Prince of Wales Hotel in Canada
Mountain Goat resting on mountain ledge
Glacier National Park sign
Bikers in Glacier and Banff
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Starry night in the Canadian Rockies
Backroads van and trip leader jumping in front of Prince of Wales hotel
Bikers on a winding mountainside road
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Glacier to Banff Bike Tour

National Park Journey through Montana & Alberta

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere & Casual Hotels

From: $4,299 - $4,499 pp dbl occ

($1,450 for sgl occ)

Looking for a dream adventure? An escape with serene, quiet roads? And endless jaw-dropping landscapes rolling by? Find it all as you ride through Montana’s Big Sky Country and Canada’s most pristine national park treasures. Thrilling wildlife from bighorn sheep to elk to moose. Snowcapped peaks, shimmering lakes, sparkling waterfalls and virgin forests. Your mountain-loving cyclist wishes are about to come true.

Glacier to Banff Bike Tour map
Glacier to Banff Bike Tour map

Montana & Alberta

Start Whitefish / End Banff

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


  • Discover superlative alpine beauty cycling through Glacier, Banff and Waterton Lakes National Parks, and undiscovered Kananaskis Country
  • Bike the East Side of Montana’s famed Going-to-the-Sun Road and Canada's highest paved road, Highwood Pass
  • Learn about the history of the Blackfeet, who have called mountains and prairies in Glacier National Park home for hundreds of years
  • Witness stellar mountain and lake vistas as you ride through lush and varied terrain and enjoy the small-town charm and lively streets of Banff


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere & Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Prepare to be awestruck by the unbelievable views on your ride along the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road | Take in Glacier National Park’s landscape of sculpted valleys, majestic peaks, gleaming waterfalls and expansive virgin forests | Bike an exhilarating downhill ride between glaciated mountains and emerald lakes to the shore of St. Mary Lake.

Exterior view of St. Mary Village
St. Mary Village
St. Mary
| Casual Hotel

Set near the east entrance of Glacier National Park, the lodge boasts a dramatic mountain backdrop and views of the Great Plains of Montana and Divide Creek.

Day 2

Pedal over rolling hills and through ranchland interspersed with stands of aspen | Climb to an overlook with incredible views of Chief Mountain, sacred to the Blackfeet tribe | Bike across the border into Canada | After an ascent, enjoy a sweeping downhill to Waterton Lakes National Park, a designated Biosphere Reserve and, together with neighboring Glacier National Park, part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park | Arrive on your bike at our beautiful hotel.

Exterior view of Kilmorey Lodge hotel.
Kilmorey Lodge
Waterton Lakes National Park
| Casual Plus Hotel

Conveniently perched on the shore of magnificent Waterton Lake, this quaint property offers spacious and comfortable rooms. 

Day 3

Today we venture into Kananaskis Country—a mountain playground of provincial parks with swift rivers, lakes, diverse wildlife and towering peaks | Get ready for a ride on Highwood Pass, the highest paved road in Canada and a hidden gem featuring lots of wildlife and little traffic | Find stunning views of snow-streaked mountains and imposing trees.

Exterior view of Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
Kananaskis Village
| *Premiere Hotel

Set in the heart of Kananaskis Country, this luxurious mountain lodge nestled in the Rockies was originally built in 1986 for the Winter Olympics and at the end of 2017 completed a full renovation including the addition of a 50,000-square-foot Nordic spa. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Breathtaking views of the Bow Valley and Cascade Mountain unfold as you bike along the scenic Legacy Trail in Banff National Park | Ride to Lake Minnewanka—the largest body of water in Banff National Park | Explore the vibrant, postcard-perfect town of Banff | Keep an eye out for elk, black bears and bighorn sheep along your route | Cycle Bow Valley's rolling hills past Pilot, Storm and Castle Mountains and the dazzling Bow River | Visit World Heritage Lake Louise, flanked by glaciated peaks | Take a meandering spin through the Banff Springs Golf Course—considered one of the most scenic courses in the world—with beautiful vistas of Mount Rundle and Bow Falls.

Exterior view of Fairmont Banff Springs
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)

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

While Backroads strives to find roadways that are quiet and off the beaten track, some routes on this trip follow heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier sections of the route. Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 3 | 30 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 3 | 32 miles* | 3000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles | 4500 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 30 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 44 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Level 5 | 57 miles | 4100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 15 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 9 miles | 400 ft. gain

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

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

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this 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
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Di2. A performance-first flagship endurance bike engineered for comfort and race-level riding.

$650 rental fee; subject to availability

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, 5 lunches, 4 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.

Weather in Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies

Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies are special places where four seasons can occur in one day. For that reason, our itinerary may change based upon road and trail status due to weather (including snow) or animal activity.

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