Here are a few of our favorite local rides that you can explore on your own or on a guided tour. They are arranged from short, easy rides to longer, more challenging options.
Vermillion Lakes Road
7 km one-way, easy gradient
The views from this road are some of the most iconic in Banff, with multiple lakes and views of Mount Rundle. This is a relatively easy ride that includes section of bike path and a slow-speed-limit road. This is also the first section of the Bow Valley Parkway Ride to Lake Louise.
Included in these tours:
25 km one-way, easy gradient
The Legacy Trail links the communities of Banff and Canmore via a 25km paved trail without motorized traffic. The trail parallels the Trans-Canada highway. This route is approved for E-Bikes, there is a washroom, and many beautiful views of the mountains and Bow River.
Mount Norquay Road Climb
7 km one-way, 300m elevation gain
This ride represents our local hill climb. At only 7 km one-way it is a short ride, but 12 switchbacks and 300m of elevation gain allow you to push hard with vertical for a 30-minute quality workout. Head down and do it again if you have the time, or head out to Vermillion Lakes Road for some scenic views. Can also be added to the end of a Bow Valley Parkway ride for a strong finish.
Lake Minnewanka Loop Ride
24 km loop, 178m elevation gain
This is a beautiful road ride leaving from Banff on the Legacy Trail along Banff Ave, then turning off onto Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive loop. This takes you past the turquoise Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake, with fantastic mountain views along the way. Includes a fairly decent climb, with a fun decent on the way back.
Explore this loop with one of our guides on the Lake Minnewanka Tour.
Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise
49 km one-way, 412m elevation gain
This is the most popular ride for road cyclists in the Bow Valley, and one of the very best road-biking rides in Canada. The Bow Valley Parkway, or Highway 1A, is the old highway between Banff and Lake Louise, and has relatively little traffic. Castle Junction (30 km), Baker Creek (45 km) and Lake Louise (58 km) all have rest stops with food, bathrooms and water refills, and can also serve as good turn-around points depending on how far you want to go.
You can explore this ride with one of our guides on the Bow Valley Parkway Tour.