The road and mountain biking season typically runs from May through to October, although some roads open up for cyclists earlier in the year. Fat biking is a fun option when snow is covering the trails and roads.
Whatever the season, weather in the mountains is unpredictable so make sure you are prepared with a repair kit, tools, and warm waterproof layers. You should also be aware of wildlife. Check Parks Canada’s website for more information about biking safety and wildlife advisories.
2021 Enhanced Cycling Offers
The Bow Valley Parkway
The eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway from the junction of the Bow Valley Parkway and Highway 93 South to Fireside day-use area will continue to be closed throughout the summer to public vehicles. Providing an enhanced cycling experience and assisting in maintaining visitor safety on the Johnston Canyon trail.
Cyclists planning to use the Bow Valley Parkway should park at the Town of Banff Fenlands Recreation Centre or Train Station parking lots. Both are accessible via the Norquay Road entrance to the townsite. Learn more about parking in Banff National Park.
Also in effect for the Bow Valley Parkway is the annual seasonal travel restriction. This restriction is in effect starting March 1 to June 25. Travel of any kind (vehicles, cyclists and walkers) is not permitted from 8 pm to 8 am in order to give wildlife the space they need to thrive in spring at crucial times of day.
The Minnewanka Loop
The Minnewanka Loop Road will be closed to public vehicles Monday to Thursday, from May 1-20, 2021. During this closure, the road will be available to cyclists for the entirety of the Minnewanka Loop beginning at the first T-junction.
Vehicle parking for cyclists using the Minnewanka Loop is available at Cascade Ponds day-use area.
The Minnewanka Loop Road and day-use areas will be fully open to vehicles on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the 21-day seasonal cycling offer.