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Alberta: Jasper & Banff National Parks

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Witness the staggering beauty of the Canadian Rockies up close on this dazzling reel past snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, spectacular icefields, roaring waterfalls, and steep ravines.
Former tour name: Cycling the Canadian Rockies: Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.7 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$3,845

Bike Vacation Only

$3,095

(per person, double occupancy)

Alberta: Jasper & Banff National Parks

Witness the staggering beauty of the wilderness up close on this dazzling reel through the Canadian Rockies. As you ride, you’ll behold snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and spectacular icefields, keeping your eyes peeled for elk, deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. You’ll also explore off the bike, on hiking trails leading to roaring waterfalls and steep ravines. Our hand-picked lodgings and hearty meals, including a traditional barbecue, ensure your comfort throughout. As you experience the majesty of the Canadian wilderness with VBT, you’ll see why this vacation surpasses all other Banff bicycle tours.

What to Expect

This tour offers options on easier terrain with occasional hills and the opportunity for some longer rides and moderate climbing. The majority of the rides are on paved park roads alongside vehicular traffic, some with designated bike routes or a wide shoulder. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available throughout the trip.

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Drink in the beauty of Maligne Lake, a turquoise jewel set in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Hike the trails of Maligne Canyon, marveling at sinkholes, streams, and caverns.
  • Listen to thundering Athabasca Falls as you hike to viewing platforms and picnic nearby.
  • Pass panorama after panorama of jaw-dropping alpine splendor as you cycle the Icefields Parkway.
  • Learn about Jasper National Park from a local naturalist.
  • Savor a traditional barbeque dinner.
  • View the spectacular Columbia Icefield and the emerald waters of Peyto Lake.
  • Spin downhill along the magnificent Bow Valley Parkway, a stunning wilderness corridor.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jun66º/42º

Jul71º/45º

Aug71º/44º

Sep62º/37º

Average
Precipitation:

Jun2.7 in

Jul2.7 in

Aug2.4 in

Sep1.5 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Edmonton in conveniently located hotels with breakfast included Check
5 nights in scenic lodges and boutique hotels Check Check
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sat, Jun 13 to Fri, Jun 19 - 2020

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Depart from home for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Upon arrival at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG), claim your luggage and clear customs. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are clearly visible so that our VBT representative can identify you. If your luggage is lost, file a claim with your airline’s luggage service counter before leaving the customs area. VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a sign with your name and VBT logo. He or she will walk you to your arranged transfer, which will depart from the Arrivals level near Doors 9 and 10. The transfer to your centrally located hotel is a journey of approximately 30 minutes.

Please note: Your room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the Reception Desk.

The rest of the day is yours to explore Edmonton at leisure, using the VBT City Information as your guide. All meals are on your own today.

Our centrally located hotel lets you explore Edmonton, Alberta’s lively capital, with ease. Simply step outside, and the city’s cultural pleasures are a short walk away. In the summer, parks come alive with some of Canada’s most colorful festivals. You might catch the nationally famous Fringe Festival, the Street Performers festival, and jazz and blues festivals. The city’s science center houses the largest planetarium in the country. Take a break from exploring at BRU Coffee and Beer House on Jasper Street. At Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, you can pick up the city’s beloved trail system and follow it throughout the city. Perhaps you’ll explore the World Walk, a horticultural stroll that includes a serene and visually striking Chinese garden that celebrates Edmonton’s Chinese community.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Matrix Hotel Edmonton

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, then meet your VBT representative and the rest of the group in the lobby at 9:00 a.m. for your transfer to Jasper (travel time is approximately 4 hours). A box lunch will be provided. Please come dressed for cycling (with your pedals or saddle if you use your own), as there will be no place to change into cycling clothes before the warm-up ride. Check-in at your hotel is 4:00 p.m.

Once you arrive in Jasper, in the heart of breathtaking Jasper National Park, meet your trip leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session. Then, set off to stretch your legs on an invigorating warm-up ride. As you cycle, the true majesty of the Canadian Rockies reveals itself as snow-capped peaks rise around you. Your destination is Pyramid Lake, the pristine waters at the foot of Pyramid Mountain, so named for its shape.

