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Explore the two magnificent World Heritage Sites of Banff and Jasper National Parks, hailed by National Geographic Traveler as the ‘Crown Jewels of Western Canada.’ Bicycle gorgeous Bow Valley Parkway and ride the glacier-studded Icefields Parkway. Hike to a teahouse above regal Lake Louise – and compare its surreal blue hues to those of the many glacier-fed lakes you'll spy on this trip.
Meet in Edmonton. Bicycle quiet rural roads into Jasper National Park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Meet us in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital. We'll whisk you away into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where views become more and more rugged and glorious. Pedal quiet rural roads into Jasper National Park, the largest and most northerly of the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks, a vast wilderness of peaks, glaciers, deep forests, and clear lakes. Pedal in the shadow of the Maligne Mountain range, savoring sister Lakes Edith and Annette, Beuvert Lake, and Old Fort Point along the way. Tonight’s destination is the low-key turn-of-the-century railroad town and fur trading post Jasper township. Stay the next two nights at the Jasper Inn.
Ride Maligne Valley to a couple of breathtaking off-the-beaten-path alpine lakes.
Ride east out of Jasper through the Maligne Valley into the foothills of the Queen Elizabeth Mountain Ranges. Pedal along a quiet forested road past Medicine Lake, known to mysteriously "disappear" every summer into one of the world's largest network of underground karsts. Continue on to a picnic lunch on the shores of Maligne Lake. Feel like riding some more - great! Cruise downhill back into town. Either way, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, caribou, deer, bear, bighorn sheep and other wildlife along the way.
Bike the Columbia Icefields - a panorama of eight magnificent glaciers fringed with summer wildflowers.
Today, ride the Icefields Parkway, which National Geographic calls "a great swatch of sensational country." The Parkway rolls along densely forested hillsides and river-strewn valleys crested by sparkling glaciers and snowfields. Admire the one hundred-plus glaciers visible from this famous parkway paralleling the Continental Divide. Bicycle the Columbia Icefields today – a spectacular panorama of ice-blanketed hillsides edged with summer wildflowers. Marvel at the Columbia Icefield, which covers an area of 200-plus miles and is in places nearly 1,000 feet deep. Today you’ll bike past eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome and Stutfield Glaciers, all receding but still magnificently powerful. Explore the Columbia Icefields’ fascinating visitor’s center. Stay next door at the Glacier View Inn.
Ride the majestic Icefields Parkway past Cirrus Mountain and Bow Lake. Stay at Lake Louise's Deer Lodge.
Bicycle the Columbia Icefields today – a spectacular panorama of ice-blanketed hillsides edged with summer wildflowers. Stop to see the Weeping Wall's 330-foot plunge down Cirrus Mountain. Visit eggshell blue Peyto Lake as you make your way down from the crown of icefields. Bicycle past Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake, which English explorer Jimmy Simpson called 'the most beautiful thing I've seen in Canada.' Be amazed at the unusual turquoise color of all the lakes here: it's caused by the prevalence of suspended glacial 'rock flour.' The color makes for stunning photos. Stay the next two nights at Lake Louise’s Deer Lodge.
Explore Lake Louise: hike to the teahouses or the Plain of Six Glaciers, take a guided ride...and/or head to the spa for a massage.
Take a few minutes’ walk outside your lodging to take in the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake Louise. Hike along the wooded shores of the lake, then up to one of the teahouses nestled into the forested hillside. Continue if you like, past the tree line to a stunning 360-degree view of the Plain of Six Glaciers soaring above with the turquoise waters of Lake Louise shining below. Go for a guided ride in the nearby region. Indulge in a massage at the spa at Chateau Lake Louise, or explore the shops at Lake Louise village.
Ride peaceful, gorgeous Bow Valley Parkway into Banff. Cruise the Banff Legacy Bike Trail toward Calgary before shuttling into town for your homeward journey.
Enjoy a final, easy bike ride along peaceful Bow Valley Parkway, one of the most scenic rides in what is already an incredibly scenic area. Watch for elk, moose and other big-game wildlife among meadows and forests of aspen and lodgepole pine. After a picnic lunch at Cascade Ponds, continue on the Banff Legacy Bike Trail for a few last miles before shuttling to Calgary International Airport for your trip home.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.