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Banff is Canada's most visited National Park. Banff's eastern gate is located approximately 100 km west of Calgary in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and stretches 240 km along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.
Originally set aside to preserve sulphur hot springs for public use, Banff's towering peaks and beautiful meadows make it among Canada's most incredible holiday areas.

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Things to Do in Banff National Park

Columbia Icefields

Jasper Columbia Icefield

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Jasper and Banff National Park's Columbia Icefields. Explore Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields.

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Rocky Mountain Train Tickets

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6-Day Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, Icefield, Jasper, Lake Louise. OR 6 Day VIA Rail Banff - Jasper Rocky Mountain Train Tour from Calgary to Vancouver.

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Tour Moraine Lake

Tour Moraine Lake

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Moraine Lake is a stunning glacially-fed lake located in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Famous and iconic, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies and is renowned for its breathtaking turquoise-blue waters and stunning surrounding mountain peaks.

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3-Day Banff Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by Horseback

3-Day Mystic Banff Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by Horseback

Book Banff 3-Day Valley Backcountry Tent Trip by Horseback

A rare experience these days to be able to completely disconnect from all of the distractions of life and get lost in Banff's backcountry. You've never camped in a place like this before.

Banff Valley Backcountry Horseback Trip

Venture deep into the secluded Banff backcountry and through the wilderness on horseback - walking in the steps of the First Nations and the founders of Banff National Park. At the end of a full day of riding and exploring, you’ll bed down in well-equipped tents with plenty of rustic Old West charm. Your camp will be fully catered and you’ll dine in the big kitchen tent on delicious, hearty meals. At night, gather around the glow of the campfire with your new friends and share songs and stories before falling asleep listening to the sounds of the forest from your classic canvas wall tent – similar to those used by the trail riders of Banff's past.

This Banff Horseback trip departs from late June to early September.

Banff Valley Backcountry Horseback Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Backcountry Ride to Mystic Valley Campsite

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada.

Your adventure begins at the Horse Stables at 8:30am (please do not arrive any earlier than 8:30am). There is free parking at the stables and it's fine to leave your vehicle for the duration of the Horseback tour. We hand out the slickers and saddle bags and you will leave all of your gear with our guides. Your sleeping bag and pillow should be packed in a soft sided bag (the traditional "duffel" style of cowboy packing).

A separate string of mules will deliver your belongings to the camp for you so that you can ride unencumbered. When you arrive, your "duffel" will be waiting for you so that you can grab it and settle into your tent.

Once you are all checked in, we will take you by van to the very fringe of Banff's front country, the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay to meet your friendly guide and the trusty horse chosen for you. Then you will mount up for the ride to Mystic Valley Camp where you will spend the night. Along the way there will be a stop for lunch along 40 Mile Creek. It is only day one and you are already more deeply immersed in the backcountry than most Banff visitors will ever get!

One of the aspects of these Horseback tours that guests often rave about is the connection they forge with their hooved companions. At the end of the trip, you will have a new four legged best friend. You will learn to "trust your horse" (a Banff Trail Rider's catchphrase) as these sure-footed animals carry you safely down even the most difficult backcountry trails.

Life at camp is simple, yet comfortable. We will cook up a feast of hearty, homemade cowboy cuisine and gather around in the main kitchen tent, which acts as the communal hub of the camp. In the evening, we will gather around a crackling fire to watch the stars and share stories. Then, time to curl up in your sleeping bag in your canvas tent with cot, heater and thermarest and get some sleep as the adventure has only just begun.

Duration so Far: 15 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Mystic Valley Campsite, equipped with canvas tents on raised platforms, outhouses, shower and a wash stand.

Banff Valley Backcountry Horseback Trip Itinerary

Day 2: Day Ride from Mystic Valley Campsite

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada.

After a hearty ranch style breakfast, mount up for a stunning day ride to Mystic Pass or Mystic Lake. You will spend another full day of the trail and a cowboy trail lunch will be served along the way at one of these spectacular vistas, so you can sit and enjoy while admiring the mountain views.

There is no feeling quite like being deep in the Canadian wilderness like this. No matter which direction you headed in, you could wander for miles in pristine, unspoiled wilderness without seeing another building, person or trace of human civilisation. It gives you a sense of the immense scale and power of nature in the Rocky Mountains.

After a full day of exploring, you will arrive back at Mystic Valley Camp to settle back into your comfortable, familiar heated tent for the night, ater another tasty camp dinner.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included Overnight at Mystic Valley Campsite, equipped with canvas tents on raised platforms, outhouses, shower and a wash stand.

Banff Valley Backcountry Horseback Trip Itinerary

Day 3: Return to Banff

Stop At: Banff National Park, Alberta Canada.

Arise early and say goodbye to your pristine backcountry surroundings. Time to head back into Banff and rejoin civilisation. Most of our guests are reluctant to leave the isolated, tranquil beauty of this off-the-beaten-track spot.

Unfortunately, every adventure has to come to an end. We will top off this trip with a leisurely 9 mile ride along 40 Mile Creek back to the Mt Norquay Corral, stopping for lunch along the way.

Say goodbye to your guide, your new friends and your horse. (Many guests say that the bond they formed with these gentle animal companions was something they will never forget!)

You will have plenty of wild Banff backcountry stories to tell and you will have earned the bragging rights to say that you spent 3 days deep in the Canadian Rockies.

The Banff shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the horse Stables for approximately 5pm, where you will say goodbye to the new friends with whom you shared this unforgettable adventure into the wild.

Duration: 17 hours

Meals included:
No accommodation included on this day.

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Book Banff National Park Adventures and Attractions

Banff, located in the Canadian Rockies, offers stunning natural landscapes and a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Banff National Park

Explore the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park, Canada's first national park. Take scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway for breathtaking views.

Lake Louise

Visit the iconic Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Enjoy activities like hiking, canoeing, or simply taking in the scenery.

Moraine Lake

Marvel at the striking beauty of Moraine Lake, surrounded by ten towering mountain peaks. Take a hike around the lake or rent a canoe to experience its splendor up close.

Banff Gondola

Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Explore the boardwalk and visit the interpretive center.

Hiking Banff

Banff offers a plethora of hiking trails for all skill levels. Some popular trails include Johnston Canyon, Plain of Six Glaciers, and Sentinel Pass.

Banff Wildlife Viewing

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk, deer, bears, and bighorn sheep. Wildlife spotting tours are also available.

Banff Hot Springs

Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs while enjoying mountain views.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Paddle along the Bow River, Lake Louise or Bow Lake for a peaceful and scenic experience. Banff has some spectacular places for Canoeing and Kayaking.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Banff

In winter, Banff transforms into a winter wonderland with opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay.

Banff Dog Sledding and Ice Walks

Experience the thrill of dog sledding or join an ice walk to explore frozen canyons and waterfalls during the winter months.

Town of Banff

Stroll through the charming town of Banff with its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the Banff Park Museum and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for cultural insights.

Columbia Icefield

The Columbia Icefield covers an area of approximately 325 square kilometers (125 square miles). It is one of the largest icefields in North America and is the source of several major glaciers.

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, also known as Highway 93, is a world-renowned scenic highway that stretches through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, connecting Jasper National Park to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is famous for its unique shape that resembles the head of a wolf. It is named after Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Learn about the history of Banff National Park and the discovery of the hot springs at the Cave and Basin historic site.

Banff National Park by Horseback

Exploring Banff by horseback is a classic and enjoyable way to experience the stunning landscapes and scenic trails of the Canadian Rockies.