7 days/6 nights with 5½ days of activities
Start any date between July 1 and September 15
Cycling: 45 to 50 km average (28 to 31 miles) This covers hilly terrain
Walking: 10 to 18 km (6 to 11 miles).This is through mountainous terrain
White-water rafting: Along the Kicking Horse River, through Class II to IV+ rapids
No previous experience is necessary
Classic Accommodation: CAD$2275
Single suppl. Classic: CAD$445
* Price before tax. Canada applies a 12% HST.
- 6 nights hotels (Luxe upgrades are available at some locations)
- 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
- A full day white-water rafting excursion with instruction
- 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.
Arrival in Banff. This vibrant little 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.
Continue your cycling 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, of the area.
You have a number of choices today to explore the incredible beauty of Lake Louise. Step out of your lodge and begin with a hike to the highest teahouse in Canada, hidden in a picturesque alpine valley. Take in the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Beehive formations. You could also take a canoe onto the lake to enjoy a leisurely paddle on the crystalline Lake Louise. Perhaps choose to transfer to the quieter Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks for its magnificent views.
Experience the thrill of whitewater paddling as you are picked up from your accommodation for a day of instruction and excitement on one of Canada's premier whitewater rivers. Feel yourself whisked downstream by the power of the Kicking Horse River as it carves a path through the rugged wilderness. After the day's adventure, you will be transferred to Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Field.
Beginning with a transfer to Takkakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, you will embark on an exhilarating trek considered to be one of the five best hikes in the Rockies. Enjoy the rugged, rocky trail along the breath-taking glaciers before descending the tree-lined path passing hidden lakes and glacier-fed rivers. End your day at the beautiful Cathedral Mountain Chalets for a quiet evening of relaxation.
Take a final stroll through this unforgettable landscape before your transfer arrives to return you to Banff and onward to home or your next adventure. (Extra: extend your vacation by spending an extra night or two in Banff or Lake Louise)
"I can honestly say this was by far the best vacation we have ever taken! As my husband puts it, this was the first time he has been on a trip where he didn't want to go home by the end of it" and "… the trip exceeded all our expectations and hopes and we will highly recommend you to as many people as we can think of."
- A. & R.Levenberg