The Rockies by bike
It’s not often that getting from point A to B involves dazzling scenery, the possibility of spotting a moose and a huge dose of mountain air. The Legacy Trail is a 17-mile paved route that connects cyclists, pedestrians and skaters with Canmore and Banff Town. Shadowing Hwy 1 and gaining 30m elevation, the trail takes most peddlers two or three hours round-trip. For those not up to cycling/walking in both directions, Bike ‘n’ Hike Shuttle offers a handy bus service between the trailheads to get you back to your starting point (bikeandhikeshuttle.com).
The 143-mile-long Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper is one of the world’s most spectacular roads, and thus one of
the world’s most spectacular bicycle rides – if your legs and lungs are up to it. There are several long uphill drags, occasional stiff headwinds and 2,000-metre-plus passes to tackle. Nevertheless, the route is highly popular in July and August (don’t even think about doing it in the winter), with aspiring cyclists lapping up its bicyclefriendly features. No commercial trucks are allowed on the parkway, there’s a generous shoulder all the way, two-wheeled company is virtually guaranteed, and lodging along the route (both campgrounds and hostels/hotels) is plentiful and strategically placed. Backroads runs a Canadian Rockies Bike Tour, a six-day organised trip that incorporates cycling along the parkway (backroads.com).
Cycling the Icefields Parkway north of Hector Lake in Banff National Park