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Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Canadian Rockies Majesty in Banff & Lake Louise

  • Behold the beauty of soaring peaks, massive glaciers and brilliant lakes in some of North America's most dramatic landscapes
  • Admire the emerald-green glacial splendor of gorgeous Lake Louise—a world-renowned jewel
  • Journey to the realm of amazing wildlife, from hoary marmots to black bears to bighorn sheep and pikas
  • Cycle through the heart of the Canadian Rockies on the incredible Icefields Parkway

The pristine air in the Canadian Rockies will change your family. Breathe deeply as you ascend. Breathe slowly when you reach a viewpoint. Snowcapped mountains, virgin forests, crystalline lakes—the raw beauty here can take your breath away. Discover this magnificent mountain range together. And don't forget to breathe.

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Days 1-2 Be dazzled by majestic views of the Bow Valley and Mount Cascade as you ride to the postcard-perfect town of Banff | Choose to luxuriate at the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Pedal amid imposing peaks, gem-colored lakes and endless alpine forests—one of the world's most pristine and dramatic landscapes | In Banff National Park, bike to Lake Minnewanka for a picnic beneath soaring spires.

Day 3 Watch for black bears, elk and bighorn sheep along your route | Pedal Bow Valley's rolling hills alongside blooming meadows, towering summits and the striking Bow River | The spray flies and water pounds at the roaring Johnston Canyon waterfall | Up for a longer ride? Add some scenic mileage with a spin up to Storm Mountain.

Days 4-5 Ascend to Moraine Lake and enjoy views of the stunning turquoise waters framed by the famous Wenkchemna peaks | Behold one of the most iconic views in the Canadian Rockies on the ride to Bow Summit—the highest point on the Icefields Parkway | You won't soon forget the vista of milky-blue Peyto Lake beneath a wall of towering mountains | A marvelous photo op awaits at Lake Louise, a beloved World Heritage site flanked by glaciated spires | At the venerable Post Hotel, savor what Travel + Leisure proclaims “one of the best hotel dining experiences in North America.”

This trip offers a fantastic biking experience amid the spectacular scenery of Banff National Park and Lake Louise. You and your family will not only discover the region's stunning glacial lakes, pristine forests, blue-green rivers and towering summits, you'll also have the chance to luxuriate at two of our favorite hotels, including the incomparable Post Hotel. We look forward to seeing you out there!
Alison Iles- Regional Manager - Whistler, BC
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff (2 nights)

Built in the style of a Scottish baronial castle, this exquisite hotel is set in the heart of Banff National Park and offers magnificent panoramic views, luxurious guest rooms and an award-winning 35,000-square-foot spa. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Post Hotel

Post Hotel & Spa

Lake Louise (2 nights)

This European-style mountain chalet, set on the Pipestone and Bow Rivers, is the epitome of old-world elegance. Travel + Leisure World's Best. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

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This trip offers a fantastic biking experience amid the spectacular scenery of Banff National Park and Lake Louise. You and your family will not only discover the region's stunning glacial lakes, pristine forests, blue-green rivers and towering summits, you'll also have the chance to luxuriate at two of our favorite hotels, including the incomparable Post Hotel. We look forward to seeing you out there!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 16 700
19 1000
2 20* 1100 34 2100
26 1200
3 16* 900 30 1200 40 2000
Johnston Canyon Hike (2 Miles, 100' elevation gain)
4 16* 1300 27* 2200 54 2500
5 12 500 20 1800
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

We Wrote the Rockies User Manual

We've not only been exploring these mountains for more than three decades – many of us have settled here. Backroads Regional Manager Alison Iles raised her kids in Banff and has been part of the Rockies community for 25 years. Serving on several park development committees, as well as chairing the Interpretive Guides Association and the Heritage Tourism Association, Alison has helped to set the standards for how all travel companies operate in the region.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Canadian Rockies trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Canadian Rockies trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Best Leaders in Canadian Rockies

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Canadian Rockies, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Canadian Rockies—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Canadian Rockies designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Canadian Rockies has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Know Our Neighbours Well

Backroads first headed up to Canada in 1980, when an older Trudeau was prime minister, and we've been exploring its spectacular landscapes ever since. Our leaders are Canadian and many are proud to make their homes in Canadian Rockies—where we offer more trips than any other active travel company and have spent many more years finding the best ones.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

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