Canadian Rocky Mountain Adventure Cycling Tour
(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, round-trip Timberline van shuttles from Calgary to Banff prior to tour and from Jasper to Banff and Calgary following tour, leaders, tour maps & narratives)
Johnston and Marble Canyons, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper National Parks, Radium Hot Springs, the Columbia River Valley, Kicking Horse Pass, Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, Athabasca Falls, Jasper-this is the heart of the Canadian Rockies that constitues our Canadian Rocky Mountain Adventure Cycling Tour.
Our cycling trip assembles in Banff and we’ll ride the quiet, gentle Bow Parkway as it follows the Bow River to Johnston Canyon. A leisurely first day affords ample opportunity for the short hikes to the falls in both Johnston and Marble Canyons. We’ll ride on beyond the Continental Divide into Kootenay Park and British Columbia and spend our first overnight at the historic Kootenay Park Lodge.
Day 2 is a scenic delight as we continue through Kootenay Park, tracing the course of the Vermillion and Kootenay Rivers as they carve their course through the rugged Rockies. A final climb to the crest of Sinclair Pass precedes a thrilling 7-mile descent into Radium Hot Springs, whose name suggests the treat that awaits us at the end of this special day.
From Radium, it’s on to Golden on Day 3. We’ll ride along the Columbia River with the towering Rockies to our east and the beautiful Purcells and Selkirks to the west. On Day 4, it’s back over the Great Divide by way of Kicking Horse Pass (5,338') as we return to Banff National Park. The layover day in Lake Louise on Day 5 presents the inviting opportunity to explore several options along the way on Day 4. Among those options are a relatively short detour to Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake, and a breathtaking climb to Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. We’ll then continue on to Lake Louise and spend the next two evenings in the charming Deer Lodge.
Day 5 is a layover day with some of the best hiking opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Among the choices is spectacular Sentinel Pass rising above timberline overlooking beautiful Moraine Lake and the stunning Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Our cycling tour continues northward along the Icefields Parkway on Day 6, as we climb gently to the Bow Summit, we’ll view Hector Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, ride the shoreline of Bow Lake, and visit beautiful Peyto Lake perched atop the Bow Summit. It’s then downhill to Saskatchewan River Crossing and an overnight at The Crossing Resort.
We’re headed for the Icefields early-morning of Day 7. We’ll cycle up imposing Sunwapta Pass, hike beyond treeline along magnificent Parker Ridge at Sunwapta’s summit before continuing to the Icefields Center at the foot of Athabasca Glacier. From the Icefields, we’ll descend along the course of the Sunwapta River to Sunwapta Falls for an overnight in the warm, gracious setting of the Sunwapta Falls Resort. A short, leisurely ride to Jasper, including a visit to Athabasca Falls, is planned for our final day, providing an opportunity to explore Jasper prior to our return to Banff and Calgary, where our cycling tour concludes.
|Day 1||Banff - Bow Parkway - Storm Mountain||43 miles|
|Day 2||Storm Mountain - Vermillion Pass - Radium Hot Springs||43 miles|
|Day 3||Radium Hot Springs - Columbia River Valley - Golden||60 miles|
|Day 4||Golden - Kicking Horse Pass - Yoho National Park - Lake Louise||51 miles|
|Day 5||Lake Louise (layover day)|
|Day 6||Lake Louise - Icefields Parkway - Saskatchewan Crossing||47 miles|
|Day 7||Saskatchewan Crossing - Columbia Icefields – Sunwapta Falls||
|Day 8||Sunwapta Falls - Athabasca Falls - Jasper; tour concludes||32 miles|
Total cycling mileage – 334