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6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback provided by Banff Trail Riders

6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback

6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback
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Last updated: 31 Jul 2020
A note from 6-Day Halfway Lodge Backcountry Trip by Horseback
All guest are required to wear a mask when checking in for their ride or when using the facilities.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • Duration: 6 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 12217P9
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
5 nights accommodation • Breakfast • Dinner • Lunch • Breakfast • Breakfast • Lunch • Breakfast • Dinner • Lunch • Dinner • Dinner • Lunch • Lunch • Lunch • Breakfast • Dinner • Professional guide • Helmets (mandatory for riders under 18 years)
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transportation to/from attractions • National Park Entry Fee • Entry/Admission - Banff Trail Riders • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park
Duration
6 days
Departure details
Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada Warner Stables is the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.
Inclusions
5 nights accommodation • Breakfast • Dinner • Lunch • Breakfast • Breakfast • Lunch • Breakfast • Dinner • Lunch • Dinner • Dinner • Lunch • Lunch • Lunch • Breakfast • Dinner • Professional guide • Helmets (mandatory for riders under 18 years)
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transportation to/from attractions • National Park Entry Fee • Entry/Admission - Banff Trail Riders • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park • Entry/Admission - Banff National Park
Departure details
Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada Warner Stables is the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.
Duration
6 days
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum age is 9 years. Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
Maximum weight is 230lbs.
Adult pricing applies to all riders.
For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all backcountry riders under 18 years of age.
Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Adults must sign a waiver for all activities, and a waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any person under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
Not recommended for participants with back problems.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Please dress appropriately as stated on your voucher.
There is no electricity, cell service or internet/wifi.
All passenger heights, weights, ages, dietary requirements and riding abilities must be advised at time of booking.
An understanding of basic English is required so that you can understand simple instructions from the guides.
Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
Near public transportation
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
7 stops
Day 1
Backcountry Ride to Sundance Lodge
Day 2
Ride the Erling Strom Trail to...
Day 3
Climb Allenby Pass on horseback...
Day 4
Rest Time to Enjoy the Backcountry
Day 5
Follow Brewster Creek to...
Day 6
Return to Warner Stables
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jsroach13
Quincy, MI3 contributions
Awesome trip July 2019
I was nervous when packing to leave for this trip, but once we were there all that anxiety went away. There were 6 of us ranging in various ages & riding experience. The entire staff was excellent along with the accommodations. It was so relaxing I hope to do it again.
Written 13 January 2021
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for taking the time to write your review we are so glad you enjoyed your vacation with us.
Written 18 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JF & Amanda
2 contributions
Best way to experience the Canadian Rockies
Sep 2020 • Couples
My spouse and I went on the 6 day lodge trip as part of our honeymoon. It was an amazing trip. It is truly the best way to experience the Canadian Rockies. The views are simply breathtaking.

As beginner riders, we did have our share of aches and pains; however, it was so worth it.

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, had great stories and were very enjoyable to be with. You can easily tell that they love their horses and that they know them well.

The food was amazing! From steaks, burgers and hot dogs (“smokies”) in the backcountry for lunch, to salmon, ribs, ham, and chicken for supper. All the food was so good.

We went on the last trip in September and we were blessed with perfect weather. Layering really helps. We had no mosquitoes or flies. It was great.

Our group of 8 got the chance to see mountain sheep, a herd of elk, pikas, and the common squirrels.

This is not a stay at the fairmont hôtel. Guests should not expect that. It is still a ride in the backcountry with your supplies being limited to your 30lb bag which is brought up to the cabins for you by a rider and his pack of mules. (A feat to behold). You are also able to carry items in your saddlebags. Having said that, they work incredibly hard to make this as luxurious as a backcountry trip can be.

The lodges are great. We were incredibly spoiled at Sundance lodge with full lighting and indoor washrooms with showers. At Halfway lodge, there are no indoor washrooms, but they do have a really cool outdoor shower with, again, an amazing view. Definitely something to experience. Beds at both cabins are super comfortable and cozy.

On the fourth day, we went on a hike, and it was totally worth it. Unlike what is written on the website, it is NOT a leisurely hike. It is quite challenging with a steep incline but we highly recommend doing it. Eating lunch at “Lake Matthias” (Sorry Erica) was really peaceful and another great experience.

