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Best Horseback Adventures in 2023

Why not combine your Canadian vacation with a horseback adventure? Heading out on a guided trail ride with a well-established outfitter and exploring the surrounding wilderness followed by a Cowboy Cookout will be a special experience you won’t forget.

Or check out the Canadian Rockies Combo which includes a helicopter tour, a hike and a horseback ride.

Horseback Adventures – 1-hour to Full-day tours

About the tours

Guest ranch vacations and horse pack adventures are not for everyone. Therefore, choosing a trail ride lasting for an hour to all day, with an added cookout or a helicopter tour if you like, might be an alternative. Most of the Horseback Adventures are suitable for all riders, others are for experienced riders only. Check the descriptions of the various packages before you book.

Important information:

  • Free cancellation – Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
  • Reserve now and pay later to book your spot and pay nothing today
  • Small groups, limited to six participants
  • Not suitable for children under 8 years old and pregnant women
  • Alberta Rides: Not suitable for people over 230 lbs (104 kg)
  • British Columbia Rides: Not suitable for people over 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Bring insect repellent and long pants
  • Not allowed are backpacks, open-toed shoes, unaccompanied minors

Horseback Riding in Alberta

Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

Saddle up for a 1-hour guided horseback ride past some of the most awe-evoking scenery in Banff National Park. Ride your horse by the historic Cave and Basin area and along Banff’s tranquil Bow River as you look out over the soaring mountain peaks. This area is home to wildlife amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. Enjoy unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains along the way.

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Banff National Park: 1-Hour Spray River Horseback Ride

Head out on a 1-hour horseback ride with spectacular views of the Bow Falls. You will ride past the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course and cross the Spray River for a unique experience. This is a great introduction to horseback riding and of course, river crossings are the highlights and fun, especially on a hot summer’s day.

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1-Hour and 2-Hour Horseback Trail Rides in Kananaskis

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by riding into the serene Alberta backcountry. This small-group horseback riding adventure will have you exploring forests and traversing a mountain ridge for excellent views of the entire Kananaskis Valley. The tour is suitable for all, from novice to experienced riders.


Covered Wagon Ride in Banff with Western Cookout

This is an event for the whole family. Saddle up for a ride along the Bow River in Banff and a Western-style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain. Riders have to be over 8 years old. Try some roping skills or relax with a game of horseshoes before the Cowboy BBQ cookout.


Canadian Rockies Combo: Helicopter Tour and Horseback Ride

Check out this amazing adventure package. You get to experience the Canadian Rockies from a helicopter ride, a hike, and a horseback ride.

See glaciers, waterfalls, and 10,000-foot peaks during a thrilling 20-minute helicopter flight. Enjoy an easy hike through wild alpine woods and meadows to Twin Falls. Take in breathtaking views of the Rockies and Cline River on a horseback ride. Discover the spectacular beauty of Abraham Lake, Cline River Valley, and more.

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Horseback Riding in British Columbia

Pemberton: Birkenhead Lake Half-Day Mountain Ride

Discover the Birkenhead Lake region located in the scenic Coast Mountain range of British Columbia. Explore the area on horseback and enjoy some of the most beautiful back-country mountain scenery in the country. Enjoy the ups and downs of mountain horse riding at its best.

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Pemberton: Full-Day Horseback Riding Experience

A full-day mountain riding experience through the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia. This is the best way to experience mountain riding at its best on sure-footed horses, as you ascend to 2,000 feet before enjoying a saddle bag lunch & returning to camp.

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Related Links

Authentic Wilderness Ranch VacationsBackcountry Destination Guide
Horse Pack Trips AdventuresRV and Camper Rental Guide
Top Companies for Guided Tours in CanadaBackcountry Camping

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Yrene Dee

Yrene lives in the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, and is the founder of BackcountryCanadaTravel.com. She was born in Switzerland, lived and worked on different continents and has travelled the world. Yes, that's me, an Entrepreneur, wilderness nut and animal lover who prefers off-the-beaten-track places. I write about things I love. Mostely.

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