Rocky Mountains by bicycle – self-guided

Overview

Rockies Plus Kettle Valley Tour

The Rocky Mountains – the very epitome of Canadas wilderness and mountains. This cycling tour begins near the American border. By bicycle, we initially follow the Columbia River before heading deeper into the mountains. Our highlight is reached at the end of the famous panoramic road the “Icefields Parkway” in the Rocky Mountains, passing through mighty mountain scenery, blue-white glaciers, grazing wildlife and crystal clear mountain lakes.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Vancouver

Arrival in Vancouver. Transfer to the hotel, which is situated in a beautiful location at Stanley Park. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Flight to Cranbrook

Transfer to the airport in the morning.

Once in Cranbrook, you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your beautifully situated lodge on the outskirts of the city. From our rooms, we have views of the Elizabeth Lodge bird sanctuary.

On early arrival you can take a trip back in time to experience life as it was in the 19th century. In Fort Steele, the age of the gold rush is brought alive and you can get an insight into the everyday life of that time.

Day 3:Cranbrook – Kimberley – Wasa Lake, 65 km / 365 meters in elevation

 

Now it’s time to start cycling. The first stage lies ahead and is delightfully free of traffic. On an old railway line we cycle an almost gradient free route to Kimberley. Here you can take a break on the “Platzl”, and enjoy some white sausages and beer. Then its back onto the road and follow the trail north. At this stage, the traffic is very sparse and it is a comfortable ride to Wasa Lake.

Day 4:Wasa Lake – Fairmont Hot Springs, ca. 72 km / 477 meters in elevation

 

Today you continue north. The goal is Fairmont Hot Springs, named after its hot springs. Shortly before the hot springs you see the so-called hoodoos. These are interesting stone pillars made from sand. The Hot Springs themselves are among the largest hot springs in Canada. Anyone who wants to can relax in the warm water while enjoying the views of the snow-capped mountains.

Cycle Tour up to Columbia Icefield in the Rockies

Day 5: Fairmont Hot Springs – Brisco, 65 km / 330 meters in elevation

 

Today, you cycle through the territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation. Cycling on good tracks, we pass Windermere Lake en route to Brisco.

You then pass the Columbia National Wildlife Area. This reserve was set up mainly to protect Whistling and Trumpeter swans. In Brisco, you will stay in cosy log cabins, in relative solitude, with many squirrels as your neighbours.

Day 6: Brisco – Golden, 77 km / 290 meters in elevation

A very interesting day lies ahead. For most of the day you will cycle past the Columbia Wetlands. Here the Columbia River spreads across an area 500 m wide and nearly 50 km in length and, thus, forms one of the largest intact wetlands in North America. It provides a winter habitat for moose, wolves, cougars, coyotes, otters as well as grizzlies and black bears, before they move to higher altitudes in the summer. UNESCO declared this place a RAMSAR protected area.

Day 7: Free day in Golden

Today, you and your bikes will enjoy a break. Nevertheless, you do not have to remain idle. Golden offers activities for everyone such as horseback riding, rafting or hiking. Those who wish, can make a three hour guided canoe trip on the flood plains of the Columbia River. Anything is possible!

Day 8: Golden – Field, 57 km / 760 meters in elevation

Today some work is to be done. From Golden you climb the road to the Yoho national park. Your today’s destination is Field, with a fantastic panorama.

Day 9: Field – Lake Louise, 28 km / 550 meters in elevation

 

An eventful day lies ahead. You start in Field. After 8 km you will arrive at a masterpiece of railway architecture: The “Spiral Tunnels” were built to make the railway track safer by reducing the gradient. These loop tunnels can be observed from our viewpoint and you will not have to wait for long for a train to arrive to see the tunnels in operation. After this brief stop you will continue to Wapta Lake. Here you will turn to the old Highway which goes to Lake Louise and is now reserved for non-motorized transport. After 10 km cycling along this route, you will arrive at Lake Louise. Before you go to the hotel, you should take a short hike to the “Plain of Six Glaciers”, where some truly amazing views await us.

