Our trails guides need to have more than just equestrian experience – they must be friendly, warm and clever enough to deal with the unexpected.

When bringing new cowboys and cowgirls into the fold, we also make sure they know how to work with both new and experienced riders. If needed, they’ll show you how to ride and will help you out during the trip.

Michael Trail Guide with Banff Trail Riders

Mike Beerwald

Guide, Teamater and Backcountry guide

Origin: Ardrossan, Alberta
How long have you worked here? Since 2014
Favorite location on the trail? Cuthead Lake and Halfway Lodge
Favorite 4-legged employee? Rocky and Sweet Pea
Standout moment you will never forget? The cougar that trotted past me at Healy Creek when I was packing up for a run to Sundance.

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Oliver Dobson

Carriage & Wagon Manager

Origin: Watford, UK
How long have you worked here? Collectively, I’ve worked here for 5+ years
Favorite location on the trail? The 15 minute downtown carriage ride! (of course)
Favorite 4-legged employee? Crockett
Standout moment you will never forget? Unintentionally herding hundreds of elk with a horse drawn sleigh.

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Julie Canning

Cowgirl and Operating Partner

Origin: Canada
How long have you worked here? Lived and worked in Banff for over 15 years
Favorite location on the trail? Route on the way to Flint’s Camp
Favorite 4-legged employee? Norquay
Standout moment you will never forget? Watching the shooting stars from the porch at Halfway Lodge.

Alyson Back of Horse Foreman with Banff Trail Riders

Alyson McFarlane

Back of House & HR Manager

Origin: Ontario
How long have you worked here? 5 years
Favorite location on the trail? Anywhere along the Bow River
Favorite 4-legged employee? Baldy
Standout moment you will never forget? Scaring away curious bears from 3 Mile Cabin.

Jonathan Welsh

Jonathan Welsh

Operating Partner & Cowboy in Training

Origin: UK
How long have you worked here? Lived and worked in Banff for over 23 years
Favorite location on the trail? Halfway Lodge front deck
Favorite 4-legged employee? Wilson
Standout moment you will never forget? First ride into Flints Camp.

Erica Woolsey

Erica Woolsey

Backcountry Lodge Manager

Origin: Ottawa
How long have you worked here? Since 2019
Favorite location on the trail? Flint Camp
Favorite 4-legged employees? Bugsy (mule)
Standout moment you will never forget? Seeing a bear at flints camp.

Amanda Office Manager and Store Manager with Banff Trail Riders

Amanda Markey

Office Manager

Origin: Woodstock, NB
How long have you worked here? Since April 2008
Favorite location on the trail? 40 Mile Summit
Favorite 4-legged employees? Tucker
Standout moment you will never forget? Riding in the Cascade Valley in the most spectacular thunderstorm.

Grace Cowie

Grace Cowie

Front Country Manager

Origin: Water Valley, Alberta
How long have you worked here? Since 2017
Favorite location on the trail? Waterfall near Flints Park
Favorite 4-legged employee? Spanky
Standout moment you will never forget? Seeing three wolves on the sleigh trail.

Matthias Roesch

Matthias Roesch

Ranch Manager

Origin: Seebarn, Bavaria, Germany
How long have you worked here? Since 2018
Favorite location on the trail? Allenby Pass
Favorite 4-legged employee? Nubbs
Standout moment you will never forget? Running into a cougar on the trail during a supply run between halfway and sundance.

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Trish McCambley

Retail Store Expert

Origin: Ireland
How long have you worked here? 4 Years
Favorite location on the trail? Sundance Lodge
Favorite 4-legged employee? Spider
Standout moment you will never forget? Going on a 2-day trip to Sundance Lodge
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Brooklyn McHale

Backcountry Guide & Carriage Driver

Origin: Kingston, Ontario
How long have you worked here? Since 2019
Favorite location on the trail? Top of Allenby
Favorite 4-legged employees? Ringo
Standout moment you will never forget? Witnessing a baby elk be born and bringing horses over to corrals

Sara Whittaker

Sara Whittaker

Backcountry Guide

Origin: Halifax, NS
How long have you worked here? Since 2021
Favorite location on the trail? The ride from Sundance to Halfway
Favorite 4-legged employees? Dawson and Pearl
Standout moment you will never forget? Seeing Allenby Pass for the first time

Jamison Ahrens

Jamison Ahrens

Backcountry Guide

Origin: Melbourne, Australia
How long have you worked here? Since 2022
Favorite location on the trail? The wardens cabin on the way to Halfway, best photo spot in Banff
Favorite 4-legged employee? Gunner & Bugsy
Standout moment you will never forget? Meeting a curious grizzly bear on our way to Sundance and navigating around it – got this little Aussie’s heart pumping!

Gus Qualtrough

Gus Qualtrough

Farrier

Origin: Ontario
How long have you worked here? Since 2021
Favorite location on the trail? Sundance Lodge
Favorite 4-legged employee? Ned
Standout moment you will never forget? First ride on Lakota

Mark McKay

Mark Mckay

Wrangler, Packer and Leather smith

Origin: Northern Ireland
How long have you worked here? Since 2019
Favorite location on the trail? Look out between Sundance and Halfway
Favorite 4-legged employee? Tin and Bubba (mule)
Standout moment you will never forget? Having bears and other wildlife pass close and through the camps. Endless wildlife encounters