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Biking

Bike the Bow Valley Parkway

The smooth paved roads of the Bow Valley Parkway beckon to cycling enthusiasts. Aside from the meandering route of the road, the rich forests stretching skyward on either side feel virtually untouched. The road travels 58 km along meadows and marshes known to be moose habitat, over bubbling creeks and past a landscape marked by wildfire. The first 17 km from Banff are closed to vehicles seasonally, creating an unforgettable cycling track that is also the best way to reach the iconic Morant’s Curve and the trailhead to Johnston Canyon.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Duration
1-3 hrs or 3-6 hrs
When
May - Oct

Plan Ahead

Parking is limited at the start of the road. Park at the Banff Train Station and start your ride from there.

Location

Distance from Banff:
7km
Distance from Lake Louise:
28km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanClosed
FebClosed
MarClosed
AprClosed
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovClosed
DecClosed

Opening Times

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Busy Times

Weekends

Useful Links

  • Parks Canada

  • Live Parking Information

  • Weather Forecast

  • Speak to a local expert

Let's do this!

Bike rentals available from

Banff Adventures

Activity & Tour Providers
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Banff Cycle

Activity & Tour Providers
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Snowtips-Bactrax Ski & Bike Rental

Equipment Rentals
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SkiBig3 Adventure Hub

Sporting Goods & Apparel
Location
Banff Town
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Ultimate Sports

Sporting Goods & Apparel
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Wilson Mountain Sports

Equipment Rentals
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