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If there are two things Alberta knows best it’s cowboy culture, and steak. Renowned for its ‘Alberta Beef’, the province has made a name for itself with its award-winning beef, farming techniques, and of course the culture that comes with it. There’s no better way to experience both a cowboy BBQ cookout and trail ride or wagon ride in Banff than by joining us for a cowboy cookout.

Trotting beside the very river that has sculpted and shaped the Bow Valley since the last ice age is a powerful thing. This is the Banff Trail Riders’ Bow River Ride. The one hour ride is our most popular adventure, and also our most accessible one, and it’s found right at our doorstep.

Ever wondered where the Banff Trail Rider horses spend winter? It’s a pretty sweet gig – work six months of the year, then run free, eat, and hang with your buds for the other 6 months. At the end of the summer season, we transport our 300+ horses back to our full-section of land (640 acres) where they get their shoes taken off and roam free in the wide-open Alberta foothills. While they’re out here, they get care and attention under the watchful eyes of Tyler Ritchie.

Love the idea of a horseback riding trip in Banff but you have no horse-riding experience? Don’t sweat it. While getting in the saddle for the first time can be a little nerve wracking, it’s not as difficult as you might think. It won’t take you long to get the hang of it and by the end of thee day, you’ll start to relax and enjoy the ride. Take a read through some important tips from horseback riding experts to keep in mind for your first backcountry trip.

The best way to camp in Banff’s backcountry is on a summer horseback tent trip where you can see the best of the off-the-grid, wild, and remote locations without sacrificing luxury. Camp in backcountry style with heated tents, an on-site chef and professional guides away from other campers, sounds, and cell service.

Some might say that the key to a great group getaway is a place just to yourselves, activities for all ages, and might involve a good old’ guitar around the campfire.
Others are looking to sleep late in Egyptian cotton sheets, spend the day by the fire with a good book, and play intense card and board games into the night. But everyone can agree you need great food!

The connection with Erling Strom at Banff Trail Riders meet with curiosity and convenience. Both curious about what was out there to explore and show guests, and both keen to provide convenience for guests on trips.

Banff’s closest backcountry lodge is accessed by three unique ways in winter and the best part is all can be done with no previous experience! In this article we’ll give you the advice you need to know on routes to the lodge, three different winter methods of transporting yourself there, and a great backcountry map app to track progress via your smartphone.

Cowboys and cowgirls have long had a culture that has captivated visitors to Banff National Park. The usual image of taming, trailblazing, and settling lands may somewhat be a thing of the past, but the welcoming and personable guides in western wear is very much the experience guests can expect

There are some truly breathtaking images that can be captured when you venture deep into the Banff backcountry on a horse. Rugged mountain scenery, lush wilderness and an authentic Old West atmosphere – all these elements offer fantastic fodder for photographs. We’ve collected some of the most enthralling pictures that

If you’ve never been on horseback before, you can feel a bit out of your element when you get up on the saddle for the first time. Suddenly you are high above the ground, astride a leather seat perched on a living, breathing animal. You’re not too sure how to

The Banff backcountry is simply stunning – the kind of natural beauty that makes you fall silent with awe. However, many people don’t venture deep into the wilderness. They don’t get to see the way the setting sun turns the mountain-tops to gold. They don’t experience the hushed reverence of

Banff Trail Riders offers a rare travel experience – they are one of the few outfitters in Canada to offer lodge-to-lodge horseback riding trips. And on these adventures, you ride horses deep into the wilderness and stay at remote lodges overnight. Lodges that are much more comfortable than tents, which

Why not take advantage of the weak Canadian Dollar and visit your northern neighbours this year? As I write this, one American dollar equals one Canadian dollar and thirty four cents. That means — if you’re spending U.S. dollars — you’ll get 34% more for your money when you travel to

When travellers rave about Banff backcountry trail rides, they often mention the beautiful scenery, the relaxing lodge and the hearty food. However, what really makes the horseback trip memorable is the interaction with the horses. “There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” –

Discover why the Banff Backcountry is the best place to try horseback riding. Let’s face it, riding a horse for the first time can be pretty intimidating. After all, these hooved beasts are absolutely enormous!  And if you don’t know how to control the horse and have never been in

Ask Jolene Brewster about the Alberta Rockies and her eyes immediately light up. After all, this place is in her blood. Jolene is part of a long line of Albertans passionate about the Western lifestyle. Her father still goes hunting in the mountains every year and her grandfather used to

Meet Oliver! A favourite mule among the packers, Oliver has learned a lot since joining the team at Banff Trail Riders. He used to be a mule with a swift kick and excellent aim but now he is mellow and happy doing his job: carrying grain to our lodge side