Jasper National Park Cycling

Cycling in the park continues to grow in popularity: The ride between Banff and Jasper, along the Icefields Parkway, attracts riders from around the world. In addition to the paved roads, many designated unpaved bicycle trails radiate from the town. One of the most popular is the Athabasca River Trail, which begins at Old Fort Point and follows the river to a point below Maligne Canyon. Cyclists are particularly prone to sudden bear encounters; make noises when passing through heavily wooded areas. The brochure Mountain Biking Trail Guide lists designated trails and is available from the information center and all local sport shops. Rental outlets include Source for Sports (406 Patricia St., 780/852-3654), Freewheel Cycle (618 Patricia St., 780/852-3898), Vicious Cycle (630 Connaught Dr., 780/852-1111), and the Activity Centre at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (780/852-5708). Expect to pay $10 to 15 per hour or $28 to 50 for any 24-hour period, which includes a helmet and lock.