It’s been described as a rite of passage for touring cyclists; National Geographic Traveler called it “a highway strung from the stars”. Cycling from Banff to Jasper following the spectacular Icefields Parkway will be a trip you always remember. Great Explorations takes you there in style and in a way that only a local company can. Join us this summer!

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A site you will never forget: your first view of the Rockies.
  • A descent you will never forget: descending from Bow Summit all the way to Jasper.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

Location

Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Starting Location

Lake Louise

Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada

Day 2

Bow Lake

Bow Lake, Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada

Day 3

Columbia Icefield

Columbia Icefield, Improvement District No. 12, AB, Canada

Day 4

Jasper

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
5 nights lodging
All meals
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

June 9-14
June 17-22
July 7-12
July 23-28
August 4-9

2020

June 7-12
June 15-20
July 5-10
July 21-26
August 2-7

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Banff/Jasper

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate-Challenging
60-100km daily
(35-60 miles)

Van supported- shuttles are available to shorten these distances (or skip the climbs!)

TERRAIN

See elevation gains of daily rides

COST

Land Cost (current year):
CAD $2950
Includes all meals

Single Supplement:
CAD $740

Bike Rental:
CAD$180

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Banff

There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights from all major Canadian and many US centres. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt. Airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport is available.


1

Day 1

Banff

This vibrant town is at the centre of some of the most scenic cycling routes found anywhere in the Rocky Mountain National Parks. Stroll about town searching for that perfect souvenir or visiting the excellent museums. We’ll fit bikes between 2:00-4:00 and meet at 6:00 for dinner. If you arrive early, enjoy a warm-up cycle out to The Cave and Basin – the location of the first hot mineral springs discovered in 1883.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 30 m or 44 km, gain 470 m.

2

Day 2

Lake Louise

Pedal the scenic network of roads around Banff — exploring Tunnel Mountain and the weirdly shaped Hoodoos. Add on a loop up to Lake Minnewanka, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Rockies. Once known as Devil’s Lake or Cannibal Lake, Minnewanka is the site of many ghostly occurrences in native legends. Then journey north along the Bow Valley Parkway to the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise — the gem of Banff National Park. As you twist and climb along the Parkway take in the magnificent views of the Sawback, Sundance and the Massive mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Lake Louise, soak up the natural splendour, take a canoe onto the lake, or enjoy a short walk into the mountains.
Distance: 57 up to 92 km, elevation gain up to 345 m.

3

Day 3

Bow Lake

Cycle up to Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (considered by many to be even more beautiful than Lake Louise) and then opt for a ride along the Great Divide Road. No longer accessible to cars, this bike route will take you over the continental divide where you can check out the monument that marks this watershed divide on the summit of the Kicking Horse Pass. Continue your journey north to the splendid Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shores of Bow Lake.
Distance: 80 km, elevation gain 633 m.

4

Day 4

Columbia Icefield

Cycle along the splendid Icefields Parkway, soon cresting Bow Summit, the second highest point reached by a public highway in Canada. Take in the Peyto Lake viewpoint, or stop for a short hike into the Mistaya Canyon. Pedal past the braided streams of the North Saskatchewan River on your way to the Athabaska Glacier. Look out for moose grazing on the succulent water-plants in the Rampart Pond area. Relax beside the Weeping Wall of the Cirrus Mountain before you head up the challenging Big Bend and over the Sunwapta Pass. Coast down to the foot of the glacier at the Columbia Icefield, where you will spend the night. If you arrive early, take the time to explore the glacier on one of the guided glacier walks or ‘Snocoach’ buggy tours.
Distance: 100 km, elevation gain 800 m.

5

Day 5

Jasper

Today you will encounter a variety of ecological riches on your way to Sunwapta Falls Resort. Cycle past an ancient forest (more than 700 years old) along the lower slopes of Mount Wilcox. Watch for mountain goats grazing on the precarious slopes of the Sunwapta Canyon gorge. Enjoy some time off your bike as you walk a short distance to the impressive Stanley Falls. In keeping with the rest of this tour, many magnificent viewpoints await your discovery—Mount Christie, Athabasca River and Whirlpool Valley. A short detour will take you to the thundering Athabasca Falls, set against the pink-purple cliffs of Mt. Kerkeslin. Arrive in Jasper — a burgeoning little town and the site of the earliest fur trade outpost in the central Rockies.
Distance: 56 km, elevation gain 290 m.

6

Day 6

Depart at your leisure (shuttle option back to Banff available).

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure

Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction and high open ceilings. The decor boasts old-world craftsmanship and a simple, elegant design.


Post Hotel, Lake Louise

Lake Louise is only a few minutes walk from this rustic inn; after a day of activities, enjoy the rooftop hot tub with a dazzling Victoria Glacier view. The dining room is one of the best in the region.


Num-ti-jah Lodge, Bow Lake

Lake Louise is only a few minutes walk from this rustic inn; after a day of activities, enjoy the rooftop hot tub with a dazzling Victoria Glacier view. The dining room is one of the best in the region.


Glacier View Inn, Jasper National Park

With spectacular views of surrounding mountains and glaciers, the rooms here are modest, but comfortable. The setting is sublime and the added benefit of being located with the Icefield Center means you don’t have to walk far to learn about this awesome natural wonder.


Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

Located on the shore of Lake Beauvert, the luxurious Chateau Jasper is pleasantly furnished with mountain decor in mind. This intimate and exceptional hotel offers tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an award-winning, fine dining room.



			


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