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Cycling the Canadian Rockies: Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff

Ebikes Available on this TourExplore by bike through an alpine wonderland of snowcapped peaks, pristine turquoise lakes, coursing rivers, and torrential waterfalls.

  • 7 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 – 40 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 – 6 hr
  • Small Groups: 14 - 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Perfect for those trying a bike vacation for the first time.
  • Airfare Packages Available

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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Cycling the Canadian Rockies: Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff

Explore by bike through an alpine wonderland of snowcapped peaks, pristine turquoise lakes, coursing rivers, and torrential waterfalls. You’ll traverse two of Canada’s most magnificent national parks, Jasper and Banff, cycling along spruce- and fir-lined roads, including the legendary Icefields Parkway, pausing to stroll or simply gaze upon awe-inspiring vistas. Marvel at the vast Columbia Icefield straddling the Continental Divide. Picnic alongside Athabasca Falls. Admire the mirrorlike waters of lakes Maligne, Louise, and Peyto. This is unspoiled nature at its most inspiring, and cycling through its sweeping beauty sends the spirit soaring. Join us on this new and thrilling itinerary!

Cultural Highlights

  • Admire the azure waters of Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies
  • Discover the deep-cut karst gorge of Maligne Canyon, where sinkholes, streams, and caverns create a breathtaking landscape
  • Picnic near the 75-foot Athabasca Falls, powered by the most voluminous river in the Rocky Mountains
  • Cycle the magnificent Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic roadways
  • Learn about Jasper National Park during a talk from a naturalist
  • Savor a hearty traditional BBQ dinner at your lodge in Sunwapta Falls
  • Marvel at the enormous Columbia Icefield and the emerald-green waters of Peyto Lake
  • Enjoy an invigorating ride along the Bow Valley Parkway, stopping for a short hike into scenic Johnston Canyon

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 quiet paved roads alongside vehicular traffic, some with designated bike routes. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available throughout the trip.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 40 miles (23 – 65 km)
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 6 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Banff
Jun 66º/42º  Jul 71º/45º  Aug 71º/44º  Sep 62º/37º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Banff
Jun 2.7   Jul 2.7  Aug 2.4  Sep 1.5

What’s Included:

Ebikes Available on this Tour

E-Bikes Available on this tour.

Limited quantities — first come, first serve. Learn more.

Bicycle Vacation Only – without Air

  • 5 nights in 3-star hotels
  • 12 meals – 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

International Air package

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 5 nights in 3-star hotels
    PLUS: 1 extra night in 3-star hotel in Edmonton
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers once in Canada
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension:
    Post-trip: Calgary • 1 night for only $195

Both Vacation Options Include

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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $845 | Land Only Single Supplement: $745

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What’s Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.
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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly to Edmonton

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 pm, 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: Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

DAY 2: Bicycle Vacation begins in Edmonton / Transfer to Jasper/ Warm-Up Ride

VBT Bicycle Vacation only guests: At 9:00 am, meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group in the lobby of the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. 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 beginning the warm-up ride. Transfer to Jasper at 9:30 am promptly (4 hours’ travel time). A box lunch will be provided. Check-in at your hotel is 4:00 pm.

If your arrival at the Edmonton hotel is scheduled for later than 9:30 am, 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 Arrivals level at 3:15 pm or in the lobby of Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall at 3:50 pm. The cost is $89 CAD per person. You will arrive Jasper at 8:00 pm and will be dropped off at your hotel. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.sundogtours.com/edmonton-edson-hinton-jasper-shuttle-services/ or call + 1-888-786-3641.

Your Jasper hotel will either be the Sawridge Inn and Conference Center Jasper, or The Crimson Jasper.

Please contact Sawridge Inn and Conference Center or The Crimson Jasper to advise them of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

Once you arrive in Jasper, at the heart of the 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 at the hotel’s restaurant.

VBT Air Package guests: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, then meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group in the lobby at 9:00 am for your transfer (4 hours’ travel time) to Jasper. 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 beginning the warm-up ride. Check-in at your hotel is 4:00 pm.

Once you arrive in Jasper, at the heart of the 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 at the hotel’s restaurant.

Hotel: Sawridge Inn and Conference Center Jasper
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Meals: B (for Air Package guests only), L, D
Daily Options: 10 miles (16 km)

DAY 3: Maligne Lake / Medicine Lake / Beauvert Lake

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 the 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 Center Jasper
Alternate Hotel: The Crimson Jasper
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 29 or 33 miles (45.5 or 53 km)

DAY 4: Icefields Parkway / Athabasca Falls / Picnic Lunch / Sunwapta Falls

Awake to the 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. You will have 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, you will 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 barbecue dinner. After sunset, the night sky puts on a show of infinite stars.