I could go on and on about it but I will close it off here saying that we highly recommend it. The horses, staff, and setting are awesome. You also get to know your group quite well as it is not a large group.
Written 16 September 2020
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review. We are pleased you enjoyed your vacation with us. We love sharing our little piece of paradise and hope to see you on the trails again in the future.
Written 21 September 2020
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Sheila B
Arlington, VA123 contributions
Unplug from modern life
Sep 2019
My 75 year old mother, a cousin, and I took the 6 day Halfway Lodge trip. I highly recommend it, and will do it again! The staff are hardworking, fun, and obviously love what they do. Made the trip even more special. If you want to see turquoise glacial rivers, eat amazing food, prop your feet up in front of a wood fire, and ride horses all day - this trip is for you.

Each day was more magical than the next - snow in Allenby Pass, many river crossings, and stunning vistas at every turn.

The beds at both Halfway and Sundance Lodges were quite comfy - and the outdoor shower at Sundance, although primitive, was worth the view.

Special thanks to Kayla, our guide - you've never seen a harder working young woman! Her skills in building a campfire for searing steak, or making hot chocolate, second to none. Emily and Merrilea were both amazing cooks for our meals at the lodges, and Heather, Mattias and Scott, all did amazing work packing our mules and saddling us up each morning.

Helpful hints: I brought a solar powered battery charger to keep my phone going. Of course, no connectivity, but I was using it as my camera. Also, consider purchasing a saddle pad to ease into riding 4 or more hours a day. Most importantly, carefully read the preparation documentation they provide - it'll save you on grief later. Bring at least $50 a day, per person for tip. The staff pool the tips, and share out for the trip.
Written 28 September 2019
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Joanne D
1 contribution
Fabulous in all respects!
Aug 2019
This was my first trip with BTR and the 6-day Halfway Lodge experience lived up to all the hype! I loved every minute of it. Being a beginner rider, I quickly felt comfortable with the horses and trusted them on all trails and types of terrain. Our guide Kayla was great - competent, friendly and easy-going... and made the best coffee on the trail! Both of the lodges were beautiful - scenic and comfortable. I can't say enough about all the staff (the cooks, packers and other guides) were all very welcoming and friendly: Merilee, Heather, Olivia, Emily, Tessa, Mattias, Mitch, and Scott. We loved talking to them and hearing stories about the area and especially about the horses and mules (shout out to the most perfect lunch-mule, Katie!) We also enjoyed meeting the other members of our group who were lovely to travel with. The accommodations were perfect - stunning views, comfortable beds and amazing food!! The week went by much too quickly and we were all sad to return to the stable on that Friday afternoon! Thank you BTR for a most memorable trip!
Written 2 September 2019
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Horsebackbanff
You are very welcome its great that you could join us on our 6 day trip. It is a special place. We hope to see you again. Next time try one of our tent trips.
Written 26 September 2019
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jude730222
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
Rocky Mountain High
Aug 2019
I'm just home again from the 6-day Halfway Lodge ride. This is my 3rd time riding with BTR. When we rode back on Friday afternoon, I would happily have turned around and gone right back to do it all over again. The organization, guides, cooks, packers, scenery, terrain, and horses all - could not have been better. The guide, Kayla, was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Every meal was so delicious and everyone on the ride (6 guests & guide) enjoyed the family-type atmosphere around the table. The weather on our Allenby Pass day was perfect - we actually made it all the way to the lunch spot and were so amazed to see the herd of Bighorn Sheep. The hike on the next day is quite challenging but definitely worth the effort. Thank you to everyone for the memories and soul food.
Count me in -- I'll be back!!
Written 19 August 2019
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for your review and your business its great that you have ridden with us so many times. We look forward to welcoming you next time.
Written 26 September 2019
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Michelle G
60 contributions
Amazing doesn't begin to describe the trip!
Jul 2019 • Friends
I'm just home from the 6 day Halfway Lodge trip. WOW. It's not a trip I'll soon forget - that's for sure!
We had a group of 7 women - 4 of us in our 50's and 3 daughters in their 20's. All of us have plenty of experience riding. We were matched up with awesome horses on the first day and set off on a fairly easy trail. The first night we stayed in the Sundance Lodge which has indoor plumbing and comfy beds. The rooms each have one double bed and a set of bunk beds. The next day the riding is a bit more challenging with narrow trails and steeper inclines (and if you get lucky, you see a bear like we did!) but then you arrive at Halfway Lodge and are blown away by the beauty and tranquility! This lodge is much smaller and very cozy. There's no indoor plumbing but there IS an amazing outdoor shower that one person in our group called "magical". The next day riding we didn't make it all the way to the top of Allenby Pass because of snow (at the end of June!!) but the ride and scenery were incredible.
There is one non-riding day and if you are up for a challenge, your guide may take you up to an un-named lake. The hike is VERY challenging, but oh so worth the effort!!
Our guides were Tess and Hana - both unbelievably capable and wonderful. Our Halfway Lodge cook, Emily, was the sweetest but her cooking...OMG! Her stuffing was better than my Mom's!
I could go on forever about this trip but I think its safe to say, it's worth EVERY PENNY and then some.
Written 5 July 2019
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Horsebackbanff
Thank you for writing this review I think it is a great reference to this trip and I agree it is hard to express how great it is. Hope to see you on one of our tent trips next time. We will be sure to share Emily's recipe with the rest of the team. I need it myself :)
Written 9 July 2019
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Esther B
1 contribution
Nice!
Aug 2018 • Solo
I did the 6 day lodge tour. It was lovely--pretty scenery, gentle horses, and comfortable accommodations. The trip felt very safe. The ride up Allenby Pass and the rest-day hike were stunning.

