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1 Hour Bow River Ride

Banff, Canada

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. Get out of the car and onto the trails of the Bow River or the Spray River and enjoy the area’s beautiful outdoor environment, largely unchanged from the days of the pioneers. This equine-themed odyssey includes a guide, use of a horse, and all necessary equipment.
  • Horseback ride through Banff National Park
  • Ride a horse to natural sulfur springs
  • Ride along the Bow River or the Spray River (depending on option booked)
  • Learn about the history of the national park from a guide
Get a different perspective of the incredible scenery of Banff, during this horseback riding excursion along the Bow River or Spray River. This riding experience provides visitors with a first-hand taste of the wild landscape around Banff, much as the early settlers would have seen it, while mounted on horseback.

If you chose to cover the Bow River area, head to the natural sulfur hot springs. Follow the trail, which loops around a marsh near the Bow River. As you ride, catch views of Mt. Norquay and the Cascade Mountain in the distance.


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Family day
, Jun 2020
Staff was terrific!! Knowledgeable, kind and super nice to the animals and people. Had my 3 year olds on a pony lead and the two cowgirls who took them around really were awesome (Emma & Maddie). Will go back for sure!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Were glad your family enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Kindful staff, fun experience
, Nov 2019
it was my first time to ride a horse. The horses are so nice and the staffs are kind. I want to try the longer trip next time.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
So happy to hear this, the longer you ride the better the experience.
Breathtaking Views and Ride!
, Sep 2019
Highly recommended!! It was a beautiful ride with some of the best views of Banff. The horses are really well-trained and very adorable, great for anyone!
Great experience
, Jul 2019
Great experience, great price, friendly and helpful people, would definitely do it all over again, it was also very beautiful.
Lots of fun even in the mud
, Jul 2019
We took the hour tour after a big rainstorm so there was a lot of mud. It took longer than the hour allotted but i was not complaining. I rode Boundary and he was a very sweet and well behaved boy. Be prepared for mosquitos!
Excellent experience.
, Jul 2018
Great for beginners of all ages. Staff very helpful and friendly.Very conscientious making sure all cents are safe. Gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with horseback riding. Last time I rode was almost 30 years ago!
The staff were great, the views...
dagmar w
, Sep 2017
The staff were great, the views spectacular. The only word of caution is that if you've had any horseback riding experience you will find this ride boring as there is no galloping or cantering allowed,slow walk for 2 hours. Ladies don't do your hair as it's mandatory you wear a helmet that's supplied by the barn, not the cleanest.
The tour is great and the lady guide...
helen x
, Aug 2017
The tour is great and the lady guide is very thoughtful and responsible. What I'm going to complain is the rate that I got from VIATOR is the exactly same that we can get from their online official website. This is the first time that I get no savings via Viator!!
Excellent adventure. Very safe. Good...
Stephen H
, Jul 2017
Excellent adventure. Very safe. Good views of the area. Our guide, Randy, was terrific and gave us insight not only on what we were seeing on the ride, but also good advice on where to go in the park.
The staff was very friendly, helpful...
, Jul 2017
The staff was very friendly, helpful and provided helmets for all riders. The check-in was a bit chaotic - no verification of payment or ID was required. Although the online registration requested riding level it made no difference, most riders were inexperienced and we were all treated the same. The ride was very slow and the mosquitoes were terrible.

Product code: 12217RIDE

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