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Banff  - Cascade Valley Trail


Itinerary for Banff - Cascade Valley Trail


 

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Backcountry ride to Stoney Creek Campsite
The adventure begins at Warner Stables at 8:30am. For those with a vehicle, free parking is available at the stables for the duration of the trip. Slickers and saddlebags will be handed out if required.
A separate string of mules will deliver your belongings to the camp for you so that you can ride unencumbered. When you arrive at camp, 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 the front country (the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay) to meet your friendly guide and the trusty horse we have specially chosen for you. This is the launching point to heading completely off the beaten track into Banff’s wildest places that most tourists will not get to see, and our first ride gives you the chance to settle into your saddle and start to bond with your horse.
You will pass through the cool, craggy peaks of Brewster Mountain and Cascade Mountain (with a lunch stop along the way), then head down into Stoney Creek Camp. This historic camp was named by the First Nations people and is deeply historically and culturally significant. It is only day one and you are already more deeply immersed in the backcountry than most Banff visitors will ever get.
Life at camp is simple, yet comfortable. In the evening, we will gather around a crackling fire to watch the stars and share stories. Then, it is time to curl up in your sleeping bag in your canvas tent with cot, heater and thermarest and get some sleep – the adventure has only just begun.
Riding approx. 12 miles
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Stoney Creek Campsite


Day 2: Day Ride up the Dormer Pass Trail
Today, we ride toward the headwaters of Stoney Creek up the Dormer Pass Trail, with lunch enjoyed on the trail part way through the day. The Dormer Trail area is a favorite haunt of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, who are often grazing in the high meadows, providing many opportunities for pictures. We will then return to Stoney Creek Campsite where you can freshen up with a hot shower and tuck in to another delicious dinner prepared by the on-site cook.
Riding approx. 11 miles
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Stoney Creek Campsite


Day 3: Ride to Flint's Park Campsite
After breakfast, you will mount up in the fresh morning air and ride the 10 miles to Flint’s Park Camp, with a stop for lunch on the banks of Cascade River. This stunning camp is one of the highlights of the trip, located in the fertile valley bottom with an open, grassy ridge providing sweeping views of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains.
Flint’s Park Camp was one of the original outpost areas used by the wardens as a base for patrolling in the early days of the park. Due to the wide-open terrain, it is likely you will spot some wild creatures wandering around. It is located within the Bison Free Range Zone, a totally unspoiled region where herds of Bison have been reintroduced recently for the first time in 140 years.
There is no cellphone reception way out here, which is a blessing. It is so rejuvenating to escape from the constant pinging of notifications and the pressure of your to-do list and just sit quietly in nature. At night, take a moment to look up and notice how many more glittering stars you can see out here far from the city lights. Then, curl up in your warm tent and enjoy the blissful quiet of the forest.
Riding 10 miles
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Flint’s Park Camp


Day 4: Explore the area near Flint's Park Campsite
Whether you are a hiker or photographer this area has a lot to offer. You could ride along the valley bottom amidst the wildflowers, birds and butterflies or climb high above the tree line – no matter which direction you ride in you will be surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery in Canada.
This camp is the jumping off point for many different rides into the backcountry, each more spectacular than the last. Your guide will create a customized ride for your group, tailored to your interests and experience. This ensures that your adventure is a bespoke, VIP experience that is just right for you. At the end of the day, you will return to the familiar camp to relax and chat around the campfire once more.
Riding approx. 12 miles
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Flint’s Park Camp


Day 5: Ride to Mystic Valley Camp
On our last morning at Flint’s Camp it is time to say goodbye to this stunning campsite but the trip is far from over! Once saddled up, the ride from Flints Park to Mystic Valley is a highlight of the trip and can include Rainbow Lake, the stunning 40 Mile Pass, Vermillion Range which runs to the east and Sawback to the west. Before we set off, guests have the opportunity to observe the historic art of horse packing, using the famous diamond hitch. When everything is securely in place, we ride to Mystic Valley for the final night. Along the way, you will stop for a lakeside lunch enjoying the tranquil beauty of Rainbow Lake. It is traditional to have a real western dinner to celebrate the last night at the camp. Time to kick your cowboy boot heels and have a wind-up get-together.
Riding approx. 8 miles
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Mystic Valley Camp


Day 6: Return to Warner Stables
Arise early and say goodbye to your pristine backcountry surroundings – it is time to head back into Banff and rejoin civilization. Most of our guests are reluctant to leave the isolated, tranquil beauty of this off-the-beaten-track spot.
On the last day of your Rocky Mountain backcountry adventure, you will mount up for the leisurely 9-mile ride along 40 Mile Creek, with a lunch stop along the way. This scenic ride is the perfect time to reflect on everything you have experienced in the last 6 days.
You will have plenty of wild Banff backcountry stories to tell and you will have earned the bragging rights to say that you spent 6 days deep in the Canadian Rockies. The shuttle will be waiting at the Norquay Corral to take you back to Warner Stables for approximately 5pm. Here you will say goodbye to the new friends with whom you shared this unforgettable adventure into the wild.
Riding 9 miles
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Banff - Cascade Valley Trail
Tour Code: RTAB06
6 days / 5 nights ~$1,735.00
Dates : June to Sept

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 06/21 - 06/26 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
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A 2021 07/02 - 07/07 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/05 - 07/10 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/07 - 07/12 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/09 - 07/14 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/12 - 07/17 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/14 - 07/19 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/16 - 07/21 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/19 - 07/24 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/21 - 07/26 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/23 - 07/28 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/26 - 07/31 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/28 - 08/02 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 07/30 - 08/04 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/02 - 08/07 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/04 - 08/09 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/06 - 08/11 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/09 - 08/14 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/11 - 08/16 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/13 - 08/18 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/16 - 08/21 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/18 - 08/23 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/20 - 08/25 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/23 - 08/28 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/25 - 08/30 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/27 - 09/01 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 08/30 - 09/04 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
A 2021 09/01 - 09/06 6d / 5n 6 day wilderness tenting tri... 3 /20 Reserve
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Horses: Quarter Mix
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