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Banff to Jasper National Park - Iconic Lakes, Peaks & Glaciers

Breathe in the pristine air of the Canadian Rockies. Deeply as you ascend. Slowly when you reach a viewpoint. Snowcapped mountains, flowering meadows, virgin forests, crystalline lakes, rushing rivers—the raw beauty here can take your breath away. Explore this magnificent mountain range by bicycle. And don't forget to breathe.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $3,999 pp dbl occ
($300 for sgl occ)

Alberta

Start Calgary / End Banff

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Witness the beauty of soaring peaks, massive glaciers and brilliant lakes in some of North America's most dramatic landscapes
  • Admire the blue-green glacial splendor of Lake Louise—a world-renowned jewel—and bike through the Bow River Valley
  • Bike through Banff and Jasper National Parks—realms of amazing wildlife, from hoary marmots to black bears, bighorn sheep and pikas
  • Journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies on the incredible Icefields Parkway and end your days in elegant mountain hotels
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

See dazzling views of the Bow Valley and Cascade Mountain unfold as you bike along the scenic Legacy Trail in Banff National Park and to its postcard-perfect town of Banff | Pedal to Lake Minnewanka—the largest body of water in Banff National Park | Treat yourself at the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Day 2

Keep an eye out for black bears, elk and bighorn sheep along your route | Bike Bow Valley's rolling hills past Pilot, Storm and Castle Mountains and the striking Bow River | The spray flies and water pounds at roaring Johnston Canyon waterfall | Savor what Travel + Leisure proclaims one of the best hotel dining experiences in North America at the venerable Post Hotel.

Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Banff NP, Canada
Post Hotel
Lake Louise
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Day 3

Visit Lake Louise, a World Heritage site flanked by glaciated peaks | Watch for mule deer and coyotes as you begin a steady ascent toward Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier | Witness one of the most iconic views in the Canadian Rockies on the ride to Bow Summit—the highest point on the Icefields Parkway | In Jasper National Park, board a massive all-terrain vehicle to explore the Athabasca Glacier.

Glacier View Inn
Glacier View Lodge
Athabasca Glacier
| *Casual Hotel

A modest lodge with simple rooms selected for its phenomenal alpine wilderness location overlooking the famed Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield.
 

Days 4-6

Bike past Athabasca, Dome and Stutfield Glaciers and descend into Sunwapta Valley | Get exclusive access to the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk for an incomparable view of the valley below | With the dramatic Endless Chain Ridge in the skyline, arrive at roaring Athabasca Falls | Arrive by bike to Maligne Lake, world-renowned for its intense blue-green color | Explore Maligne Valley's karst landscape, from the seasonally “disappearing” Medicine Lake to Maligne Canyon | At the canyon, come face to face with the sculpting power of water in the depths of this limestone cathedral | Next to our lodge, take a tranquil evening stroll around Lake Beauvert | End an amazing week with a ride to Pyramid Lake.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper
| Premiere Hotel

This 700-acre ideal mountain retreat sits in Jasper National Park and wraps around the beautiful Lake Beauvert. (pool, spa)

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 42 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 55 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Level 5 | 86 miles | 5800 ft. gain
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Athabasca Ice Explorer (1.25 hours)
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 22 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 33 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 45 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 68 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 24 miles | 500 ft. gain (2300 ft. loss)
Level 3 | 30 miles | 700 ft. gain (2900 ft. loss)
Level 5 | 58 miles | 3400 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles | 900 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The routes on this trip are hilly, with some significant elevation gains and losses. This, coupled with the relatively high altitude, can make biking more challenging, but you're sure to finish each day with a great sense of accomplishment. Traffic can be busy on some routes, with narrow shoulders on Days 1–2 and wide should on Days 4–6.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Roads & Traffic

Our exploration of the Canadian Rockies includes time riding on the famed Icefields Parkway for its unrivaled access to wildlife and natural beauty. While the scenery is stunning, sections of the pavement can be rough and repaving is ongoing. The parkway's shoulder is wide, but the area is busy so you should be comfortable riding with traffic. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid more trafficked sections.

Air-Conditioning

Fairmont Banff Springs, Post Hotel & Spa and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge are Premiere Hotels. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they're not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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