Transportation and Accommodation

Our staging area this summer will be the riding stables in the Town of Banff. If you are driving, you may park at the stables for the duration of your ride (make sure to display your park pass in your car).

You are responsible for the arranging, booking and payment of your own transportation to the staging area and for hotel accommodation before the ride and the night after your ride ends (we don’t recommend travel after the last day of your ride).

The nearest international airport is in Calgary.  International guests will need to clear customs and immigration when arriving in Calgary from foreign countries. All visitors to Canada require a passport.

We recommend staying in the Town of Banff or the nearby Town of Canmore before and after your ride.

Arriving Calgary by Air

Flying to Calgary is easy thanks to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) which receives arrivals from all over the world. The airport is located in northeast Calgary, about 20 minutes from downtown in light traffic. Rental cars, taxis, limousines and airport shuttles are all available to take you to your final destination.

YYC is serviced with direct flights by: Air Canada, West jet, Air Transat, Alaskan Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Sunwing Air, Hainan Airlines and KLM with direct flights from most major cities in North America as well as Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.

Common “hub airports” used to access Calgary in North America include: Los Angeles, San Franciso, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.

Driving to Calgary

From any direction, the drive to Calgary offers good 4 lane roads and unforgettable scenery. The Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Highway brings visitors from the south and north, stretching from the Montana border north to Edmonton and beyond. Travelers from other Canadian provinces generally arrive via the Trans-Canada Highway, which stretches from the West Coast of Canada to the East. Calgary is about a two and a half hour drive from the U.S. border, three hours from Edmonton, six hours from Regina and a good 12 hours from Vancouver in fair weather.

Arriving Banff/Canmore by Shuttle Bus

There are good and frequent shuttle bus services from the Calgary International Airport. Most will take you directly to your hotel in Banff.  For Canmore, there is only one stop at the Coast Hotel and you will need to arrange your own transportation to your hotel.  We recommend the Banff Airporter.

Driving to Banff/Canmore

From Calgary, the towns of Banff and Canmore are due west on the TransCanada highway (number 1). It will take about 60 to 75 minutes. Canmore is just outside of the Park.  On the way to Banff, you will have to stop at the Park gates to purchase a park pass (unless you purchased your pass online in advance). You may park at the horse stables while you are on your ride (make sure your park pass is displayed in your car).

Getting Around Banff/Canmore

Driving in Banff and Canmore can be challenging in the summer due to high traffic volumes. Here are some alternatives.

Bus Service: There is a regional bus service both within and between the towns. The stables are near the Sundance Road stop on Route #4 (you can ask the bus driver to announce the stop for you). Visit Roam Transit for routes and schedules.

Taxi: There are many taxi companies in the towns and can also transport you between the towns. You must call for a pick-up (flagging down a taxi is not recommended). Here are some:

  • Banff Taxi 403-762-4444
  • Taxi Taxi 403-762-0000 (in Banff)
  • Canmore Cabs 403-996-2229
  • Quick Cab 403-679-9999 (in Canmore)

Staying in Banff/Canmore

Booking early is recommended for accommodations during the busy summer tourist season. These guides may help.

If you wish to find something at a lower cost, the YWCA Banff Hotel or B&Bs are good alternatives.

Banff Lodging Company

Trail Riders has arranged a 15% discount if you book with one of the hotels managed by the Banff Lodging Company.

The discounted rate is valid for travel between June 20 – September 14, 2019. To receive discounted rates, all bookings must be made by June 1, 2019. All bookings are based on availability at time of booking. Minimum night stays may apply.

Guest can choose from the following (visit their website for more details):

  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn
  • Fox Hotel & Suites
  • Moose Hotel & Suites
  • Inns of Banff
  • Bumpers Inn
  • Rocky Mountain Resort
  • Tunnel Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Ridge Resort

Guests can book their individual reservations based on availability by calling 1-800-563-8764 and referencing “Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies – Group # 2578378”.

“5 days of riding wonderfully trained horses, Sleeping on cots in a teepee, scrumptious food, fantastic evening entertainment couldn’t ask for a more awesome adventure. Leave the city and stress behind, come on a ride with this great club!”

T3505NWpatrickmSan Jose, California

“My experience with the TRCR is one that I will never forget. I was given a special gift to go horseback riding, and I could not refuse. I would recommend this wonderful riding vacation to everyone!”

fi0nagtBeaconsfield, Canada

Challenging, rustic, and rewarding!

Just as our photographs couldn’t capture the majesty of the mountains through which we rode, it’s impossible to adequately describe the TRCR experience in a “snapshot” review. In July of 2017, after much anticipation, I rode with my two sisters on a six-day adventure. The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Once my initial anxiety over riding again was quelled, I was free to enjoy vistas only accessible by hiking or on horseback: wildflower-rich prairies, breathtaking peaks, glacial tarns, ever-present wildlife, and awe-inspiring vantage points. The company was congenial, the food hearty and delicious, the cultural and historical lessons amazing, the fun contagious, and the experience…absolutely memorable. I recommend it unreservedly.

Joan V

“I was so excited to complete a bucket list item the first time, had a lifelong experience the second time and can’t wait for the third time in 2018!! I might add that I have not laughed this hard in years!! New friends for life!”

June J

“If you are looking for a fantastic outdoor adventure, this is it.
If you are looking to do and see things that love never dreamed of, this is it.
If you are looking to be around some amazing people and be cared for like family, this is it.

Thanks for making our family vacation a memorable one.”

David T

“You don’t have to be an expert rider to be awe-inspired by the great horses and scenery you will enjoy each day. As one of our ride companions said, you get to feel a teensy bit like a cowboy, and who doesn’t want that??”

250waaNanaimo, Canada

“If you are looking for something different with some challenge and the most breathtaking vistas you will ever see then do this trip. The TRCR staff is fantastic, the food is delicious and plentiful and the experience will absolutely change your life. We will be returning next year and many more.”

JimandMelissaBMiddletown, Connecticut, USA

“We enjoyed our annual horseback rides in the Canadian Rockies for thirteen years. Each year we did not think it could get better, but it usually did. If you enjoy an outback adventure to see breathtaking panoramic vistas from the back of a horse and meeting new people from around the world, you will LOVE riding with TRCR. Food and accommodations were amazing in the wilderness!!!”

Jean203Goode, Virgina

“This ENTIRE adventure was more than we ever expected. More than a dream but a life long satisfaction. WE WILL BE BACK!!”

June and ScottOrlando, Florida

“We just completed a terrific week with the TRCR. We would never have been able to access this fantastic country if it were not for this organization. One of our best vacations ever!”

JanLondon, Ontario

“What an amazing week! Horses were great – energetic, confident and sure-footed. Guides were amazing, generously sharing their vast knowledge of the Rockies, the prairies and trail riding. All around an 11/10!”

BethVancouver, B.C.

“This trip was a dream come true. My friend and I spent a lot of time planning and preparing for this adventure, and we’re so happy that we finally did it. If there’s a little cowgirl/boy deep inside of you, I highly recommend that you give them life before the chance gets away from you. Highly recommended!”

AJ Italian Alps, Italy

“The whole experience far surpassed my expectations: the scenery was spectacular; the horses were steadfast and well cared for; the other riders were lots of fun and full of enthusiasm; the Emcee, trail leaders, and guest speakers were very knowledgeable; the food was great; the list could go on. I will definitely return next year!”

wils0n17Oshawa, Canada

“So many good people are involved to make this a truly wonderful memory… but for me I was not disappointed with anything the rustic accommodation the food the horses the people the scenery all of it just the best time. Recommend highly.”

moonsyBrisbane, Australia


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