I took a five hour, afternoon, trail ride with Warner. Our delightful guide, Gary, kept us safe (his first job, in my opinion) and was a wonderful tour guide besides. His knowledge of the area and his extroverted personality added unexpected delights to a much-anticipated activity.
We left the stables shortly after 1:00 on a balmy, late-summer afternoon and made our way up Sulphur Mountain, under the Banff Gondola, and down Sulphur Mountain to the Spray River before taking our midway break. The scenery was breathtaking and my sure-footed steed, Walker, traversed the steep and rocky trails without a misstep. After fording Spray River, we meandered along Rundle Mountain, taking in more gorgeous scenery than can be absorbed in one afternoon. The fairytale rooftop of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel played hide and seek with us as we made our way past the lush golf course and to another river crossing just below Bow Falls.
Before long, we were passing under Banff Avenue and heading back to the stables - the end of a marvelous afternoon.