SUMMER – TRAIL RIDES

Our age limit for riders is 8 years old, no younger! Anyone who is 15 years old or under must have someone who is 18 years or older with them.
Our weight limit is 250lbs per rider.

At Banff Trail Riders we would love to have everyone experience our trail rides! Customer safety and horse welfare are our top priorities and as such there are some circumstances where we may be unable to take guests on our trail rides or into the back country.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss these with you.


Guests are not allowed to ride double on one horse.

Pregnant ladies must have a doctor’s note to ride.

Yes, reservations are recommended for all trail rides and are required for trail rides longer than 3 hours and Cookouts.

All of our rides travel at a walk and in single file. This is to ensure everyone’s safety on these shared trails.

Guests should arrive at the location 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.

Long pants and close toed shoes are best for riding.

Yes, helmets are provided and are mandatory on all our trail rides.

We use western tack and western trained horses.

No experience necessary. Our guides will provide a brief riding instruction.

 

SUMMER – PACK TRIP VACATIONS

Our weight limit is 250lbs per rider.
Our minimum age for this activity is 9 years old.

No experience is necessary. Our guides will provide a brief riding instruction.

At Banff Trail Riders we would love to have everyone experience our trail rides! Customer safety and horse welfare are our top priorities and as such there are some circumstances where we may be unable to take guests on our trail rides or into the back country.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss these with you.


You’ll be riding 5-6 hours each day with breaks and leisurely lunches

We have guest parking at Warner Stables. Please be aware the parking lots are not locked or guarded. Any valuables can be stored at the Trail Rider Store.

Biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. We do supply toilet paper and hand soap at the lodge. Please note there is no electricity at the lodge.

The lodge is licensed and so under Alberta law we cannot allow self brought alcohol to be consumed. We do have alcohol for sale at reasonable prices.

You will lose phone reception approximately half way to the lodge. There is no cell service or internet at the lodge.

  • A warm coat — Essential to ward off chilly nights or a windy day. Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or a fleece jacket.
  • Rain gear — A raincoat and rain pants, and if possible, coverings for your boots and hat. Please DO NOT bring rain ponchos, they flap in the wind and spook the horses. If you have one, we recommend an oilskin slicker. We have a limited supply of full-length oilskin slickers for rent for $7/day. If you are interested in this service, please book early. Slickers are available for pick up upon check in.
  • Shirts — 2 Sweatshirts, 1 long-sleeve shirt (turtleneck if you prefer) and 2 T-shirts. Adjust according to the length of your trip.
  • Jeans — We suggest one pair for riding in during the day and another pair for wearing around camp. Two pairs of jeans are all you should need on any of our trips. Also important is a pair of long underwear for chilly nights.
  • Riding boots — A boot with a heel that can easily slip in and out of stirrups. Alternatives would be a narrow style of hiking boot or solid sneaker. For safety reasons, clunky hiking boots are not recommended. Plastic bags inside your boots can help to keep your feet dry on rainy days.
  • Sneakers — or an extra pair of shoes for wearing around the lodge, and a pair of slippers or indoor shoes to wear inside the lodge. An extra pair of dry socks is also recommended.
  • Gloves and a scarf — Lined leather or suede gloves provide protection from the elements and a sure grip on the reins (bring two pair just in case one gets wet). A silk or cotton scarf/bandana is recommended for extra warmth.
  • Water bottle — for refreshment while you are riding.
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 (we don’t supply them), please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, your camera, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. We reserve the right to limit the amount of gear in the saddlebags for weight. Fanny packs (a small pack that ties around the waist) also work well. Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are NOT allowed — they are hard on your back and hard on the horse’s back, and do not tie properly to the saddle. 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).

From 9am at the Warner Stables.

Nightly accommodation, dinner, breakfast and packed trail lunch. All bedding is provided.

We do not have private rooms however a whole room can be booked at an additional cost.

A detailed list will be provided in your booking confirmation, and is also available here.

A detailed list will be provided in your booking confirmation, and is also available here.

 

WINTER – SLEIGH RIDES

There are no age restrictions for the public sleigh ride and children under 3 are free. However on the public sleigh ride children under 3 are not guaranteed a seat (they may have to sit on your lap). Unfortunately children or babies aren’t allowed on the private sleigh ride has liquor is provided.
We do not offer pick ups for the sleigh rides, however the location of the sleigh rides is conveniently located close to downtown Banff.

We recommend that everyone dresses warm with mitts, hats and boots. You are outside in the cold for 45 minutes so be sure to have multiple layers and a thick winter jacket.

You are provided with a blanket, but if you are concerned about being cold you can bring one along for yourself as well.

Unfortunately you are not able to bring your animals on this tour as it may scare the horses.

There are two different public sleigh sizes, a 12 seater and 18 seater. The sleigh may or may not be full on your tour.

 

WINTER – SUNDANCE LODGE VACATIONS

From 9am at the Trail Rider Store, 132 Banff Ave.
We have guest parking at Warner Stables. Please be aware the parking lots are not locked or guarded. Any valuable can be stored at the Trail Rider Store.

The 16km will take 2.5 to 4 hours depending on experience level.

Nightly accommodation, dinner, breakfast and packed trail lunch. All bedding is provided.

Active wear suitable for skiing. Layers are best, warm base layers, top layers and outerwear suitable for the temperature and weather. Comfortable clothing for inside the lodge and a backpack to carry belongings. We would also recommend a flashlight, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera (charged).

Biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. We do supply toilet paper and hand soap at the lodge. Please note there is no electricity at the lodge.

The lodge is licensed and so under Alberta law we cannot allow self brought alcohol to be consumed. We do have alcohol for sale at reasonable prices.

You will lose phone reception approximately half way to the lodge. There is no cell service or internet at the lodge.