Jasper to Banff Bike Tours

Jasper to Banff 4 or 6 day Cycle Tour (Hotel) - Our Most Popular Tour

New Tour for 2015!

Want to see the best of the rocky mountains in one gigantic tour? Check out our 12 day bike tour from Jasper to the US border via Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore, Highwood Pass, Longview, Pincher Creek and Waterton National Park.

We are proud to offer you the most scenic road bike tour through the Rocky Mountains, Alberta Canada. 

The Icefields parkway between Jasper and Banff is the most spectacular highway in the world. Traveling through 2 national parks, this road winds through valley’s and over high passes surrounded by Glaciers, Mountains, Lakes, Wildlife and Waterfalls. 

Our most popular bike tour covers this route over 6 days giving you a great balance of riding sightseeing and relaxing.

This trip can be extended by another 6 days (12 total) reaching as far south as the US border. This will see us ride over Canada’s highest paved road, the Highwood pass, then back down to the rolling ranch lands along the Cowboy trail ending in Waterton national park.

Come see it for yourself but instead of rushing by it all in a car, why not jump on a bike?

By riding a bike you’ll have no roof to get in your way and will be traveling at a speed that is more conducive to taking in all of the magnificent sights, smells and sounds. With our supported tours, what could be a challenging ride just got a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. 

We’ll provide transfers for you and your bike from Edmonton to Jasper (bike rentals are available if required), as well as transport your luggage while you ride. We also set up rest stops with food and beverages to keep you nourished and hydrated, organize your accommodations, and be just around the corner if you need a ride in the support van at any time. 

We look forward to having you join our next tour.

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Jasper Banff bike tour pricing summary

Our Packages

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4 Day, 3 Night

4 day - hostel

Jasper to Banff:   288 - 312 kilometers
3 nights hostel accommodation (dorm rooms, bunk beds)

$ 1,196 + 5% gst per person

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4 Day, 3 Night

4 day - hotel

Jasper to Banff:   288 - 312 kilometers
3 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)

$1,447 + 5% gst per person

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12 Day, 11 Night

12 day - Hotel

Jasper Park Gates to Waterton:   1018 kilometers
11 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)

$3,919 + 5% gst per person

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YOU HAVE QUESTIONS! WE HAVE THE ANSWERS.
What does the cost of my tour include?

 Round trip transport from Edmonton for you and your bike.

Transfers from your hotel or home in Edmonton before and after the tour.

 National Park Entry Fees

 Full support during ride

 Satellite emergency communication coverage while in National Park (no mobile / cell phone communication available in park).

 Accommodation (twin share). (Please read accommodation descriptions below before selecting your package)

 All meals unless stated otherwise.

 Photos of the group riding with spectacular scenery will be taken by the guide and distributed to individuals on a USB memory stick at the end of the tour.

Do I need to bring my own bike?

Our tours are priced based on you bringing your own bike, but we can offer entry level road bikes or E-Bikes for rent as an optional extra if you like. See below for details of our rental bikes and other optional extras.

What are the optional extras that will add to the advertised cost of the tour?

Bike rental: Felt Z95 model entry level road bikes with carbon fork, aluminium frame. Some higher end carbon bikes available at additional cost. 
New for 2015: We will have an E-Bike (pedal assist) available for rent this summer for the same pricing as our regular rental bikes. 

$220 (4 day tour) 
$300 (6 day tour) 
$440 (12 day tour) 

Alcoholic drinks with evening meals (at your own cost)

Meals not included:
First day breakfast and lunch (4, 6, 12 day tour)
Last day lunch (4, 6, 12, day tour)
Rest day lunch and snacks (12 day tour)

Airport transfers: For inbound flights there may be a small charge for transfers depending on availability. For the most part we’ll be able to transfer you to the airport for your return trip for free.

Additional activities: Hot springs, Gondola rides and other attractions that we may pass on the way are at your own cost and are dependent on a group decision on how flexible the itinerary is on that particular tour.

Accommodation: in Edmonton before tour departs and on the last night after the tour finishes if required. 

Tour Guide gratuity: Optional but is appreciated and customary in Canada for good service.

Can I upgrade my hotel room from twin share to my own private room?

Yes, our packages include twin share accommodation in hotel rooms or for the more affordable packages, in dorm rooms at hostels. See below for more accommodation options and pricing. 

Hotel single supplement (one person per room): Additional cost above hotel packaged tour. 

+ $335 + tax per person for 3 night tour. 

+ $571 + tax per person for 5 night tour. 

