5 days/4 nights, with 3½ days cycling
Start any date between June 15 and September 15
45 to 50 km daily average (28 to 31 miles)
This is mountainous region and there is one day with challenging steep climbs
On some days there is the possibilityof extending riding distances up to 65 km (41 miles)
Classic Accommodation: CAD$1775
Single suppl. classic: CAD$300
* Price before tax. Canada applies a 12% HST.
- 4 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Detailed route instructions and map
- Use of a top quality 21-speed hybrid bike complete with handlebar bag, pump, and all the necessary accessories for changing flats. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
- Luggage transfers
- All necessary transfers during the tour
- Area Manager available throughout the tour
Your tour starts in Banff the oldest and largest town in the National Parks of the Rockies. Located 150 km (94 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta, Banff is situated in the scenic Bow Valley surrounded by Cascade Mtn, Tunnel Mtn, Mt. Rundle, Sulphur Mtn, and Mt. Norquay.
There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights to Calgary from all major Canadian and many US centres, including: Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas & Seattle. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt.
A number of companies offer an airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport. If you are flying home from Calgary Airport, a special transfer might be necessary to enable you to catch a flight on the same day as the tour end.
Canadian Rockies Cycling
Dare to be adventurous. Experience the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks during the day while enjoying the warm, luxurious comfort of mountain lodges at night. Cycle lodge to lodge. Hearts will pound as you crest stunning mountain passes - offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks. Pedal past herds of elk and bighorn sheep, chance upon a grazing moose. Begin your exploration in Banff National Park, where towering mountains rise from the shores of turquoise-blue lakes. Cycle along the most spectacular road in Canada as you journey north to Jasper National Park. Gleaming glaciers, overwhelming vistas, enchanted forests and iridescent lakes. Rewarding rides through this marvellous UNESCO World Heritage Site provide an exhilarating sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime.
Arrival in Banff. This vibrant town is at the centre of some of the most scenic cycling routes found anywhere in the Rocky Mountains National Parks. Stroll about town searching for that perfect souvenir or visiting the excellent museums. If you arrive early enough enjoy a warm-up cycle out to The Cave and Basin - the location of the first hot mineral springs discovered in 1883.
Pedal the scenic network of roads around Banff - exploring Tunnel Mountain and the oddly shaped Hoodoos. Add on a loop up to Lake Minnewanka, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Rockies. Once known as Devil's Lake or Cannibal Lake, Minnewanka is the site of many ghostly occurrences in native legends.
Begin your journey north along the Bow Valley Parkway to the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise - the gem of Banff National Park. As you twist and climb along the Parkway take in the magnificent views of the Sawback, Sundance and the Massive mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Lake Louise, soak up the natural splendour, take a canoe onto the lake, or enjoy a short walk into the mountains.
Cycle up to Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (considered by many to be even more beautiful than Lake Louise) and then opt for a ride along the Great Divide Road. No longer accessible to cars, this bike route will take you over the continental divide where you can check out the monument that marks this watershed divide on the summit of the Kicking Horse Pass. Continue your journey north to the splendid Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shores of Bow Lake.
Today is your day of departure. Take a little time to explore before beginning your voyage home or onward to your next adventure.
"The scenery was magical. Just when we thought we had seen the most beautiful lakes, we saw lakes just as beautiful, but with a glacier and waterfall added! We liked the difficulty of the tour. The rivers and mountains made all the uphills a pleasure."
- S. Simon & P. Knop