Welcome to the Icefields Parkway Inn-to-Inn cycle tour. For many cyclists this is the best cycle tour in the world. The spectacular scenery found in the national parks of the Canadian Rockies is unprecedented in North America. Stretching an impressive 200 miles (300 km) between the historic towns of Jasper and Banff, the Icefields Parkway traverses beneath some of the most majestic mountains of the world. Flanked by dozens of massive glaciers that plummet to the roadsides, it follows three major river systems and passes by exquisite scenery studded with turquoise lakes and brilliant wild flowers. Along the route, two mountain passes - Sunwapta and Bow - take you up to elevations in excess of 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) for breathtaking views of the Columbia Icefield, the largest conglomeration of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies whose melting waters feed rivers that eventually drain into the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. From the elegant to the formidable, the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies are nothing less than spectacular and deserve the United Nations World Heritage Site designation bestowed upon them. So let us take you on a cycle tour you won't forget.
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Day 1: Meet in Banff for our shuttle to Jasper
Highlights: Welcome dinnerWe will meet you at the Banff train station (time TBA). From here you will be transferred to Jasper. The van ride is spectacular. Upon arrival at the Jasper Inn, participants can size up the bikes and take a tour of Jasper before our evening orientation and dinner. Overnight Jasper Inn.
Day 2: Jasper to Sunwapta
Highlights: Athabasca FallsAfter a delicious breakfast we will depart Jasper, taking a secluded valley road south to Athabasca Falls. Joining the Icefields Parkway we will make our way to the cozy cabins at Sunwapta Bungalows - our home for the night. A short walk to the falls will feel great after a fantastic dinner. Today we will have covered 37 miles (60 km) and two optional short walks.
Day 3: Sunwapta to the Columbia Icefield
Highlights: Sunwapta Pass, Athabasca Glacier, hike to Parker RidgeToday is a relatively short biking day as we have a morning climb to Sunwapta Pass and the spectacular Columbia Icefield. After lunch we can check into the Icefields Chalet and our rooms overlooking the glacier. An afternoon up on the ice or just lazing around will get us prepared for the longer route tomorrow. In either case, the day would not be complete without another delightful dinner. Distance: 32 miles (52 km) on the bike plus an optional icewalk on the Athabasca Glacier or a hike to Parker Ridge.
Day 4: Columbia Icefield to Bow Lake
Highlights: Peyto Lake, Bow SummitAfter a good night's sleep, it's on to the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a long descent down the pass as we follow the Saskatchewan River. Climbing out of the river valley, we will reach the highest point on the Parkway at Bow Summit (6,787'). A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint is a must. Continuing downhill past spectacular lakes, rivers, glaciers and mountain peaks before arriving at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge nestled on Bow Lake. Distance: 62 miles (100 km)
Day 5: Bow Lake to Lake Louise
Highlights: Lake LouiseAfter another of many delightful breakfasts, we will enjoy a short 21 mile (35km) ride to Lake Louise to explore the sights of the area. You can take a side ride to Moraine Lake, hike into Lake Agnes tea house or even take an optional half day whitewater trip on the Kicking Horse river. Your evening will be free to explore the famous Lake Louise chateau and dine on your own in one of the many excellent restaurants in town. Our spacious quarters at the Paradise Lodge will be a great place to rest up for tomorrow. Distance: 26 miles (42 km); optional hike to Tea House and Plain of the Six Glaciers (3 hours) or bike ride to the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Day 6: Lake Louise to Banff
Highlights: Bow Valley ParkwayOur last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway towards Banff. After lunch we'll take a short hike up to the falls at Johnston's Canyon before arriving in Banff, where we say our good-byes. You will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at your hotel if you choose to stay longer. Distance: 40 miles (65 km).
HighlightsAthabasca Falls, Sunwapta Pass, Moraine Lake, Jasper, Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake, Banff, Bow Valley Parkway
IncludesQuality Roubaix road bicycle; 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (does not include alcohol); snacks and refreshments; support vehicle; professional guides; Shuttle from Banff to Jasper; all National Park fees.
Arrive/DepartCalgary Int'l Airport (YYC)
Total Distance198 miles ( 320 km)
Daily Distance26 - 62 miles (42 - 100 km)
What to ExpectJaw-dropping scenery, wildlife, great food
Price includes CAD$250 for Roubaix bike rental. Use a hybrid and save CAD$100, or bring your own bike and save CAD$250.
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