Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour
Emerald Rivers, Alpine Lakes & Icy Peaks in Banff National Park
- Recharge with your gang amid the beauty of soaring peaks, massive glaciers and brilliant blue alpine lakes
- Luxuriate at the Post Hotel, a favorite among Backroads guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler
- Bike the incredible Icefields Parkway through the heart of the Canadian Rockies
- Behold the emerald-green glacial splendor of Lake Louise
- Journey in the realm of wondrous wildlife, from playful marmots to mountain goats
The pristine air in the Canadian Rockies will invigorate you and 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. And don't forget to breathe.
Days 1-2 Admire majestic views of the Bow Valley and Mount Cascade as you ride to the postcard-perfect town of Banff Make time for some luxuriating at the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Pedal amid towering 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 Kids get up close and personal with the park's birds, insects, fish and mammals at the Banff Natural History Museum.
Day 3 Watch for black bears, elk and bighorn sheep along your route Bike Bow Valley's rolling hills alongside blooming meadows, towering summits and the striking blue-green Bow River The whole family has fun watching as the spray flies and water pounds at the roaring Johnston Canyon waterfall Relax in Adirondack chairs at the venerable Post Hotel while sipping a cup of tea or a mug of hot chocolate Savor what Travel + Leisure proclaims "one of the best hotel dining experiences in North America"—a family dinner for the ages.
Days 4-5 Behold one of the most iconic views in the Canadian Rockies on the exhilarating ride along the Icefields Parkway Enjoy the vista of milky-blue Peyto Lake beneath a wall of towering mountains Take advantage of an early morning family photo op at Lake Louise, a beloved World Heritage site flanked by imposing glaciated spires Climb up to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse and be awed by the sight of Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier.
We are thrilled to add another fantastic family trip to our Canadian Rockies roster. This biking adventure highlights some of the most incredible scenic wonders of Banff National Park and Lake Louise. Every day offers family friendly routes amid mighty peaks and glacial waters. Kids will have a blast searching for marmots, deer and other wildlife with our Trip Leaders, who are certified Mountain Parks Heritage Interpreters.- Whistler, BC
Fairmont Banff SpringsBanff (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 HotelLake 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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We are thrilled to add another fantastic family trip to our Canadian Rockies roster. This biking adventure highlights some of the most incredible scenic wonders of Banff National Park and Lake Louise. Every day offers family friendly routes amid mighty peaks and glacial waters. Kids will have a blast searching for marmots, deer and other wildlife with our Trip Leaders, who are certified Mountain Parks Heritage Interpreters.
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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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* 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 Get Kids and Mountains
As Backroads has explored the Canadian Rockies over the past three decades, many of us have made our homes here. Regional Manager Alison Iles, who raised her family in Banff, has served on several national park development committees and chaired both the Interpretive Guides Association and the Heritage Tourism Association. And as the mother of competitive mountain bikers and skiers, she knows what the spectacular surroundings offer in the way of fun for kids.
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.
Only the Best Hotels
On this Premiere Inn trip, 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.
Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)
Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.
Leaders Focused on Families
When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Canadian Rockies have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.
Navigate Your Way in Canadian Rockies
Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Canadian Rockies. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.
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.
Like You, We're Family Experts
At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.
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.
Plenty of Kids on Your Trip
It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.
Quality You Can Measure
Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.
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
Tweens, Teens and the Rest
The activities on Backroads Family Adventures are designed with all of you in mind. We've got easier routes designed for younger kids' abilities – and attention spans—and great longer options scaled to fit the tastes and energy levels of tweens, teens and adults. To narrow down the best choices for your family, take a look at our age guidelines.
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