Back at the inn, raise a glass to your arrival in the splendid Canadian Rockies during a special welcome reception, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Alternate Hotel: Tekarra Lodge
Alternate Hotel: Chateau Jasper Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Jasper Warm-Up: 17 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Your warm-up spin gives you the opportunity to fit your bike, shift the gears, and practice riding. During a peaceful ride up to Pyramid Lake amid snow-topped mountains, you’ll feel refreshed and renewed as the cool alpine breeze brushes your cheeks.

After a hearty breakfast, gather in the lobby for a breathtaking hour-long transfer, climbing some 2,000 feet to our ride’s starting point at Maligne Lake. Before you get underway, linger a while to admire the vibrant blue waters and the magnificent peaks that ring the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s still waters and by the stunning lofty peaks around you.

Begin your reel along Maligne Lake Road and look for the famous Rosemary’s Rock. Somewhat of a curiosity for its several film associations, this semi-famous river rock appeared in the 1953 movie Rose Marie, and it’s been said that Rosemary Clooney once climbed upon it. Continue riding along a magnificent road lined with deep emerald forest sloping up to massive mountains. This spectacular route leads to the famous “disappearing” Medicine Lake, a minor basin of Maligne Lake whose waters drop off underground at one end. Pause here to stroll along the shoreline and watch for pika, a tiny, round, rabbit-like mammal, hiding among the rocks. Down the road on the banks of the Maligne River, you will meet your trip leaders, who have prepared a picnic lunch. Enjoy your freshly prepared meal in this perfect dining room, keeping your eyes peeled for elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and white-tail deer. Later, cycle to Maligne Canyon and hike some of the trails into the narrow 164-foot-deep karst ravine.

Your inspirational day continues as you ride to Beauvert Lake, the setting for Jasper Park Lodge. Here, you can take a break to sip tea or libations on the patio and celebrate the staggering beauty of the park. You may ride or shuttle back to your inn.

Tonight, dinner is on your own at one of Jasper’s many fine eateries. You may find such pleasurable appetizers as Earl Grey smoked candied salmon, Newfie cod cakes, or P.E.I. mussels. Or sample such exquisite dishes as slow-roasted prime rib, AAA Alberta beef, back ribs, deer tenderloin, wild boar chops, or rack of lamb. The choices in Jasper are endless. Your trip leaders will be happy to help you with recommendations and directions.

Hotel: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Alternate Hotel: Tekarra Lodge
Alternate Hotel: Chateau Jasper Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 47 – 52 km (29 – 32 miles)

Morning
Maligne Lake to Crimson Jasper with Shuttle: 47 km (29 miles)
Maligne Lake to Crimson Jasper Plus: 52 km (32 miles)

What to Expect: After shuttling to Maligne Lake, ride downhill to Medicine Lake. A picnic lunch alongside a river awaits farther down the road. Cycle to Maligne Canyon, where you may take a short hike. Backroad bike paths then lead to Beauvert Lake, where you can pause for tea in a breathtaking setting. Today’s longer option follows the shoreline trail of Lake Beauvert and returns to Jasper.

Awake to cool mountain air and head to the inn’s restaurant for breakfast. After fueling up for the morning ride, depart Jasper to begin cycling the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful roadways. This astonishing route traverses the heart of the unspoiled Rockies, passing panorama after panorama of jaw-dropping alpine splendor. As you ride, marvel at glacier-crowned summits, plummeting waterfalls, and azure lakes surrounded by spruce and fir forest. Your destination is Athabasca Falls, one of the park’s most powerful waterfalls for the torrent of water that spills into its gorge. The Athabasca River carries the most water of any Rocky Mountain river, and the 75-foot falls present a spectacle of roaring water, spray, and mist. There’ll be time here to hike along marked trails to viewing platforms and marvel at the deep canyon carved by the power of the mighty river. It’s the ideal spot for a picnic, and so you will enjoy lunch here near the falls.

After this refreshing stop, continue cycling the Icefields Parkway amidst more views of snow-capped mountains. Later, arrive at the friendly and rustic Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge. Settle in to your cabin-style room and perhaps walk to Sunwapta Falls, just a seven-minute walk from the lodge.

