Horseback Riding in Banff National Park
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Experiencing the Canadian Rockies on horseback takes you back to the era of Banff's early explorers. One-hour, half-day, full-day, and multiday guided trips within the park are offered by several outfitters. Make your reservations well in advance, especially during the peak summer months and for multiday journeys. Hourly rides start at $34 per person. Short-term boarding is available in Canmore and a few other communities outside Banff.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Brewster Adventures. Experience the "cowboy way of life" by moving cattle and doing chores on overnight mountain pack tours with Brewster Adventures, a Banff company that also has daily summer trail rides to the Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Agnes Tea House, Paradise Valley, and the Giant Steps. In the winter, sleigh rides are available at Brewster's Lake Louise Stable, which is near the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. 403/762–5454 or 800/691–5085. www.brewsteradventures.com.
Holiday on Horseback. Banff-based Holiday on Horseback arranges hourly or daily rides, as well as lessons and multiday backcountry trips. The company operates out of three different locations in Banff (the main stable is located at the Fairmont Banff Springs). It also offers carriage rides in summer and sleigh rides in winter. 132 Banff Ave., Banff, AB, T1L 1C1. 403/762–4551 or 800/661–8352. www.horseback.com.
Outpost at Warden Rock. Multiday all-inclusive horseback, stagecoach, and bring-your-own horse holidays can be had at the Outpost at Warden Rock. The outpost is open mid-May to mid-October and is located 50 miles north of Banff. 403/762–2767 or 877/762–2767. www.outpostatwardenrock.com.
Timberline Tours. Trail rides ranging from 10 minutes to 10 days can be arranged with Timberline Tours. Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0. 403/522–3743 or 888/858–3388. www.timberlinetours.ca.
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