Day 10: Lake Louise – Saskatchewan Crossing, 81 km / 700 meters in elevation

 

This is it: You are about to reach the Icefields Parkway. While you will not see much of the ice fields yet, you will, however, see quite a few glacial lakes. While Hector Lake is still relatively hidden, you will be able to see Bow Lake in all its glory. Also the next lake, Peyto Lake, is a jewel among Canadian lakes. You will briefly have to leave the main road for a view of the lake. Shortly before reaching today’s finish line, you will cross the mighty Mistaya River.

Day 11: Saskatchewan Crossing – Columbia Icefields, 50 km / 700 meters in elevation

 

Today’s stage is somewhat shorter, but with many highlights, almost too many to count! Again and again you will see small ice fields on the mountains. An absolute highlight of the trip is today’s destination, the glaciers of the Columbia Icefields. Following the arrival at the hotel, you can take a walk to the Athabasca glacier tongue.

Day 12: Columbia Icefields – Sunwapta Falls, 49 km / 130 meters in elevation

 

You pass more glaciers today, and time after time they offer great photo opportunities. You will follow the Sunwapta River for most of today. At your overnight stop, the river splits from the Athabasca River, and in doing so, it forms a very interesting waterfall, which is certainly worth a visit.

Day 13: Sunwapta Falls – Jasper

Your companion today, is the Athabasca River which, at one point also forms a beautiful waterfall. En route to Jasper you pass by the “Five Lakes”. A walk around the lakes is fantastic and is highly recommended. The color of the lakes, the green of the trees and the panorama of the mountains is stunningly beautiful.

Then, the final few kilometres to Jasper. The accommodation is beautifully located by the Athabasca River and if youre lucky you will be able to spot some elks.

Bike tour on the Trans Canada Trail in BC

Day 14: Maligne Lake, 48 km / 260 meters in elevation

The last section. A transfer takes you and your bikes to Maligne Lake, beautifully located in the mountains. You can hire a boat to take a tour on the lake before cycling back to Jasper. You will also see the Maligne Canyon, a beautiful, narrow gorge.

Day 15: Farewell to the Rockies

A bus takes you from Jasper to Calgary.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 16: Departure in the evening

Before your return flight, you should sightsee in Calgary. Highly recommended is the Calgary Tower. Aside from the great view, the audio guide will also provide you with comprehensive information on the sights and history of the city. In the afternoon, the transfer to the airport takes place. Return flight.

We reserve the right to change course before the tour.

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Dates & Prices

Tour information and travel options

Please find below our tour dates, accommodation specifics and bicycle specifics with prices. They will help you fill out our Registration form. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include all applicable taxes. All tour prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy.

 

Code Dates 2015 Price
RM1 daily departures $ 3,450

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Benefits Package

Our escorted tours are all-inclusive

Regarding our payment and cancellation terms please view our Travel Terms & Conditions

Our extensive benefits package includes:

  • Packet with details about pre-tour preparations, equipment, bringing own bicycle, etc.
  • List of accommodations
  • Tour itinerary.
  • All lodging (resorts; hotels; etc.)
  • 3 breakfast
  • Transfers from Jasper to Calgary airport;
  • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack) and hand luggagefrom accomodation to accomodation;
  • Extensive information, including route descriptions, with marked route and legend provided on coloured maps, brochures;
  • Entrance Fees for National Parks / Halcyon Hot Springs
  • Personal, professional and dedicated service to our guests.

Optional upgrades

Accommodation

Solo traveller

  • single room – Single supplements are limited and must be requested at the time of your initial registration.
  • Private room at supplemental charge of $ 1.150, Solo travellers who booked ‘double occupancy’ pay 50% of the supplemental charge if no roommate of the same gender can be found.

Additional costs

      • Rental of one of our Rocky Mountain mountain bikes: $ 330
      • Any additional transportation that we do not provide

Deposit

      • Your deposit payment is due as you receive our final invoice, so we can reserve your space.
      • Your balance payment is due no later than 28 days prior to the beginning of your tour (without reminder).

Register

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Questions?

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The Rocky Mountains – the very epitome of Canadas wilderness and mountains. This cycling tour begins near the American border. By bicycle, we initially follow the Columbia River before heading deeper into the mountains. Our highlight is reached at the end of the famous panoramic road the “Icefields Parkway” in the Rocky Mountains, passing through mighty mountain scenery, blue-white glaciers, grazing wildlife and crystal clear mountain lakes.