National Parks Tour

 

Reach new and rewarding heights on this extraordinary bike tour of the Canadian Rockies. The splendor of two provinces is yours to intimately discover as the road passes quickly beneath you and the proud pristine peaks put life into perspective.  Incorporating four World Heritage National Parks, you’ll travel 499 km/310 miles on this six-day true adventure, challenged by a wilderness most would consider insurmountable.  Every day is a highlight as you confront mountain passes or relax in Radium Hot Springs and travel new distances to witness the immense miracle of the Columbia Icefields.  Unsurpassed scenery may give way to a glimpse of unsuspecting denizens of the forest, so keep a keen eye as you cycle by mountain lakes, alpine forests and the rocky edges of rushing rivers. Truly the best of the Canadian west, this is the pinnacle of pedaling experiences.

The tour starts and ends in Banff. Meet Sunday, 0800, day of tour start at the hotel in Banff, ready to bike and finish in Banff late Friday pm. Transport between YYC airport and Banff is included in the trip costs. Arrangements for return flights should be made for Saturday or later. Cycling starts near Kootenay Lodge and finishes in Jasper. Average daily mileage is 84 km\52 mi with a high of 130 km/81 mi and a low of 47 km/29 mi.National Parks Tour Map

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Golden Triangle

A treasure trove of adventure, the Golden Triangle offers a diverse discovery of western Canada, a serpentine cycle along the border of the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Beginning near Banff, this easy to moderate six-day trip will have you rising to the challenge of mountain passes while allowing for plenty of cool downhill coasting. Averaging between 60 km/37 miles and 110 km/69 miles per day, your experience is ever changing as you explore three World Heritage National Parks, many historical points of interest and hundreds of miles of wildlife habitat. Appealing to true adventurers, this 296 km/184 mile ride is still suitable for beginners, the perfect way to unleash the explorer in you.

The tour starts and ends in Banff. Meet Sunday, 0800, day of tour start at the hotel in Banff, ready to bike. The tour finishes in Banff late Friday pm. Tranfer to and from the Calgary International Airport is included in the cost of the trip. Arrangements for return flights should be made for Saturday or later. Cycling starts near the Kootenay Park Lodge and ends at Johnston Canyon Resort. Average daily mileage is 60 km/37 mi per day with a high of 110 km/69 mi and a low of 29 km/18 mi.

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Icefields parkway

The most spectacular journey in the world! To travel the Bow valley and Icefields Parkways is to experience one of Canada’s national treasures and our most rewarding bicycle route. Stretching approximately 279km/173mi between Banff and Jasper the Parkways offer easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on earth and viewing these sights from the seat of a bicycle adds to the pleasure. This is a world class journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine mountain lakes and rushing rivers. The two Parkways offer a paved road with wide paved shoulders, paralleling the Continental Divide and splitting the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia between Banff, Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields and Jasper.

Our 6 day Icefields Highway tour is designed for the beginner cyclist with a daily mileage of 50km/30mi for 4 days, one day of 80k/50m and a day off in Lake Louise for sightseeing. This schedule leaves lots of time to enjoy the beauty along the way, and most participants leave with the impression that the cycling, while all in the mountains, was a lot easier than anticipated.

With “global warming” of interest to all, the Icefields Highway is one place where it is particularly noticeable. It is difficult to see the changes that have occurred since the late 1800’s and are still occurring unless you are a frequent visitor to the area but at the Columbia Icefields, cement markers show where the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier was at different points from the late 1800’s to the present and the glacial retreat is both amazing and somewhat alarming. The tour includes the opportunity to drive/walk to the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier and see the retreat first hand.

The tour starts and ends in Banff. Transfer to and from the Calgary international airport is included. Meet Sunday, 8 am, day of tour start at the hotel in Banff, ready to bike and finish in Banff late Friday pm. Arrangements for return flights should be made for Saturday or later. Cycling starts near Banff and ends in Jasper. Average daily mileage is 48 km/30 mi per day with a high of 83 km/52 mi and a low of 45 km/28 mi.

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Banff to Lake Louise

 

Enjoy a the beautiful view along the Bow valley parkway between Banff and Lake Louise while cycling through the oldest national park in Canada (second in North America). Banff is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s first National Park of Canada, established in 1885, this bike trip takes you through a magnificent sub alpine wonderland. The winding mountain road has great views of the Bow River and Castle mountain. Ending at the famous Lake Louise, you’ll have time to walk along the lake side trail or explore the landmark Fairmont Lake Louise hotel with all its history.

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Highwood pass

 

The Highwood pass is the highest paved pass in the Canadian Rockies at an elevation of 2350 meters. The beauty of this trips is the gentle downhill grade to Kananaskis village. This 45 Km trip will bring you past beautiful mountains such as Mt. Kidd. Most of the trip is spent with views of the Kananaskis river with stunning blue water.

Bull Elk

 

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