Jun-Sep
Season
Thursday, Sunday
Departs
Lodge
Lodging
6 Days
Duration
9+
Age

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this.

Sky-piercing mountains stretch out across the landscape, their peaks crusted with ice and snow. The air is cool and fresh. And best of all, there’s an almost zen-like quiet out here. 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 cozy Halfway Lodge – both are quintessential mountain cabins. Comfortable beds, a crackling fire and some of the most delicious backcountry cuisine you’ll ever try can be found at these lodges.

Included
  • Bedding
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Day 1

Backcountry ride to Sundance Lodge

The adventure starts at Warner Stables, where you can park your vehicle for free for the duration of the trip. You’ll meet your personable expert guides, fellow riders and the horse we have specifically chosen for you. Your horse will know just where to step even on the most precarious of trails, so you can trust them to get you where you are going.

This 6 day expedition gives you a chance to really unwind and relax into the rhythms of the Rockies. Leave your phone behind and escape from the constant ping of emails – it’s the perfect opportunity to clear and reset your mind. Don’t worry if you are a complete greenhorn, our trusty horses, knowledgeable staff and talented cooks will ensure you are comfortable every step of the way.

Once we have organised the gear and saddled up, we will begin the 10 mile journey to Sundance Lodge – following the rushing waters of the Bow River and Healy and Brewster Creeks. On the way we’ll stop for a cowboy cook-out along the banks of the river – the perfect fuel to give you energy for a day on the trail.

You’ll saunter into Sundance Lodge at around 4:30pm, where you will be greeted by the friendly lodge host. You’ll have enough time to freshen up and relax in your room, then join the group around the campfire to share songs and stories as the sun sets over the mountains.

Day 2

Ride the Strom Pack Trail to Halfway Lodge

The adventure continues as you journey 9 miles southward to Halfway Lodge. The rugged peaks of the Sundance Range loom over the eastern horizon as you following the winding historic Strom Pack Trail. We’ll stop halfway for a picnic in the fresh air of an open mountain meadow.

Tonight we’ll stay at Halfway Lodge, where weary riders have been stopping to rest since the 1920s.

Ride time: Approx 5-6 hours plus leisurely lunch

Ride distance: Approx 9 miles

Day 3

Climb Allenby Pass on horseback to 8,100 feet

Today you’ll make the thrilling climb up Allenby Pass on horseback, an elevation of 8,100 feet. For many this is the highlight of the trip, as you’ll get a breathtaking view of the jagged rock formations, the enormous amphitheatre of mountains stretching out all around you. It’s mind-boggling to imagine that Allenby Pass was a seafloor millions of years ago. If you look closely, you can still stop fossils of sea creatures visible among the rocks.

Ride time: Approx 4-6 hours plus leisurely lunch

Ride distance: Approx 3-5 miles pending time of year and trail conditions

Day 4

Rest time to enjoy the backcountry

Today is a rest day at Halfway Lodge. It’s a chance to take a breather, perhaps by sitting on the deck and listening to the birds while getting lost in the pages of a good book.
Day 5

Follow Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge

Say goodbye to the lovely staff at Halfway Lodge, it’s time to hit the winding trail along Brewster Creek to Sundance Lodge where you will sleep in the comfortable cabins.
Day 6

Return to Warner Stables

It’s your final day on the trail – a gentle 9 mile ride from Sundance back to Warner Stables. You’ll return at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of great tales from the backcountry to tell your family and friends.
Included
  • Bedding
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
The six-day tour commences at 9:30am at the Warner Stables on Thursdays and Sundays with five full days of riding (approximately 5-6 hours per day including leisurely breaks) and a rest day. The ride returns to the stables at 4:30pm on the sixth day.
The tour includes five nights accommodation at Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge with a fully catered menu (5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, and 6 lunches). All bedding is provided.
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.
Please arrive at 9:30am on the morning of your tour.
A detailed list will be provided in your booking confirmation of all items that you should bring with you, including a warm coat, rainjacket, shirts, jeans, riding boots, sneakers, gloves, a scarf, toiletries and a water bottle.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Guests will spend five nights in total at the Sundance Lodge and Halfway Lodge (including one rest day at Halfway Lodge).

Sundance Lodge is a rustic 10-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 kilometres (10 miles) from town. The lodge is powered by solar and heated by burning wood and there are indoor washrooms and heated showers onsite.

Set at the base of Allenby Pass, Halfway Lodge is a rustic cabin with propane lanterns, candles, and a woodstove to heat the cozy kitchen, dining and living areas. There are two shared outhouses and an outdoor shower onsite.

Please note that prices are based on two guests per room, but the rooms have a variety of configurations. A single supplement is available for an additional fee.

Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are not allowed, but your rain gear will travel with you on the horse and your guide will help you attach it to the saddle. If you would like to bring saddlebags please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day. Fanny packs (a small pack that ties around the waist) also work well.We have a limited supply of saddlebags for rent for $2/day, we recommend you reserve these when you make your reservation. These are available for pick up upon check-in (sorry, no earlier).
All backcountry trips are subject to a 30 day cancellation/change policy and no refunds will be given on any trip in progress. In case of unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend that all guests purchase travel, health, and cancellation insurance prior to their trip.
Gratuities are customary and very much appreciated.
Included
  • Bedding
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
  • Rates are based on double occupancy and a single room supplement is available for an additional fee.
  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 9 years or over and a maximum of 250lbs.


  • 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 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • 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 guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
Included
  • Bedding
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)

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Included
  • Bedding
  • 5x nights accommodation
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Trail fees
  • A friendly horse for every rider
MEALS
  • Fully Catered Menu
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
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