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Cycling from Jasper to Banff 500 (TourzPlus!)
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Bicycle Tours in Canada: Cycling from Jasper to Banff 500 (TourzPlus!)

This tour for serious cyclists features the incredible beauty and diversity of British Columbia's interior and coast. On this 520k / 320 mile tour you will not only get to ride the entire Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, but you will also get to see some of the hidden and less visited gems in the Canadian Rockies and ride all of the amazing climbs to stunning vistas. This tour is geared toward ambitious intermediate to serious road riders and features 5,300 metres or 17,500 feet of elevation gain.

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Day 1: The Prologue to the Great Divide

Highlights: Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

After meeting in the morning at the Banff train station at 10:00 a.m., we shuttle to the historic town of Jasper. The van ride is absolutely spectacular and today you will get to enjoy the scenery without having to sweat. Once in Jasper we size up the bikes and take an afternoon acclimatization ride to the Continental Divide at Yellowhead Pass and to Pyramid Lake. 58k (36 miles), 300 meters or 1000ft vertical. Overnight Jasper Inn

Day 2: Jasper

Highlights: Ride to the biggest lake and the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies

After a sumptuous breakfast buffet we ride to the largest lake in Jasper National Park. Maligne Lake is famed for the color of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, one of the most photographed locations in the world. On our way back we explore the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies - Maligne Canyon with all it's Cascades. 100k (60 miles), 800m (2600ft) Overnight Jasper Inn

Day 3: Sunwapta Falls

Highlights: Tackle the Canadian Alp d'Huez and see some huge waterfalls

In the morning we will ride up to spectacular Mt Edith Cavell. This 14k (8 mile) switchback climb takes us to a hanging glacier above a lake filled with icebergs at the the bottom of the mile high, sheer north face of Mt Edith Cavell. After a short sightseeing stop at this amazing place you get to enjoy an exhilarating descent. The other 2 highlights of the day are the amazing waterfalls at Athabasca and Sunwapta. We stay overnight at Sunwapta Falls Resort. 90k (55mi), 1400m (4200ft)

Day 4: The Crossing

Highlights: Climb Sunwapta Pass and experience the Columbia Icefield

This morning we are following the Sunwapta River up and tackle the steepest climb of the trip up to the spectacular Columbia Icefields. After a sightseeing stop at the Athabasca Glacier we continue to climb across Sunwapta Pass. Now you will get to enjoy a fun, fast and extremely scenic 15k (10 miles) descent to the bottom of the Weeping Wall. From here we will follow the Saskatchewan River to our hotel at The Crossing. 104k (62 miles), 1100m / 3500ft.

Day 5: Lake Louise

Highlights: The highest pass and two really famous lakes

After a good night's sleep, it's onto the bikes again. Today's ride starts with a long climb to the highest point on the Parkway at Bow Summit. A side trip to Peyto Lake viewpoint at 7?000ft is a must. From here we continue downhill past spectacular lakes, rivers, glaciers and mountain peaks to Lake Louise. Here another challenge awaits ? climb into the Valley of the Ten Peaks and to world famous Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise Inn. 108k (65 miles), 1200m (4000ft).

Day 6: The Grande Finale to Banff

Highlights: Bow Valley Parkway

Our last day's ride takes us along the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway toward Banff. Wildlife sightings of elk, bear and bighorn sheep are quite frequently on this road and beautiful views of the turquoise Bow River and majestic Castle Mountain offer a great backdrop to today's ride. we are descending into Banff. After saying our goodbyes you will be dropped off at the train/bus station or at a hotel of your choice no later than 2:00 p.m. 65k (41 miles), 300m /1000ft
  • Highlights
    Jasper, Banff, Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, Lake Louise, Bow Summit, Maligne Canyon
  • Includes
    Use of a quality Roubaix road bike; 6 days, 5 night's accommodation; 5 breakfast, 5 lunches, 3 dinners; snacks; professional guide services; van support
  • Countries
    Canada
  • Begin/End
    Banff
  • Arrive/Depart
    Calgary
  • Total Distance
    525 km (324 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    Average daily mileage 87 km (54 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Spectacular scenery, wildlife and challenging rides
  • Rating
    401
    See daily itinerary for per day elevation gains and miles.
  • Notes
  • Terms
Please call 1-800-685-4565 or e-mail us for the dates for this tour.

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