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Banff Legacy Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy / Family
  • Starting Points: Valleyview Picnic Area, Cascade Ponds, Vermilion Lakes, East end of Banff Avenue
  • Distance: 26 km

From the town of Banff, the Banff Legacy Trail provides cyclists with two options: heading east toward the Banff National Park gates, a route which parallels the TransCanada Highway and spectacular Mount Rundle; or heading west along Vermilion Lakes to link up with the Bow Valley Parkway.

Vermilion Lakes

  • Difficulty: Easy / Family
  • Starting Points: Off Mt. Norquay Road, south of the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Length: 4.3 km one way

The Vermilion Lakes are a series of three shallow lakes surrounded by marshland - a rich oasis for wildlife. The ride along this narrow road provides classic views of Banff’s signature peak, Mount Rundle. There are small docks where you can relax with a snack and enjoy the view.

Lake Minnewanka Road

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting Points: Cascade Ponds, Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area, or the Banff Legacy Trail
  • Distance: 13.1 km

If you’re up for panoramic views and some fun hills, the Lake Minnewanka Road is a great option. This two-lane road is the gateway to many popular attractions, including Cascade Ponds, Bankhead, Two Jack Lake, Johnson Lake and, of course, Lake Minnewanka. Connect this ride with Tunnel Mountain Drive for a really scenic route.

Tunnel Mountain Drive

  • Difficult: Moderate
  • Starting Points: Central Park Parking Lot, west end of Buffalo Street
  • Distance: 10.7 km loop

Tunnel Mountain Drive contours the “Sleeping Buffalo” of Tunnel Mountain, offering great views due to its elevation. Access is from Buffalo Street in Banff and it climbs around the backside of Tunnel Mountain. If you want to make the ride longer, connect with the Banff Legacy Trail or Lake Minnewanka Road.

Bow Valley Parkway

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting points: Trans-Canada Highway, 5.5 km west of the Mt. Norquay overpass and Banff Legacy Trail (West), or midpoint from Castle Junction.
  • Distance: 31 km Banff to Castle Junction

The Bow Valley Parkway winds its way through forest with open views of the Bow River and impressive peaks such as Castle Mountain. This active wildlife corridor offers many interpretative exhibits, trailheads for hiking, picnic areas and campgrounds.

Probably one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world, with lots of opportunities to see wildlife along the way. The Real Banff

Icefields Parkway

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting Point: Lake Louise Visitor Info Centre
  • Distance: 48km, Lake Louise to Bow Summit

Rated 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.

Moraine Lake Road

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting Point: Moraine Lake Road off Lake Louise Drive
  • Distance: 15km one way

Climb your way up to Moraine Lake via Moraine Lake Road, which offers breath-taking views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks and the famed lake itself. This road is best cycled early or late in the day when car traffic is lower.