Just sky, water, rock and wheels. It seems too simple to be this incredible. Glaciated Rockies soaring thousands of feet above the trees. Air that feels like the purest you've ever breathed. A mountain-lined parkway you'll ride the entire day. Lake Louise, jewel-blue and simply stunning. Bighorn sheep staring as you pass as if they've never seen the likes of you before. The Post Hotel & Spa offering you flawless luxury in such a rugged land. Your ride is simplicity, rawness and beauty in its truest form.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsThis Premiere & Casual Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and The Glacier View Inn. The guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen these properties because of their character, proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones.
Day 1 A vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, massive ice fields, pristine mountain lakes and broad valleys In Banff National Park, pedal from the picturesque resort town of Banff to Lake Minnewanka and picnic amid snowcapped spires.
Day 2 The elegant Post Hotel, where old-world charm meets modern sophistication Bike Bow Valley's rolling hills alongside blooming meadows, towering summits and a striking blue-green river Water pounds and spray flies at the dramatic Johnston Canyon waterfall If your legs are up for a longer ride, climb to Moraine Lake and take in the superb view of ten towering peaks reflected in its striking blue-green water.
Day 3 Ride the Icefields Parkway, a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies along the Continental Divide - it's been called one of the world's most beautiful roads! Watch for black bears, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep Tumbling glaciers flank the gradual ascent to unbelievably blue Bow Lake.
Days 4-6 Gloriously crisp clean mountain air Crest Sunwapta Pass en route to Athabasca Glacier At the Columbia Icefield Centre, get the lowdown on the enormous frozen expanse, one of North America's primary fresh water sources Explore Sunwapta Valley's riverside byways Bike to remarkable Maligne Canyon and come face-to-face with the sculpting power of water, or opt for a river float trip.
- A vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, massive glaciers, pristine mountain lakes and broad valleys
- Spectacular Lake Louise
- Ride the Icefields Parkway, a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies
- Incredibly crisp clean mountain air
- The Post Hotel, blending old-world charm with modern sophistication
Premiere & Casual Inns
Buffalo Mountain Lodge (1 night): A timbered lodge on the gentle slopes of Tunnel Mountain with fieldstone fireplaces in each cozy guest room.
Post Hotel & Spa (1 night): This European-style chalet set on the Pipestone and Bow Rivers is the epitome of rustic elegance. A Relais & Châteaux member. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (1 night): This rustic and simple mountain retreat offers an atmosphere of secluded tranquility on the banks of Bow Lake.
The Glacier View Inn (1 night): A modest lodge with simple rooms selected for its phenomenal alpine wilderness location overlooking the famed Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (1 night): Since opening in 1915 with ten luxury tents on emerald-green Lac Beauvert, it has hosted royalty and Hollywood stars in the elegant cedar chalets and log cabins. (pool, spa, golf)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/6-11 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/20-25 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/10-15 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/31-9/5 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/3-8 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $870 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
- 2 - 3 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
This was my 8th active vacation and it was the best of them all! Great cycling and scenery. And outstanding trip leaders were both very professional, service-oriented, and generated lots of fun.- Tacoma, WA
Everything about this trip was fabulous. I felt well taken care of and supported along the way. The food was exceptional . . . don't usually pack smoked salmon on MY picnics (smile).- Saint Paul, MN
Thank you, Backroads, for sharing this beautiful part of the world with us in such a rewarding and special way. Cycling through the Canadian Rockies was an incredible experience that will leave its imprint on my life!- Saint Louis, MO
Trip of a lifetime. The scenery was awe-inspiring to say the least.- Crownsville, MD
Without a doubt, this trip was one of the finest of my life: breathtaking scenery, talented guides, fine food and people. Backroads challenges and pampers in a well-balanced, well-paced trip. The routes selected were sublime. I found myself laughing joyously as I rode because I was continually and progressively awestruck. THANK YOU!!- Brighton, MA
Incredible! Every detail was considered. My husband and I typically enjoy planning our own trips of this nature and yet it was clear that Backroads pays attention to detail, needs of their customers to insure a quality experience for us and professionalism by your guides. Thank you . . . everything was attended to by your quality and preparation of your guides and your service.- Phoenix, AZ
An absolutely fabulous trip from beginning to end. The biking was very challenging but achievable even by someone like me in less than top biking shape. Of all my previous Backroads trips, I left this one with the biggest feeling of personal accomplishment. Can't wait for my next Backroads trip. My only problem is choosing which one!- New York, NY