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Get a feel for the great (and we do mean great!) outdoors and go horse riding and camping in Banff National Park, deep in the Canadian outback. You can opt for a fully guided six-day adventure which requires no previous riding experience, making this a great opportunity for any nature enthusiast.
The second oldest national park in the North American continent (after Yellowstone) and the first in Canada, Banff National Park encompasses over 2,500 square miles of rugged Canadian countryside. The geological features, including serene lakes and the dizzying scale of the ever-present mountains, inspire and astound everyone who visits. Sat on horseback with the entirety of the park spread before you, it can be difficult to know where to start - since this is a guided tour however, you won’t waste any time planning as your expert guide knows the park’s highlights like the back of his hand!
When it comes to camping in Banff, the scenery does offer an experience a few steps up from a soggy tent in an English field! What’s even better is that all of the hard work will be done for you, with the tents already set up by your guides and a hot meal waiting for you after you’re done exploring with the horses for the day.
Bog standard, self-guided hiking trips in the park are ten to the dozen. This activity packed, authentic outdoor odyssey is the cream of the crop. If you leave at the end of this tour without a deep-seated sense of awe, it is entirely possible that you‘re not human. Two of the best activities to get up to in Banff are camping and horse riding, and this tour is a great combination of both. What’s more is that you’ll be accompanied by guides who are as knowledgeable as they are passionate, having impressed travellers under their care for many years.
Get the best of both worlds - all the enjoyment of staying out in the Canadian wilderness with none of the hassle associated with setting up camp.
There are no specific requirements to the tour other than a level of fitness commensurate to beginner’s horse riding, spending around six to eight hours a day in the saddle riding at a walking pace. All guests are recommended to do a few hours in the saddle before your trip to get your body used to a horse’s movement. A good mountain morning stretch also helps!
Travellers are able to leave excess luggage at the tour office at the start of the week but are limited to taking no more than 30lb of luggage per person on the tour itself, and packed in a soft-sided bag. The reason for this is that your day gear will be transported by mules along with supplies to each camp.
Bringing a saddle bag is a good idea to store things like sunglasses, sun cream, cameras etc. while you’re riding. Saddle bags are for hire at the tour office, please reserve. Rucksacks are not permitted, since they are uncomfortable for horse and rider.
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