Cycling from Jasper to Banff 500 (TourzPlus!)

  • Itinerary Summary

    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.

    Learn more about our TourzPlus™ partner tours and how they differ from regular ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours.

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    1. 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.

      Distance: 58k (36 miles), 300 meters or 1000ft vertical. Overnight Jasper Inn

    2. 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.

      Distance: 100k (60 miles), 800m (2600ft) Overnight Jasper Inn

    3. 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.

      Distance: 90k (55mi), 1400m (4200ft)

    4. 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.

      Distance: 104k (62 miles), 1100m / 3500ft.

    5. 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.

      Distance: 108k (65 miles), 1200m (4000ft).

    6. 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.

      Distance: 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
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    • Total Distance

      525 km (324 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average daily mileage 87 km (54 miles)
    • Rating

      401 See daily itinerary for per day elevation gains and miles.
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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Aug 6-11, 2017 CAD$2995 CAD$600 Prices are subject to 5% GST. Save CAD$300 if you bring your own bike. Book it
    Aug 20-25, 2017 CAD$2995 CAD$600 Prices are subject to 5% GST. Save CAD$300 if you bring your own bike. Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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