Halfway Lodge 5 Night Horseback Trip

By Banff Trail Riders

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.
This adventure is far from ‘roughing it!

What you can expect

Riders meet 30 mins prior to scheduled departure time at Warner Stables. For those with a vehicle, free parking is available at the stables for the duration of the trip. Here you will meet your fellow riders and your guides for your trip. Slickers and saddle bags will be handed out if required and you will have time to organize your gear and ask any questions you may have. Your guides will then introduce you to your horses which have been specifically picked for you. Once you are comfortable you will mount up for the ten mile ride to Sundance Lodge via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy and Brewster Creeks. Half way to the lodge you will stop and enjoy a hot lunch by the Bow River. After lunch we will continue along the trail into Sundance Lodge. Your lodge host awaits you. Settle into your room and freshen up, then join your fellow riders around the fire or on the deck to swop stories of your ride in.

Day 2

The adventure continues southward with a ride up to Halfway Lodge. The trail winds along the historic Storm pack trail with the rugged Sundance Range dominating the eastern horizon.

Day 3

Rider’s mount up with camera’s armed for the day ride up Allenby Pass, for many this is the highlight of the trip as you climb to an elevation of 8,100 ft!

Day 4

This day offers guests an optional rest day or hike or short ride to a glacier fed lake.

Day 5

After a warm good-bye to the cook and Halfway, the winding trail leads back along the Brewster creek to Sundance Lodge.

Day 6

The gang gets together for one last day on the trail, a “soft” ten-mile ride from Sundance to Warner Stables, arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m. The adventure has come to a close, but the magic of your holiday will linger on to be relived and shared.

Highlights

  • Delicious backcountry cuisine from our large country kitchen
  • Riding speed is kept at a walking pace in order to take full advantage of the scenery and wildlife viewing
  • Ride to Sundance Lodge via the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy and Brewster Creeks
  • Climb to an elevation of 8,100 ft
  • Unwind in rustic luxury at the spacious Sundance Lodge and later at the cozy Halfway Lodge
  • Comfortable beds and crackling fires

To-bring

  • Saddlebags, rain gear and other essentials that you will need during the day (camera, sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, extra sweater, water bottle, etc) that you are taking on your horse with you are not included in the 30lb weight restriction.
  • Warm coat - Essential to ward off chilly nights or a windy day. Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or fleece jacket.
  • Rain gear - A rain coat 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 available. These are available for pick up upon check in based on a first come first served basis.
  • Clothing that is easily layered works the best.
  • Shirts - Long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.
  • Jeans - A cowboy classic
  • 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. Water (rain) resistant boots are recommended.
  • Sneakers - Or an extra pair of shoes for wearing inside the lodge, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.
  • Toiletries - Towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. We Supply Toilet Paper and Hand Soap.
  • Hat - A cowboy hat offers the most protection from the elements. Baseball caps or canvas-type hats are also fine. Please ensure that your hat fits snug or ties on and will not blow off in the wind. Chin straps are recommended.
  • Gloves - 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).
  • Scarf - A silk or cotton scarf is recommended for extra warmth.
  • Suncreen - Sunglasses and mosquito repellent.
  • Your camera - Extra batteries.
  • Flashlight - Remember to check your batteries!
  • Liquor - Sundance Lodge has a liquor licence. Guests can purchase Wine and Beer from the cooks. Please bring your credit card with you.
  • Cellular phones do not work in the areas you will be riding, so leave them somewhere safe. If you will be using the camera on your phone, please note there is no charging station in the backcountry.
  • Saddlebags - You are welcome to bring your own; please fill them with only essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, your camera, sunscreen, etc. We reserve the right to limit the amount of gear in the saddlebags for weight. 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.

PLEASE NOTE - Complete details about your activity, including exact location, what to bring, cancellation policies and arrival information will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.

Driving directions

  • From the Trans Canada Highway drive along Banff Avenue to Downtown. Continue south along Banff Avenue to the Bow River Bridge, and drive across. As soon as you cross the bridge, turn right onto Cave Avenue and drive for 700ms, next turn right onto Sundance Road. The Warner Stables is the big red stables at the end of Sundance Road. There is plenty of free parking at the site.

Meet location

Meet at Warner Stables

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 9 yrs
  • Maximum weight: 250lbs
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult - they must ride their own horse.
  • Children ages 15 and under must have someone 18 years and older with them

Notes

  • 5 Nights accommodation at Sundance and Halfway Lodge
  • 5 Dinner, 6 Breakfast, 6 Lunch
  • 6 Days horseback riding (approx 6hrs each day)
  • Please note that this trip only departs on certain days. Please ask!
  • Sundance Lodge is able to cater for private sleeping arrangements, however this is depending upon the trip size and cannot be guaranteed.Sundance Lodge has 10 sleeping rooms with 3 beds in each room. Rooms are designated on a ‘choose your own’ basis
  • The lodge does have hot showers, however for environmental reasons, we do restrict these to one per stay

Dietary requirements

  • Please notify of any allergies or dietary restrictions and requirements
6 Days
9 – 85
No limit on guests number

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