Canadian Rockies Biking: Jasper to Banff7 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
What To Expect
Independent Adventure | Mixture of self guided days to take at your own pace, benefiting from a guide on some days.
Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
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
- Alpine Walking
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Travel to/from Banff and Jasper
- Lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks
- Personal equipment
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodations upgrades where applicable
- Additional nights before, during, or after the trip
- E-Bike Upgrade
When To GoThis 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Jasper and Overnight
Arrive in Jasper at your leisure; privately operated shuttles to Jasper are available from Edmonton, Banff, or Calgary. The day is yours to explore the charming downtown area, stroll along one of the scenic trails around town, or simply relax at your accommodation.
Each room in this 14-room downtown inn is uniquely decorated and tastefully appointed. The central location makes it a convenient basecamp for exploring the restaurants, bars, shops, and bustle of Jasper’s charming downtown.
After breakfast, your bike is delivered to your accommodation at 9:00 AM and properly fitted to you. Your adventure begins as you pedal out of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway through fragrant stands of pine and spruce. Revel in fantastic views of the Athabasca River Valley, and enjoy opportunities to view wildlife such as elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Today’s relatively easy ride ends with a short climb, followed by a short hike to see the Sunwapta Falls before dinner.
Distance: 55 km/35 miles
Elevation gain: 522 m/1712 feet
On the Icefields Highway in Jasper National Park, this rustic mountain lodge is an 8-minute walk from Sunwapta Falls and 55 km from Jasper.
Cabin-style rooms are simply furnished and include premium satellite TV, minifridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms and all suites offer fireplaces.
After fueling up with a hearty breakfast, head out on what is arguably the most challenging ride of the trip, but with some of the most spectacular views! Pedal to the Athabasca Glacier, the largest icefield south of Alaska, and cap off the day with an early evening glacier tour. Warm up with a delicious dinner and relaxing evening at your accommodation.
Distance: 50 km/31 miles
Elevation gain: 702 m/2303 feet
Nestled in a high alpine zone dominated by the iconic Columbia Icefield, the Glacier View Lodge is an experience like no other. Cozy and comfortable guest rooms overlooking vast glaciers and mountains, making for a fantastic night’s sleep.
Today’s long ride begins with an easy descent down to the North Saskatchewan River Crossing, which offers a great spot for a lunch stop. Then, follow the Bow and Mistaya Rivers on a climb that takes you past several stunning lakes before cresting the highest point of the parkway at Bow Summit. After taking in the views, descend to your mountain lodge accommodation, and take the opportunity to hike to nearby Peyto Lake - known for its vibrant turquoise waters - before turning in for dinner.
Distance: 90 km/56 miles
Elevation gain: 906 m/2972 feet
Located off of the Icefields Parkway, this resort is situated amongst the towering snow-capped peaks. Enjoy a delicious meal in their dining hall or relax in your room, equipped with a TV and a coffee maker. There is no Wi-Fi due to the remoteness of this lodge so unplug and enjoy the scenery.
Today’s mostly downhill ride brings you to the picturesque shores of Lake Louise. If time permits, spend some time hiking around the lake. This evening, enjoy spectacular views of the Rockies from your accommodation.
Distance: 43 km/27 miles
Elevation gain: 80 meters/262 feet
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy an easy loop ride to world-famous Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Alternatively, if you prefer a day of hiking, the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail offers jaw-dropping views of glaciers nestled amongst dramatic peaks, and brings you to a backcountry teahouse where you can enjoy a warming beverage and delicious lunch.
The final leg of your adventure offers easy cycling to allow you to fully take in the spectacular views from the Bow Valley Parkway. Make time for a stop at Johnston Canyon, where you can walk along suspended catwalks over turquoise waters to view the waterfall cascading into the narrow gorge. Continue riding to your final destination of Banff, and continue on your onward travels or enjoy a night here to fully enjoy this charming mountain town.
Distance: 62 km/39 miles
Elevation gain: 159 m/522 feet
Please speak with your adventure specialist if you would like to add one or more nights in Banff.
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