We brought one of our contributors, Zac Heiliger (@zac_heiliger), up to Canada to cycle one of the most beautiful mountain roads on earth: from Jasper to Banff via Lake Louise. We teamed up with a friend of 10Adventures, Mountain Madness Tours in Edmonton, to make this bucket-list bike trip a breeze!
DAY 4 – Lake Louise to Banff / Canmore via Bow Valley Parkway 60.0 km to 85.0 km
The final day started with a big buffet breakfast at the Lake Louise Inn; pancakes, omelets, coffee, etc. The itinerary for the day was originally to ride all the way through Banff to Canmore. But with everyone in the group staying in Banff for a few days after the tour, we decided to alter the plans a bit and instead, ride to Lake Minnewanka as a bonus to finish off the tour!
To get there from Lake Louise, we took the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. We stopped at Castle Junction for a rest stop with the iconic Castle Mountain, towering behind us.
At the end of Bow Valley Parkway, we connected with the Banff Legacy Trail. At one point, we had to stop at along the shore of Vermillion Lake, to take pictures of Mount Rundle and its perfect reflection in the water. Eventually we made it into the town of Banff and continued our way towards Lake Minnewanka.
The Banff Legacy Trail connected directly into Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive, which was a beautiful loop that rode past Two Jack Lake and across the dam of Lake Minnewanka. There were a few bumps heading up to Minnewanka, and our legs let us know they had just biked a few hundred km’s. Along the way we saw lots of wildlife.
The tour ended with a fun rollercoaster-like downhill ride to Cascade Ponds and a much-deserved pizza lunch waiting for us! Ben loaded up the bikes for us, as we talked about the day, the tour and the things we saw along the way! Not wanting it to be over but knowing our legs would appreciate this being the end, we gathered enough energy to take one last group photo of us all jumping as high as our tired legs would allow!
The group had an incredible time, and everyone contributed the success of the trip to Ben and Mountain Madness Tours. Ben single handedly showed us a great time and gave us an experience of a lifetime, one that we will never forget!
This article was written by Zac Heiliger, a Senior R&D engineer by day and mountain man on evenings and weekends. Zac is the lead contributor in Colorado for 10Adventures. You can follow Zac on Instagram at @zac_heiliger