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Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Backroads guests biking in the Candian Rockies, passing by two Backroads vans
Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour
Backroads guest biking in the Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
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Canadian Rockies Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

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

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

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,299 pp dbl occ
($1,250 for sgl occ)

Canadian Rockies Biking map
Canadian Rockies Biking map


Start Calgary / End Banff

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

  • Behold 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
  • Journey through Banff and Jasper National Parks—realms of amazing wildlife, from hoary marmots to black bears, bighorn sheep and pikas
  • Cycle 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

Enjoy dazzling views of the Bow Valley and Cascade Mountainas you bike along the scenic Legacy Trail in Banff National Park to the postcard-perfect town of Banff | Ride to Lake Minnewanka—the largest body of water in Banff National Park | Choose to luxuriate at the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

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

Watch for black bears, elk and bighorn sheep along your route | Pedal 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 | At the venerable Post Hotel, savor what Travel + Leisure proclaims to be one of the best hotel dining experiences in North America.

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

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

Day 3

Visit Lake Louise, a World Heritage site flanked by glaciated peaks | Keep your eyes peeled for mule deer and coyotes as you begin a steady ascent toward Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier | Behold 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 | Step onto the breathtaking glass-floored Glacier Skywalk for an incomparable view of the valley below—enjoy our exclusive access | With the dramatic Endless Chain Ridge in the skyline, arrive at roaring Athabasca Falls | Cycle 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 | Take a tranquil evening stroll around Lake Beauvert next to our lodge | Cap off an amazing week with a ride to Pyramid Lake.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
| 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. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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 shoulders on Days 4–6.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 16 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 3
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
Athabasca Ice Explorer (1.25 hours)
Day 4
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
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
Level 1 | 15 miles | 900 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
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. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
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.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
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.

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
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

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem 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.


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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