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:
1.5 - 2 Hours on the Bow River
Optional cliff jump and swim
Everything is provided!
The best parts of the Cowboy Cookout Horseback Ride for most people include the following:
Western barbecue at 3 Mile Cabin
Sulphur Mountain Trail and Windy Knoll
The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties, male and female change tents and ample free parking.
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.
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.
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 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 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 guardian of any rider under the age of 18.
- 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.