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.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 470 m or 51 km, gain 286 m.*
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.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 603 m up to 96 km, gain 1303 m.*
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.
Distance: 17 km, elevation gain 500 m.*
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 or Truffle Pig in Field.
Distance: 20 km.*
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. Alternatively, join a guided hike to Mt. Stephens to learn about the Burgess Shale, a world renowned fossil site of the first marine ecosystem from 508 million years ago (additional fee of $94.50 CAD as one must be with a licensed guide to visit the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site). End your day at the beautiful Cathedral Mountain Chalets or at Truffle Pig Lodge for a quiet evening of relaxation.
Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 695 m or 20 km, gain 300 m.
Mt. Stephens hike is 8 km, elevation gain of 795m, rated challenging (short but steep)*
Take a final stroll through this unforgettable landscape before your transfer arrives to return you to Lake Louise and onward to home or your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
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