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Canadian Rockies Biking: Jasper to Banff

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Bike the world-renowned Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway
  • Stroll through the charming mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff
  • Partake in a tour of the Athabasca Glacier, the largest icefield in Canada
  • Spot wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, bears, wolves, and mountain goats
  • Relax in superior accommodations with spectacular views
Cycle through the heart of the Canadian Rockies by way of the broad-shouldered Icefields Parkway and spectacularly scenic Bow Valley Parkway, a cyclist’s dream. Revel in close-up views of jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, alpine meadows, and turquoise lakes, and enjoy opportunities to spot wildlife. Partake in a tour of the Columbia Icefield on the Athabasca Glacier, the largest icefield in Canada, and enjoy an optional hike to a backcountry tearoom. In the evenings, stroll through the charming downtown areas before relaxing at your superior accommodations.

What To Expect

With a challenging ride each day and comfortable lodging each night, this tour offers a hassle-free way to accomplish a bucket list bike tour – riding the Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies. You should be an experienced cyclist accustomed to riding on roads with vehicle traffic. The average daily mileage is 35 miles and some days include significant elevation gains. If you’re looking for unparalleled mountain scenery, memorable road riding through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and warm Canadian hospitality, look no further!

Trip Style:

Independent Adventure | Mixture of self guided days to take at your own pace, benefiting from a guide on some days.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains
  • Alpine Walking

Inspiration:

  • New

Grade & Terrain

This tour is considered moderate to challenging. There is significant elevation change throughout the trip, so ascending and descending will significantly impact ride times, but you are likely to spend 4-6 hours on the bike each day.

You should be an experienced road cyclist accustomed to sharing the road with vehicle traffic. There is a shoulder of varying width along the route. The road is paved, but surface conditions change yearly and seasonally, so gravel, pot holes, and frost heaves are a possibility. Use caution while descending. You will be provided with a basic repair kit and will need to know how to maintain your bike (change a flat, etc.). There is not reliable cell service for most of the route.

Note: You will be riding in bear country.  Your pre-departure information pack will walk you through the best practices for responsible travel in bear country and other wildlife-specific practices.

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily rides will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes, and turn-by-turn directions. You can download all of the routes for use offline, which means you won’t need cell service or Wi-Fi (which are often unreliable outside of your accommodations). Written turn-by-turn driving directions are included in the app. You will also have 24/7 Macs Adventure telephone support.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included. 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable. This trip is not available to solo cyclists as there is a minimum of 2 cyclists needed to book. 

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. 1 Dinner is included on Day 3 at the Glacier View Lodge. The remaining lunches and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.

Included
  • 6 nights in characterful accommodations (B&Bs, lodges, & cabins)
  • 6 Breakfasts & 1 Dinner
  • Bike rental
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Glacier Tour
Excluded
  • Travel to/from Banff and Jasper
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
Extras
  • Accommodations upgrades where applicable
  • Additional nights before, during, or after the trip
  • E-Bike Upgrade

When To Go

This trip is available from July through August. As this region is a highly popular tourist destination, we suggest booking as far in advance as possible for a better chance at securing your desired dates. This tour is available to start any day of the week.

Weather and Climate

The cycling season in the Canadian Rockies is relatively short as snow can remain in the mountains until early summer and autumn arrives early with cool temperatures and higher chances of snow falling (although it can snow during the summer months here too).

Weather is variable in the Rockies, and you should be prepared for a range of conditions. The optimal months for wildflowers are mid-July to mid-August, which also brings higher numbers of tourists. September and early October are characterized by typically drier weather and fewer crowds, making this a great time to visit. 

Getting to the Start

Getting to Jasper

You can fly into Calgary International Airport (YYC) and catch either a bus or shuttle from the airport to Jasper. 

Visas

For US citizens traveling to Canada for less than 180 days, no visa is required. You are required to have a valid passport with a blank passport page.

For non-US citizens travelling to Canada, an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) is required to enter. For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website. See Entry requirements.

Getting from the End

Getting from Banff

Fly out of Calgary International Airport (YYC). There is an airporter shuttle that can take you to YYC from Banff. 

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.

General Information

Bike Rental

A hybrid bike rental is included in the cost of this trip. If desired, you can upgrade to either a road bike, a carbon road bike, or an E-Bike. 

Please supply us with your height for your bicycle rental.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, including but not limited to, proper rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate cycling clothing, as the weather can vary greatly. If you have any questions, we would be happy to share our tips and advice.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jasper and Overnight Day 2 Bike to Sunwapta 35 miles / 55 km Day 3 Bike to Athabasca Glacier 31 miles / 50 km Day 4 Bike to Bow Lake 56 miles / 90 km Day 5 Bike to Lake Louise 27 miles / 43 km Day 6 Loop Ride to Moraine Lake 19 miles / 30 km Day 7 Bike to Banff and Onward Travel 39 miles / 62 km

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