Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour

Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour

Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour

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From $2,025USD

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Highlights

Cycle the most beautiful roads in the Canadian Rockies

Cycle the length of the Icefields Parkway, stopping at Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefields to refuel your adventure.

Savour some crafty brews at the pubs and restaurants of the top-notch accommodations included in the tour.

Revel in non-stop panoramic mountain views each day, setting your sights on the next peak and passing it before you know it.

Kick off the tour with a soak in Miette Hot Springs and visit Maligne Lake in world-renowned Jasper National Park.

Are you ready for a cycling challenge that leads you through world-class scenery in the Canadian Rockies? This 8-day tour promises outstanding mountain terrain with phenomenal views each day. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

On this guided journey, you’ll ride from Jasper, the namesake mountain town of Jasper National Park, down the Icefields Parkway and into Banff National Park. From there, you continue into Kananaskis Country and complete the tour after riding over the highest paved road in Canada, Highwood Pass. Each day has you cruising past the highlights of Western Canada, and your guide will stop at choice spots for snacks and meals to keep you energized and fuelled for this epic ride.

Each night, you’ll get acquainted with a different mountain town, where the lodges and hotels have been hand-selected to offer your ultimate relaxation after long days of riding. Some have whirlpools, and some have unprecedented views of the landscapes that draw so many visitors to this part of the world (think turquoise rivers and lakes with snow-capped peaks at sunset!).

Without a doubt, the Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour will be the perfect way to experience the peak of summer in Alberta. You’ll feel an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment when you’re done, and you’ll have a USB drive full of photos (taken by the tour guides) to prove that you did it. If you’re on the fence about booking this tour, take the leap! You won’t regret it.

Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 The Adventure Begins

Before the cycling adventure starts, you’ll arrive in Edmonton and have a free day to explore this central Albertan metropolis. Take your bike for a spin along the River Valley to prepare your legs for the adventure ahead, head to Elk Island National Park, or walk around to explore the many museums, restaurants, and other cultural sights before heading to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Edmonton
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride from Miette Hot Springs to Jasper

Bright and early this morning, you’ll be picked up and whisked away to Jasper, one of the most iconic mountain towns in the Canadian Rockies. Looking at the scenery, you’ll get a feel for how spectacular the following days will be when you cruise through this wild mountain landscape. Stop in Hinton for lunch, then stop at Miette hot springs to unload the bikes.

After a pleasant soak, cycle into Jasper to the accommodations on the Athabasca River. If the group decides to add the optional 50-kilometre ride, you’ll have a shuttle to Maligne Lake, then cycle back to the chalet for dinner and rest.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Jasper
Distance
66km + optional 50km
Meals
Dinner

Day 3 Cycle the Icefields Parkway to Sunwapta Falls

Enjoy breakfast with your Athabasca River view, then spend the morning exploring Jasper. Walk around the charming town with Pyramid Mountain as your ever-present backdrop. Around noon, regroup at the hotel for a brief orientation on today’s ride. Then, you set off on the Icefields Parkway, possibly the most jaw-dropping stretch of highway in Alberta, replete with glaciers, lakes, and peaks right next to the road.

The group will stop for a break and snack at the magnificent Athabasca Falls, then press on to the hotel for the night with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy a 3-course meal. Tonight, you can sit on your cabin’s deck and watch the stars come out—undeniably peaceful.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sunwapta Falls
Distance
49km or 70km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Ride to Saskatchewan River Crossing

After filling up on a hearty breakfast, you’ll depart for a longer distance than the last few days—but your efforts will be worth it. Today’s route includes several elevation changes, so you’ll be offered plenty of breaks and snacks to keep you going. You’ll stop for a well-earned lunch at the base of the Columbia Icefields, then ascend the scenic Sunwapta Pass. As if it were planned, you’ll have a rewarding downhill stretch of 15 kilometres through imposing cliffs and rushing waterfalls. The last leg of the route has you riding over undulating land flanked by snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and lake views.

After your longest day riding (so far), you’ll be stoked when the resort for the night comes into view, and even more so when you have a cold pint sitting in front of you on the patio with panoramic mountain views.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Saskatchewan River Crossing
Distance
98km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Cycle Bow Pass to Lake Louise

Indulge in breakfast to replenish your energy stores, then begin the day with an ascent out of the valley. You’re still on the Icefields Parkway, and it still promises magnificent scenery as you wind and cruise next to glaciers and wildlife habitats. When you complete Bow Pass, admittedly challenging, you’ll be rewarded with views of Peyto Lake, a surreal alpine gem with a milky emerald colouration. Stop at Bow Lake for lunch, then cruise the remaining descent to Lake Louise.

Once in Lake Louise, your group can organize a shuttle transfer to visit the iconic Lake Louise and Moraine Lake—these are the pictures you absolutely must take! Relax in the hotel’s hot tub before heading to bed to get rest for two big days ahead.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lake Louise
Distance
85km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Ride to Kananaskis via Banff

This is it, the longest push of the tour! Lucky for you, though, the entire ride cuts through Banff National Park and enters into Kananaskis Country, a lesser-known but equally stunning mountain area at the edge of the Rockies. The terrain is not as demanding as on the Icefields Parkway, but you will push a farther distance. Riding along the Bow Valley Parkway and the Legacy Trail, you’ll pass several other cyclists, as this is a famous stretch surrounded by mountains and leading you to Banff, where you’ll stop for a gourmet lunch.

