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Banff Horseback Rides Spring 2010

15 Apr
Thanks to this beautiful Spring weather the 2 hour Sundance Loop Ride will open tomorrow, April 16th 2010.

Banff Horseback Tour
With weather and temperatures like this, the 3 hour Bow Valley Loop ride should open before the end of the month. Cookouts and day rides are scheduled to open May 15th and the Spray River Corrals located by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel should be open for the 1 hour Spray River Ride on May 1st 2010.

This 2 hour Sundance Loop trail ride travels through the woodland, along the Bow River, climbs the backside of Sulphur Mountain over Windy Knoll and loops around the marsh.  This ride will depart at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm daily.

The cost for the 2 hour Sundance Loop trail ride is $72 per rider and payment can be made using your credit card.  Jeans and a close-toed shoe, like a sneaker or light-hiking boot, are best to wear while riding.

Reservations are recommended for this ride and guests can call 1-888-747-6259 (in North America), 0800-567-7542 (in U.K.) or  +1 403-609-0286 direct to speak with a Canadian Rockies based reservations agent or contact us here at Banff Blog.

Banff Horseback Rides

01 Apr
The sun is out and the horses are back in town! Time to saddle up and head out for the Bow River Ride!

Banff Horseback Tour

Opening tomorrow! (April 2nd 2010)

This 1-hour trail ride travels through the woodland, along the Bow River and loops around the marsh.  This ride will depart hourly daily starting at 10am with the last one departing at 5pm.

Reservations are recommended for this ride and you can call +1-403-609-0286 (1-888-747-6259 North America / 0800-567-7542 U.K.) to speak with a local reservations agent.  The cost is $40 per rider and payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Please check in at Warner Stables 10 minutes before your ride’s scheduled departure time.  The stables are located at the end of Sundance Road just off Cave Avenue. No shuttle service provided.  Gloves and hats are highly recommended for this time of year!

For more Banff Horseback Riding Tours, contact us at Banff Holidays.


Banff National Park – Best Places to Propose

22 Mar

Okay, so you have met “the one” and you want to drop on one knee and ask the big question – “do you want to go on holiday”. There are a large selection of potential “proposal” spots in Banff National Park year-round – most are quieter and away from crowds – perfect to avoid humiliation if there is an awkward silence after you ask the question “will you marry me” or worst still, they say NO! Asking someone to marry you in Banff National Park is an almost guaranteed YES (although we can’t 100% guarantee this*).

Here are a few ideas which should get you, and your partner’s heart pounding!

  • Banff Gondola. Reach for the skies with your loved one. The views from the top are spectacular and you can walk about 10 minutes along the boardwalk to get to Sanson Peak. Some tour operators such as rocky-peak Holidays issue vouchers with expiry dates so you don’t have to commit to a day in advance (in case the weather is not perfect).
  • Canoe. Paddle your way to happiness. Canoes can be rented on the Bow River where you can paddle UP stream or along the channels to Vermillion Lakes. You can take a romantic picnic and sit on the shores. Other spectacular locations include Moraine Lake and Lake Louise as well as Emerald Lake which is located in Yoho National Park.
  • Bow Falls. Fall to your knee at these beautiful falls. A romantic location where a 2-minute walk will get you to a quieter pebble beach with a great view of the falls.
  • Johnson Canyon. Listen to the water fall as you fall to your knee. This is the most accessible Canyon you will find in Banff National Park – there are 7 waterfalls in total. A short walk gets you to the lower falls and a cave where you have a close up view of the lower falls. Walk a little further and you will get to the upper falls which are quieter and allow you to avoid any “gorpers” when you ask the question.
  • Lake Louise Gondola. You may see a bear and if you do, the answer won’t be grizzly. Take the gondola or chairlift at the Lake Louise ski resort up the mountain for amazing views of Lake Louise. There is a viewing platform at the top – perfect for proposals.
  • Horseback Ride. Giddy up and clip-clop your way to life-long happiness. You will have to have a guide on this one – they will of course back-off when you decide to ask the question! Horesback rides get you to quieter locations along the Bow River.
  • Cave and Basin. This is where Canada’s National Park system all began – the place for beginnings! This is a great alternative if the weather is not so good for your entire stay (unlikely as Alberta is Canada’s sunniest province). This UNESCO World Heritage site is a good spot and a place to remember.
  • Viewpoints. Show your loved one a sight they won’t forget! There are many sights to see, some of which require a short walk if you are the active type. Sights include the Hoodoos, Mount Norquay viewpoint (on the road up to Mount Norquay) and a short walk up Tunnel Mountain. All of these spots are particularly romantic at dusk.
  • Hot Springs. Warm up your partner before you pop the question! This could be a challenge as these Banff hot springs are popular and getting a ring out when you only have swim gear on could be interesting – worth a try through. Note that you may have an audience.
  • Helicopter Flight. Take your relationship to new heights! For the ultimate in indulgence take a private charter out of nearby Canmore  – you can rent a helicopter (and pilot!) on a hourly basis and they can take you to romantic remote location for you to wonder off and do your thing. Champagne can also be included in the package. Note that no sightseeing helicopters are permitted in the National Park so you have to leave Banff National Park for this. This is pricey but how often are you going to ask this question – just once we hope!

There are great spa facilities such as the Willow Stream Spa in the romantic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. I would recommend you stay in this historic hotel. Spa access at this hotel is complimentary with the purchase of most spa services (excluding Salon services) and is just currently $69 per person when you stay at the hotel for full day access.

If the answer is yes – congratulations! Now, it’s time to start to plan your wedding and what better place is there to where you proposed – Banff National Park?! Places to get married in Banff National Park? – well that’s another post altogether.

Banff Wedding

This is a lot of information to take in and we recommend rocky-peak Holidays to help you plan and book all this for you as you don’t want to leave anything to chance!

*A “YES!” from your loved one is not 100% guaranteed, just 99%. We can not be held accountable if your partner says “NO!” or doesn’t answer. We have tried to help by providing suggestions in this post, and if it doesn’t work out, we are sorry and it is time for you to move on.


Banff Dog Sled Tours

04 Nov

Why not try something different this winter in the Canadian Rockies?

dog sled tours

Banff dog sled tours are a great way to get around and see the snowy wilderness in the Canadian Rockies!

The dogs love what they do – it is their full-time job in the winter months! Before your Banff dog sled tour you can have photos taken with the dogs, they are all really friendly, so this is a must if you are a dog lover! On the longer tours you can give it a try yourself – make sure you have the anchor ready just in case you need to stop! Guides will assist you to give you a helping hand and you can just sit back and relax in your sleigh as you speed through the winter wonderland.

The great thing about Banff dog sled tours is that you can fit it around your skiing time so that you do not lose precious ski holiday time off the slopes.

Now there are increased transfers from Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and for 2008, dog sled tours out of Panorama, getting to the dogs has never been easier this winter 2008 ski season!

The best way to book is to contact rocky-peak Holidays direct and they will take care of everything.

Booking with rocky-peak Holidays also means you pay no booking fees!

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