+ $1224 + tax per person for 11 night tour. 

Regular Hostel upgrades (Lake Louise) 

+ $18 per person per night. (Private room based on twin share)

+ $71 per person per night (Private room based on one person in room) 

Private rooms subject to availability.

Other hotel upgrades available in Lake Louise upon booking. 

Extra charges subject to change until tour booked and deposit paid. 

Getting here:

Our scheduled tours depart from and return to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

Arrivals: We recommend you fly into Edmonton the day before the tour. In most cases we will be able to arrange airport transfers before the tour for a small additional charge. We will pick you up from your hotel the next morning, or from your house if you live locally. Exact pick-up procedure is flexible and determined on a tour by tour basis.  

Departures: We recommend that you fly out of Calgary on the evening of the last day of the tour. We can drop you off in Calgary International Airport on our way home to Edmonton. Usually we will be driving through Calgary around 2-3pm on the last day of the tour. Please allow sufficient time before your departing flight in case of any unavoidable delays. 

For those who live in and around Edmonton we will drop you off at the location we picked you up from, or otherwise prearranged address.

Meeting us in Jasper: This is definitely an option if you are already traveling and find yourself in Jasper the day before one of our tours. Please contact us for more information and to see if we can accommodate your request. For example catching the Via Rail train from Vancouver to Jasper would be an interesting way to meet us in Jasper before the tour.

Group Sizes:

Our usual group size is between 9 and 11 people, which keeps our tours small and intimate. With some notice though we can put custom tours together for group of up to 30. 

Custom groups of 8 - 30 people. 

Keep the tour private to your group of friends and design your own tour. With less than 8 people for private groups the advertised per person price will need to increase. Please contact us for more info and custom tour pricing.
We’ll set up your tour on our online booking system and send you a custom link so that your group can pay deposits and final amounts individually and find out more information about your custom tour designed specifically for you and your friends.  

Smaller groups of 4+

If you’re happy to share your tour with a few other like-minded people we will endeavour to fill the rest of the seats in the van so we can keep the advertised per person price the same. For groups of 6 or more we can still customize an itinerary within reason.  

Singles and couples: 

We love you too. We commonly have just a few seats left on many of our tours. We’d love to have you along. Click on the join a tour button to see our currently availability.

How fit do I need to be to join this tour?

A medium level of fitness is recommended to join this tour. However with the support we provide, we’ve seen people of varying fitness levels, all shapes, sizes and abilities complete our tours in the past.

Good mental attitude will triumph all challenges and you’ll come out the other side of this tour stronger and more confident than ever. We’ll be just around the corner if it ever gets a bit too much and can give you a ride in the van if you’re not feeling the love for it at any stage of the tour.

Some experience riding bikes on the road will be a good advantage. An E-Bike rental option will be available in 2015 for those who find the elevation changes a bit intimidating. 

What is the elevation profile like? Will there be lots of climbing and descending?

There are 2 big passes to cross on the 4 and 6 day tours and 3 on the 12 day tour. These mountain passes are both about 2000m above sea level. Most of the climbs with the exception of one are gradual at 4 - 5 %.
Scroll down on this page to find a map and elevation profile.

Is this a mountain bike tour? Will we be riding off road?

No, we will be riding along the Icefields parkway (Jasper to Lake Louise), Bow Valley Parkway (Lake Louise to Banff) and the Legacy Trail bike path (Banff to Canmore). These are paved (sealed) roads not accessible to through truck traffic but used mainly by sightseeing tourists in cars and RV’s. There is a wide shoulder adjacent to the driving lanes along 90% of the route. The pavement is in good condition for the majority of the way although subject to change each season. In the few sections where the shoulder narrows or is not in great condition the guide will aim to notify the group of the upcoming conditions and give advice on safe riding technique so that we can safely share the road with other traffic. For the 12 day tour we do end up riding some distance on a secondary highway with a decent shoulder to ride on. For these parts of the tour you may have to ride single file in order to share the road with other users.

What type of bike should I bring on the tour?

A road bike (thin tires) is the most efficient bike for this tour, giving you the most speed for minimum effort. There are a number of hills and climbs on the route so a bike with appropriate gearing for your fitness and strength level is also recommended. A cross bike, cruiser or even mountain bikes are okay although we recommend you install slick tires (rather than the knobbly mountain bike tires) before the tour to make your life easier. If you rent a bike through us it will be an entry level road bike (thin tires, appropriate gearing, drop down handle bars and lightweight)

What type of mechanical support is available during the tour?