After visiting Banff for a hot sec, continue on bikes past Canmore, then merge onto Highway 40 for the final 27-kilometre push to Kananaskis Village. When you arrive, you’ll have a bit of time to spare—take advantage of this peaceful village tucked into the mountains. Book a massage or soak in the hot tub before dinner, and hit the hay early for your final day of riding tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kananaskis
Distance
140km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Cycle the Highest Paved Road in Canada

After a filling breakfast, you’ll hop in the saddle for your final ride of the tour, and it promises to be epic! It takes you over the highest paved road in Canada, reaching 2200 metres. Highway 40 offers endless mesmerizing views at every twist and turn of the road. The group will reconvene as directed by the guides for snacks and lunch, and after covering about 500 kilometres total, you’ll cruise into the cowboy town of Longview to close out the ride.

High-five everyone in your group as you head to a local pub for celebratory eats and drinks. Once you’re full, you’ll get to rest your legs and take a transfer to a hotel in Calgary for your final night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calgary
Distance
130km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Departure

Your tour has come to an end! A transfer from the hotel will take you to the airport when you need to check in for your flight. Leave with a full heart and full camera with memories of your epic journey from Jasper to Highwood Pass.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
None

Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour Prices and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour is run as a fixed departure tour, and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

The best time to visit the Canadian Rockies is during the summer when the snow has melted and the weather stays warm. This tour is available in July, a great month to be in the Rockies.

Private Guided Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour

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Accommodation on the Jasper to Highwood Pass Trail Cycling Tour

This tour is based on hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2-star to 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Guests may have access to amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, or private decks to enjoy the mountain scenery.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $595USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible.

Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton

Enjoy a stay in the modern landmark hotel in Edmonton, with its lounge offering wonderful views of the River Valley. You’ll have access to a fitness centre, bar and lounge, and a breakfast buffet.

Beckers Chalets in Jasper

Beckers Chalets offers charming cabins on the banks of the Athabasca River. While enjoying the time on your deck, looking out to the impressive peaks all around you. Eat at the onsite restaurant for ultimate convenience.

Sunwapta Falls Hotel in Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls Lodge is set in a glorious location. This rustic lodge provides cabin-style rooms, and most include a fireplace as well as a mini-fridge, tea and coffee services, and TV. Enjoy nature in the Canadian Rockies.

The Crossing Resort in Saskatchewan River Crossing

Serving customers for 70 years, the Crossing Resort is a laid-back, seasonal resort providing a comfortable night in the wilderness. Rooms come with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and mini-fridges, as well as tea and coffee makers; some have mountain views and whirlpools. The patio at the pub is a great place to enjoy the sunset after an epic day riding the Icefields Parkway.

Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise

Centrally located in Lake Louise, the Mountaineer Lodge is a pleasant base in Lake Louise Village. You’ll find modern rooms as well as amenities such as Wi-Fi, a hot tub, a steam room, guest laundry.

Delta Lodge in Kananaskis Village

This stunning hotel offers a luxurious respite after a long day of cycling. Tucked into Kananaskis Country, you’ll have unparalleled mountain views from your room and access to a heated pool, sauna, hot tub, and spa.

Wyndham Garden Airport Hotel in Calgary

Forget you’re at the airport in this 4-star hotel with sleek amenities and soundproof rooms. Take advantage of the pool, hot tub, and fitness room before winding down with a cocktail in the lounge.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, and snacks on riding days are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Edmonton and Calgary are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Your bike rental is not included but can be added during your booking process if you do not wish to bring your own bike. Transportation for you, your luggage, and your bike is included between Edmonton and Jasper (Day 2) and Longview and Calgary (Day 7). Airport transfers operated by the hotel in Edmonton and Calgary are included.

Also Included

  • Guide services
  • Van support during riding days
  • National park fees
  • USB with high-quality photos taken during the tour

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike rental
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • GST (5% of the price)

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental (road bike or e-bike)
  • Meals on Days 1, 2 and 8
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Single occupancy upgrades

Frequenty Asked Questions about Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour

How hard is the Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You should be comfortable cycling distances of up to 140 kilometres in a day on moderately challenging terrain, including high mountain passes over long distances. Guests who have a decent level of fitness will get the most out of this tour. Note that van support is provided, and you will have the option to hop in the van on riding days if the physical challenge is too great.

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 Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour?

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, and snacks on riding days are included.

Do I need insurance?

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

How do I get to Edmonton to start this tour?

Fly into Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Assuming most of the group arrives at a similar time, a shuttle will be available to transport you to your hotel in Edmonton.

Where does the Jasper to Highwood Pass Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Calgary, Alberta. You can take the hotel shuttle to the airport to check in for your flight.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Road bikes (Felt VR30) or e-bikes are available to rent for a supplement of $220 + 5% GST per person.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a bike suitable for the demands of the tour. A road bike will be most efficient for this tour, but if you want to bring a hybrid bike or mountain bike, make sure it has slick tires installed to make your road riding a little easier.

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.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You should be comfortable cycling distances of up to 140 kilometres in a day on moderately challenging terrain, including high mountain passes over long distances. Guests who have a decent level of fitness will get the most out of this tour. Note that van support is provided, and you will have the option to hop in the van on riding days if the physical challenge is too great.


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