Cycling in Alberta: Jasper to Banff Bike Ride

Jasper to Banff is one of the most spectacular mountain bike rides in the world. Enjoy the wonders of cycling in Alberta.

6 days
CAD$4,095 to 4,495

Jasper to Banff is one of the most spectacular mountain bike rides in the world. Enjoy the wonders of cycling in Alberta.

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.

Price Includes

  • Guided: Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, full time vehicle and guide support, park entry fees, glacier tour, maps and route instructions, 5% sales tax.
  • Self-guided: Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner (night 2), glacier tour, luggage transfers (daily rider transfers are available at no cost when coordinated with morning luggage transfers), maps and route instructions, 5% sales tax.

Price Excludes

  1. Airfare

What to expect

Cycling in Alberta Trip Day 1
Ride from Jasper to Sunwapta 55km
Meet in Jasper 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. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only; self-guided trips include breakfasts only)
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge, Sunwapta Falls

Day 2
Cycle up to the Athabasca Glacier 50km
Today’s ride is largely uphill, though helped, we hope, by the prevailing tailwind. This is the most challenging portion of the trip, and will be rewarded with spectacular views of the largest icefield south of Alaska - the Athabasca Glacier. From your panoramically-situated lodge, enjoy an early evening glacier tour exploring the Columbia Icefield, watching for the yearly markers of the ice’s annual retreat, before warming up with dinner at your lodge. BLD
The Glacier View Lodge, 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
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. We hope you have enjoyed your bike ride experience!


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