May-Oct
Season
9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm
Departure Time
2 Hours
Duration
8+
Age

This wilderness adventure offers riders the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect with nature – in true western form.

You’ll explore stunning sections of wilderness on this two-hour trip, providing a chance to spot wildlife that you might not get to see while on foot. Plus, our friendly, experienced guides will teach you a few cowboy tricks along the way.

Pass by natural sulphur hot springs as you make your way to one of Banff’s national historic sites: the Cave and Basin. Trek along the tranquil Bow River and take in magnificent views of the Bow Valley before pressing through thick marshes as you climb Sulphur Mountain.

You’ll then continue up to Windy Knoll where you can take striking photos of the sweeping landscape.

Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

Kim's Pick

"Not knowing what wildlife we’ll find on top of the Windy Knoll makes for an exciting ride each time." - Kim , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.
3

Sulphur Mountain and Windy Knoll

Climb Sulphur Mountain and then trot up to the Windy Knoll where you can take striking photos of the sweeping landscape.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

Kim's Pick

"Not knowing what wildlife we’ll find on top of the Windy Knoll makes for an exciting ride each time." - Kim , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders

The tour is a two hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a two-hour horseback ride along the Bow River, past the historic Cave and Basin site and up Sulphur Mountain to Windy Knoll. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
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 ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear close toed shoes and long pants are best for riding. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellant is highly recommended.
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 cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Gratuities are customary and very much appreciated.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

Kim's Pick

"Not knowing what wildlife we’ll find on top of the Windy Knoll makes for an exciting ride each time." - Kim , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders

  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 years or over and a maximum of 250lbs.

 Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our 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 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.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

Kim's Pick

"Not knowing what wildlife we’ll find on top of the Windy Knoll makes for an exciting ride each time." - Kim , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders

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Included
  • A friendly horse for every rider
  • Lead and tail guides for your ride
  • Basic horseback riding instruction
  • Helmet
Transport Options
  • Meet at Warner Stables (Banff)
Guide Quote

Kim's Pick

"Not knowing what wildlife we’ll find on top of the Windy Knoll makes for an exciting ride each time." - Kim , Trail Guide, Banff Trail Riders

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