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Biking

Paul Zizka

Biking in Banff & Lake Louise

It is early morning on a summer’s day. As you roll out on your bike the sun is painting the rugged mountain tops with golden light and the air is fresh. It’s silent apart from the sounds of your tires rolling over the pavement, the air rushing past your ears, and the steady rhythm of your breath. Following the river, the road undulates and curves. As you crest the top finally, take a moment to look around. This might just be the most beautiful place you ever ride your bike.

Banff National Park features some of Canada’s most scenic roads and trails. Two wheels are the perfect way to explore, whether you want to take the family for a lakeside spin, tackle gruelling road climbs, or enjoy the thrill of a tree-lined downhill trail. There are many options, both on road and off road, for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

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 waterproof and warm layers. You should also be aware of wildlife. Check Parks Canada’s website for more information about biking safety and wildlife advisories.

  • Mountain Biking Trails

    Hit the dirt and pedal amongst jaw dropping peaks, deep blue lakes, and alpine meadows. You won't find many more scenic bike rides in the world than here.

    Banff National Park has more than 190 km of mountain bike trails for riders of all levels. Ride lakeside on smooth gravel paths or head further into the mountains on technical singletrack. Whatever your level of experience, two wheels are a thrilling way to experience Banff & Lake Louise’s rugged beauty.

    Trails to Ride
  • Road Cycling

    With some of the most scenic roads in the world, Banff & Lake Louise is a road cyclist’s dream destination.

    You will never forget the sensations of pedalling along the twisting, undulating roads of Banff National Park surrounded by soaring mountains and brilliant lakes. There are routes for all kinds of riders: from families and beginners wanting a gentle cruise to keen cyclists wanting to test their fitness.

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  • Fat Biking

    Floating across the snow on a bike through a silent, snow-laden forest is a beautiful experience.  

    Fat biking is a must-try winter sport. With massive tires giving surprising traction on snow, fat bikes allow two-wheeled exploration even when it’s white out. Take a spin around town or venture off-road. It’s a great way to enjoy fresh air and exercise on even the coldest of days.

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