8yrs+, 230lbs limit
Riders
Jun-Oct
Season

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, ride an open-air chairlift to 7,000′ and soak in mineral hot springs.

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride (various times available)

Take Banff’s most popular horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin, the birthplace of Banff National Park where craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.

Included: Banff Sightseeing Chairlift (open ticket)

Take an 8-minute open-air chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley. At the top, relax over a meal at the Cliffhouse Bistro or stroll along the interpretive walkway to fully enjoy the views while keeping your eyes out for bighorn sheep.

Included: Banff Upper Hot Springs (open ticket)

Soak in the soothing, thermal waters at Canada’s highest operating hot springs where travellers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century, while looking out at famous Mt Rundle.

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Bow River Ride 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.

The best parts of the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift for most people include the following:

1

Ride to 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay

Take a scenic eight-minute ride into the sky in an open-air chairlift as you pass over natural grizzly and black bear habitat while experiencing breathtaking views of the iconic Mt Rundle.
2

Mountain top dining and facilities

Enjoy incredible views of the iconic Mt. Rundle and Bow Valley while dining at 7,000ft overlooking the town of Banff at the Cliffhouse Bistro, or from the viewing boardwalk and sightseeing platform. Guests can also take advantage of the hiking trails or cabled mountain climbing at the Via Ferrata.

The best parts of the Banff Upper Hot Springs for most people include the following:

1

Highest operating hot spring in Canada

Soak in the steamy hot mineral water at 1,585 meters of elevation (5,200 feet).
2

Amenities and views

The Banff Upper Hot Springs has all the amenities of a modern facility in a splendid historic spa and bath house – set against a backdrop of Banff National Park’s spectacular alpine scenery.
The tour is a one hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin site. 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 Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. 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 sturdy, closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent 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 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
The North American Lodge at Mount Norquay is located on Mt Norquay Road in Banff, only a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation and there is ample car parking available. Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus that runs hourly from Banff.

The free shuttle bus runs throughout the day from Banff with several pick-up locations.

Free Shuttle Bus Schedule (Valid from June 11 to October 9 2022)

Location Times
Train Station Info Centre 07:55 08:50 09:50 10:50 11:50 12:50 13:50 14:50 15:50 16:50 17:50 18:35
Mt Royal Parking Lot 07:57 08:52 09:52 10:52 11:52 12:52 13:52 14:52 15:52 16:52 17:52
Banff Park Lodge (Opposite) 08:00 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55 16:55 17:55
ARRIVES AT NORQUAY 08:10 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10 17:10 18:10
RETURN TO BANFF 09:35 10:35 11:35 12:35 13:35 14:35 15:35 16:35 17:20 18:20 19:10
During the summer, the chairlift runs from 9am to 7pm, with the last ride down at 7:30pm. In the fall, the chairlift runs from 10am to 6pm, with the last ride down at 6:30pm. Please refer to your booking confirmation for seasonal operating hours.
During the summer, the chairlift runs from 9am to 7pm, with the last ride down at 7:30pm. In the fall, the chairlift runs from 10am to 6pm, with the last ride down at 6:30pm. Please refer to your booking confirmation for seasonal operating hours.
The chairlift ride is approximately eight minutes each way. Plenty of time to spot some wildlife!
Unlike an enclosed Gondola, an open-air chairlift allows you to ride up the mountain with your legs dangling freely below you. Each chair is outfitted with a safety bar so you aren’t in any danger of falling out.
Jaw dropping vistas, high-alpine dining in an avalanche proof restaurant, Cliffhouse Bistro, hand carved into the side of the mountain, breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley, mountain climbing on the Via Ferrata, an interpretive walkway, and bighorn sheep.
There are two main trails from the Mt Norquay main car park.

Stoney Squaw Mountain
Distance: 4.2 km return
Elevation Gain: 190m
Time Required: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike through a beautiful lodgepole pine and spruce tree forest for a unique view of Cascade Mountain, and peaks of the Fairholme Range. During the ascent, hikers will enjoy unique views of Banff, Vermilion Lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. This trail is also popular for mountain biking.

Cascade Amphitheatre
Distance: 15.4 km return
Elevation Gain: 640m
Time Required: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
The hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, and then zigzags its way through the dense forest to Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, impressively enclosed by limestone cliffs, keep your eyes out for wildflowers.

This is a non-refundable ticket once purchased, and is valid for the current operating season it is purchased in.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are located on Sulphur Mountain, near the Banff Gondola, just a 5 minute drive from downtown Banff. There is limited parking onsite, or guests can take ROAM, Banff’s regional bus service.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs features a hot soaking pool (39 °C) with a spectacular view of Rundle Mountain, change rooms with one-time use lockers, a gift shop and a cafe.  Towels and swimsuits available for rent.
Please note that tickets are open dated and non-refundable.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • The minimum age is 8 years.
  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders aged 17 and under must be accompanied on the ride by a legal guardian.
  • Riders must weigh less than 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales).
  • Riders must wear fully enclosed shoes (no heels).
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English.
  • Riders must be in good physical condition.
  • Helmets are mandatory and to be worn by all riders.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the ride. A waiver must also be completed by the legal guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the chairlift.
  • The maximum combined weight is 226kg (500lbs) per chair.
Sightsee over Banff from the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
Meet at Warner Stables for your horseback ride
Take a guided Banff horseback ride with your friendly guide with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided one hour Bow River horseback ride with Banff Trail Riders in the Canadian Rockies
Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
The open-air chairlift at Mount Norquay are very safe
See views over the Bow Valley on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
Mountain dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift
Banff hot springs at sunset
Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff, Canadian Rockies
Visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs for a relaxing soak