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Rocky Mountain Lakes Bike Tour
Some of the most spectacular cycling in Canada
Bike Tour Description
Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Lakes Inn-to-Inn cycle tour. Cycling through the British Columbia Mountain Lakes Region is an awe-filled adventure of discovery and wonder. For six glorious days participants will cruise past spectacular alpine vistas, through quaint mountain towns, and beside meadows of Rocky Mountain wildflowers. Crystal clear alpine lakes nestled in secluded valleys beckon cyclists to cool off in their invigorating waters while at days end, natural hot springs soothe your tired muscles.
After a visit to Lake Louise it's off to the Continental Divide. Leaving Yoho National Park via Hwy 1 west promises an exciting downhill ride into Golden and on to Glacier National Park. With an area of 1,350 square km, the park is set in the Columbia Mountains. Roger's Pass, named for Colonel A.B. Rogers, is the only route through the central Columbia's and in winter months is renowned for its avalanches. Heavy winter snowfalls here keep 14% of the landscape permanently covered with snow and ice. The views in summer are exceptional!
The highway draws us westward towards the city of Revelstoke with its historic downtown area, and Mount Revelstoke National Park. The area south of here, through the Columbia's and Rocky Mountain Trench is famous for its ghost towns, museums, lakes and hot springs. Cycling south from Revelstoke, we arrive at Shelter Bay where a ferry takes us across Arrow Lake to Galena Bay. We continue onwards towards Nakusp. This small town, like so many others in the region originated when miners came looking for silver, lead and zinc which are abundant in the Columbia's At Halcyon Natural Hot springs, you are treated to an unforgettable soak under the starts in the lakeside pools.
The countryside is full of sweet smelling meadows surrounded by rolling hills. It is hard to imagine that the beauty will keep getting better and better, but it does. In Kaslo on the shore of Kootenay Lake lies one of the paddle steamers that used to ply the lake in the days prior to the railroad. Further south are the Ainsworth Hot springs and caves. At Balfour another ferry takes us to Kootenay Bay. Cycling alongside Kootenay Lake to Creston, an orchard and farming community, gives an ample opportunity to swim and sunbathe. The summer climate in the Kootenay Valley is much warmer than the alpine climate of Banff and provides cyclists a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Kootenay's story book charm and natural splendor.
Rocky Mountain Lakes Bike Tour Itinerary
Day One (Sunday): Banff – Revelstoke
After meeting at the Banff train station, the group is shuttled to Lake Louise for a quick look around before setting out on the bikes. Then it's west across the Great Divide into British Columbia for an exhilarating coast down Kicking Horse Pass. Later in the day, we shuttle through Glacier National Park to our beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Revelstoke.
Distance: 32 miles (51km).
Day Two: Cycle Columbia River Valley
After a delicious breakfast it's an early departure for the ride south down the spectacular Columbia River valley. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Shelter Bay before crossing Upper Arrow Lake by ferry. Our destination are the luxurious cabins at Halcyon (natural) Hot Springs - the perfect location for finishing a great day of cycling: in the lakeside pools you are treated to an unforgettable soak under the stars.
Distance: 45 miles (70 km).
Day Three: Three Island Lake and New Denver
Today we cycle out of the Arrow Lake basin and ride over a pass (11km/7mile moderate climb) up to Three Island Lake. We have lunch next to the lake and then enjoy a thrilling 17-km descent to Slocan Lake. Ride through the historic village of New Denver and stop for ice-cream and a tour of the local maritime museum, where one can learn about the diverse history of the region. We'll spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing at our guest house, nestled along the lake. Another wonderful dinner will be a fitting finish to a fantastic day.
Distance: 54 miles (88km).
Day Four: Selkirk Mountains, Sandon and Fish Lake
After a good night's sleep, it's on to the bikes again. Departing Slocan Lake we cycle through the Selkirk Mountains on a historic rail bed. Half way up the pass, we take a side trip up to the ghost town of Sandon once the wealthiest silver mining community on the continent. After lunch we continue up to Fish Lake where we go for a refreshing swim. Spectacular views of the lake and Valhalla Provincial Park will be the highlight before we enjoy a phantastic descent back to New Denver for another delicious dinner at Sweet Dreams.
Distance: 31 miles (50 km).
Day Five: Kootenay Lake to Crawford Bay
We start our day with an seemigly endless and effortless 17-mile (27-km)!! downhill to Kootenay Lake and the pretty town of Kaslo. A short stop to swim, snack or shop for hand-crafted souvenirs is order before continuing along the lake to Ainsworth Hot Springs. The hot pools and steaming caves are a welcomed reward. After soaking we board a ferry across Kootenay Lake toward our magic 100 year old lodge at Crawford Bay.
Distance 31-45 miles (50-75 km).
Day Six (Friday): Creston and return to Banff:
Our morning ride takes us along the shores of Kootenay Lake, dotted with many little resorts and secluded coves. Cyclists will enjoy the light traffic and spectacular mountain and lake views. This last day's ride takes us in the direction of Creston before returning to Banff by van at approximately 6:00 P.M.
Distance: 25-50 miles (40-80km).
Trips start and finish in Banff, Alberta
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