Alberta:

Jasper to Banff Bike Tour



Five nights; six days of challenging cycling on the paved, broad-shouldered Icefields Parkway, with an optional day of hiking in the peaks behind Lake Louise.

“This was one of the best trips we have ever taken.” - Seth R.








Itinerary


Start: Jasper, Park Place Inn, 08:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alterate pickup location. Shuttles from Calgary operated by Brewster Transportation, ~$135; or from Edmonton by Sun Dog, ~$95.


Finish: Banff, 15:30, day six. 2 ¼ hour shuttle to Calgary ~$65 operated by Brewster departs Banff at 15:45, or 19:00.


Privately operated shuttles to Jasper are available from Edmonton, Banff, or Calgary. We recommend arriving in Jasper a day or two early; it’s a great place to become acclimatized to the beauty of the mountains. Your guides may be able to meet you as you arrive on one of the shuttles, and you may be able to arrange a private transfer from Banff or Calgary with us, ask for details.

Day 1:

Ride from Jasper to Sunwapta 55km

Meet in Jasper at 08:00 to begin cycling along the lesser-traveled east side of the Athabasca River on a quiet road through stands of pine and spruce with wonderful views of the Athabasca River Valley. Afternoon ride on the broad plain of the Sunwapta River. This is a natural corridor of all types of wild life, including grizzly and black bears, coyotes, wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, and big horn sheep. Keep your eyes open; you will have a good chance of seeing these animals from your bicycle. The day will finish with a short climb, and a hike to see the Sunwapta Falls before dinner. BLD
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge, Sunwapta Falls

Day 2:

Cycle up to the Athabasca Glacier 50km

Today’s ride is largely uphill, helped, we hope, with the prevailing tailwind. This is the hardest ride of the trip, and will be rewarded with spectacular views of the largest icefield south of Alaska - the Athabasca Glacier. From your panoramically-situated chalet, you can hike up to the Icefield, watching for the yearly markers that show the glacier’s annual retreat. Walk to Parker Ridge or tour the icefield before dinner. BLD
The Glacier View Inn, Athabasca Glacier

Day 3:

Cycling to Bow Lake and Peyto Lake 90km

Descend from the Athabasca Glacier for lunch near the North Saskatchewan River Crossing, then climb to follow the Bow and Mistaya Rivers and some beautiful lakes that create wonderfully photogenic landscapes, before cresting the highest point of the Parkway at Bow summit, and descending to enjoy the fireplace at your spectacularly rustic log mountain lodge overlooking the turquoise waters of Bow Lake. You must take the opportunity to hike to nearby Peyto Lake, known for its picturesque emerald waters – a result of an abundance of glacial ‘flour’, before dinner. BLD
Num-ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake

Day 4:

Ride the Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise 43km

This morning’s descent to Lake Louise will go quickly, being downhill and usually downwind almost all the way. You are likely to see abundant wildlife, and should maintain a respectful distance from any deer, elk, bear, or other animals you encounter. If you arrive in Lake Louise with time to spare, you can ride to Moraine Lake, or do some hiking around Lake Louise itself. BL
Deer Lodge, or Lake Louise Inn Lake Louise

Day 5:

Hiking Plain of Six Glaciers; Short: 7km/Long: up to 20km; or optional bike ride to Moraine Lake.

Incredible hiking! The views and terrain create a superlative experience that really shouldn’t be missed. First destination is a mountain tearoom, after which the trail continues to enchanting alpine meadows. Hiking can be done at individual pace, unguided. Those who prefer to cycle can ride to Moraine Lake and the valley of the Ten Peaks. BLD
Same lodging

Day 6:

Ride Bow Valley to Banff 62km

Follow the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff. The parkway is fairly gentle, with a succession of beautiful views. Stop to enjoy the spectacular hanging path up Johnston Canyon to waterfalls, and to carry on up to the look off or Ink Pots Trail. Arrive at Banff in time for optional transfers to Calgary, or extend your stay by planning a night or two in this cool mountain town. BL



Description




Note about the route:

Wide paved shoulders for much of the route. There are significant climbs/descents; the scenery is constantly fantastic. You’ll see abundant wildlife along the route, from which a respectful distance must be maintained. Relaxed cyclists will appreciate vehicle support on guided trips. Be aware that the altitude may take some acclimitization.






This is one of the most spectacular mountain rides in the world. It parallels the Continental Divide, and passes three large glaciers, the Athabasca waterfalls, and the alpine Peyto Lake. This bicycle tour abounds with large wildlife, and is a sheer delight for cyclists wanting a breathtaking ride, in both senses.


Beginning in the charming town of Jasper, you will commence along the Athabasca River, past waterfalls and an iceberg-studded lake, to Sunwapta. You will ride past the Athabasca Glacier, over Bow Summit, through Lake Louise, and between spectacular mountains that helped give this whole route a UNESCO designation. The chances of seeing elk, moose, mountain goats, and grizzly bears on this cycling route are very high, and you will learn how to behave cautiously and respectfully around these magnificent beasts before starting off. Finish your cycling in Banff where you may opt to spend more time hiking, riding, and soaking in the hot springs, or transfer directly Calgary for departing flights.


Privately operated shuttles to Jasper are available from Edmonton, Banff, or Calgary. We recommend arriving in Jasper a day or two early; it’s a great place to become acclimatized to the beauty of the mountains. Your guides may be able to meet you as you arrive on one of the shuttles, and you may be able to arrange a private transfer from Banff or Calgary with us, ask for details.





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"We stayed at Tekkara Lodge in Jasper - perfect. We hiked up the Whistlers and took the gondola back down. Bear Paw Bakery (breakfast, lunch, treats) and the Jasper Brewing Co, (beer, dinner) were both terrific." - Jennifer S.

Plan far in advance if you would like to include the Calgary Stampede.

Calgary has a host of attractions, including more than 25 musuems, top notch shopping, theatre, ballet, galleries, and dining choices.

Check out the Calgary Festivals site to see what festivals will be taking place while you visit.





Costs

Start:
Jasper, Park Place Inn, 08:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alterate pickup location. Shuttles from Calgary operated by Brewster Transportation, ~$135; or from Edmonton by Sun Dog, ~$95.


Finish:
Banff, 15:30, day six. 2 ¼ hour shuttle to Calgary ~$65 operated by Brewster departs Banff at 15:45 or 19:00.



Guided Cost

US 2545 C 2995 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, park entry fees, maps and route notes)

Self-Guided Cost

US 2375 C 2795 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, luggage transfers (daily rider transfers are available at no cost when coordinated with morning luggage transfers), maps and route notes)

Single Occupancy

US 675 C 795

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 205 C 245
Racing: US 215 C 255
Full Carbon Racing: US 355 C 425
Electric-Assist US 415 C 495


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.




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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
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Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.