Embark on a high-altitude adventure. Explore the scenic roads, forested walking paths and spirited waterways of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Cycle along the most spectacular parkway in the country, lined with dazzling snow-capped peaks and abundant wildlife. Retreat to the peace and tranquility of the walking trail as you discover stunning mountain passes rising from the shores of iridescent blue lakes. Feel the energy of the living landscape as you paddle the glacier-fed waters clear enough to reflect the wooded slopes around you. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the ancient rocky landscape by day, and enjoy the luxurious comfort of mountain lodges at night. The magnificence of these dramatic surroundings will leave an impression that is bound to last a lifetime.

Location

Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Day 1

Lake Minnewanka

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

Day 2

Lake Louise

Lake Louise, AB, Canada

Day 3+4+7

Field

Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge, Center Street, Field, BC, Canada

Day 5+6

Kicking Horse River

Kicking Horse River, Columbia-Shuswap A, BC, Canada

Day 5

Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls, Columbia-Shuswap A, BC, Canada

Day 6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

6 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
White-water rafting instruction and excursion
Luggage transfers
Transfers to trailheads
Detailed route instructions & maps
GPS data of the route
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Specifics

TRIP DATES

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

7 days / 6 nights, with 5½ days of activities

ARRIVE / DEPART

Banff / Lake Louise

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderately-challenging. Hiking: 10 to 18 km (6 to 11 miles). Cycling: 45 to 50 km average (28 to 31 miles). White-water Rafting: along the Kicking Horse River, through Class II to IV+ rapids (no previous experience is necessary).

TERRAIN

Hilly for cycling, mountainous for hiking.

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD $2,500
Single Supplement: CAD $750

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,900
Single Supplement: CAD $925

Price per person before tax. Alberta applies a 5% GST.

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. Hotel availabilities may also necessitate alterations. 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.
Getting There Your tour starts in 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.

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Day 1

Banff

Arrival in Banff. This vibrant little town is at the centre of some of the most scenic cycling routes found anywhere in the Rocky Mountains National Parks. Stroll about town searching for that perfect souvenir or visiting the excellent museums. If you arrive early enough enjoy a warm-up cycle out to The Cave and Basin – the location of the first hot mineral springs discovered in 1883.
Hike Distance: 3km, evelation gain minimal.*

2

Day 2

Lake Minnewanka

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.
Ride Distance: 46km, elevation gain 470m or 51km, gain 286m.*

 

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Day 3

Lake Louise

Continue your cycling 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, of the area.
Ride Distance: 58km, elevation gain 603m up to 96km, gain 1303m.*

4

Day 4

Lake Louise

You have a number of choices today to explore the incredible beauty of Lake Louise. Step out of your lodge and begin with a hike to the highest teahouse in Canada, hidden in a picturesque alpine valley. Take in the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Beehive formations. You could also take a canoe onto the lake to enjoy a leisurely paddle on the crystalline Lake Louise. Perhaps choose to transfer to the quieter Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks for its magnificent views.
Hike Distance: 17km, elevation gain 500m.*

5

Day 5

Kicking Horse River

Experience the thrill of whitewater paddling as you are picked up from your accommodation for a day of instruction and excitement on one of Canada’s premier whitewater rivers. Feel yourself whisked downstream by the power of the Kicking Horse River as it carves a path through the rugged wilderness. After the day’s adventure, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Field.
Whitewater Rafting: 20km.*

6

Day 6

Yoho National Park

Beginning with a transfer to Takkakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, you will embark on an exhilarating trek considered to be one of the five best hikes in the Rockies. Enjoy the rugged, rocky trail along the breath-taking glaciers before descending the tree-lined path passing hidden lakes and glacier-fed rivers. Alternatively, join a guided hike to Mt. Stephens to learn about the Burgess Shale, a world renowned fossil site of the first marine ecosystem from 508 million years ago (additional fee of $94.50 CAD as one must be with a licensed guide to visit the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site). End your day at your lodge for a quiet evening of relaxation.
Hike Distance: 18km, elevation gain 695m or 20km, gain 300m.*
Mt. Stephens hike is 8km, elevation gain of 795m, rated challenging (short but steep).*

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Day 7

Departure Day

Take a final stroll through this unforgettable landscape before your transfer arrives to return you to Lake Louise and onward to home or your next adventure.

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

Classic

The Banff Centre, Banff

Nestled on the side of Tunnel Mountain and just five minutes from downtown, Banff Centre hotel features newly renovated rooms and breathtaking vistas.


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Mountaineer Lodge, Lake Louise

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


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Truffle Pigs Lodge, Field

This charming lodge is located in Field, in the heart of Yoho National Park.
Very welcoming rooms, terrific views of the Rockies, hip decor and superb restaurant make this hotel a guest favourite.


Luxe

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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.


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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.


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Truffle Pigs Lodge (Classic), Field

This charming lodge is located in Field, in the heart of Yoho National Park.
Very welcoming rooms, terrific views of the Rockies, hip decor and superb restaurant make this hotel a guest favourite.


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Trip Reviews

May 10, 2021

“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. 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.”

January 10, 2021

“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 up hills a pleasure.”

April 12, 2019

“Your area manager was extremely helpful and very nice and supportive. He listened well to us and to the teenage girls and helped us use our open time to the max. This trip exceeded our expectations.”

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