Hotel: Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 20.5 miles (33 km) and/or 14.5 miles (24 km)

DAY 5: Icefields Parkway Transfer/ Columbia Icefield and Peyto Lake / Lake Louise / Bow Valley Parkway / Banff

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, 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 detour off the road at either of 13 interpretive stops, perhaps learning more about sites like Morant’s Curve or Castle Cliffs as you gaze upon them in the distance. You might hike to Johnston Canyon, formed by rushing water 8,000 years ago and one of the popular walking experiences in Banff. Choose a 20-minute easy walk to the lower falls (0.6 miles/1.1 km roundtrip) or a 45-minute hike to the upper falls (1.7 miles/2.7 km roundtrip). 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: B, L
Daily Options: 40 miles (65km)

DAY 6: Lake Minnewanka / Tunnel Mountain / Bow River & Falls / Banff Golf Course loop ride

Today, you spend time in the scenic area in and around Banff, with several ride options available. Take a short spin 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. For a longer ride, you may cycle 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, 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.

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 find solitude and calm at the lodge’s Red Earth Spa. For spa appointments call 1-800-563-8764; advanced reservations are recommended (spa treatments not included in the tour).

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

Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 17 miles (27 km) and/or 9 miles (14 km) and/or 32 miles (52 km)

DAY 7: VBT Bicycle Vacation Only ends / Depart for home or begin your Post-Trip Extension in Calgary

VBT Bicycle Vacation only guests and VBT Air Package guests: Enjoy a final breakfast at the Banff Caribou Lodge. Then your transfer to the Calgary International Airport (YYC) departs from the Banff Caribou Lodge at 9:00 am (1 hour, 30 minutes travel time). You will arrive at approximately 10:30 am for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Calgary no earlier than 12:00 pm (noon).

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

Meals: B

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Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel is a full-service hotel located within walking distance of the city’s many arts, dining, and entertainment venues. Inspired by a long hotelier tradition, the attentive staff is genuinely hospitable and endlessly helpful. Enjoy newly renovated rooms during your stay with all the amenities you need. Dine in the relaxing restaurant. And treat yourself at the luxurious day spa and fitness facility with a whirlpool hot tub, steam room and salt-water pool. A/C is available.
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Sawridge Inn and Conference Center Jasper

Steeped in rustic charm and boasting a lively resort atmosphere, the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper enjoys a stunning Canadian Rockies setting. Located in a quiet section of Jasper, the inn offers all the comforts of a resort with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The on-site spa offers a heated pool with a Jacuzzi, a steam room scented with eucalyptus, and the Blue Sky Yoga Studio. In the evening, enjoy a drink around the outdoor fire pit after a meal in the soaring atrium dining room. A/C is available.
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The Crimson Jasper

Nestled in the heart of town lies Jasper’s newest hotel, The Crimson Jasper. This 99-room hotel features true Canadian colors of Jasper’s sunsets, fall foliage, the Canadian flag and the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The inn features an indoor pool, hot tub and Peak fitness room. In the evening, enjoy a drink in the new C200 restaurant and lounge. A/C is available.
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Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge

Located on the Icefields Parkway, the Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge enjoys a splendid setting right on your bike route. The modest and rustic lodge offers simply furnished cabin-style rooms. The property has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for four years running and has received the annual AHLA Housekeeping Award for decades. The friendliness of the staff is sure to win you over, as is the tranquility: you won’t find cell phone reception here, though free WiFi and satellite television are available. Once you’re settled in, enjoy a seven-minute walk to the scenic Sunwapta Falls if you wish.
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Hotel Arts

The Hotel Arts exudes an original and contemporary atmosphere in the heart of Calgary. This fine hotel is located in the up-and-coming Victoria Park neighborhood, home to a wave of exciting new developments, including a mile-long stretch of restaurants and bars. Four blocks north, explore the historic Stephen Avenue, lined with chic bistros, cocktail bars and the city’s most fashionable boutiques and shopping. During your stay, sample the hotel’s raw bar or enjoy dinner on the outdoor poolside patio. If you’d like to explore the city by bicycle, the property offers complimentary use of Brooklyn Cruiser bikes. A/C is available.

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Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown

The Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown hotel is located within walking distance of many attractions including the Calgary Tower, and The Core Calgary Eaton Centre with all its shops and restaurants. See the work of legendary artists at the Glenbow Museum or purchase a unique gift at Eau Claire Market. A/C is available.

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Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is located in the center of Banff within walking distance of all the sites in town. This 184-room mountain lodge features magnificent views of the mountains of Banff National Park. The Keg Steakhouse and Bar is the ideal place for a hearty meal after a day of cycling. The full service Red Earth Spa features a steam room, a 26-person jetted hot pool and an exercise room. As a guest, you will enjoy the use of a complimentary “Roam” bus pass, your ticket to several attractions outside of town. For spa appointments call 1-800-563-8764; advanced reservations are recommended.
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