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Tours > Road Cycling > Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway Banff - Jasper Cycle Tour

The "Must Do" Bike Tour in Canada

Trip Description
Welcome to the Icefields Parkway Inn-to-Inn cycle tour. For many cyclists this trip ranks among the best cycling holidays on earth. The spectacular scenery found in the national parks of the Canadian Rockies is unprecedented in North America. Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours offers you the opportunity to travel this high country on one of the greatest mountain roadways on the planet - The Columbia Icefields Parkway.

Stretching an impressive 200 miles (300 km) between the historic towns of Jasper and Banff, the Icefields Parkway traverses beneath some of the most majestic mountains of the world. Flanked by dozens of massive glaciers that plummet to the roadsides, it follows three major river systems and passes by exquisite scenery studded with turquoise lakes and brilliant wild flowers. Along the route, two mountain passes - Sunwapta and Bow - take you up to elevations in excess of 7,000 feet (2,100 metres) for breathtaking views of the Columbia Icefield, the largest conglomeration of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies whose melting waters feed rivers that eventually drain into the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. From the elegant to the formidable, the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies are nothing less than spectacular and deserve the United Nations World Heritage Site designation bestowed upon them. So let our guides take you on a mountain cycle tour in the style and luxury of an inn-to-inn experience you won't forget.

Climate The winters in the Canadian Rockies are long. But summers, although short, are spectacular and are blessed with glorious bursts of heat. A typical day in the summer averages in the high 70's (25C) while evenings cool off to the high 50's (15C). Higher elevations may see frost in any summer month. Rain showers can occur at any time but they are generally short and infrequent. In fact, by the time clouds have arrived to the lee side of the Rockies, their moisture has been spread over the Coastal Mountains and the west side of the Great Divide. Thus, riding along the east side of the Divide, we get the advantage of drier air masses.

Icefields Parkway Bicycle Tour Classic Itinerary

Day One (Sunday)
A 'Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours' representative will meet you at the Banff train station (time TBA). From here you will be transferred to Jasper. The van ride is spectacular. Upon arrival at the Jasper Inn, participants can size up the bikes and take a tour of Jasper before our evening orientation and dinner. Overnight Jasper Inn.

Day Two
After a delicious breakfast we will depart Jasper, taking a secluded valley road south to Athabasca Falls. On our way we go for a hike to the Angel Glacier and marvel at a lake studded with icebergs. After lunch the road follows the wild Athabasca River Valley to our home for the night at Sunwapta Falls Resortt. A short walk to the falls will feel great after a fantastic dinner.
Today we will have covered 37 miles or 53 miles (60 k or 88 k) and two optional short walks.

Day Three
Today is a relatively short biking day as we have a morning climb to Sunwapta Pass and the spectacular Columbia Icefield. After lunch we can check into the Icefields Chalet and our rooms overlooking the glacier. Join your guides for an amazing walk to Parker Ridge or take a tour on the ice.
Distance: 32 miles (52 km) on the bike plus an optional walk to the Athabasca Glacier or a hike to Parker Ridge (weather permitting).

Day Four
After a good night's sleep, it's onto the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a long descent down the pass as we follow the Saskatchewan River. Climbing out of the river valley, we will reach the highest point on the Parkway at Bow Summit (7000 feet). A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint is a must. We will continue downhill to historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shores of spectacular Bow Lake. Dinner at your leisure in the amazing dining room caps off the day.
Distance: 30, 40 or 55 miles (50 / 65 or 90 km).

Day Five
After another of many delightful breakfasts, we will enjoy the amazingly scenic descent along the Bow River to Lake Louise. In the afternoon there is time to hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House, ride to Moraine Lake or even take an optional half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. We will have a final great dinner together in one of the best restaurants at Lake Louise.
Distance: 25 mi (40 km); optional hike to Lake Agnes Tea House or rafting or canoeing or relaxing or optional add on ride to Moraine Lake and back (adds 17 miles or 28k)

Day Six (Friday)
Our last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway towards Banff. This is an amazing ride along the Bow River offering great wildlife watching. We will finish our ride just outside of Banff at Vermillion Lakes where we say our good-byes. You will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at your hotel if you choose to stay longer.
Distance: 40 miles (65 km).

Trips start and finish in Banff, Alberta



Trip Cost
Deluxe CAD $2,695
Single supplement CAD$600

Bike rental hybrid CAD$150
road bike Roubaix CAD$300
(Prices are subject to 5% GST)
Receive $200 off per person for bookings received prior to Dec 1, 2016.
 


2017 Departure Dates Classic Tour 300k/190 mi
July 9-14 sold out
July 23-28
July 30-Aug 4
Aug 13-18

2017 Departure Dates Jasper Banff 500k/300 mi
July 2-7
August 16-21
August 6-11
August 20-25

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More dates and custom group departures available upon request!

 
Services Included

5 nights accommodation in hotels and historic mountain lodges

All meals as outlined in itinerary (5 breakfasts, 5 gourmet lunches, 3 dinners, refreshments), except 2 dinners

Professional guide services

Support vehicle and luggage transport

Shuttle transportation from Banff to Jasper

All National Park fees and permits

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