While it is your responsibility to ensure your bike is in sound mechanical shape prior to the tour departing Edmonton, our guides do have basic mechanical skills and we will have the necessary tools on board the bike trailer for basic repairs such as replacing tires, tubes, fixing broken chains, tightening loose components, etc. We may not however have specialized or unique replacement components onboard or very specific tools required for more complicated repairs. If you are bringing your own bike we strongly recommend you take it to your local bike shop for a thorough pre-tour inspection. If you are renting a bike from us this will be taken care of for you. We will aim to have a spare bike in the trailer if space allows to swap out in the case of a repair being to complicated to fix enroute.

How far is it between Jasper and Banff?

It is 288 km between Jasper and Banff.

If you and your friends desire to ride a longer or more challenging route there are lots of side trips available to extend the distance.

How many days does it take to ride from Jasper to Banff? How many km do we ride each day?

One popular itinerary covers the 288km over 4 days. This includes a half day driving between Edmonton and Jasper on day 1 and a half-day driving between Banff and Edmonton on Day 4. Calgary drop offs are available on the way home on request for no extra charge.

If this itinerary is chosen the approximate km per day looks like this. 

Day 1 = 56 km
Day 2 = 98 km
Day 3 = 83 km
Day 4 = 60 km

Other easier or more challenging itineraries can be designed for custom groups on request.

In 2015 and 2016 it is anticipated that our most popular tour will turn into a 6 day tour. Same program as the above but with an extra day / night in Jasper and Banff / Canmore to give you options for additional rides, sightseeing or activities.

We also run a 12 day tour which continues on from Canmore to Waterton National Park. Please download the more detailed itinerary to see daily distances for this tour. 

Will I need to carry anything on my back or bike?

No. We will carry all the food, supplies and your luggage in the van and trailer set-up. We will be just a few km away from you at all times. We recommend though that you attach a small tool bag to your bike seat post to carry a few necessary items and 2 water bottles.

What do I need to bring on a supported cycling tour?

Please scroll down the page to find a suggested what to bring list. 

Do I need to bring fancy cycling clothes and equipment similar to what seems to be worn in many of the photos i see on your site?

Not exactly, although most cyclists wear this type of clothing for a reason. It’s generally the most visible and comfortable gear to be riding in for an extended period of time. Please see a more detailed list of what to bring further down this page. If you don’t currently own a set of riding gear, you’ll want to at least invest in the following items: helmet, gloves, wind and rainproof breathable jacket, warm layers, padded shorts and a water bottle or two.

What food is included on your tours?

Please see the section below for a detailed list of meals supplied during the tour. 

What do you mean by supported bike tour? Is there a guide riding with us?

We support our tours with a well designed tour van and enclosed bike / food trailer. We believe that the route is simple enough that you will be fine riding in small groups at your own pace without us babysitting you on the road. We’ve found that we can better support your tour by floating between the faster, medium paced and the more leisurely participants with our tour van and trailer set up. We will keep an eye on the group as we leap frog you along the route, reacting quickly to any issues that may come up during the day. We will generally let you ride ahead for a few km’s then we will drive past the group making sure everyone is doing ok and park a few km’s ahead of the group at an appropriate place (usually at a scenic lookout). We will at times park and watch you ride past and at other times set up an official rest stop where all the food and supplies will be set out for you.

If I don’t feel like riding a part of the route what is likely to happen?

You are welcome to jump in the support van at any time if this occurs. If you don’t feel safe riding any part of the route, maybe you're not confident riding down the hills or would prefer to skip the uphill sections, we’ll be there for you. After the first day of the tour we’ll have a good idea of everyone’s ability and fitness levels and can recommend various strategies then. 2 way radios will be distributed amoungst the group to enable you to contact the guide in the support van if assistance is required.

Safety during the tour

Your safety during the tour is our upmost concern and priority at all times. We have many back up plans and safety precautions in place to help keep you safe. Guides / Drivers and first aid trained, have access to first aid kits and an AED.

There is no cell reception between Jasper and Lake louise (Day 1 - Day 3) of the tour. Our guides however will have satellite communication devices on hand in case of emergencies. As a secondary communication option we will have a number of 2 way radios to share among the group.

Riding a bike on a road shared with other vehicular traffic though the mountains however does carry certain unavoidable risks, many of which are outside of our direct control. 

We will endeavour to try and control or manage those risks that we have some control over to the best of our abilities, the rest we will need your help with. 

