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.

At the end of a full day of riding and exploring, you’ll bed down in well-equipped camps 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

Check in with your fellow riders at Warner Stables. You’ll be transport by van to the corral at the Mount Norquay trailhead, where you will meet your friendly guide. You’ll also meet the horse we have chosen for you based on your riding experience.  Your horse can be trusted to carry you steadily down even the roughest backcountry trails.

You’ll jump into the saddle for the 13 mile Elk Lake Summit ride, through the craggy rock formations of Cascade and Brewster Mountains. We will stop for lunch at Elk Pass Summit, then keep trekking deeper into the wild, heading down into Stoney Creek Campsite.

This rustic yet well-equipped camp is shadowed by the jagged peaks of the Palliser Mountain Range and you can always hear the gentle murmuring of the nearby creek.

Day 2

Ride and picnic at the Stoney Creek headwaters

Saddle up for a thrilling ride to the headwaters of Stoney Creek, with a stop for a creekside picnic. We will head back to Stoney Creek Camp for the night.
Day 3

Return to Warner Stales

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 be picked up via shuttle at Minnewanka Pack Station and return to Warner Stables at approximately 5 pm, with a happy smile and many great Banff backcountry stories to tell.

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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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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