees and 5% tax
  • Fully catered menu (2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 3 lunches)
  • Bedding
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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This horse riding holiday is available for September 2018 and from May to October  2019 with the arrival every Monday. Please select an arrival date below.

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