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Glacier-Banff-Jasper Bike Tour

Summary

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The commanding mountain vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park and Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks are nothing short of miraculous. Smooth, surprisingly low-traffic roads soar through a panoply of turquoise lakes, massive glaciers, waterfalls, blazing wildflowers and big-game wildlife. Ride through some of the most incredible scenery of your life on this 8-day tour of the northern Rockies, including biking glorious Going-to-the-Sun Road and Canada’s equally glorious Icefields Parkway.

Recreational
8 days
708 km / 440 mi
$ 4,980.-
  • Glacier NP, Waterton Lakes NP, Banff NP, Jasper NP.
  • Going to the Sun Road, Bow Valley Parkway and Icefields Parkway
  • Lake Louise, Lake Minnewanka
  • Never more than 13 guests
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
8 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
708 km / 440 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
02 Jul 2023 - 09 Jul 2023
11 Jul 2023 - 18 Jul 2023
20 Jul 2023 - 27 Jul 2023
29 Jul 2023 - 05 Aug 2023
07 Aug 2023 - 14 Aug 2023
16 Aug 2023 - 23 Aug 2023
Start
Whitefish
Finish
Calgary
Airport at start
Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell
Airport at finish
Calgary Int., airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,980.-
E-bike rental
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 1,345.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Meet in Whitefish. Ride into Glacier National Park, finishing in West Glacier.


Meet us in the charming resort town of Whitefish, Montana, on a Saturday morning. Bicycle a lightly traveled scenic forest road toward Glacier National Park.  Lunch beside the river, then pedal along lush alpine meadows. Stroll the shores of Lake McDonald this afternoon. Rest up in motel Lake McDonald or West Glacier Village for a big day tomorrow.
Meals: L, D. Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald or West Glacier Village
Distance: 43 miles, elevation: +1750 ft / -1830 ft

Day 2: Ride the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass

Bicycle Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of America’s very best one-day rides. Ride past waterfalls, evergreen forests, extraordinary snow-capped mountain scenery and sweeping vistas of glacial valleys. Your 21-mile climb to Logan Pass (3,700′ of climbing to reach the 6,646′ summit) is rewarded with a 20-mile gentle downhill on the other side. Tonight: stay at St. Mary's Lodge and Resort. Enjoy the mountain views from the foothills of the majestic Rockies.
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: St. Mary’s Lodge and Resort
Distance: 40 miles, elevation: +3,881 ft / -2,561 ft

Day 3: Ride from St. Mary's into Canada’s Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Bike across the border into Canada and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Bring your passport! Watch for elk, moose, and bighorn sheep as you cruise along the rolling prairie, overlooked by the craggy peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Stay tonight in charming Waterton Glacier suites, a historic burgh grandfathered into the park.
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: Waterton Glacier Suites
Distance: 50 miles, elevation: +3543 ft / -3873 ft

Day 4: Ride part of the spectactular Bow Valley Parkway on your way to sparkling Lake Louise.

Travel north to Banff and ride beside the Bow River on the Bow Valley Parkway. Pedal through the virgin evergreen forest of Banff National Park and beside the sparkling river to Lake Louise. This remarkable area is “filled with glittering snowcapped peaks, valleys draped in evergreen forests, turquoise lakes, flowered alpine meadows, glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife,” says National Geographic Traveler. Spend two nights here at Lake Louise Inn.
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: Lake Louise Inn
Distance: 29 miles, elevation: +1,487 ft / -1,055 ft

Day 5: Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers, or take an optional bike ride.

Turquoise Lake Louise is a sight to behold. Hike beside it up a well-maintained trail to a European style teahouse overlooking the Plain of Six Glaciers. Not up for a hike?  Take a shorter walk, bicycle into adjoining Yoho National Park, get a massage...or just relax at the inn.
Meals: B. Lodging: Lake Louise In

Day 6: Ride the stunning Icefields Parkway, from Lake Louise to Saskatchewan Crossing.

Bicycle along the spectacular Icefields Parkway today. A gradual climb brings you to Bow Summit for lunch. Hike to Peyto Lake - another turquoise jewel - then descend between the peaks on a long, gradual downhill to the Saskatchewan River and our lodging for the night.  Stop at Mistaya Canyon to watch the water from Peyto Lake rush through the narrow canyon on its way to the Saskatchewan River.
Lodging: the Crossing
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: The Crossing
Distance: 53 miles, elevation: +2,880 ft / -3,828 ft

Day 7: Ride the Icefields Parkway from Saskatchewan Crossing to Sunwapta Falls.

Continue riding the Icefields Parkway amid stunning mountain scene. Visit the Weeping Wall — a 2,000-foot cliff streaked with multiple waterfalls — as you bicycle to the Columbia Icefield and into Jasper National Park. The Icefield, a relic from the Ice Age, spans 125 square miles with an estimated maximum depth of more than 1,000 feet. Get a close-up view of the famous Athabasca Glacier, a river of ice spilling from majestic peaks. After lunch, ride mostly downhill following the Sunwapta River to Sunwapta Falls Resort.
Meals: B, L, D. Lodging: Sunwapta Falls Resort
Distance: 61 miles, elevation: +3,441 ft / -3,603 ft

Day 8: Shuttle back to Bannf and cycle more of the Bow River Trail bike path on our way back to Galgary

This morning, marvel at what you’ve accomplished as we shuttle back (3hrs) over the roads you have covered in the last three days. Incredible! Visit the town of Banff as we cycle a series of wonderful bike paths down the valley toward our ultimate destination, Calgary. Alas, this is probably your last chance to grab a “moose nugget” necklace…
Meals: B, L. Distance: 36 miles elevation: +1,223 ft / -1,553 ft

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

7 nights hotel
All meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Road /hybrid bike

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuity guide

Lodging

Motel Lake McDonald or West Glacier Village
St Mary Lodge and resort
Waterton Glacier suites
Lake Louise Inn
The Crossing
Sunwapta Falls Resort

NOTE:

Good Medicine Lodge, Grouse Mountain Lodge and Glacier Park International Airport are the only pick-up locations for this tour; the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel and the Calgary Airport are the only drop-off points afterward.

IMPORTANT ~ TRAVEL INFORMATION SPECIAL PACKING LIST FOR DAY 1

Glacier-Banff-Jasper Tour On Day 1, we meet in Whitefish, Montana, and bicycle to Glacier National Park. Since the National Park Service does not allow trailers over Logan Pass (our Day 2 route), we haul the trailer ahead to the east side of the park on the evening of Day 1 so await our arrival on the afternoon of Day 2.This means you’ll be separated from the trailer – and therefore some of your luggage – from the afternoon of Day 1 until the afternoon of Day 2. Please pack a separate small overnight bag with everything you might need for that time frame. We’ll carry these overnight bags inside the van, rather than the trailer, so they will stay with our group.

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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