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New! Canadian Rockies Bike Tour

Epic Landscapes & Endless Ice Fields from Banff to Jasper

  • 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
  • Invigorating and incredibly crisp clean mountain air
  • Wildlife abounds—be on the lookout for elk, bighorn sheep, bears and more

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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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 If your legs are up for a longer ride, climb to the Continental Divide in Kootenay National Park  Pedal to Lake Louise, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies  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 Moraine Lake and take in the superb view of 10 towering peaks reflected in 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.

We're excited to offer this new Premiere & Casual Inns trip, featuring—along with three luxurious hotels—the historic, eclectic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge and the stunningly situated Glacier View Inn. While the accommodations at these two lodgings are simpler than the typical Backroads standard, they are ideally positioned in some of our all-time favorite settings: the secluded tranquility of beautiful Bow Lake and the dramatic realm of the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield. Don't miss the opportunity to experience these incredible must-see spots!
Alison Iles- Regional Manager - Whistler, BC

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. Read the Straight Talk

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.
$2,998 - $3,198
pp dbl. occ.
(+$640 for sgl. occ.)

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

* Premiere Inn
Banff (1 night)

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.

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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 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.

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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 29 1500 36 2500
2 30* 1500 38* 2600 40 2600 54 4000
Johnston Canyon Hike (1 Mile; 100' elevation gain)
3 21* 1500 34* 2500 42 3000
Bow Falls Hike (4 Miles; 500' elevation gain)
4 26* 1000 40* 1600 47* 2700 58 3900
Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk (1.5 Hours)
5 22* 500 33* 700 45* 1000 66 3200
6 15 850
Maligne Canyon Hike (2 Miles)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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

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—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.

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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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ

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