You’ll begin your journey at 9.30am at Warner Stables at the backcountry check-in area of the large barn where you will get to meet your horse. The horses are steady, responsive and can be counted on to cross any terrain, from forest paths to boulder-strewn creeks. Never been horseback riding before? Don’t worry. You will be matched with a mild-mannered horse and teach you everything you need to know. Once you and your horse are ready to go, you will mount up for the 10 mile ride along the banks of the sparkling glacier-fed Bow River, Brewster and Healy Creeks. You’ll stop along the way for a hot lunch on the river banks, then late afternoon will arrive at Sundance Lodge. This elegant lodge offers you a chance to experience the Canadian backcountry, while relaxing in comfort. You’ll arrive to a hot cup of tea or coffee, a warm shower, a soft bed and the friendly greeting of your lodge host. Each host has a way of making the lodge their own, catering in your every need and cooking you delicious meals.
Completed in 1991, Sundance Lodge now sits on the original site of the horse corral for Ten-Mile cabin, built by Canadian Pacific Railway back in the 1920’s. The original cabin itself remains standing and was declared a historical site in 1990. It was used as a refuge for mountain guides and packers traveling to Mount Assiniboine, whose names you can still see carved into the logs. Sundance Lodge sits alongside a gentle curve on Brewster Creek, with the Sundance Mountain range as a backdrop. Built entirely with pine logs, the lodge has 10 sleeping rooms, with 3 beds in each room; rooms are designated on
a ‘choose your own’ basis. The lodge also has a large country kitchen, and a cozy living room area where you can curl up by the woodstove and lose yourself in a good book. And although it is a remote backcountry lodge, we decided to add what we felt was an important comfort from home – hot showers! (Please note that, for environmental reasons, showers are restricted to one per stay.)