8+
Age
Jun-Oct
Season

Combo Package; saddle up for a riverside ride, and then soar to 7,000′ on an open-air chairlift above Banff.

View from the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift at Mt Norquay

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride (various times available)

Take a guided horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin, the birthplace of Banff National Park where craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water. It’s Banff’s most popular horseback ride!

Included: Banff Sightseeing Chairlift (open ticket)

COVID-19 Update as of July 1: Guests are asked to wear face masks on the shuttle, inside buildings and when getting on and off the chairlift. When physical distancing is not possible on the shuttle, face masks become mandatory.

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride over a natural bear habitat up to 7,000 feet at Mt Norquay with breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley. At the top, relax over a meal at the Cliffhouse Bistro or stroll along the interpretive walkway while keeping your eyes out for bighorn sheep.

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Bow River Ride for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.

The best parts of the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift for most people include the following:

1

Ride to 7,000 feet at Mount Norquay

Take a scenic eight-minute ride into the sky in an open-air chairlift as you pass over natural grizzly and black bear habitat while experiencing breathtaking views of the iconic Mt Rundle.
2

Mountain top dining and facilities

Enjoy incredible views of the iconic Mt. Rundle and Bow Valley while dining at 7,000ft overlooking the town of Banff at the Cliffhouse Bistro, or from the viewing boardwalk and sightseeing platform.
The tour is a one hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin site. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
Please meet at Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Warner Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear sturdy, closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Guests cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
Horseback rides run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Please do not wear a rain poncho, as they can flap in the wind and spook the horses.
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
The North American Lodge at Mount Norquay is located on Mt Norquay Road in Banff, only a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation and there is ample car parking available. Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus that runs hourly from Banff.

The free shuttle bus runs throughout the day from Banff with several pick-up locations.

Free Shuttle Bus Schedule (Valid from June 12 to September 12 2021)

Location Times
Juniper Hotel (to Banff) 08:42 09:42 10:42 11:42 12:42 13:42 14:42 15:42 16:42 17:42 18:27 19:27
Train Station Info Centre 07:55 08:50 09:50 10:50 11:50 12:50 13:50 14:50 15:50 16:50 17:50 18:35 19:35
Banff Avenue – South Bound – At Elk St 07:57 08:52 09:52 10:52 11:52 12:52 13:52 14:52 15:52 16:52 17:52*
Banff Park Lodge (Opposite) 08:00 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55 16:55 17:55*
ARRIVES AT NORQUAY 08:10 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10 17:10 18:10*
RETURN TO BANFF 09:35 10:35 11:35 12:35 13:35 14:35 15:35 16:35 17:20 18:20* 19:20 20:20
* Stops at the Juniper Hotel only

Free Shuttle Bus Schedule (Valid from September 13 to October 11 2021)

Location Times
Juniper Hotel (to Banff) 08:42 09:42 10:42 11:42 12:42 13:42 14:42 15:42 16:42 17:42 18:27 19:27
Train Station Info Centre 08:15 08:50 09:50 10:50 11:50 12:50 13:50 14:50 15:50 16:50 17:50* 18:35* 19:35*
Banff Avenue – South Bound – At Elk St 08:17 08:52 09:52 10:52 11:52 12:52 13:52 14:52 15:52 16:52
Banff Park Lodge (Opposite) 08:20 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55 16:55
ARRIVES AT NORQUAY 08:30 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10 17:10
RETURN TO BANFF 09:35 10:35 11:35 12:35 13:35 14:35 15:35 16:35 17:35 18:20 19:20
* Stops at the Juniper Hotel only
During the summer, the chairlift runs from 9am to 6:30pm, with the last ride down at 7:30pm. In the fall, the chairlift runs from 10am to 6pm, with the last ride down at 6:30pm. Please refer to your booking confirmation for seasonal operating hours.
During the summer, the chairlift runs from 9am to 6:30pm, with the last ride down at 7:30pm. In the fall, the chairlift runs from 10am to 6pm, with the last ride down at 6:30pm. Please refer to your booking confirmation for seasonal operating hours.
The chairlift ride is approximately eight minutes each way. Plenty of time to spot some wildlife!
Unlike an enclosed Gondola, an open-air chairlift allows you to ride up the mountain with your legs dangling freely below you. Each chair is outfitted with a safety bar so you aren’t in any danger of falling out.
Jaw dropping vistas, high-alpine dining in an avalanche proof restaurant, Cliffhouse Bistro, hand carved into the side of the mountain, breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley, mountain climbing on the Via Ferrata, an interpretive walkway, and bighorn sheep.
There are two main trails from the Mt Norquay main car park.

Stoney Squaw Mountain
Distance: 4.2 km return
Elevation Gain: 190m
Time Required: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike through a beautiful lodgepole pine and spruce tree forest for a unique view of Cascade Mountain, and peaks of the Fairholme Range. During the ascent, hikers will enjoy unique views of Banff, Vermilion Lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. This trail is also popular for mountain biking.

Cascade Amphitheatre
Distance: 15.4 km return
Elevation Gain: 640m
Time Required: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
The hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, and then zigzags its way through the dense forest to Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheatre, impressively enclosed by limestone cliffs, keep your eyes out for wildflowers.

Sightseeing tickets are sold as non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets are good to be used on any day during the summer season in which they were purchased.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • The minimum age for this package is 8 years. Children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by an adult on the chairlift, and children aged 17 and under must be accompanied on the ride by a legal guardian.
  • The maximum weight per person is 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales), and the maximum combined weight is 226kg (500lbs) per chair.
  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders must wear fully enclosed shoes (no heels).
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English.
  • Riders must be in good physical condition.
  • Helmets are mandatory and to be worn by all riders.
  • All adults must sign a waiver for both tours. A waiver must also be completed by the legal guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • COVID-19: Guests should not attend our tour if showing any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • COVID-19: Guests must wear a non-surgical face covering when checking in for their activity.

Refunds are not issued if guests are disqualified from participating due to not meeting these requirements.

Sightsee over Banff from the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
Meet at Warner Stables for your horseback ride
Take a guided Banff horseback ride with your friendly guide with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided one hour Bow River horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
See over Banff on the Banff SIghtseeing Chairlift
Mount Norquay SIghtseeing Chairlift
See views over the Bow Valley on the Mount Norquay Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in the Canadian Rockies
Enjoy mountain views while dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro at Mount Norquay up the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift in Banff in the Canadian Rockies