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Staying in two different historic lodges, this authentic backcountry riding and lodge trip in Canada will take you deep into the heart of Banff National Park. The grand Rocky Mountains provide a constant backdrop as you traverse this spectacular landscape.
The second designated national park in the entirety of North America (after Yellowstone) and the first of Canada, Banff National Park encompasses over 2,500 square miles of rugged Canadian countryside. Featuring some of the most epic geology you’re ever likely to see on this planet, it’s hardly any wonder that Banff is one of the world’s most popular national parks and attracts around four million tourists every year.
That’s not to say you’ll feel crowded. Other than your own group, you’re likely not to see a soul as you explore the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding glacial plains. Your mode of transport will be horseback, by far the best and most historic way to tour the Banff‘s natural beauty.
This is a backcountry riding tour of immense proportions. The rush of adrenaline as you reach the top of a 8,000ft pass and look out over the untamed Canadian outback will almost literally knock your socks off. There are plenty of therapeutic moments along the way too - the inter-lodge ride is a perfect chance to relax back into your saddle and enjoy the peace of the surrounding nature.
For anyone who fancies playing cowboy (or cowgirl), this is a thrillingly authentic week in which you get to not only enjoy some excellent riding, but also stay in not one but two comfortable backcountry lodges, one dating back to the 1920s and used by early pioneers. You can also expect to form a strong bond with your horse, who will be your traveling companion and reliable mode of transport for the duration of your time here.
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 and 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 the lodges.
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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