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“Five Hours of Scenery Too Pretty To Describe” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Banff Trail Riders - Day Rides

Banff Trail Riders - Day Rides
132 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada (Formerly Holiday on Horseback)
+1 403-762-4551
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Owner description: Discover a side of Banff you can only see on horseback. Banff Trail Riders (previously Holiday on Horseback take you to places most travellers never experience. We offer hourly rides, backcountry lodge and tent pack trips, sleigh rides and more. Get an authentic old west adventure, even if you have never been on a horse before. We'll match you with a horse, guide and trip that just right for your level of riding experience.
Fort Worth, Texas
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“Five Hours of Scenery Too Pretty To Describe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

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.

Visited September 2013
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“Event to remember”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My aunt came to visit us here from the UK for her first time. We had been on a covered wagon ride before with Warner so kind of new what to expect. This time 4 of us booked a 1 hour trek. There were only 11 in our group which made a huge difference to the enjoyment of the experience. The group before us had 30 people I believe!! Their was a little hiccup when we checked in as we had actually booked through Banff Tours. The girl at the check-in box was very apologetic and was quick to rectify the problem. The other guys and gals around were pretty friendly and made us feel welcome. My son, aged 9, was a little unsure on the first horse and almost decided not to ride. The staff could see this and immediately offered another horse. He then felt confident to ride. My only comment would be that I'm surprised we didn't need to wear helmets. It was an experience that my aunt and I will cherish for a long time. The scenery was beautiful :)

Visited July 2013
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“Just a trail ride”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Enjoyed the 2 hour long trail ride. I was disappointed that the guides did not speak with us at all except for yelling a few instructions that we could not hear.

Visited August 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We booked the trip the day before from their office in town and decided to do the evening wagon ride and steak barbecue cook up. When we arrived they were well organised as they had about 40 people booked in for the horse ride to the cook up. There were about 8 of us in the wagon with two of their staff. Two horses up front Blaze and Doc and off we went for a lovely ride to one of their camps. Took about an hour to get their along a very pleasant track part of which followed the river. The two horses were well behaved and well handled by the staff members. When we got to the camp it was well set up and the cook was there ready to start cooking . There were washrooms there and insect spray if you needed it, It is a good idea to have a spray as the mossies can be bad in the bush . All the horse riders arrived shortly after and if you wished you could partake in HORSESHOE THROWING OR LASSOEING . The meal was great, the cook knew what he was doing and cooked the steaks to perfection however you wanted them done . Potatoes in their jackets with cream, lovely salads and their own recipe baked beans were something to write home about , congratulations to the cook . Once all the guest were eating the staff sat down with us and ate too which was nice as one could find out a little about them and the company. The majority of the crew are girls and it is obvious that all of the staff love their job and the horses. Great CHOCOLATE COOKIES for sweets. Another pleasant ride back and we were lucky to have a nice Elk running beside us for awhile. All up it was about 3 plus hours of enjoyment and feeling like a pioneer of old travelling by wagon as the early folks did. Well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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“Medicine for the Soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

My wife, daughter, and I just returned from the 6 day Lodge trip and can honestly say it was a trip that we shall never forget. There is something about riding through the mountain with only the sound of ones horse clip clopping along that is good for the mind. No distractions, wonderful scenery and great company. The horses were great and matched to our individual riding experience. We had a nice group of 7 riders that got along well. Our guide was energetic, knowledgable and fun. She was one of the group and ate meals and swapped stories with everyone and was more than willing to answer questions and talk about the trip as we went along. The food is delicious and plentiful. The accomadation, rustic and cozy. There is no describing Allenby Pass. You simply have to see it and experience what it takes to get there and back. We left a piece of our hearts up there in the mountains and will have to go back next year to get them back for a little while.
Thanks to all the packers who moved our gear along the trails and back again. They are a great bunch and it was nice to have met them all.

Brian, Sophie and Mikaila.

Visited August 2013
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