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Banff to Jasper Bike Tour

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Epic Canadian Rockies National Parks

From $2,998 - $3,198 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$610 for sgl. occ.)

Just sky, water, rock and wheels. Glaciated peaks soaring above the trees. Air that feels like the purest you've ever breathed. A mountain-lined parkway you'll ride the entire day. Bighorn sheep. Lake Louise, simply stunning—the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Your ride is simplicity, rawness and beauty in its truest form. 

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Alberta

Start/End Banff, Alberta

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Highlights

  • Discover a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, massive glaciers, pristine mountain lakes and broad valleys
  • Experience the spectacular jewel tones of Lake Louise
  • Ride the Icefields Parkway, a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • Look for elk, bighorn sheep, bears and more—wildlife abounds here!
Alberta

Start/End Banff, Alberta

Canadian Rockies Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Escape to 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 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 | Pedal to Lake Louise, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies | If your legs are up for a longer ride, climb to Moraine Lake and take in the superb view of 10 towering peaks | Overnight at the historic Deer Lodge, where old-world charm meets modern sophistication.

Day 3 Ride the Icefields Parkway, a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies—called one of the world's most beautiful roads! | Climb up to Lake Louise and take in the superb view of the Victoria Glacier and the brilliant turquoise water | Tumbling glaciers flank the gradual ascent to unbelievably blue Bow Lake | Hike up to Bow Falls, whose waters flow from the Wapta Icefield into the lake.

Days 4-6 Start the day with a push to Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefields Parkway, followed by a descent into the North Saskatchewan River Valley | Breathe in the gloriously crisp clean mountain air as you crest Sunwapta Pass en route to Athabasca Glacier | Take the Ice Explorer all-terrain snocoach onto the Columbia Icefields and step out onto the glacier to 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.

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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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,498 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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Prices

From $2,998 - $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$610 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels*

Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff (1 night)

Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge

Lake Louise (1 night)

Num ti Jah Lodge
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Bow Lake (1 night)

Glacier View Inn
Glacier View Inn

Athabasca Glacier (1 night)

Tekarra Lodge
Tekarra Lodge

Jasper (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

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Casual Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

A timbered lodge on the gentle slopes of Tunnel Mountain with fieldstone fireplaces in each cozy guest room.

Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge

Lake Louise (1 night)

Just a short walk from dazzling Lake Louise, this century-old hand-hewn log hotel is brimming with classic mountain charm. 

Num ti Jah Lodge

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

Bow Lake (1 night)

This rustic and simple mountain retreat offers an atmosphere of secluded tranquility on the banks of Bow Lake.

Glacier View Inn

Glacier View Inn

Athabasca Glacier (1 night)

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

Tekarra Lodge

Tekarra Lodge

Jasper (1 night)

A cluster of simple cabins with fireplaces and porches, nestled in pines above the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette Rivers.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 22 1200 29 2600
2 28* 1300 42* 2200 56 3600
45 2800
Johnston Canyon Hike (1 Mile; 100' elevation gain)
3 26* 1700 35 2200 42 3000
Bow Falls Hike (4 Miles; 500' elevation gain)
4 26* 1000 40* 1600 46* 1900 56 3400
Athabasca Ice Explorer Experience (1.25 Hours)
5 22 500 33 700 45* 1000 64 2000
6 15 900
Maligne Canyon Hike (2 Miles)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Accommodations

This trip includes the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and the Glacier View Inn, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen these properties because of their proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones.

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

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.

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.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—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 more about our bike fleet.

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.

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.

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.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Canadian Rockies that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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

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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.

Accommodations

This trip includes the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and the Glacier View Inn, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen these properties because of their proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic views. Historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge does not have in-room phones.
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