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Fat Biking

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Winter fat bikes are the newest way to explore Banff National Park. The snow-covered trails in Banff and Lake Louise are now accessible year-round thanks to fat bikes which have wide tires that are perfect for riding on snow. You can discover the park in a whole different way by exploring the local trails or experience a backcountry adventure with an overnight stay at Sundance Lodge.

Goat Creek Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting point: Smith Dorrien Road via Spray Lakes Road
  • Length: 19 km one way

 Runs between Canmore and Banff. The middle section of the trail is challenging and might require some hiking.

Lake Minnewanka / Cascade Trail

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Lake Minnewanka day-use area, from the kiosk at the far end of Picnic Area
  • Length: 24.9 km one way

The trail running up to Lake Minnewanka is popular with cross-country skiers. Fat bikers can use the trail as well, but make sure you avoid riding on the track set portion of the trail.

Moraine Lake Road

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Lake Louise Drive and Moraine Lake Rd.
  • Length: 10.6 km one way

During the winter Moraine Lake Road is closed to vehicular traffic. With a gentle gradient and spectacular views, it makes for a fantastic fat bike adventure. The road ends at a viewpoint overlooking Moraine Lake. There is a high risk of avalanches beyond this point.

Tunnel Mountain

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting points: Hoodoos Lookout Parking Lot or Tunnel Mountain Campground.
  • Length: 5.7 km

Local fat bikers often groom trails on Tunnel Mountain for fat bikes.

Note: This trail is also track set for cross-country skiers, non-skiers and dogs on the trail must stay on the far outer edge of the track set and groomed ski trails. Riding on the track set portion of cross-country ski trails endangers skiers who later use the track.

Where to rent a Fat Bike?

Fat bikes are available to rent in downtown Banff at Snowtips-Bactrax Ski & Bike Rental where hourly or daily fat bike rentals are available during the winter.