Canadian Rockies Cycling

The Canadian Rockies are perfect for cycling—both road biking and mountain biking. On-road cyclists will appreciate the wide shoulders on all main highways, while those on mountain bikes will enjoy the many designated trails.

One of the most popular paved routes is the LEGACY TRAIL between Banff and Canmore, which links up with the BOW VALLEY PARKWAY to Lake Louise. The most challenging and scenic on-road route is the 230-kilometre (143-mile) ICEFIELDS PARKWAY between Lake Louise and Jasper (Outside magazine rates it as one of North America’s 10 best). Most cyclists allow 4 to 5 days, but it’s easy to spend a lot longer on the parkway. With 11 campgrounds, 4 hostels, and 4 lodges along the way, you’ll have plenty of accommodation options. Click here for information on Banff National Park cycling.

Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails throughout the region. National park visitor centres hand out brochures detailing these trails and giving them ratings. The CANMORE NORDIC CENTRE is home to 70 kilometres (43.5 miles) of biking trails, some steep enough to hold international downhill competitions each summer.

Canadian Rockies Bike Rentals

Canadian Rockies bike rentals include road bikes, mountain bikes, and e-bikes.

Bikes can be rented in Banff, Jasper, Canmore, the Columbia Valley, Kananaskis Village, and Waterton Lakes National Park. Road and town bikes rent for $10-20 per hour, mountain bikes for $20-30 per hour, and e-bikes from $40 per hour. All rentals come with locks and helmets.

Canadian Rockies Cycling Tours

 Canadian Rockies cycling tours are offered by BACKROADS (510/527-1555 or 800/462-2848). These trips are designed to suit all levels of fitness and all budgets. An average of six hours is spent cycling each day, but there’s also always the option of riding in the support van.