Your Cycling Tour
You’ll take in the views, snap lots of photos, have a few rest breaks – and you’ll still arrive at your nightly destinations with time to spare. Relax in the evenings with a hot bath or a beverage enjoyed in the blaze of a mountain sunset or explore the nearby sights on foot. Staying in unique and cosy hotels along the Icefields Parkway will give you the extra comfort each night that you deserve.
Day 1 - Icefields Parkway to Sunwapta Falls
If starting in Edmonton you will be picked up from your accommodation bright and early for your transfer to Jasper, arriving around 13:00 after a quick lunch stop in Hinton. If you are already in Jasper you can take the morning to explore the town, before meeting your group.
As the bikes are unpacked, you can change into your bike gear and stock yourself up with fuel and water from a well-supplied stash. After a review of the route, elevation and bike safety tips, your adventure begins, as you are guided out of town and onto the beautiful Icefields Parkway!
There will be one rest stop at the spectacular Athabasca Falls which will help bring the group back together, as well as supply you with some nutrition. You will then continue to your accommodation at the Sunwapta Falls Hotel, where a delicious three course meal will be served in the on-site restaurant.
Riding Distance: 35 miles
Day 2 - Sunwapta Falls to Saskatchewan River Crossing
Breakfast is served around 08:00. After a quick briefing of the route, hills and rest stops, you’ll hop on the bikes and hit the road for the day’s journey to Saskatchewan River Crossing. You’ll climb past Tangle Falls and over the BIG bump, making your way towards the lunch stop in the shadow of the great Columbia Icefields. After a nutritious meal and a well-deserved break, you’ll get back in the saddle to ride the scenic Sunwapta Pass. A rewarding 15km downhill section awaits as you sweep down towards the valley floor again and on to the impressive cliffs and waterfalls of the Weeping Wall.
A few rest stops along the way will break up the journey, provide photo opportunities and give the group a chance to re-congregate as necessary. You’ll then conquer the remaining rolling hills accompanied by the sound of flowing rivers and in the presence of towering, snowcapped mountains. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a cold beer under Mt. Wilson at the Crossing Resort
Riding Distance: 62 miles
Day 3 - Bow Pass to Lake Louise
After fuelling up at breakfast you’ll climb out of the valley in the shadow of Mount Murchison. Shortly after, the terrain levels off again and you’ll cruise easily past endlessly changing vistas of mountains, turquoise green Glacial Lakes and abundant wildlife. Bow Pass, the final challenge of the tour awaits – but feel free to take it at your own pace. Your reward will be witnessing a panoramic view like no other of Peyto Lake far below; in the distance, the valley that you’ve been riding down for the past few days can be seen in all its glory, surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see. You’ll descend to the shores of Bow Lake for a well-deserved lunch break in a breathtaking setting before you essentially roll downhill all the way to Lake Louise. The lovely and well-appointed Lake Louise Inn is where you’ll rest your head tonight.
Riding Distance: 53 miles
Day 4 - Final ride into Banff
Today you will pedal the final leg of the journey on gently rolling hills and flats towards Banff on the historic Bow Valley Parkway. Shaded by ancient trees, this final leg of the tour offers plenty of time for peaceful reflection in lush surroundings. You’ll take a rest break under the awesome Castle Mountain before joining a bike path that brings you into the worldclass town of Banff.
You’ll be able to take in all the magnificence of Banff’s surroundings including Mt Rundle, Cascade Mountain and Vermilion Lakes from the peace and quiet of your bike. From here, you’ll have the option of finishing the cycling portion of the tour or continuing to challenge yourself by riding an additional 25 km on a dedicated bike path to Canmore. You’ll have a group lunch to celebrate your fantastic achievement of riding through Canada’s Rockies! You can then sit back and relax, as transfers to Calgary or Edmonton will be provided where you can continue your travels.
Riding Distance: 37 or 53 miles
4 day Adventure Tour - from £1399