Glacier to Banff Bike Tour
National Park Journey through Montana & Alberta
Looking for a dream bike tour? 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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*
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 Montana’s famed Going-to-the-Sun Road—unrivaled riding and views, complete with waterfalls, forests and towering peaks
- 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
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Prepare to be awestruck by the unbelievable views on your ride along 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.
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.
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 beautiful Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in North America.
This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.
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.
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)
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 and marvel at the green-blue hues of Moraine Lake beneath the stunning Wenkchemna 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.
A timbered lodge on the gentle slopes of Tunnel Mountain with fieldstone fireplaces in each cozy guest room.
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.
Daily Route Options
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.
- All breakfasts, 6 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
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.
The areas we visit on this trip are special places where four seasons can occur in three months and where wildlife roams. For these reasons, our itinerary may change based upon road and trail status affected by weather (including snow) or animal activity.