Spectator Guide

Bikefest Starting Line

The best spectator opportunities are on Saturday and Sunday located within the Town of Banff. There are only limited opportunities for events on Thursday and Friday. See our list of best viewing points below. So park your car, grab your friends, pack a snack, and head off to your best choice. Remember to take your litter with you and dispose of it in proper garbage or recycling containers after the race.

Best Viewing Points 

Cascade Shops Prologue
Thursday, June 12
Buffalo St & Tunnel Mountain Dr.
Limited spectator opportunities

Lake Louise Road Race
Friday, June 13
Lake Louise
1. Castle Mountain Chalets at Castle Mountain Junction
2. Corral Creek Picnic Area
3. Village of Lake Louise

Individual Time Trial
Saturday, June 14
Vermilion Lakes Road
1. Start / Finish area - Near entrance to Vermilion Lakes Road
2. From a canoe on Vermilion Lakes

Criterium
Saturday, June 14
Town of Banff
1. Start / Finish - 300 block Banff Avenue
2. Wolf Street
3. Beaver Street
4. Moose Street

Tunnel Mountain Road Race
Sunday, June 15
Town of Banff
1. Start/Finish – Beaver St
2. Corner of Banff Ave & Tunnel Mtn Rd – Rocky Mountain Resort
3. Corner of Tunnel Mtn Rd & Tunnel Mtn Dr – Buffalo Mountain Lodge
4. Surprise Corner – corner of Buffalo St and Tunnel Mtn Dr
5. Cemetery – Buffalo St

Within the Town of Banff the best way to get to these points is to walk or bicycle as there will be traffic delays during the race and it helps alleviate some of the congestion and is safer for the riders.

**Please park in designated areas as there is no off-road parking allowed**

Race Etiquette

For spectators, the athletes in bicycle races are close enough to touch but don’t touch them as they may be penalized. Remember to keep a close eye on children and leashes on the dogs; actually dogs probably prefer the comforts of home as opposed to hot asphalt on their toes.

Did you know?

Bike Fest takes place in Banff National Park, the heart of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.  Please use this LINK to the Parks Canada website for information about Banff National Park attractions, activities, services, wildlife and safety. Banff National Park has much more to offer than ‘just’ fresh air and world-class scenery – we hope you will enjoy the park’s cultural treasures and discover its natural wonders too.