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“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”

– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2018
June 10-15
June 18-23
July 8-13
July 24-29
August 5-10

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

2019
June 9-14
June 17-22
July 7-12
July 23-28
August 4-9

 

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

6 days/ 5 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Banff/Lake Louise

Accommodations:

Juniper Hotel, Banff

Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

Activity Level:

Moderate
45-50km daily

(35-60 miles)


van supported

Terrain:

See elevation gains of daily rides

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
CAD $2550
Includes all meals

Single Supplement:
CAD $650

Bike Rental:

CAD$180

 


Canadian Rockies, Biking

Banff and Lake Louise National Parks

Experience the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks during the day while enjoying the warm, luxurious comfort of mountain lodges at night. Cycle lodge to lodge. Hearts will pound as you crest stunning mountain passes - offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks. Pedal past herds of elk and bighorn sheep, chance upon a grazing moose. Begin your exploration in Banff National Park, where towering mountains rise from the shores of turquoise-blue lakes. Cycle along the most spectacular road in Canada as you journey north to Jasper National Park. Gleaming glaciers, overwhelming vistas, enchanted forests and iridescent lakes. Rewarding rides through this marvellous UNESCO World Heritage Site provide an exhilarating sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A site you will never forget: your first view of the Rockies.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

 

Itinerary

Getting there :
Banff: There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights from all major Canadian and many US centres. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt. Airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport is available.

DAY 1:
Banff - This vibrant town is at the centre of some of the most scenic cycling routes found anywhere in the Rocky Mountain National Parks. Stroll about town searching for that perfect souvenir or visiting the excellent museums. We'll meet at 2:00 pm and meet enjoy a warm-up cycle out to The Cave and Basin - the location of the first hot mineral springs discovered in 1883.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 30 m

DAY 2:
Banff - Pedal the scenic network of roads around Banff - exploring Tunnel Mountain and the oddly shaped Hoodoos. Add on a loop up to Lake Minnewanka, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Rockies. Once known as Devil's Lake or Cannibal Lake, Minnewanka is the site of many ghostly occurrences in native legends.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 30 m or 46 km, gain 470 m.

DAY 3:
Lake Louise - Begin your journey north along the Bow Valley Parkway to the staggeringly beautiful scenery of Lake Louise - the gem of Banff National Park. As you twist and climb along the Parkway take in the magnificent views of the Sawback, Sundance and the Massive mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Lake Louise, soak up the natural splendour, or take a canoe onto the lake.  
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 603 m.*



DAY 4:

Lake Louise - In the morning, cycle up to Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (considered by many to be even more beautiful than Lake Louise). For the afternoon, we will walk into the mountains and provide options to hike up above Lake Louise along a popular trail that will provide outstanding views of the area. Our dinner suggestions include our favourite – a local spot you might never discover on your own. 
Distance: 38 km, elevation gain 604 m and/or 18 km hike.

DAY 5:
Lake Louise - Opt for a ride along the Great Divide Road. No longer accessible to cars, this bike route will take you over the continental divide where you can check out the monument that marks this watershed divide on the summit of the Kicking Horse Pass. Ridenorth along the Icefields Parkway as far as Bow Lake if you wish, returning to Lake Louise to finish your trip.
Distance: 39 km, elevation gain 559 m or 78 km; 1120m.*

DAY 6: Depart at your leisure (shuttle option back to Banff available).

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

  • What's Included
  • Weather
  • Ride Info
  • Map

Map of the Area

Ride Info

Banff Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 5 nights lodging
  • all meals
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

    Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% charged on trips in Canada.

    Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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