Dare to be adventurous. 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.

Location

Canmore

Canmore, AB, Canada

Day 1

Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Day 2

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, AB, Canada

Day 3

Bow Lake

Bow Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

Day 4

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

Day 5

Columbia Icefield

Columbia Icefield, Improvement District No. 12, AB, Canada

Day 6

Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls, Improvement District No. 12, AB, Canada

Day 7

Jasper

Jasper, AB, Canada

Day 8+9

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
We require that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and map
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any date between June 15 and September 15
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights, with 7½ days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Canmore / Banff

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Daily distances range from 85 km (53 mi) to 106 km (66 mi)

TERRAIN

This is a mountainous region and there are challenging steep climbs - Fitness and sure-footedness required

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD$2650
Single Supplement: CAD$1000

Luxe Accommodation:   CAD$3450
Single Supplement: CAD$1350

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be 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. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting to Lake Louise Your tour starts in Canmore, 26 km - 16 mi south of Banff the oldest and largest town in the National Parks of the Rockies. Located 150 km (94 miles) west of Calgary, Alberta, Banff is situated in the scenic Bow Valley surrounded by Cascade Mtn, Tunnel Mtn, Mt. Rundle, Sulphur Mtn, and Mt. Norquay. There is regularly scheduled air service to Calgary from across North America, with non-stop flights to Calgary from all major Canadian and many US centres, including: Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Dallas & Seattle. Additionally, non-stop international flights are available from London and Frankfurt. A number of companies offer an airport shuttle service to Banff from the Calgary Airport. If you are flying home from Calgary Airport, a special transfer might be necessary to enable you to catch a flight on the same day as the tour end.

1

Day 1

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.
Ride Distance: 9 km.*

2

Day 2

Just recently completed, the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail links the town of Canmore with Banff. This paved pathway is a great introduction to Banff National Park. Arriving to Banff, additional options include riding up Tunnel Mountain and the oddly shaped Hoodoos or an easy 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.
Ride Distance: 25 km, elevation gain 177 m or 69 km, gain 647 m.*

3

Day 3

Before departing Banff, you may wish to ride out to The Cave and Basin – the location of the first hot mineral springs discovered in 1883. Then, 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, take a canoe onto the lake, or enjoy a short walk into the mountains.
Ride Distance: 59 km, elevation gain 512 m or 70 km, gain 710 m or 94 km, gain 1116 m.*

4

Day 4

Cycle up to Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (considered by many to be even more beautiful than Lake Louise) and then 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. Continue your journey north to the splendid Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shores of Bow Lake.
Ride Distance: 39 km, elevation gain 559 m.*

5

Day 5

Cycle along the splendid Icefields Parkway, cresting Bow Summit, the second highest point reached by a public highway in Canada, shortly. Take in the Peyto Lake viewpoint, or stop for a short hike into the Mistaya Canyon. Tonight will be spent at the Crossing Resort.
Ride Distance: 41 km, elevation gain 266 m.*

6

Day 6

Pedal past the braided streams of the North Saskatchewan River on your way to the Athabaska Glacier. Look out for moose grazing on the succulent water-plants in the Rampart Pond area. Relax beside the Weeping Wall of the Cirrus Mountain before you head up the challenging Big Bend and over the Sunwapta Pass. Coast down to the foot of the glacier at the Columbia Icefield, where you will spend the night. If you arrive early enough, take the time to explore the glacier on one of the guided glacier walks or ‘Snocoach’ buggy tours.
Ride Distance: 51 km, elevation gain 830 m.*

7

Day 7

Today you will encounter a variety of ecological niches on your way to Sunwapta Falls Resort. Cycle past an ancient forest (more than 700 years old) along the lower slopes of Mount Wilcox. Watch for mountain goats grazing on the precarious slopes of the Sunwapta Canyon gorge. Enjoy some time off your bike as you walk a short distance to the impressive Stanley Falls.
Ride Distance: 48 km, elevation gain 169 m.*

8

Day 8

Take a short stroll around the grounds of the Sunwapta Falls Resort before heading out on the last leg of your journey. In keeping with the rest of this tour, many magnificent viewpoints await your discovery – Mount Christie, Athabasca River and Whirlpool Valley. A short detour will take you to the thundering Athabasca Falls, set against the pink-purple cliffs of Mt. Kerkeslin. Arrive in Jasper – a burgeoning little town and the site of the earliest fur trade outpost in the central Rockies. Shopping opportunities abound.
Ride Distance: 57 km, elevation gain 307 m.*

9

Day 9

Today is your day of departure. Take a little time to explore the town before beginning your voyage home or onward to your next adventure.

