Arrival in Canmore.
This picturesque and authentic mountain town is enveloped by the
majesty of the Canadian Rockies. The Paintbox Lodge is located in the
center, close to superb restaurants and eclectic shopping. Optional warm-up ride.
Distance: 9 km.*
Pedal from Canmore to Banff along the newly paved Legacy Trail. Add-on ride to Banff Cave & Basin hisoric site and a paved trail through forest to Bow Falls. Dine in one of the many restaurants in historic Banff -we'll give you our recommendations.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 30 m.*
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. Perhaps visit the Banff Center, which has frequent films, speakers and musicians performing throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 470 m.*
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. Ride Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 603 m.*
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 recommend a 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.
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.*
Today is your day of departure. Take a little time to explore before beginning your voyage home or onward to your next adventure. The Brewster bus departs from Lake Louise to Calgary and the airport.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
"The scenery was magical. Just when we thought we had seen the most beautiful lakes, we saw lakes just as beautiful, but with a glacier and waterfall added! We liked the difficulty of the tour. The rivers and mountains made all the uphills a pleasure."
- S. Simon & P. Knop