For these reasons we will be asking you to take full responsibility for your own safety on the road during your tour. Please see below for more info on our waiver. 

We will require you to accept this responsibility for your own safety before joining the tour. 

Waiver:

Due to the nature of the activity being undertaken and various risks involved, a waiver will need to be filled out and scanned / emailed or handed to the tour guide / driver before leaving town. Please find a pdf version of the waiver attached here. Please contact us before signing up to the tour if you have any questions or concerns about filling out the waiver. 

Does the tour go ahead rain hail or shine?

Yes.
The weather in the mountains is unpredictable, very localized and can change at a moments notice. There is no accurate way to tell what the conditions will be like during your tour either before hand or even during. Chances are that if weather conditions are unfavourable they will get better around the next corner or an hour or so down the road. The support van will be close by at all times in case you need shelter or decide to call it a day at any time. Our advice is to bring clothing to suit all potential weather conditions and hope for the best.

In the case of extreme weather conditions the itinerary may be modified to suit at the guides discretion. 

What are your terms and conditions for payment and cancelations?

A 25% non refundable Deposit is due upon booking.

The remainder is due 6 weeks before tour departure date and is non refundable after this point. 

The deposit or final payment is transferrable to another person if illness or circumstances outside your control prevent you from attending the tour. This is your responsibility to arrange though and the final decision will be subject to approval from Mountain Madness Tours.

The following payment methods are available. 

Visa & Mastercard (online booking or over the phone) 

Cheque, E-transfer or Money order.  

Do you run cycling tours on other routes?

Yes, although Jasper to Banff is our most popular option, if you are joining us again for another tour or have ridden this yourself in the past and want to try something different, we’d love to apply our support and organizational capabilities to another route. These custom itineraries are usually put together for custom groups. 

Western Canada is a big place and there are lots of mountains and roads to explore. 

Click on the cycle tours tab on our website for some other popular itineraries that we have run in the past. 

How soon should I book a tour?

We are a small operation which means we can be more awesome, service oriented and competitively priced than the big guys due to our lower overheads. 

This also means that our capacity is limited and our tours can fill up fast. 

Generally the majority of weekends will get snatched up during the winter months (Nov - April).

Due to the the busy summer season in Western Canada, the hotels we use can book up quickly so the longer you leave booking the less choice we will have on room types and availability. 

What is the best time to join a tour?

Summer is short but awesome in Canada. Our tours generally start as early as the middle of May and go till the end of September. 

July and August are our busiest months. Early and late season discounts may be available. Contact us to find out more. Or click the Join a tour button to go to our online booking area where you will see a list of available seats and dates. 

BIKE TOUR FOOD SUPPLIED

Food and Nutrition included on tour

Breakfast: (All tours)

A full buffet breakfast will be supplied at the hotel restaurant. Buffet includes: Fruit, Cereal, Assorted pastries, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Yoghurt, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Toast, Pancakes, Hash Browns.

Snacks / Rest stop foods:

A variety of healthy and nutritious foods will be available to you several times during the day to keep your body adequately fuelled and running in top condition. We recommend that you eat small amounts often throughout the day. You may choose from our large variety of rest stop foods at your will. Some common foods available include: Trail Mix, Fruit (dried and fresh), Assorted pastries, Crackers and cookies, (Fig newtons, wafer biscuits, rice crackers). We'll also have some nutritional supplements such as bars, gels and vitamins by Hammer Nutrition to help you get through the day if regular food doesn’t quite do the trick for you.

Post ride snacks:

After an awesome day out on your bike we know you’ll have some pretty gnarly cravings starting to set in. We’ll do our best to get you through till the evening meal with our post ride snacks. Some items supplied may include: Crisps, Pretzels, Pop, Chocolate milk, Cookies, Nuts + other comfort foods that we’ve found to be popular post ride. A selection of snacks from the mix used during the day will also be available. Alcoholic drinks are at your own cost upon arrival at the hotel / hostel and in most cases are available from the hotel / onsite bar or can be purchased before the tour and made available after the riding day. Certain location specific restrictions apply.

Lunch:

A variety of sandwiches will be pre made by the tour guide or sourced from a local hotel restaurant along the route. These sandwiches will be available to you at anytime during the day. A selection of ingredients can also be made available to make your own sandwiches if what we supplied is not to your liking. The exact lunch menu is flexible and will likely be discussed in more detail with each individual once on the tour depending on your specific dietary requirements.

Hydration:

Filtered water, Electrolyte mix to add to your water bottles if desired, Juice boxes and Pop.

