Bow Valley Parkway to Lake Louise
58 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.
There are a few good hills along the way in both directions. You are gaining elevation overall on the way to Lake Louise, and generally have a headwind on the way there, which usually means a tailwind on the way home (no guarantees!).
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.
Directions from Banff Townsite:
From Banff townsite, you head towards the Trans-Canada highway on Mount Norquay Road
Turn left on Vermillion Lakes Road (before highway overpass)
Continue to end of Vermillion Lakes road and onto bike path
Bike path passes through two gates and ends at Highway 1A
Turn left onto the highway and continue on this road to Lake Louise