Backcountry Sundance Lodge
Enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip with a bit of luxury through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows.
Sundance and Halfway Lodges provide just the right combination. Days are spent riding and exploring on horseback, while evenings are spent in our cozy lodges. Meals are always an event and the cooks ensure you are well fueled for the day's adventures.
Sundance Lodge Completed in 1991, Sundance Lodge now sits on the original site of the horse corral for Ten-Mile cabin, built by Canadian Pacific Railway back in the 1920's. The cabin itself remains standing and was declared a historical site in 1990. It was used as a refuge for mountain guides and packers traveling to Mount Assiniboine, whose names you can still see carved into the logs. Sundance Lodge sits alongside a gentle curve on Brewster Creek, with the Sundance Mountain range as a backdrop. Built entirely with pine logs, the lodge has 10 sleeping rooms, a large country kitchen, and a cozy living room area where you can curl up by the woodstove and lose yourself in a good book. And although it is a remote backcountry lodge, we decided to add what we felt was an important comfort from home - hot showers! (Please note that, for environmental reasons, showers are restricted to one per stay.)
Day 1: Banff to Banff Trail Riders You'll begin your journey at 9.30am at Warner Stables at the backcountry check-in area of the large barn where you will get to meet your horse. The horses are steady, responsive and can be counted on to cross any terrain, from forest paths to boulder-strewn creeks. Never been horseback riding before? Don't worry. You will be matched with a mild-mannered horse and we'll teach you everything you need to know. On this backcountry adventure, we'll take you along a route that the early explorers of the Canadian Rockies blazed nearly a century ago. It's the ideal way to dip your toe into horseback trekking in Banff, even if you don't have a lot of time. Saddled up and ready to ride, we'll hit the trail for the ten mile journey to Sundance Lodge. We will follow the trail alongside the rushing glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, Healy Creek and Brewster Creek. Along the way we'll stop for a simple, hearty cowboy-style hot lunch on the banks of the river. We'll arrive at Sundance Lodge late afternoon, where your lodge host will greet you. Sundance is the ideal place for those who want to marvel at the beauty of the Banff Backcountry, while still being swaddled in comfort. You will be sipping from wine glasses, dining on food prepared by a skilled chef in a professional kitchen and sleeping in a comfortable bed. Your lodge host will cater to your every need and make you feel welcome, like you are a guest in their home. Settle into your room and freshen up from your day on the trail, then gather around the table for a gourmet meal and an evening of conversation. By the end of this trip, you'll have plenty of new friends from around the world.
Day 2: Backcountry Trail Riding & Return to Banff After a restful sleep in the peaceful quiet of the backcountry, you'll awake to a hearty breakfast and a steaming mug of coffee. We will begin our ride back to Banff in the late morning. You'll bring along handmade sandwiches for the journey, as well as fresh-baked goodies and fruit. You'll return to Warner Stables at approximately 4:30 pm, with plenty of stories to tell about your adventure in the backcountry.
• 1 night accommodation at Sundance Lodge • Meals from lunch on day one to lunch on last day • Horse and riding tackle • Guides • All bedding is provided
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 2020 Departures
May 16, 23, 30
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct 3, 10
May 16, 23, 30
Booking conditions Weight restriction:Maximum horse riders weight 250 pounds/113 kilos
Weight restriction:Maximum horse riders weight 250 pounds/113 kilos