Tonight, enjoy a talk about Jasper National Park from a naturalist, followed by a delicious traditional barbeque dinner. After sunset, the night sky puts on a show of infinite stars.

Hotel: Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 57 km (15 – 35 miles)

Morning
Icefields Parkway to Sunwapta Falls: 33 km (21 miles)

Afternoon
Athabasca Falls to Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge: 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Shuttle to your starting point on the Icefields Parkway, a magnificent route through the heart of the Rockies. After a picnic lunch at Athabasca Falls, you may walk the trails to viewing platforms overlooking the cascade. Today’s longer ride is a moderate route along the Icefields Parkway to the lodge. Later, you may walk a short distance to Sunwapta Falls.

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic shuttle along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. En route, you will stop to view the spectacular Columbia Icefield. Formed during the Great Glaciation, this vast natural wonder straddles the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta and is the largest ice field in the North American Rockies. This is nature at one of her most extremes: the ice that comprises this 125-square-mile expanse between glacier-clad peaks is up to 1,200 feet deep and receives up to 23 feet of snow annually. From a viewing platform, you will see Mt. Athabasca, North Twin, Mt. Andromeda, and Mt. Kitchener. After time here, continue by shuttle into Banff National Park, pausing to witness the mesmerizing green-blue waters of Peyto Lake, colored by particles of glacial rock that flow into the lake each summer. There’ll be time to follow the paved trail to a breathtaking lookout point over the lake, named for an early trapper in the Banff area.

Later, arrive at Lake Louise, enjoying your box lunch along its iconic shores. This is one of the most famous lakes in the world, renowned for its magnificent setting. The glacier-fed waters were named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.

After lunch, shuttle a little further down the road and return to your bicycle saddle for an invigorating, mostly downhill ride along the magnificent Bow Valley Parkway. This stunning wilderness corridor is celebrated for its unwavering preservation of Banff’s scenic heritage. As you descend, you may pause off the road at interpretive stops, perhaps learning more about sites like Morant’s Curve or Castle Cliffs as you gaze upon them in the distance. Later, approach the Flames of Life, an area where prescribed burns have been used to stimulate plant growth and support natural habitats.

After a rewarding day, arrive in Banff, the highest town in Canada, and your lodge for the next two nights. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure in town. Your trip leaders will point out their local favorites.

Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (21 miles)

Afternoon
Castle Mountain to Banff: 32 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: Spend a leisurely morning with our shuttle, stopping to take in the enormous Columbia Icefield, the green-blue hues of Peyto Lake, and picturesque Lake Louise. This afternoon, ride mostly downhill along the Bow Valley Parkway.

Today, you spend time in the scenic area in and around Banff, with several ride options available. Enjoy an easy, flat spin around the beautifully manicured Banff Golf Course. During this leisurely ride, you might spot majestic Wapiti, a species of elk, along the fairways. Later, continue with a reel along the Bow River to its pretty falls. Take a spin to Tunnel Mountain, a small summit rising over the town of Banff. From the top, linger a while and admire views over the Bow and Spray River Valleys, Banff Springs Golf Course, and surrounding peaks.

This afternoon, continue to Lake Minnewanka, meaning “water of the spirits” in the First Nations Nakoda language. Surrounded by jagged peaks and hoodoo clusters, it is the longest lake in the Rockies.

Back in Banff, optional activities include a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, where natural thermal springs have a rich local history. Embark the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Or pay a visit to Whyte Museum to learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies. Your lodge offers complimentary bus passes to facilitate your visit. You might stay close by and find local souvenirs in town, or enjoy solitude and calm at the lodge’s Red Earth Spa. For spa appointments, call 1-800-563-8764; advance reservations are recommended (spa treatments are not included in the tour).

Tonight, gather at the hotel’s restaurant for a farewell dinner to celebrate your unforgettable alpine adventure.

Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 100 km (11 – 62 miles)

Morning
Banff to Golf Loop: 19 km (11 miles)
Banff to Golf Loop Plus: 29 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Lake Minnewanka Loop: 25 km (15 miles)
Legacy Trail to Canmore: 46 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The morning ride takes you over mostly flat road to the Banff Golf Course, via the waters of Bow River, and you may opt to add the ride up to the summit of Tunnel Mountain and back to the inn. The afternoon ride takes you on the gently rolling route around Lake Minnewanka.

