Ready to really get your kilometres in? Take the Bow Valley Parkway from Castle Junction to Johnston Canyon (12.8 km return) for a shorter trip, from Banff Train Station Public Parking to Johnston Canyon (49 km return) for a longer trip, or go all the way to Lake Louise (114.8 km return) for a true test of your long-distance stamina!
If you're lacking confidence or just lazy, but still want this experience, try an e-bike. You'll be leading the pack and breezing up the hills but without the huffing and puffing.
Parks Canada has made your trip easier by closing the eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway, from Fireside day-use area to Castle Junction, to vehicles. They’ve done the same for the Minnewanka Loop from May 1 - 20 between Monday - Thursday, meaning there are more car-free routes to explore in 2021!
However, if these suggestions have you laughing and these trips seem more like a simple warm-up—you may be ready to sink your teeth into something a little more hardcore. If so, book a guided trip with Banff Cycle to do a multi-day ride up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper (287 km one way).
Should the scenery not be appealing enough and you’re looking for a little more oomph—specifically elevation—get your heart pumping with some off-road (but on-trail) mountain biking.
In Lake Louise, take a leisurely ride on the Bow River Loop or find your flow on a more demanding trail like Pipestone, Ross Lake, or Moraine Lake Highline—just keep an eye out for grizzlies who feed on nearby buffalo berries.
If you need a confidence boost or want to improve your skills in mountain biking, reach out to Bikescape. They provide the perfect opportunity for most ages and abilities to get out there, ride safely, and have fun.
Rent a townie, e-bike, road bike, or mountain bike from one of these outfitters:
- Banff Soul
- Snowtips Bactrax in Banff
- Ultimate Sports in Banff
- SkiBig3 Adventure Hub in Banff
- Banff Adventures
- Banff Cycle
- Chateau Mountain Sports in Lake Louise
- Wilson Mountain Sports in Lake Louise
Tours and Programs
If you're not sure about riding on your own or want to improve your skills, check out these options: