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The spectacular scenery found in the national parks of the Canadian Rockies is unprecedented in North America. Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours offers you the opportunity to travel this high country on one of the greatest mountain roadways on the planet – The Icefields Parkway.
Stretching an impressive 200 miles (300 km) between the historic towns of Jasper and Banff, the Icefields Parkway traverses beneath some of the most majestic mountains of the world. Flanked by dozens of massive glaciers that plummet to the roadsides, it follows three major river systems and passes by exquisite scenery studded with turquoise lakes and brilliant wildflowers. Along the route, two mountain passes – Sunwapta and Bow – take you up to elevations in excess of 7,000 feet (2,100 metres) for breathtaking views of the Columbia Icefield, the largest conglomeration of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies whose melting waters feed rivers that eventually drain into the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. From the elegant to the formidable, the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies are nothing less than spectacular and deserve the United Nations World Heritage Site designation bestowed upon them. Let our guides take you on a mountain cycle tour in the style and luxury of an inn-to-inn experience you won’t forget.
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Trip starts and ends in Banff, Alberta
Day 1 (Sunday)
Meet the guidesThis morning you will meet your guides and other guests (9am). Meeting point at the Banff train station. From here you will be transferred to Jasper via shuttle van. The mountains capes during your transport is spectacular. Upon arrival at the Jasper Inn, participants can size up the bikes and take a tour of Jasper before our evening orientation and dinner. Overnight Jasper Inn.
The Athabasca ValleyAfter a delicious breakfast, we will depart the town of Jasper, taking a secluded valley road south to Athabasca Falls. We will stop for a walk at Mt Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier, we will marvel at a glacial lagoon studded with icebergs. After lunch, we stop at the raging Athabasca falls before getting on the Icefields Parkway, cycling along the wild Athabasca River Valley to our home for the night at Sunwapta Falls Resort. A short walk to the falls will feel great after a fantastic dinner. Distances: 56km/35mi, +794m/2605ft, -459m/1506ft.
Climb to Sunwapta - The North Saskatchewan RiverToday, you will be riding by the Columbia Icefield, the icon of the Icefields Parkway. This amazing piece of landscape is one of a kind in the Canadian Rockies. The peaks and glaciers guarding the Columbia are some of the tallest, most dramatic, and jagged in all in the Rocky Mountains. Beyond the Icefield is Sunwapta Pass, the gradual incline takes you to an elevation of 2035m/6676ft from sea level making it the second-highest pass on your journey. The long descent down to the valley floor takes you into the North Saskatchewan river basin. The gradual descent to the Crossing Resort makes for a perfect end to your day. Tonight's dinner is at your own leisure. Today you can ride up to 98km/61mi. +1232m/4066ft. -1182m/3901ft. Shorter distances are also available!
Mistaya Valley - Bow SummitAfter a good night's sleep, it's onto the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a climb out of the Mistaya River valley, you will reach the highest point on the Icefields Parkway at Bow Summit rising at 2134m/7000ft from sea level. A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint is a must. We will continue downhill following the Bow River to the highest village in Canada, Lake Louise where we will be spending the final two nights of your excursion through the Canadian Rockies. Dinner at your own leisure in Lake Louise. Distances: 80km/50mi, +993m/3257ft, -896m/2939ft.
Moraine Lake - Takakkaw FallsToday we will be cycling to one of Canada's most photographed locations - Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This is the highlight for most people when they visit the Canadian Rockies. The deep blue color of the water and the backdrop is a sight that will create memories for a lifetime. Once we return to our lodge in Lake Louise we will drive west into British Columbia to explore the wonders of Yoho National Park. You will also have the option to cycle the gorgeous Takakkaw Falls road, take a relaxing van ride to the second tallest waterfalls in Canada or hike in the Lake Louise area at your own leisure. The falls have a total height of 373m/1224ft, the name Takakkaw translates to "Wonderful" in Cree. Final group dinner at the historic Stations Restaurant in Lake Louise, after our meal we will be making a trip to Lake Louise to complete this wonderful day. Moraine Lake: 29km/18mi, +525m/1722ft, -529m/1735ft. Takakkaw Falls: 26km/16mi, +520m/1706ft, -520/1706ft.
Day 6 (Friday)
Bow Valley Parkway towards BanffOur last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway towards Banff. This is an amazing ride along the Bow River offering great opportunities for wildlife watching. This secluded and quiet road is the perfect end to your journey with us through the Canadian Rockies. Gravity takes care of the hard work today giving you the chance to admire this pristine valley. Your ride end where it started at the Banff Train Station. Before exchanging our final goodbyes, we will drop you off at your hotel of choice or your pick-up location. Distance: 58km/36mi, +517m/1706ft, -674m/2224ft.
2 Professional Guides from the region
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Snacks and beverages between meals
Hotel Accommodations in dbl occ :
- Jasper Inn & Suites
- Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
- The Crossing Resort
- Lake Louise Inn – Mountaineer Lodge
Transportation & Luggage:
- Support Van for cyclists
- Transportation from/to Banff
- Luggage transfers
- National Park fees and other entry fees
You also receive a Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours water bottle!
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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.