The Rock­ies by bike

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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

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