Enjoy a final breakfast at the Banff Caribou Lodge. Your transfer to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) departs from the Banff Caribou Lodge at 9:00 a.m. (Travel time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.) You will arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for your return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Jun 14 to Fri, Jun 19 - 2020

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At 9:00 a.m., meet your VBT representative in the lobby of the Matrix Hotel Edmonton (10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3N8, Canada telephone + 780-429-2861). Please come dressed for cycling (with your pedals or saddle if you use your own), as there will be no place to change into cycling clothes before the warm-up ride. Transfer to Jasper at 9:30 a.m. promptly (travel time is approximately 4 hours). A box lunch will be provided. Check-in at your hotel is 4:00 p.m.

If your arrival at the Edmonton hotel is scheduled for later than 9:30 a.m., or if you are delayed, you must travel to the Jasper hotel at your own expense. SunDog Transportation and Tours Ltd. provides a daily shuttle service between Edmonton International Airport and Jasper National Park ($99 CAD per person). SunDog Tours picks up at Door 10 on the Arrivals level at 3:15 p.m. or in the lobby of Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall at 3:50 p.m. ($89 CAD per person). You will arrive in Jasper at 8:00 p.m. and be dropped off at your hotel. Reservations are required. Call + 1-888-786-3641 or visit http://www.sundogtours.com/edmonton-edson-hinton-jasper-shuttle-services/.

Your Jasper hotel for tours starting on June 7, 14, 21; July 12, 26; and August 2, 9, and 30 is the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre (76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada, telephone 1 780-852-5111)

Your Jasper hotel for the tour starting on June 28 is The Crimson Jasper (200 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada, telephone +587-802-3577).

Your Jasper hotel for tours starting on July 5, 19; August 23; and September 6 and 13 is Tekarra Lodge (Highway 93A South, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada, telephone 1 780-852-3058).

Your Jasper hotel for tours starting on August 16 is Chateau Jasper Hotel (1 780-852-3058, telephone +1 780-852-5644).

Please contact your Jasper hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders. Please refer to your Final Travel document for details on your Jasper hotel.

Once you arrive in Jasper, in the heart of breathtaking Jasper National Park, meet your trip leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session. Then, set off to stretch your legs on an invigorating warm-up ride. As you cycle, the true majesty of the Canadian Rockies reveals itself as snow-capped peaks rise around you. Your destination is Pyramid Lake, the pristine waters at the foot of its eponymous mountain, so named for its shape.

Back at the inn, raise a toast to your arrival during a special welcome reception, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Alternate Hotel: Tekarra Lodge
Alternate Hotel: Chateau Jasper Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Jasper Warm-Up: 17 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Your warm-up spin gives you the opportunity to fit your bike, shift the gears, and practice riding. During a peaceful ride up to Pyramid Lake amid snow-topped mountains, you’ll feel refreshed and renewed as the cool alpine breeze brushes your cheeks.

After a hearty breakfast, gather in the lobby for a breathtaking hour-long transfer, climbing some 2,000 feet to our ride’s starting point at Maligne Lake. Before you get underway, linger a while to admire the vibrant blue waters and the magnificent peaks that ring the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s still waters and by the stunning lofty peaks around you.

Begin your reel along Maligne Lake Road and look for the famous Rosemary’s Rock. Somewhat of a curiosity for its several film associations, this semi-famous river rock appeared in the 1953 movie Rose Marie, and it’s been said that Rosemary Clooney once climbed upon it. Continue riding along a magnificent road lined with deep emerald forest sloping up to massive mountains. This spectacular route leads to the famous “disappearing” Medicine Lake, a minor basin of Maligne Lake whose waters drop off underground at one end. Pause here to stroll along the shoreline and watch for pika, a tiny, round, rabbit-like mammal, hiding among the rocks. Down the road on the banks of the Maligne River, you will meet your trip leaders, who have prepared a picnic lunch. Enjoy your freshly prepared meal in this perfect dining room, keeping your eyes peeled for elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and white-tail deer. Later, cycle to Maligne Canyon and hike some of the trails into the narrow 164-foot-deep karst ravine.

