Banff, Jasper National Parks and The Icefields Parkways, Canada

Banff, Jasper National Parks and The Icefields Parkways, Canada

July 13 - 21, 2018

(9 days, 8 nights; Fri - Sat)

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Double Booking

$3495/person

Single Booking

$4395

Roommate Rebate

$850

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps and narratives.

Assembly Point

Banff, Alberta

Timberline van shuttle is included from Calgary to Banff prior to tour, and from Jasper to Banff and Calgary following tour.

Note that bus and commercial shuttles offer additional service between Calgary and Banff

Not included: Airline service to Calgary International Airport; Guide Gratuity

*Passport Required

Meeting Time

Airport 1:00 pm, Hotel 1:30 pm

Drop-off Time

6 pm

The marriage of The Icefields Parkway and Golden Triangle translates into the most expansive and exciting cycling tour in the Canadian Rockies. Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper National Parks; Johnston and Marble Canyons; Radium Hot Springs; the Columbia River Valley; Kicking Horse Pass; Lake Louise; the Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Falls are the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and these places comprise our Canadian Rocky Mountain Adventure.

Our Canada cycling tour assembles in Banff. From there we’ll ride the quiet, gentle Bow Parkway as it follows the Bow River to Johnston Canyon. A leisurely first day affords ample opportunity for the short hikes to the falls in both Johnston and Marble Canyons. We’ll ride on beyond the Continental Divide into Kootenay Park and British Columbia and spend our first overnight at the historic Kootenay Park Lodge.

Day 2 is a scenic delight as we continue through Kootenay Park, tracing the course of the Vermillion and Kootenay Rivers as they carve their course through the rugged Rockies. A final climb to the crest of Sinclair Pass precedes a thrilling seven-mile descent into Radium Hot Springs, whose name suggests the treat that awaits us at the end of this special day.

From Radium, it’s on to Golden on Day 3. We’ll ride along the Columbia River with the towering Rockies to our east and the beautiful Purcells and Selkirks to the west.

On Day 4 we return to Banff National Park to hike the spectacular Sentinel Pass which rises above timberline overlooking beautiful Moraine Lake and the stunning Valley of the Ten Peaks. Then it is off to the wondrous Lake Louise.

Day 5 is a layover day on Lake Louise with some of the best hiking opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. The cycling option is a breathtaking climb to Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada by way of Kicking Horse Pass, at 5,338 feet.

Our tour continues northward along the Icefields Parkway on Day 6. As we climb gently to the Bow Summit, we’ll view Hector Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, ride the shoreline of Bow Lake, and visit beautiful Peyto Lake perched atop the Bow Summit. It’s then downhill to Saskatchewan River Crossing and an overnight at The Crossing Resort.

We’re headed for the Icefields early in the morning of Day 7. We’ll climb imposing Sunwapta Pass, hike beyond the tree line along magnificent Parker Ridge at Sunwapta’s summit before continuing to the Icefields Center at the foot of Athabasca Glacier. From the Icefields, we’ll descend along the course of the Sunwapta River to Sunwapta Falls for an overnight in the warm, gracious setting of the Sunwapta Falls Resort. A short, leisurely ride to Jasper, including a visit to Athabasca Falls, is planned for our final day, providing an opportunity to explore Jasper prior to our return to Banff and Calgary.

Itinerary

DayLocationDistance
Day 1Arrive, assemble, van transport, bike fitting, orientation dinner
Day 2Banff - Bow Parkway - Storm Mountain40
Day 3Storm Mountain - Vermillion Pass - Radium Hot Springs60
Day 4Radium Hot Springs - Columbia River Valley - Golden60
Day 5Hiking day; Moraine lake to Sentinel Pass7
Day 6Lake Louise (layover day) with hiking to Lake Agnes Teahouse or cycling to Takakkaw Falls5 or 48
Day 7Lake Louise - Icefields Parkway - Saskatchewan Crossing47
Day 8Saskatchewan Crossing - Columbia Icefields – Sunwapta Falls58
Day 9Sunwapta Falls - Athabasca Falls - Jasper; tour concludes32

Total Distance: Total cycling mileage: 345 Total hiking mileage: 12 miles

Inn Highlights

  • Storm Mountain Lodge
  • Deer Lodge
  • Sunwapta Falls Lodge

Banff, Jasper National Parks and The Icefields Parkways, Canada

July 13 - 21, 2018

(9 days, 8 nights; Fri - Sat)