Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway

Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway

Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway

Prices

From $4,550USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Mountain Lodges

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Highlights

Explore the wonders of the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway on this guided cycling tour

Bike Canada’s Golden Triangle cycling route through Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks.

Visit Radium Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the natural mineral water.

Discover rocky peaks, peaceful valleys, stunning lakes, and sparkling waterfalls on this amazingly scenic cycling route.

Stay in historic lodges surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.

This bike tour takes two of the best routes in the Canadian Rockies and combines them together: The Golden Triangle and the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise to Jasper!

The Golden Triangle is an incredible route that passes through Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks. Typically it can be completed in three days, but this guided cycling tour extends it to allow you time to hike and explore these beautiful areas and to include Jasper on the itinerary.

The 8-day guided Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway tour visits Kicking Horse Pass, the Columbia River Valley, Golden, Lake Louise, Radium, Banff, and more! However, that’s just the beginning as you’ll continue biking to the Icefields and Jasper National Park. Talk about a packed itinerary and the perfect way to hit all the highlights of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have a lot of fun cycling on this tour, but it will be the incredible mountain scenery that will really steal the show!

Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Transfer to Banff

A van transfer will bring you from the airport in Calgary to Banff. You’ll have time to prep your bike and check your equipment in the afternoon. There will be a welcome dinner with the group where you’ll meet with your guide and hear all about the trip to come!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Banff
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Ride to Kootenay National Park

On the first day of cycling, you don’t have to push yourself too hard, and there will be ample time for exploring. You’ll start your ride on the Bow River Parkway that follows the river into Johnston Canyon. Feel free to jump off your bike to take a walk in Johnston Canyon and Marble Canyon as your ride by them! Watch for ancient fossils in the canyon walls.

Finish the day as you cross the Continental Divide and cycle into Kootenay National Park.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kootenay National Park
Distance
64 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 Climb Sinclair Pass and Radium Hot Springs

The scenery will be spectacular as you ride through Kootenay National Park, following sparkling rivers as they wind through the Rockies.

The big climb today will be up to Sinclair Pass (take a second to appreciate the stunning summit views up here!) followed by an exhilarating 11 kilometre downhill stretch into Radium. A soak at the hot springs is the perfect way to end your day!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Radium
Distance
64 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 Cycle along the Columbia River

Your trail today follows the Columbia River, which runs between the impressive rocky peaks of the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. If you’re hot, feel free to dip your hands into the cool water as you marvel at the towering peaks surrounding you.

Your destination is the town of Golden, which gives the Golden Triangle route its name.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Golden
Distance
96 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 Ride up Kicking Horse Pass and Arrive in Lake Louise

Your legs will get a workout today as you gain nearly 1500 meters over the course of 80km. You’ll follow Kicking Horse River out of Golden and start the climb to Kicking Horse Pass.

After you’ve crossed the plateau you’ll enjoy the gradual descent into the Bow Valley as you arrive at spectacular Lake Louise. You may have seen many photos, but nothing will prepare you for the sight of the stunning blue lake surrounded by snowy mountains and a chateau-style hotel!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lake Louise
Distance
80 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 Cycle up Bow Summit

Today you’ll continue riding north along the Icefields Parkway. On your way up to the Bow Summit, you’ll have great views of Hector Lake and Crowfoot Glacier.

Take a break to enjoy Peyto Lake at the summit before you begin your descent to Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Overnight Location
Hotel near Saskatchewan River Crossing
Distance
75 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Sunwapta Pass and Parker Ridge

This morning you’ll start your day early with the ride up the impressive Sunwapta Pass. There will be time to stop for a hike above the tree line along Parker Ridge (a popular hiking objective) to take in the spectacular views.

You’ll pick up your bike again and ride to the Icefields Center at the Athabasca Glacier. From here you’ll ride down to Sunwapta Falls where you’ll be spending the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel near Jasper
Distance
93 km
Meals
Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 Explore Jasper before Returning to Calgary

Your last day will be more leisurely riding as you finish the short distance to Jasper. You’ll be able to visit Athabasca Falls and explore Jasper before meeting the shuttle back to Calgary in the afternoon.

Eight days of spectacular mountain scenery later, it’s time to head home!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
51 km
Meals
Breakfast

Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway Tour Price and Dates

This guided cycling tour of the Canadian Rockies is run as a private tour for your group only and the price is fixed per person. Please note, that the prices below might vary based on the season, accommodation availability and other factors.

The prices below are per person:

  • Guided groups of 4+: $4,550USD per person
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Accommodation on the Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and mountain lodges. Some of the lodges are quite rustic, but their fantastic mountain locations can’t be beaten.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Please contact us if you desire this option.

Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff

This historic lodge offers the quintessential mountain log cabin experience. You’ll love relaxing by the fire in the gorgeous stone fireplace!

Kootenay Park Lodge in Kootenay National Park

Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this rustic lodge maintains its historic character. You’ll be welcomed by basic but cozy cabins and warm, friendly service.

Night 3

Hotel in Radium Hot Springs

Not your average highway town, Radium Hot Springs has one of the cutest cafes to have breakfast, the Big Horn Cafe. Enjoy soaking and relaxing in the hot springs facility.

Night 4

Hotel in Golden

Make sure to walk on the pedestrian bridge hanging over the Kicking Horse River and get some beer and tacos from Whitetooth Brewery and Reposados.

Deer Lodge Hotel in Lake Louise

Originally built as a tea house, this rustic lodge has been operating as a hotel since 1925. The view from the rooftop hot tub is not to be missed!

The Crossing Resort in Banff

You’ll sleep well in the comfortable, rustic rooms at this hotel, but the real highlight is the breathtaking mountain views that surround you.

Sunwapta Falls Resort in Jasper

This cozy wilderness lodge is the perfect spot to relax in front of a crackling fire and enjoy the spectacular mountain views that surround you.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you, your luggage, and your bike are included as outlined in the itinerary. Transportation to and from the Calgary airport is also included.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Support van
  • Tour maps and narratives

Not included

  • Cycling equipment such as helmets, gloves and shoes
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Calgary
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, servers, or hotel staff are not included

Optional Extras

  • Various bicycle rentals, including touring saddles, odometers, pumps, tire irons, and patch kits (please inquire for the pricing)
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway

How hard is the Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You will ride approximately 80 kilometers per day for several days in a row, and rides include significant climbs. Fit cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway tour?

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Calgary to start this tour?

You can fly to Calgary International Airport (YYC). You will be picked up from the airport. There are frequent shuttles that can be booked between Calgary and Banff if you wish to extend your stay.

Is the Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Cycle the Golden Triangle and Icefields Parkway tour end?

This tour ends with a drop-off at the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Are equipment rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included but can be added as a supplement. There are various style and size options available to rent to mitigate the challenges of shipping your bike. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you bring your own bike. If you would like to do so it is recommended that you use a reputable specialty company to ship your bike ahead of time to the first hotel. You can also bring your own saddle and pedals to combine with your rental bike.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Do I need to tip my tour guides?

Tipping in Canada is customary, but much appreciated. Ideally, you should tip each guide 5-10 CAD per day (from one person) for an excellent service.

When is the best time to travel to the United States for this tour?

The best time to travel to the Canadian Rockies for this tour is July or August when the temperatures are warmest and there is lots of sun.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You will ride approximately 80 kilometers per day for several days in a row, and rides include significant climbs. Fit cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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