If you want to explore the backcountry in comfort, consider a multi-day lodge vacation.

You get to travel on horseback along a historic pack trail that winds through the craggy Sundance Range, venturing to places most Banff visitors never get to see.

And at the end of each vista-filled day, you can unwind at a comfortable backcountry lodge.

Lodge Vacations are perfect for:

  • Those with at least basic horseback riding experience
  • People who love the outdoors – but want to spend evenings in rustic comfort
  • 1 – 5 nights, depending on the package
Banff Horseback Pack Trips with Banff Trail Riders

Sundance Overnight Lodge – 1 Night

Want to experience the unspoiled wilderness of Banff on horseback, but don’t have a lot of time to do it in? Then this 2-day overnight trip is perfect for you. Meander along a trail that takes you to the tranquil Bow River. Relax and enjoy a cowboy coffee by campfire along the way before arriving at Sundance Lodge, secluded but just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from town. At night, relax on the porch or linger near the crackling fireplace and watch the starry night. The Sundance Overnight trip for perfect for ages, families or groups of friends because anyone can do it. Plus, the journey overall is surprisingly comfortable.
per person
May-Oct
Saturday
Lodge
Sundance Explorer Backcountry Lodge Horseback Ride in Banff, Canadian Rockies with Banff Trail Riders

Sundance Lodge Explorer – 2 Nights

Rugged mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife. And when the sun sets, you’ll be relaxing in pure backcountry comfort. Cowboy style. This adventure takes you along the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, one of the best spots in Banff to spot elk, deer or even moose roaming along the shores. Follow the historic Erling Strom Trail, travelled by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s, while taking in awe-evoking views of the Sundance mountain range. At night, the cozy Sundance Lodge gives you a surprisingly comfortable spot to rest your head. Snuggle by the fire, devour gourmet backcountry cuisine and swap tales about the day’s adventures with your fellow riders.
per person
May-Oct
Monday
Lodge
Canadian Rockies Horseback Rides with Banff Trail Riders

Erling Strom Trail Lodge – 3 Nights

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West, tracing the paths that the early pioneers used while exploring these untamed forests. On this trip you will follow the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s. Amidst dense fragrant pines and snow-crested mountains that pierce the sky, you’ll get to experience the wild side of Banff that not many visitors get to see. Remote and without any internet or cell service, the backcountry lodges where you will be staying offer a chance to find peaceful quiet and reconnect with friends and loved ones over a crackling campfire. With a backcountry expert to guide you, this horseback experience is a chance to learn about the history of early exploration in the region. With four days to wander and discover Canada’s oldest
per person
Jun-Sep
Wednesday
Lodge
Banff Horseback Pack Trips with Banff Trail Riders

Halfway Lodge – 5 Nights

The ultimate backcountry trip, few folks ever get to experience a place like this. Sky-piercing mountains stretch out across the landscape, their peaks crusted with ice and snow. The air is cool and fresh. And best of all, there’s an almost zen-like quiet out here. This is just another day on the trail when you go on our 6-day Halfway Lodge horseback adventure. You’ll pass by the shimmering waters of the Bow River, travel along a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass, where jagged rock formations line the route. And although you do climb to an elevation of 8,100 feet on this trip, the terrain is gentle for the entire way. And for all the rugged scenery you’ll get to gaze at on this trek, the adventure itself is far from ‘roughing it.’ Unwind in rustic
per person
Jun-Sep
Thursday, Sunday
Lodge
Skiers at Sundance Lodge in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Ski and Stay Sundance Lodge

For those seeking a remote getaway from the norm, Sundance Lodge is the perfect retreat! Powered by solar power and kept warm by wood heat, this cozy lodge adds a touch of home to the backcountry. Sitting on a gentle bend of Brewster Creek with the massive Sundance Range as a backdrop, this lodge is one you soon won’t forget. The lodge has 10 sleeping rooms (with a maximum capacity of 34), a large country kitchen, and a cozy living room area where you can curl up by the wood burning fireplace and lose yourself in a good book. And after a day spent hiking or skiing in the fresh mountain air, you’ll appreciate an added comfort – hot showers! Mealtime is always an event – you’ll delight in hearty, home-cooked meals and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods – no one
per person
Dec-Mar
2:00pm
Overnight
Sundance Lodge Winter Log Cabin in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Rent A Log Cabin

For a getaway your group won’t soon forget – the entire lodge to yourself. This program allows up to 26 – family, friends, corporations, weddings and other special interest groups to enjoy Sundance Lodge to themselves. All guest rooms, lounge, dining and amenities are yours exclusively. Sundance Lodge offers backcountry comfort and complete privacy and guests can choose from a gentle 10km (6.2 miles) or 16km (10 miles) cross country ski, snowshoe or bike in to the lodge. Please note that skiing is dependent on snow conditions. The massive log cabin is built with locally harvested timber and features indoor washrooms and heated showers. Sundance Lodge welcomes those in search of a uniquely quintessential Canadian log cabin experience. Not a large group, looking for exclusive use? Visit our Sundance Lodge Winter Stay page.
per person
Dec-Mar
2:00pm
Overnight