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Banff, Canada
1 Hour Bow River Ride

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. Get out of the car and onto the trails of the Bow River or the Spray River and enjoy the area’s beautiful outdoor environment, largely unchanged from the days of the pioneers. This equine-themed odyssey includes a guide, use of a horse, and all necessary equipment.
  • Horseback ride through Banff National Park
  • Ride a horse to natural sulfur springs
  • Ride along the Bow River or the Spray River (depending on option booked)
  • Learn about the history of the national park from a guide
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Lead and tail guides
Use of horse
Helmet (mandatory)
Basic horseback riding instruction
Gratuities
Food and drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Banff Trail Riders - Stables , 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada

The meeting point for the Bow River Ride is at Warner Stables, the big red stables located on Sundance Road in Banff.

This activity will end right where it started.
Get a different perspective of the incredible scenery of Banff, during this horseback riding excursion along the Bow River or Spray River. This riding experience provides visitors with a first-hand taste of the wild landscape around Banff, much as the early settlers would have seen it, while mounted on horseback.

If you chose to cover the Bow River area, head to the natural sulfur hot springs. Follow the trail, which loops around a marsh near the Bow River. As you ride, catch views of Mt. Norquay and the Cascade Mountain in the distance.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All riders must arrive 30 minutes prior to their ride time.
  • Guests participating in horseback riding will need to be 8 years or over and a maximum of 230lbs. Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.
  • Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • Riders must wear long pants and sturdy closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle - no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Banff Trail Riders
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 1 Hour Bow River Ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 1 Hour Bow River Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by 1 Hour Bow River Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 1 Hour Bow River Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 1 Hour Bow River Ride?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 1 Hour Bow River Ride.

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star-5
Genius!
Christina_S
, Oct 2021
First time we were riding- perfect Everybody helped us- we felt save from the first second- thanks for everything
star-5
Beautiful Ride!
Mazlina_K
, Oct 2021
I really enjoyed the ride. It was my first time on a horse and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and views, it was totally worth it!
star-5
Don’t fence me in!
Sofia_M
, Oct 2021
Jayson made sure I was truly comfortable on me saddle, bringing the horse booster chair to me haha , great time !
star-5
Bow River Ride - September 2021
Mark_D
, Sep 2021
It was so peaceful riding through the trees and beside the Bow River. Absolutely beautiful. Friendly and professional staff, they made the experience most enjoyable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Save your money and avoid ! SCAM
Michela_T
, Sep 2021
AVOID AVOID AVOID. SCAM SCAM SCAM. Do yourself a favour, avoid booking and save money. This one tour ruined my entire trip. Please read the 1 star reviews on google. PLEASE book horseback riding, anywhere else.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Staff was unfriendly and possibly racist
Tania_I
, Sep 2021
Honorably, I’m still annoyed with myself for not saying anything. The staff was super racist and mean. My mom and I did this activity together and my mom can’t speak English so I had to translate everything to her. One of the staff was trying to help her get on the horse and my mom wasn’t understanding the instructions so I was giving her instructions in my language from the back and this lady kept getting annoyed. She shared a long stare with her other coworker during this time. I honestly felt so bad even putting my mother through this entire thing. They kept on smiling and talking to other white folks and completely ignored us, as if we don’t even exist. Not a friendly staff and they maybe racist. If you’re any other color but white, this place is not for you.
star-5
Great experience with good views.
Kayla_S
, Sep 2021
Had great weather, sunny day with a breeze. Beautiful views and quiet peaceful trail. A good chunk of the trail was enclosed with trees, with some of it along a road with people walking and biking, with not much of a view but the second half was worth it.
star-5
Memorable !
Palmira_H
, Aug 2021
Horses are very well behaved and the scenery is breathtaking. So glad we booked this ! I am quite nervous around horses but Flyer (my horse) was so well behaved that it made the ride very enjoyable!
star-4
Honeymoon fun
Whitney_P
, Aug 2021
We really enjoyed our trail ride for our honeymoon so much fun! Maybe we will do the longer one next time !
star-5
Spectacular!!
Heather_R
, Aug 2021
Amazing ride with beautiful scenery. The horses are calm and well trained. The guides were really nice. I would do this again and highly recommend it!

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