It is a big company that runs multiple tours per week, and it definitely felt a bit impersonal and Disney-esque, like they were churning out tourist experiences. I had trouble getting detailed information before the trip (when I called the number on the website on two separate occasions, the people I spoke to said they were desk operators and didn't know the answers to my questions). On the tour, the staff were all sweet, but young and somewhat unprofessional, gossiping about their bosses, colleagues, and bad guests over dinner and during downtime. It was awkward hearing them complain about other guests. On the one slightly similar tour I've done in the past, the staff made a point of talking with guests on the trail and in the evenings, so I was a little disappointed that they didn't on this trip.

I did feel like the difficulty of the trip is overstated. If you have much experience in the backcountry or on horseback, it will likely feel too tame (you travel a maximum of ~35km from town, and due to park regulations and the rocky terrain, all riding is done at the walk). If you are new to either or both, however, this is a safe, fun introduction surrounded by some beautiful scenery.
Written 2 September 2018
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mjhflorida
Florida117 contributions
Trip Of A Life Time
Aug 2018 • Friends
The six day trip was wonderful. Our guides Lucie and April took excellent care of us. The cooks at the lodges provided excellent meals. Once we left the ranch we were quickly transported to the forest on our amazing horses. They were well trained. The views were great and even more so as we rode the Allenby Pass. We could fill our water bottles in the rivers. The beds at the lodges were comfortable and the lodges clean. One lodge provided indoor bathrooms only at night (because of bears) and the other lodge had only out houses. The outdoor shower is an experience at Half Way Lodge.
The ride was a great experience!!
Written 17 August 2018
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daglesj
Norfolk UK79 contributions
A truly stunning once in a lifetime 6 day expereince!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Where does one start? Well first of all a big thanks to Britney our guide! Looked after us like a true pro even though it was her first 6 day trip too. At no time did we feel unsure or not looked after. This woman is a gem and Trail Riders are lucky to have her! The other staff we met were great too! Another big thanks to the rest of our group as you really made it! Certainly the dynamic and pot luck of the people you get on this trip can have a huge impact and we got very lucky. We had a blast, so many laughs!
If you are unsure don't worry. You get used to the outhouse toilets pretty quick. The single outdoor shower at the halfway lodge is one of the best showers in the world and has to be experienced.
The horses were all great and I was amazed how heavy a Western Saddle is. More points to Britney for lugging them around every morning and evening.
I'll give some tips now from my experience -

