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Banff  - Wilderness Tenting Ride


Itinerary for Banff - Wilderness Tenting Ride



Sample Itinerary 2020 - subject to changes

Day 1: Backcountry ride to Mystic Valley Camp
The adventure begins at Warner Stables at 8:30am (please do not arrive any earlier than 8:30am). There is free parking at the stables and it is fine to leave your vehicle for the duration of the tour. We will hand out the slickers and saddlebags and you will leave all of your gear with our guides.
A separate string of mules will deliver your belongings to the camp for you so that you can ride unencumbered. When you arrive, 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. Then you will mount up for the ride to Mystic Valley Camp where you will spend the night. Along the way, there will be a stop for lunch along 40 Mile Creek. 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. We will cook up a feast of hearty, homemade cowboy cuisine and gather around in the main kitchen tent, which acts as the communal hub of the camp. 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 and thermarest and get some sleep – the adventure has only just begun.
Riding approx. 9 miles
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Mystic Valley Camp


Day 2: Day Ride into the Backcountry
After a hearty ranch style breakfast, mount up for a stunning day ride to Mystic Pass or Mystic Lake. You will spend another full day of the trail and a cowboy trail lunch will be served along the way at one of these spectacular vistas, so you can sit and enjoy while admiring the mountain views.
There is no feeling quite like being deep in the Canadian wilderness like this. No matter which direction you headed in, you could wander for miles in pristine, unspoiled wilderness without seeing another building, person or trace of human civilization. It gives you a sense of the immense scale and power of nature in the Rocky Mountains.
After a full day of exploring, you will arrive back at Mystic Valley Camp to settle back into your comfortable, familiar heated tent for the night – after another tasty camp dinner.
Riding approx. 12 miles
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in tents at Mystic Valley Camp


Day 3: 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.
Unfortunately, every adventure has to come to an end. We will top off this trip with a leisurely 9-mile ride along 40 Mile Creek back to the Mt Norquay Corral, stopping for lunch along the way.
It is time to say goodbye to your guide, your new friends and your horse.
You will have plenty of wild Banff backcountry stories to tell and you will have earned the bragging rights to say that you spent 3 days deep in the Canadian Rockies. The shuttle will be waiting 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 approx. 9 miles
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Banff - Wilderness Tenting Ride
Tour Code: RTAB11
3 days / 2 nights ~$830.00
Dates : June to Sept

Trip Rating :
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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