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1 Hour Bow River Ride

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Banff, Canada

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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

Departure Point

Warner Stables - Banff Trail Riders, 100 Sundance Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B9, Canada

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Banff Trail Riders

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
See all safety measures taken by 1 Hour Bow River Ride.
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
See all safety measures taken by 1 Hour Bow River Ride.
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 1 Hour Bow River Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 1 Hour Bow River Ride.

Reviews

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Great experience
Tracy_L
, Oct 2020
The 1 hour trail ride was great for my daughter and Myself! The staff were all fantastic and made our experience very enjoyable! We especially loved all the interesting facts and folklore that our trail guide Lindsay shared with us!! We look forward to doing a back country trip next time!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you Tracy. The backcountry is amazing you will not be disappointed if you book one of the trips. The longer you go the better it gets. We have trips from 1 to 6 days. We look forward to your return.
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Beautiful Horses and Fun trail ride
Jenifer_B
, Oct 2020
This was an amazing experience! My fiancé and I went to celebrate our engagement that morning and this was the perfect choice. Everyone was so nice and welcoming! The trail was beautiful, especially this time of year (oct). The horses were so well kept and so well trained! I rode the grey horse Roy and he was such a sweet heart! I could tell he wanted to go fast because he was trotting quite a bit through the ride but I enjoyed it so much! It was an amazing experience and I will be recommending this to everyone who visits Banff! Thank you for the great experience :)
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you Jenifer for the kind words and for recommending us. We appreciate the business.
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No refund
Heather
, Oct 2020
One rider could no go due to their weight. No refund by the tour. I sire they should have a few bigger horses there just in case something like this happens
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Heather we have a weigh restriction that everyone agrees to once they book a ride with us. This is in place for the health of our horses.
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star-5
Beautiful Banff on a horse
Supinder_B
, Sep 2020
We really enjoyed this experience! It was a beautiful Ride and the horses and guides were also a delight. Such well behaved animals- they seemed so loving!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your ride with us and our lovely horses.
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What a way to spend an hour.
Patricia_W
, Sep 2020
It was well organized with attention to safety. Stunning scenery and well-mannered horses. A lovely experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you Patricia we appreciate you taking the time to pass on your comments.
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Great for beginners
Brenda_K
, Jul 2020
Great staff. Guides were friendly, informative and attentive. Was hoping for a little more riding time along the River, but the trail was lovely.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks for the review Brenda, we are glad you enjoyed the ride. We hope to see you on the trails again with us soon.
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Great ride
Jennifer_G
, Jul 2020
Fabulous experience, friendly staff, beautiful horses. Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy Banff by horseback.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Your welcome Jennifer, thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
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Family day
Charity_P
, Jun 2020
Staff was terrific!! Knowledgeable, kind and super nice to the animals and people. Had my 3 year olds on a pony lead and the two cowgirls who took them around really were awesome (Emma & Maddie). Will go back for sure!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Were glad your family enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Kindful staff, fun experience
ksonjin96
, Nov 2019
it was my first time to ride a horse. The horses are so nice and the staffs are kind. I want to try the longer trip next time.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
So happy to hear this, the longer you ride the better the experience.
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Breathtaking Views and Ride!
anaestrada2015
, Sep 2019
Highly recommended!! It was a beautiful ride with some of the best views of Banff. The horses are really well-trained and very adorable, great for anyone!
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