Go prepared for rain and cold, just in case. We got snow in July!
Don't pack masses of clothing for riding, just wear old stuff up as it will get dirty and you are all in the same boat. I would also not recommend wearing traditional western riding gear unless its guaranteed sunshine. Pack modern riding gear as it handles rain and mud far better. Those $300 new cowboy boots could get pretty trashed! Yeah it doesn't look so cool but being wet and cold isn't either. Leave all your dozens of hair care products behind. Wear a helmet or a good hat. Pack the mozzy repellent. Pack a good scarf. You get a couple of decent sized bags to attach to your saddle for drinks/snacks/sprays etc. I used a 80 litre wetsack for my gear. My other half used a 60 litre. We kept to the weight limit. Take a quick drying gym towel! Take a small bottle of hand sanitiser each. Pack two pairs of gloves and make sure one are a thin pair of quick drying gloves!

Use a camera with a neck strap or put one on your phone. You do not want to drop it! I bought a old Lumix LX3 on Ebay rather than my phone and it worked a treat.

Don't do this ride with zero experience. I had at least a year in prep for this and did a few outdoor day rides etc. I felt perfectly confident but a real novice might think twice.

Brace for a blast of a good time and go with the flow. Fantastic.

Oh and say hi to Phil the marmot when you see him!
Written 13 July 2018
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Thanks for the detailed review Im glad you enjoyed the 6 day lodge trip. You provide some great advice, thank you. And I was just at Sundance last week and Phil and the rest of the family are doing great;) We hope to see you on the trails again.
Written 16 July 2018
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Kim V
San Francisco, CA201 contributions
Incredible 6 day backcountry lodge trip!
Jul 2018 • Couples
We have just returned from an incredible 6 day trip with our guide, Brie, who was fantastic! Our horses were some of the best horses we've ridden (Roy and Millet) and were well-behaved, well cared for and secure and safe on all types of conditions including snow on Allenby Pass on July 3! Laura at Sundance and Brook at Halfway fed us extremely well (delicious baked goods along with bfast & dinner!), along with Brie who always did a great job starting a fire and cooking meals out on the trail. Mitch and the other mule drivers worked hard to get supplies to the lodges and we enjoyed Mitch's stories around the dinner table. The lodges were both comfortable and unique. Amazing scenery and our best horseback trip yet, definitely a 10!

We have been riding about 2 years (weekly lessons and a 6 day dude ranch last year) so I would recommend a little riding experience for the 6 day, but if you are waivering between the 6 day and 4 day, definitely sign up for the 6 day!

Lastly, some packing tips. We saw that it was supposed to rain a bit (and it did, along with snow!) so purchased waterproof duffel bags last minute. The bag was kept dry the whole time but we were glad to have this as a backup. I took a pair of Uggs to wear inside the lodge which was nice, but slipper socks or other slippers would've sufficed. A pair of flip flops or slip-on shoes (flats) to go outside to the bathroom/outdoor shower is helpful (even in the cold). Hiking shoes is recommended for the 6 day as you may have a chance to go on a beautiful hike (along with trekking poles if you use them). Rain pants are helpful even thought the slickers they let us borrow were excellent. Bug spray is a must along with sunblock. Layers (I wore a tshirt, long sleeve shirt/flannel, vest, Patagonia puff jacket, and light barn coat for the cold/rainy days and was comfortable) along with a pair of jeans (and a pair of padded bike shorts on some days). Make sure to spray your boots with waterproof spray prior to the trip! We wore helmets which kept our head warm. When it wasn't cool/cold, (it was 27C/80F one day) a tshirt and jeans was perfect. I brought 3 pairs of jeans but could've gone with 2 pairs, a pair of "comfy" pants for the evenings.

Enjoy!
Written 9 July 2018
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Great Review Kim, thank you for taking the time. Im so glad you enjoyed the ride. I will pass on your comments to the staff. I hope you will come back and try our tent trips next time. You will not be disappointed.
Written 16 July 2018
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Excellent beginner trail
Our trail ride was a great time. My wife had never been on a horse and I hadn’t been in years. Staff were patient a
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An Enjoyable Experience
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Very disappointing
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Not tourist friendly
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Beyond Underwhelming
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Will do it again
#horsebackbanff. We enjoyed our ride on Oct 5 and would recommend it to anyone who has this on their bucket list
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Great Experience
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Bullied my friend
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