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Tours > Road Cycling > Canadian Mountain Traverse

Great Canadian Mountain Traverse

Lake Louise, Alberta to Whistler, British Columbia

The ultimate road cycling challenge.

Trip Description
This trip is for those daring enough to challenge the two big mountain ranges of Western Canada in 1 week. Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours owner and former adventure racer Peter Weiland dreamed up this challenge during some bikeless cold winter days. From Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies to Whistler in the Coast Mountains. In between you can expect challenging big climbs, unbelievably beautiful scenery and long days in the saddle. If you are a serious road cyclists and you do not mind back to back century rides and you are looking for THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME with a maximum satisfaction factor, this trip is for you. You will ride a total of 1002k, 621 miles and you will climb approximately 11,000m or 36,000ft.

Canadian Mountain Traverse Lake Louise to Whistler Itinerary

Arrival Day: Fly to Calgary or meet in Lake Louise.

Arrive the day before the tour in Lake Louise. If you fly into Calgary we can help you to arrange a shuttle for you. Pre-ride meet at 6.pm in Lake Louise the day before the tour.

Day 1
From Lake Louise to Sunwapta Falls 180k / 112 mi.
Elevation gain 1900m / 6200ft
From the Bow Valley over Bow Pass into he heart of the Canadian Rockies. Then climb up Sunwapta Pass, ride past the Columbia Icefield and descend to Sunwapta Falls.

Day 2
From Sunwapta to Mt Robson 147k / 91mi.
Elevation gain 1100m / 3600ft
Through the Athabasca Valley to Jasper and across the Continental Divide at Yellowhead Pass to the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 3
Mt Robson to Blue River 121k / 75 mi.
Elevation gain 809m / 2650ft
Through the North Thompson River valley and through the Cariboo Mountains to Blue River.

Day 4
Blue River to Lac des Roches 171k / 106mi .
Elevation gain 2034m / 6600ft
South on Yellowhead HWYand high up into the Cariboo Plateau with it's beautiful lakes.

Day 5
Lac des Roches to Clinton 127k / 79mi.
Elevation gain 1030m / 3380ft
Recovery Day through lake country and into the ranchlands on the Gold rush route,

Day 6
Clinton to Lilloet 107k/ 66 mi.
Elevation gain 1117m / 3660ft
Emerging from endless forests into the semi-arid canyonlands of British Columbia’s largest river, the Fraser.

Day 7
Lilloet to Whistler 133k / 82 miles.
Elevation gain 2550m / 8360ft
From the Fraser Canyon into the forbidding wilderness of the Coast Mountain Range. This stage is extremely scenic but with the steepest grades of the trip also very challenging. Finish in Whistler Village and final celebration! Stay at a hotel of your choice in Whistler.

Transportation from Calgary to Lake Louise and from Whistler to Vancouver airport can be arranged. We can also assist on pre- and post- trip hotel reservations at Lake Louise and Whistler.

Trip Cost
CAD $2,695
Single supplement CAD$600
Bike rental Roubaix CAD$350
(although we recommend to ride your own bike for this tour)
(Prices do not include 5% GST)

Receive $200 off per person for bookings received prior to July 1, 2019 for 2020 trip!

2019 Departure Date

Aug 25 - Aug 31 trip full

2020 Departure Date

Aug 30 - Sep 5, 2020

Services Included

6 nights of accommodation in hotels and lodges

Meals (6 breakfasts, fruit, snacks, water, electrolyte, 3 dinners)

Luggage transport

Support vehicle

Mechanical support

gps files or trip sheet

Minimum 6 , maximum 24 riders

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1800 661-BIKE(2453)