Jun-Sep
Season
Wednesday
Departs
Campsites
Lodging
3 Days
Duration
9+
Age

It is a rare experience these days to be able to completely disconnect from all of the distractions of life and get lost in the backcountry.

On this trip, you’ll venture deep into the secluded Banff backcountry and through the wilderness on horseback – walking in the steps of the First Nations and the founders of Banff National Park.

At the end of a full day of riding and exploring, you’ll bed down in well-equipped tents with plenty of rustic Old West charm. Your camp will be fully catered and you’ll dine in the big kitchen tent on delicious, hearty meals.

At night, you’ll gather around the glow of the campfire with your new friends and share songs and stories before falling asleep listening to the sounds of the forest from your classic canvas wall tent – similar to those used by the trail riders of Banff’s past.

Included
  • 2x 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 Stoney Creek Campsite

The adventure begins at Warner Stables at 8:30am. (There’s free parking at the stables and it’s fine to leave your vehicle for the duration of the tour.)  We’ll hand out the slickers and saddle bags and you will leave all of your gear with our guides. Your sleeping bag and pillow should be packed in a soft sided bag (the traditional “duffel” style of cowboy packing.)

A separate team of horses will safely deliver your belongings to the camp for you so that you can ride unencumbered. When you arrive, your “duffel” will be waiting for you so that you can grab it and settle into your tent. Be sure to check the “What to Bring” section of our website when packing your bag.

Once you’ve met your friendly guide and the trusty horse we’ve specially chosen for you, then you’ll mount up for the 13 mile ride through the stunning scenery of Elk Lake Summit. We will take you by van to the very fringe of the front country, the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay. This is the launching point to heading completely off the beaten track into Banff’s wildest places that most tourists will not get to see. The climb to Elk Lake Summit is jaw-dropping, you’ll be wide-eyed with awe at the larger-than-life mountains with their jagged edges piercing the sky.

One of the aspects of these tours that guests often rave about is the connection they forge with their hooved companions. At the end of the trip, you’ll have a new four legged best friend. You’ll learn to “trust your horse” (a Banff Trail Riders catchphrase) as these sure-footed beasts carry you safely down even the most difficult backcountry trails.

You’ll pass through the cool, craggy peaks of Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain, then head down into Stoney Creek Camp (stopping for lunch at Elk Pass Summit along the way). This historic camp was named by the First Nations people and is deeply historically and culturally significant. It’s only day one and you’re already more deeply immersed in the backcountry than most Banff visitors will ever get.

Life at camp is simple, yet comfortable. It is a rustic, yet well-equipped camp that is shadowed by the jagged peaks of the Palliser Mountain Range and you’ll always be able to hear the gentle murmuring of the nearby creek.

We will cook up a feast of hearty, homemade cowboy cuisine and gather around in the main kitchen tent, which acts as the communal hub of the camp. In the evening, we will gather around a crackling fire to watch the stars and share stories. Then, it’s time to curl up in your sleeping bag in your canvas tent with cot, heater and thermarest and get some sleep – the adventure has only just begun.

Day 2

Ride and picnic at the Stoney Creek headwaters

Stoney Creek camp is the jumping off point for many different rides into the backcountry, each more spectacular than the last. You will be traveling along the trails that were once used by the wardens to patrol the boundaries of Banff National Park, the true outskirts of the Canadian wilderness. Your guide will create a customized ride for your group today, tailored to your interests and experience. This ensures that your adventure is a bespoke, VIP experience that is just right for you.

There’s no feeling quite like being deep in the Canadian wilderness like this. No matter which direction you headed in, you could wander for miles in pristine, unspoiled wilderness without seeing another building, person or trace of human civilisation. It gives you a sense of the immense scale and power of nature in the Rocky Mountains.

A cowboy trail lunch will be served along the way, so you can sit and enjoy while admiring the mountain views. After a full day of exploring, you’ll arrive back at Stoney Creek Camp to settle back into your comfortable, familiar heated tent for the night – after another tasty camp dinner.

Day 3

Return to Warner Stables

Arise early and say goodbye to your pristine backcountry surroundings – it’s time to head back into Banff and rejoin civilisation. Most of our guests are reluctant to leave the isolated, tranquil beauty of this off-the-beaten-track spot.

Unfortunately, every adventure has to come to an end. We’ll top off this trip with a thrilling 8 mile ride from Stoney Creek Camp to the Minnewanka Pack Station, stopping for lunch by the riverside along the way.

It’s time to say goodbye to your guide, your new friends and your horse. (Many guests say that the bond they formed with these gentle animal companions was something they will never forget!)

You’ll have plenty of wild Banff backcountry stories to tell and you will have earned the bragging rights to say that you spent 3 days deep in the Canadian Rockies. The shuttle will be waiting to take you back to Warner Stables for approximately 5pm, where you’ll say goodbye to the new friends with whom you shared this unforgettable adventure into the wild.

Included
  • 2x 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 three-day tour commences at 8:30am at the Warner Stables on Wednesdays. The ride returns to the stables at 5pm on Fridays.
The tour includes two nights accommodation at Stoney Camp and a fully catered menu.
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 8:30am 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, but you can also take a look at the list of items here.
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.
Each campsite has six A-frame canvas tents set on a raised wooden platform. Each tent has two single cots and a stove. All camps are fully catered and include live-in cooks, who all love to show off their backcountry culinary skills. Gather inside the big kitchen tent to dine on succulent steak or chicken. There’s plenty of table space inside too, including room for card games when the sun goes down.

Each campsite is surrounded by an electric fence that keeps curious critters out and there are meticulously cleaned outhouses. Crystal clear water is supplied by nearby glacial streams, which is then filtered for drinking.

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 available free of charge which 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
  • 2x 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 backcountry 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 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 guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
Included
  • 2x 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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