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

Classic

Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Paintbox Lodge, Canmore

This boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Canmore is owned by Oympic medalist Sara Renner and World Cup Champion, Thomas Grandi. The Paintbox Lodge is a reflection of the local champions-relaxed, welcoming and professional.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Brewster’s Mountain Lodge, Banff

This inn is located in historic downtown Banff, surrounded by the splendour of the mountains; enjoy an authentic Western atmosphere with log architecture - each guest room features handcrafted natural log furnishings.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

Nestled in a forest with tremendous views, it feels secluded, yet is a scenic 5 minute walk from a variety of services and shopping. Guests can visit the whirlpool and steam room area to relax.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Num-ti-jah Lodge, Bow Lake

This lodge has one of the most dramatic views in the Rockies. The rooms are rustic and simple but very comfortable. Guests can relax in the Nashan-esen Lounge, Elkhorn dining room or the library.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
The Crossing, Saskatchewan River

Nestled at the foot of Mount Wilson, this hotel has been welcoming guests for over 70 years. With its restaurant, general store and laid-back atmosphere, it is a popular choice for travelers on the Parkway.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Glacier View Inn, Jasper National Park

With spectacular views of surrounding mountains and glaciers, the rooms here are modest and comfortable.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort, Icefields Parkway

This casual hotel is popular for its setting, friendly service and restaurant. The incredible Sunwapta Falls are just a short hike away.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Chateau Jasper, Jasper

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert. Straight Talk: Some guests feel this hotel falls short of expectations. The Alpine Village Cabin Resort (#1 rated on TA) is an option should you prefer a more traditional lodge which is 2.5 km outside of town.


Luxe

Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Paintbox Lodge, Canmore *Classic Inn

This boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Canmore is owned by Oympic medalist Sara Renner and World Cup Champion, Thomas Grandi. The Paintbox Lodge is a reflection of the local champions-relaxed, welcoming and professional.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff

The main lodge complements its natural setting with square timber, post and beam construction and high open ceilings. The decor boasts old-world craftsmanship and a simple, elegant design.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Post Hotel, Lake Louise

Lake Louise is only a few minutes walk from this rustic inn; after a day of activities, enjoy the rooftop hot tub with a dazzling Victoria Glacier view. The dining room is one of the best in the region.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Num-ti-jah Lodge, Bow Lake *Classic Inn

This lodge has one of the most dramatic views in the Rockies. The rooms are rustic and simple but very comfortable. Guests can relax in the Nashan-esen Lounge, Elkhorn dining room or the library.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
The Crossing, Saskatchewan River *Classic Inn

Nestled at the foot of Mount Wilson, this hotel has been welcoming guests for over 70 years. With its restaurant, general store and laid-back atmosphere, it is a popular choice for travelers on the Parkway.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Glacier View Inn, Jasper National Park *Classic Inn

With spectacular views of surrounding mountains and glaciers, the rooms here are modest and comfortable.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Resort, Icefields Parkway *Classic Inn

This casual hotel is popular for its setting, friendly service and restaurant. The incredible Sunwapta Falls are just a short hike away.


Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in the Canadian Rockies
Chateau Jasper, Jasper *Classic Inn

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert. Straight Talk: Some guests feel this hotel falls short of expectations. The Alpine Village Cabin Resort (#1 rated on TA) is an option should you prefer a more traditional lodge which is 2.5 km outside of town.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Canada, Rockies
Jennifer M. - Canadian Rockes
Trips starting at
US $1,985

Tour Reviews

April 4, 2019

“I am writing to thank you for the wonderful tour you arranged for my husband and myself. I can honestly say this was by far the best vacation we have ever taken! As my husband puts it, this was the first time he has been on a trip where he didn’t want to go home by the end of it” and “… the trip exceeded all our expectations and hopes and we will highly recommend you to as many people as we can think of. Your staff has been extremely helpful in putting together a custom trip for us and has cheerfully answered our plethora of questions along the way. The trip was well thought out and the information we were provided with was comprehensive and extremely helpful. I wouldn’t consider going on a trip like this without going through Randonnée. In fact, I fear that any other kind of vacation is now ruined for us, so I just hope you are going to be around for a long, long time.”

April 4, 2019

“Num-ti-jah and Glacier view inn exceeded our expectations.”

April 4, 2019

“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. We were looking for a challenge we couldn’t get at home. The rivers and mountains made all the uphills a pleasure.”

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