Your inspirational day continues as you ride to Beauvert Lake, the setting for Jasper Park Lodge. Here, you can take a break to sip tea or libations on the patio and celebrate the staggering beauty of the park. You may ride or shuttle back to your inn.

Tonight, dinner is on your own at one of Jasper’s many fine eateries. You may find such pleasurable appetizers as Earl Grey smoked candied salmon, Newfie cod cakes, or P.E.I. mussels. Or sample such exquisite dishes as slow-roasted prime rib, AAA Alberta beef, back ribs, deer tenderloin, wild boar chops, or rack of lamb. The choices in Jasper are endless. Your trip leaders will be happy to help you with recommendations and directions.

Hotel: Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Alternate Hotel: Tekarra Lodge
Alternate Hotel: Chateau Jasper Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 47 – 52 km (29 – 32 miles)

Morning
Maligne Lake to Crimson Jasper with Shuttle: 47 km (29 miles)
Maligne Lake to Crimson Jasper Plus: 52 km (32 miles)

What to Expect: After shuttling to Maligne Lake, ride downhill to Medicine Lake. A picnic lunch alongside a river awaits farther down the road. Cycle to Maligne Canyon, where you may take a short hike. Backroad bike paths then lead to Beauvert Lake, where you can pause for tea in a breathtaking setting. Today’s longer option follows the shoreline trail of Lake Beauvert and returns to Jasper.

Awake to cool mountain air and head to the inn’s restaurant for breakfast. After fueling up for the morning ride, depart Jasper to begin cycling the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful roadways. This astonishing route traverses the heart of the unspoiled Rockies, passing panorama after panorama of jaw-dropping alpine splendor. As you ride, marvel at glacier-crowned summits, plummeting waterfalls, and azure lakes surrounded by spruce and fir forest. Your destination is Athabasca Falls, one of the park’s most powerful waterfalls for the torrent of water that spills into its gorge. The Athabasca River carries the most water of any Rocky Mountain river, and the 75-foot falls present a spectacle of roaring water, spray, and mist. There’ll be time here to hike along marked trails to viewing platforms and marvel at the deep canyon carved by the power of the mighty river. It’s the ideal spot for a picnic, and so you will enjoy lunch here near the falls.

After this refreshing stop, continue cycling the Icefields Parkway amidst more views of snow-capped mountains. Later, arrive at the friendly and rustic Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge. Settle in to your cabin-style room and perhaps walk to Sunwapta Falls, just a seven-minute walk from the lodge.

Tonight, enjoy a talk about Jasper National Park from a naturalist, followed by a delicious traditional barbeque dinner. After sunset, the night sky puts on a show of infinite stars.

Hotel: Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 24 – 57 km (15 – 35 miles)

Morning
Icefields Parkway to Sunwapta Falls: 33 km (21 miles)

Afternoon
Athabasca Falls to Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge: 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Shuttle to your starting point on the Icefields Parkway, a magnificent route through the heart of the Rockies. After a picnic lunch at Athabasca Falls, you may walk the trails to viewing platforms overlooking the cascade. Today’s longer ride is a moderate route along the Icefields Parkway to the lodge. Later, you may walk a short distance to Sunwapta Falls.

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic shuttle along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. En route, you will stop to view the spectacular Columbia Icefield. Formed during the Great Glaciation, this vast natural wonder straddles the Continental Divide along the border of British Columbia and Alberta and is the largest ice field in the North American Rockies. This is nature at one of her most extremes: the ice that comprises this 125-square-mile expanse between glacier-clad peaks is up to 1,200 feet deep and receives up to 23 feet of snow annually. From a viewing platform, you will see Mt. Athabasca, North Twin, Mt. Andromeda, and Mt. Kitchener. After time here, continue by shuttle into Banff National Park, pausing to witness the mesmerizing green-blue waters of Peyto Lake, colored by particles of glacial rock that flow into the lake each summer. There’ll be time to follow the paved trail to a breathtaking lookout point over the lake, named for an early trapper in the Banff area.

Later, arrive at Lake Louise, enjoying your box lunch along its iconic shores. This is one of the most famous lakes in the world, renowned for its magnificent setting. The glacier-fed waters were named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.