Evening Meal: (all tours)

For both hostel and hotel based tours we will have 3 course hot meals served to us at a restaurant, either at your hotel or a short drive down the road from the hostel. Set menu, buffet or off the menu items can vary tour to tour. Usually the meal will include a soup or salad followed by the main meal, followed by a desert of some kind. Non alcoholic drinks will be included with the meal. Alcoholic drinks are at your own cost.

Allergies, Specific nutritional requirements:

Are you allergic to any specific foods? Are you gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or have any other food related sensitivities? Please let us know upon signing up for a tour so we can plan accordingly. In most cases there are alternative menu’s and options available and if not we can come up with a variety of other options including you bringing your own specific nutrition along. If we know these things in advance we can be very flexible.

ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS

Please read through the following descriptions carefully before making your accommodation choice. The main choice you need to make is whether to go with Hotels (more expensive but more comfortable) or Hostels (more affordable but a bit rustic)
Hotel

Beckers Chalets (Jasper), Sunwapta Falls Resort & The Crossing Resort (Icefields Parkway), Lake Louise Inn, Coast Canmore, Ramada (Pincher Creek), Delta Resort (Kananaskis), Blue Sky Motel (Longview), Alpine Villiage (Waterton).

Want a proper bed, more privacy, a bit more luxury, private en suite washrooms and a couple of extra facilities not included in the hostels? Hotels might be your best option for this tour. See below for an idea of what to expect.

Washrooms: Normal private wash room facilities en suite.

Kitchens: No public kitchens available (no cooking facilities for looking after your own meals).

Bedding: Twin share rooms (2 double / queen beds typical). Private rooms available at additional cost. Room or hotel upgrades available in Lake Louise (at additional cost).

Hotel

Onsite restaurants: Set menu, order off a menu or buffet meals included in the tour cost.

Note: Some of these hotels are a little different than your average hotel in the city due to their remote location in the national parks / mountains. You may notice some small differences in facilities provided vs city hotels. This is not necessarily a bad thing and in some ways is a nice change from normal city life. Hotels along the Icefields parkway are generally rated 2 - 3 star but this relates to facilities provided such as in room telephones, sat tv’s, wifi, gym’s, hot tubs, pools and sauna’s. Many of these facilities are missing mainly because these properties are not connected to regular city systems that we take for granted. This is also due to strict national park regulations. The hotel properties we use make up for this with 5 star service, friendliness and the pristine surroundings in which they are located.

WILDERNESS HOSTELS

MALIGNE CANYON, ATHABASCA FALLS AND RAMPART CREEK.

These properties are rustic and full of character (Fancy Camping) and make for a more affordable package than using hotels. If you just need a place to rest your head at the end of a day’s riding then this may be for you. You'll meet lots of interesting people around the fire in evenings and get a taste for what it's like to live off the grid. Located in amazing surroundings, each property is uniqe with some hidden gems like the wood fired sauna at Rampart Creek to sooth your muscles after an amazing day on the bike.  

Washrooms: Pit style toilets surrounded by a shelter. No showers although an alternative to showers is usually available e.g. a shower hanging from tree, sauna watering can shower etc.

Kitchens: Allows you to BYO food and cook your own meals if desired (for custom tours). There are limited power options in some facilities (propane, solar power, plug ins / no plug ins etc). If you sign up for the hostel package we will drive you to the hotel resturant down the road for the main meals.

Bedding: Bunk Beds in Dorm style rooms (our group may or may not be sharing room with other guests).

REGULAR HOSTEL

JASPER, LAKE LOUISE AND BANFF.

Washrooms: Normal facilities as per a regular hotel but shared with other guests i.e not en suite. More modern facilities all round / wifi, power, laundry etc.

Kitchens: Large communal modern kitchen facilities for cooking own meals if desired.

Bedding: Bunk beds in Dorm or Private rooms (extra cost). Typically our group will get it’s own dorm room but this is not guaranteed.

Onsite restaurants: Recommended and included in our tours if the hostel option is selected.

Tour Map and Elevation Profile

What to bring on a supported tour

  • Small sunscreen, Lip Balm
  • Any medication that you are currently on.
  • Warm layers to change into in case of getting into van. Base & mid layer.
  • Socks (Merino wool a good idea)
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling shorts (padded)
  • Cycling gloves (long and short)
  • Wind / rain Proof Jacket (if weather is looking suspect, please carry this with you)
  • Arm warmers, Leg warmers. You will probably wear these for the first part of the day.