58 kilometres (36 miles)
Trail Start and End Details
The Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) stretches between Banff, Alberta, and Lake Louise, Alberta. To get started, head north from Banff on Mount Norquay Road, toward the Trans-Canada highway, turning left onto Vermillion Lakes Road. From there, continue until the road ends and a bike path begins; the path passes through two gates and ends at Highway 1A. Turning left here will put you on your way toward Lake Louise.
Description and Tips
The beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains are spectacular no matter how you experience them, but a cycling trip between Banff and Lake Louise will give you a whole new appreciation. This is one of the most popular rides for road cyclists in the Banff area, with relatively little vehicle traffic. Thanks to an elevation gain of 412 metres (over 1,351 feet), it’s as challenging as it is gorgeous.