Canada’s Golden Triangle and on to Jasper National Park
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
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
Airport 1:00 pm, Calgary Hotel 1:30 pm
The Canadian Rockies have been a big part of Timberline Adventures tours from the start. For cycling or hiking, there is no other place more majestic, more colorful or more breathtaking to experience. The famed Golden Triangle cycling route carries you through Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park, and Yoho National Park on a traditionally 3 day ride. Our itinerary spreads that ride over four days, with extra time to explore some of the trails on foot along the way. The route spans the divide between British Columbia and Alberta over Vermilion Crossing and Kicking Horse Pass and down the Columbia River Valley, visiting the towns of Golden, Lake Louise, and Radium Hot Springs. But for us, that’s just the start. We continue north along the Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park. We cycle past numerous glaciers, plumeting falls, turquois blue lakes and beautiful canyons. Over Bow summit and Sumwapta Pass in a high valley of the Canadian Rockies, the views look like a color enhanced fairy tale.
Our Canada cycling tour assembles in Banff, with a van transfer provided from Calgary International Airport on our orientation Day 1. From this resort town nestled among the towering peaks, we’ll ride the quiet, gentle Bow Parkway as it follows the Bow River to Johnston Canyon on Day 2. The first day’s mileage is moderate, leaving time to explore places like Johnston Canyon and Marble Canyon on foot, as you pass by. We’ll ride on beyond the Continental Divide into Kootenay National Park and British Columbia Province to spend our first night on the road at the historic Kootenay Park Lodge.
Day 3 is a scenic delight as we continue through Kootenay Park, tracing the course of the Vermillion and Kootenay Rivers as they carve their path 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 4. We’ll ride along the Columbia River with the towering Rockies to our east and the beautiful Purcells and Selkirks to the west, to arrive in the friendly mountain town of Golden, the namesake of our triangle route.
By Day 5 we will rely on our strong legs as the route gains almost 5,000 ft over the 50 mile route. We are distracted by the incredible scenery as we climb out of Golden along the Kicking Horse River. By the time the river finally peters out we have reached a high plateau which carries us across Kicking Horse Pass and gently returns to the Bow valley and our destination of Lake Louise – an incredible basin surrounded by aqua blue lakes and snow covered peaks.
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 continue on the Icefields early in the morning of Day 7. We’ll climb imposing Sunwapta Pass, then we have a chance to 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 glacier, 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.
Day 8 leaves us with a short, leisurely ride to Jasper, including a visit to Athabasca Falls. There will be an opportunity to explore Jasper prior to our return to Banff and Calgary.
|Day 1||Arrive, assemble, van transport, bike fitting, orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Banff - Bow Parkway - Storm Mountain||40|
|Day 3||Storm Mountain - Vermillion Pass - Radium Hot Springs||40|
|Day 4||Radium Hot Springs - Columbia River Valley - Golden||60|
|Day 5||Golden - Kicking Horse Pass - Lake Louise||50|
|Day 6||Lake Louise - Icefields Parkway - Saskatchewan Crossing||47|
|Day 7||Saskatchewan Crossing - Columbia Icefields – Sunwapta Falls||58|
|Day 8||Sunwapta Falls - Athabasca Falls - Jasper; tour concludes with van transfer to Calgary||32|
Total Distance: Total cycling mileage: 327 miles
- Storm Mountain Lodge
- Deer Lodge
- Sunwapta Falls Lodge