Lake Louise

 

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Banff National Park features some of Canada's most scenic roadways and trails, making it an exciting destination to explore on two wheels. The Biking CLASSICS featured in this guide will take you through beautiful sub-alpine forest, next to sparkling waters of glacier-fed lakes and under iconic peaks. While there are seemingly limitless options to enjoy, these rides are considered 'classics' and not to be missed. Cyclists of all kinds, from those content to pedal along scenic roads to mountain enthusiasts eager to tackle a rocky, root-laden singletrack, will surely be inspired. Go out for a quick spin or pack up your panniers for a longer tour; there's a perfect bike ride awaiting you in Canada's flagship national park.

Bow Valley Parkway

TypeRoad
ClassificationModerate
Distance28 km one way
Starting PointLake Louise Information Centre
DescriptionFrom Lake Louise to Castle Junction, the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) winds through montane forest near the Bow River. This is a busy road with narrow shoulders; consider riding midweek when traffic is lighter. Numerous short hikes, viewpoints and interpretive signs are accessible from the road. The Bow Valley Parkway continues farther eastward towards the town of Banff and reconnects with the Trans-Canada Highway or the Banff Legacy Trail, after an additional 21 km, making the entire Bow Valley Parkway 49 km in length or 98 km return to Lake Louise.
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Bow River Loop

TypeMountain
ClassificationEasy
Distance7.1 km loop
Starting PointLake Louise Campground or opposite the historic Lake Louise train station (Station Restaurant)
DescriptionIdeal for families, this gentle riverside trail travels both sides of the Bow River and can be shortened by cutting across any of the bridges. Interpretive signs along the way highlight the Bow River ecosystem. This trail is popular with pedestrians who may not hear your approach above the river’s sound; ride respectfully and make your approach known. This route connects with the Tramline Trail.
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Ross Lake

TypeMountain
ClassificationDifficult
Distance7.3 km one way
Starting PointTucked behind the Chateau Lake Louise staff residences
DescriptionOne of the few trails that crosses from Lake Louise to Yoho National Park, this trail winds and dips through sub-alpine forest to a small lake nestled against an impressive rock wall. Expect to yield to horse traffic on the first 100 m. A challenging 1.3 km trail down along Ross Creek connects to the Great Divide Road (#1), allowing a loop return.
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Icefields Parkway

TypeRoad
ClassificationDifficult
Distance48 km, Lake Louise to Bow Summit
Starting PointLake Louise Information Centre
DescriptionRated one of the world’s great scenic highways by National Geographic, the Icefields Parkway is a journey through expansive mountain wilderness, ancient glaciers, sweeping valleys and mountain lakes of every shade of blue. Popular stops include Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake near Bow Summit. Multi-day options include continuing north towards the Columbia Icefield and Jasper. Amenities are available at historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.
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Moraine Lake Road

TypeRoad
ClassificationDifficult
Distance15 km one way
Starting PointLake Louise Information Centre
DescriptionThis narrow, mountain road has no shoulders and heavy mixed traffic. It’s best to ride Moraine Lake Road and Lake Louise Drive early or late in the day when traffic volume is lower. From the turnoff at the 3 km mark of Lake Louise Drive, Moraine Lake Road climbs to spectacular views of Consolation Valley and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Mountain bikers can create a loop by combining with the challenging Moraine Lake Highline Trail.
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Moraine Lake Highline

TypeMountain
ClassificationDifficult
Distance10 km one way
Starting PointSmall parking area on the right, 2.5 km up Moraine Lake Road
DescriptionThe most demanding of the Lake Louise trails, this single-track trail climbs onto the shoulder of Mount Temple and then descends to Moraine Lake, one of the loveliest spots in the Canadian Rockies. Hikers are often encountered on the first km from the trailhead. Roots and rocks on the narrow trail might pose a challenge. The upper trail section, often exposed as it follows side hills, offers tremendous views. The trail can be combined with Moraine Lake Road to make a loop. When buffalo berries (an important food for bears) ripen in mid to late summer, the upper section of this trail is closed to all users. This will allow grizzly bears to forage undisturbed and keep visitors safer. A stub trail allows access from the trail to the Moraine Lake Road at the bottom of the seasonal trail closure. Check with Lake Louise Visitor Centre staff and trailhead signs for closure dates and important information.
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Tramline

TypeMountain
ClassificationEasy
Distance4.5 km one way
Starting PointOpposite Lake Louise train station (Station Restaurant) beside Bow River bridge
DescriptionThis wide trail is the former route of a tramway (1912 to 1930). It offers a quiet ride up and down from the valley floor to upper Lake Louise. The trail comes out at the upper Lake Louise parking lots, an alternative starting point for a downhill ride on this trail.
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Pipestone

TypeMountain
ClassificationModerate
Distance7.2 km one way
Starting PointSlate Road, turn off Trans-Canada Highway – 1.5 km west of Lake Louise
DescriptionThis well-defined gravel and dirt trail heads up along the Pipestone River into the Pipestone Valley north of Lake Louise. Watch for horse users and bears. Not far from the trailhead, an 800 m side trail offers a short, sometimes muddy, trip to Mud Lake. Cyclists are not permitted beyond the bike turnaround point at km 7.2.
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Great Divide

TypeRoad
ClassificationEasy
Distance10.5 km one way
Starting PointParking lot at 3.6 km mark of Lake Louise Drive
DescriptionThis route (formerly the 1A Hwy) is closed to vehicles. Though paved, the surface is rough. It winds past the Great Divide at 7.5 km and continues to the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park. About 500 m west of the Divide, a challenging 1.3 km trail up along Ross Creek connects to the Ross Lake Trail. It allows an alternative return to the trailhead for advanced mountain bikers.
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