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Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Lakes Inn-to-Inn cycle tour
Cycling through the British Columbia Mountain Lakes Region is an awe-filled adventure of discovery and wonder. For six glorious days participants will cruise past spectacular alpine vistas, through quaint mountain towns, and beside meadows of Rocky Mountain wildflowers. Crystal clear alpine lakes nestled in secluded valleys beckon cyclists to cool off in their invigorating waters while at days end, natural hot springs soothe your tired muscles.
After a visit to Lake Louise it’s off to the Continental Divide. Leaving Yoho National Park via Hwy 1 west promises an exciting downhill ride into Golden and on to Glacier National Park. With an area of 1,350 square km, the park is set in the Columbia Mountains. Roger’s Pass, named for Colonel A.B. Rogers, is the only route through the central Columbia’s and in winter months is renowned for its avalanches. Heavy winter snowfalls here keep 14% of the landscape permanently covered with snow and ice. The views in summer are exceptional!
The highway draws us westward towards the city of Revelstoke with its historic downtown area, and Mount Revelstoke National Park. The area south of here, through the Columbia’s and Rocky Mountain Trench is famous for its ghost towns, museums, lakes and hot springs. Cycling south from Revelstoke, we arrive at Shelter Bay where a ferry takes us across Arrow Lake to Galena Bay. We continue onwards towards Nakusp. This small town, like so many others in the region originated when miners came looking for silver, lead and zinc which are abundant in the Columbia’s At Halcyon Natural Hot springs, you are treated to an unforgettable soak under the starts in the lakeside pools.
The countryside is full of sweet-smelling meadows surrounded by rolling hills. It is hard to envision a more beautiful view. But wait! In Kaslo on the shore of Kootenay Lake lies one of the paddle steamers that used to ply the lake in the days prior to the railroad. Further south are the Ainsworth Hot springs and caves. At Balfour another ferry takes us to Kootenay Bay. Cycling alongside Kootenay Lake to Creston, an orchard and farming community, gives an ample opportunity to swim and sunbathe. The summer climate in the Kootenay Valley is much warmer than the alpine climate of Banff and provides cyclists a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Kootenay’s story book charm and natural splendor.
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Trip starts and ends in Banff, Alberta
Day 1 (Sunday)
Banff - RevelstokeAfter meeting at 9am at the Banff train station, the group is shuttled to Lake Louise for a photo opportunity of the iconic lake, before setting out on the bikes for a short ride to Emerald Lake to get acclimatized. Later in the day, we shuttle through Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park to our beautiful hotel in the heart of Revelstoke. Distance: 14km/9mi, +147m/482ft, -150m/492ft.
Along Arrow Lake to Halcyon Hot SpringsAfter a delicious breakfast, it's an early departure for the ride south down the spectacular Columbia River valley. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Shelter Bay before crossing Upper Arrow Lake by ferry. Our destination is the Halcyon (natural) Hot Springs and their luxurious cabins are the perfect location for finishing a wonderful day of cycling: in the lakeside pools, you are treated to an unforgettable soak under the stars. Distance: 72km/45mi, +823m/2700ft, -801m/2628ft.
Enjoy Summit Lake and NakuspToday you have multiple distances options. We will be starting our day by riding along Upper Arrow Lake to the small mountain town of Nakusp. After a refreshment stop in this old mining town, we will head up to the mountain pass surrounding our lunch stop, Summit Lake. Bring your swimwear, Summit Lake is a beautiful warm lake where you can enjoy a dip after the gentle 17km climb from Nakusp. After lunch, we will head back down towards Nakusp and Halcyon Hot Springs. Tonight, we will be dining together at the Kingfisher Restaurant. Enjoy a recovery soak in the hot pools it will do wonders for your tired legs. Distance: Upwards of 105km/65mi, +1,323 m /4341ft, -1,318 m/4324ft.
New Denver - Fish Lake - KasloThis morning we will have a 45min transfer to yesterday's lunch stop, Summit Lake where we will be beginning the ride. The morning will be spent riding the gentle road into the Slocan Valley to the village of New Denver located on the shore of Slocan Lake. Once in New Denver, we will boost our caffeine levels with a coffee and pastry at one of the local coffee shops on the main street. We will then head up the 16km climb to our lunch stop for the day, Fish Lake. After lunch, you will be treated with the most gentle and longest descent of the whole trip. The 30km stretch of road between Fish Lake and Kaslo is built on an old railway bed that use to connect the mine around Retallack and the town of Kaslo. The gradient averages around -2% for the entire afternoon! This is Etienne's favorite road in all the Kootenays, you are in for a treat! Tonight, enjoy dinner in a restaurant of your choice in the lovely town of Kaslo. Distance: 78 km/48mi, +947m/3107ft, -1,172m/3845ft.
From Kaslo along Kootenay Lake to Crawford BayToday we are back on the bike along yet another stunning body of water, Kootenay Lake. We will be riding along the west shore of the lake all the way to the Balfour Ferry terminal where we are going to enjoy lunch before we board the vessel. A short scenic ferry crossing takes us to the east shore of Kootenay Lake, where we will have two short climbs before a thrilling descent into the artisan town of Crawford Bay. This unique Kootenay village features a handweaver, artisan blacksmith, glassblower, woodcarver, and broom maker. From here you will have the options, to either ride, the final 30km to our accommodation or enjoy Crawford Bay and catch a van ride to the lodge. Tonight, we will be enjoying our final group dinner with stunning views over West Arm Provincial Park. Distance: Options 1 Kaslo – Crawford Bay: 51km/32mi, + 927m/3059ft, - 930m/3063ft. Option 2: Kaslo – Destiny Bay resort: 80km¬/50miles, +1328m/4357ft, -1308m/4291ft.
Day 6 (Friday)
Creston and return to BanffOur morning ride takes us along the shores of Kootenay Lake, dotted with many little resorts and secluded coves. Cyclists will enjoy the light traffic and spectacular mountain and lake views. This last day's ride takes us in the direction of Creston before returning to Banff by van at approximately 6:00 P.M. Distance: 25km/16mi, +300m/984ft, -261m/856ft.
2 Professional Guides from the region
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Snacks and beverages between meals
Hotel Accommodations in dbl occ :
- Explorer Society
- Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa (2 nights)
- Kaslo Hotel
- Destiny Bay
Transportation & Luggage:
- Support Van for cyclists
- Luggage transfers
- Transportation from/to Banff
- National Park fees
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$500 CAD deposit per person is due with booking. If you are part of an exclusive group booking a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee is due at the time of booking. Balance is payable 60 days prior to the trip. If trip is cancelled more than 60 days prior to departure we refund the deposit except for a $150 CAD cancellation fee. If trip is cancelled 31-60 days prior to departure 50% of the trip fee is non-refundable. If trip is cancelled 30 days or less before departure trip fee is non-refundable. We do recommend trip cancellation insurance.