After lunch, shuttle a little further down the road and return to your bicycle saddle for an invigorating, mostly downhill ride along the magnificent Bow Valley Parkway. This stunning wilderness corridor is celebrated for its unwavering preservation of Banff’s scenic heritage. As you descend, you may pause off the road at interpretive stops, perhaps learning more about sites like Morant’s Curve or Castle Cliffs as you gaze upon them in the distance. Later, approach the Flames of Life, an area where prescribed burns have been used to stimulate plant growth and support natural habitats.

After a rewarding day, arrive in Banff, the highest town in Canada, and your lodge for the next two nights. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure in town. Your trip leaders will point out their local favorites.

Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (21 miles)

Afternoon
Castle Mountain to Banff: 32 km (21 miles)

What to Expect: Spend a leisurely morning with our shuttle, stopping to take in the enormous Columbia Icefield, the green-blue hues of Peyto Lake, and picturesque Lake Louise. This afternoon, ride mostly downhill along the Bow Valley Parkway.

Today, you spend time in the scenic area in and around Banff, with several ride options available. Enjoy an easy, flat spin around the beautifully manicured Banff Golf Course. During this leisurely ride, you might spot majestic Wapiti, a species of elk, along the fairways. Later, continue with a reel along the Bow River to its pretty falls. Take a spin to Tunnel Mountain, a small summit rising over the town of Banff. From the top, linger a while and admire views over the Bow and Spray River Valleys, Banff Springs Golf Course, and surrounding peaks.

This afternoon, continue to Lake Minnewanka, meaning “water of the spirits” in the First Nations Nakoda language. Surrounded by jagged peaks and hoodoo clusters, it is the longest lake in the Rockies.

Back in Banff, optional activities include a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, where natural thermal springs have a rich local history. Embark the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Or pay a visit to Whyte Museum to learn about the cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies. Your lodge offers complimentary bus passes to facilitate your visit. You might stay close by and find local souvenirs in town, or enjoy solitude and calm at the lodge’s Red Earth Spa. For spa appointments, call 1-800-563-8764; advance reservations are recommended (spa treatments are not included in the tour).

Tonight, gather at the hotel’s restaurant for a farewell dinner to celebrate your unforgettable alpine adventure.

Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 100 km (11 – 62 miles)

Morning
Banff to Golf Loop: 19 km (11 miles)
Banff to Golf Loop Plus: 29 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Lake Minnewanka Loop: 25 km (15 miles)
Legacy Trail to Canmore: 46 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The morning ride takes you over mostly flat road to the Banff Golf Course, via the waters of Bow River, and you may opt to add the ride up to the summit of Tunnel Mountain and back to the inn. The afternoon ride takes you on the gently rolling route around Lake Minnewanka.

Enjoy a final breakfast at the Banff Caribou Lodge. Your transfer to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) departs from the Banff Caribou Lodge at 9:00 a.m. (Travel time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.) You will arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 p.m. (noon).

*Please note: If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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2020 Post-Trip Extension - Calgary

1 Nights From $245 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $145

  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 night at Hotel Arts or Clique Calgary Airport Hotel (for select dates that fall during the Calgary Stampede) City Information
  • Airport transfer

After breakfast at your Banff hotel, your transfer to Calgary will depart at 9:00 a.m., arriving at your downtown Calgary hotel at approximately 11:15 a.m. VBT has arranged for two drop-offs: first at the Calgary airport for VBT guests returning home, then at your Calgary downtown hotel.

After settling in, you can explore this sophisticated city with ease, walking to many of its landmarks and attractions from your hotel. Browse the art collections at the Glenbow Museum. Ascend the Calgary Tower for splendid city views. Wander among the shops on Stephen Avenue, lined with historic buildings. Or explore Prince’s Island Park, a peaceful urban green space in the Bow River. This evening, you will have many options for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Arts
Alternate Hotel: Clique Calgary Airport Hotel (for select dates that fall during the Calgary Stampede)
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer to the Calgary International Airport for your flight home**.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Bike Vacation + Air Package

7 days, includes round-trip international airfare, airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $995

Departing From Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Bike Vacation Only

6 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

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