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2017 Dates

July 30 - Aug 6

2017 Price

8 Days / 7 Nights

2017 Meals
Lunch Included while riding

Dinner not Included
Brkfst not Included

(Breakfast items always available in Trailer)

Single Room

451-511 miles

Elevation Gain
26,500+ feet

Rider Limit
27 Rider Limit
Bike Rental

Glacier NP
Waterton Lakes NP
Going to the Sun Rd
Icefields Parkway
Banff National Park
Lake Louise
Athabasca Glacier
Jasper National Park

Red Lion
Glacier Highland
Many Glacier Lodge
Prince of Wales
Banff Park Lodge
Deer Lodge
The Crossing

Dining Options
Belton Tap Room
Many Glacier Lodge
Prince of Wales
Banff Dining
Lake Louise

Start / Finish
West Glacier, MT
Jasper, Canada

Arrival Airport
Glacier International

* Saturday Arrival *

Before Tour Shuttle:
Sunday :

Red Lion 9:00am:
Red Lion Hotel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Depart Airport
Calgary Airport
Edmonton Airport

*Sunday Departure*

After Tour: Sunday

Shuttle to Banff
Shuttle to Kalispell
Stay in Jasper

Jasper to Calgary:
Book Your Shuttle
Brewster Transportation

Jasper to Edmonton:
Book Your Own Alternate Shuttle
Calgary / Edmonton

This is my second trip and it just gets better. