May-Sep
Season
12+
Age

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids and then saddle up for a horseback ride to a barbecue dinner.

Included: Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Start your day with exciting whitewater thrills on class 3-4 whitewater rapids at Horseshoe Canyon on the Bow River, with the option to try a cliff jump! During the quiet stretches, lift your eyes skyward and see large birds of prey soaring above.

Included: Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride (Dinner)

Ride along the Bow River in Banff while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery, before arriving at 3 Mile Cabin for a delicious cowboy cookout dinner. You can even try a few western style games such as lassoing and horse-shoes! Then you’ll ride back along the base of Sulphur Mountain.

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

The best parts of the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour for most people include the following:

1

1.5 - 2 Hours on the Bow River

Enjoy up to two hours rafting through shale canyons and awesome whitewater, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The River Class is 3 – 4 and offers spectacular scenery and big waves.
2

Optional cliff jump and swim

A medium or big cliff jump for the adventurous during the float section.
3

Everything is provided!

The tour includes free professional photos, equipment, professional guides, refreshments, instruction and facilities.

The best parts of the Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Ride along the Bow River while watching for wildlife such as ground squirrels, porcupines and beavers scurrying around the marshes and meadows.
2

Western barbecue at 3 Mile Cabin

Midway through the ride, you’ll arrive at 3 Mile Cabin to enjoy genuine western hospitality and some tasty comfort food.
3

Sulphur Mountain Trail and Windy Knoll

After a hearty meal the ride climbs up and around the Windy Knoll, where you can see dazzling views of the surrounding mountains.
The tour starts at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge at 8:15am and finishes at 12pm, approximately 4 hours. This includes a short drive to the river and 1.5 to 2 hours on the water. For guests utilising transport from Banff, you will be picked up at 7:45am and the return time will be around 1pm.
The tour includes 1.5 – 2 hours on the river (including a 20 minute float to finish up), a professional river guide with each boat, an optional river swim, free professional photos, and light refreshment and snacks. All safety equipment including clean and dry wetsuits, wetsuit booties, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket and a helmet is provided. The tour winds through scenic views of the front range of the Rocky Mountain Ranges and occasionally we see wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears.

The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties, male and female change tents and ample free parking.

The meeting point is at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on Highway 1A approximately 45 minutes from Banff. Detailed driving directions will be provided in your booking confirmation, and there is ample free parking at the lodge.
Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes and a towel in a bag for after the tour. We also suggest bringing a toque or hat for colder days, to wear under the helmet. Your belongings can be stored in the bus or your own car while you are on the river.

You can wear sunglasses/glasses as long as these are secured with a strap or piece of string, and contact lenses are usually okay if you are comfortable swimming with them and tell your guide. Sunscreen is great on a hot day for any areas not covered by the wetsuit, but avoid putting it above or near your eyes. You can bring your own waterproof camera or GoPro which can be secured with your own chest harness or on a helmet with a GoPro mount, but we are not responsible for loss or damage of your equipment.

Anything else! It isn’t recommended to bring your camera and rafters aren’t permitted to wear their own wetsuit or to wear anything that could cause a hazard while on the tour.
When you are making your reservation please let the agent know and they will check with the rafting team. On the day please bring any medication you may need and inform your guide of any medical conditions.
No rafting experience is necessary, and we provide a Professional River Guide with each boat who will explain and demonstrate paddle, safety and emergency techniques. This includes dryland safety instructions and practicing paddling on the river before the waves.

Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability. If you have never rafted before or do not know how to swim, we recommend the Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting Tour, as the rapids and river are not as strong as the other tours.

You will go through class 3 & 4 rapids during your tour, which is ideal for adventure lovers. This is a moderate trip, exciting but not difficult. Check out the Whitewater Rafting Rapid Classification Guide for more information: http://chinookrafting.com/plan-and-book/river-classifications/.

The tour is run by Chinook Rafting who have been operating whitewater rafting tours as a licensed company in the province of Alberta since 1983 and all of the rafting guides are trained in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid & CPR. What this means for you is that they are confident that they can manage, not eliminate, the risks today to offer you an exciting and fun day on the river, creating as safe a framework as they can, given what we are doing. However, it is important to remember that we are not on a track, this isn’t Disneyland!  The fact that we’re not on a track adds excitement to what we’re doing, but it also adds inherent risks.

The tour starts at 5pm and runs for three hours, which includes two hours of horseback riding. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour includes a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River to 3 Mile Cabin where you will enjoy a western cookout with BBQ steak, baked potato, cowboy baked beans, Caesar salad, lunch buns, dessert squares, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. After playing some western games such as lassoing, you’ll saddle up a one-hour horseback ride along Sulphur Mountain Trail. 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 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.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 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 minimum age is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs. If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old.
  • The maximum weight per person is 250 lbs.
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form for both tours. Any guest under 18 years will also need a parent or guardian signature on the waiver form and an emergency contact number if the Parent/Guardian is not joining them on the river.
  • 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 15 years and under must have someone 18 years and older with them.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • Riders must wear sturdy closed toed shoes – no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any rider 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.
  • Please note that the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and the Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tours.
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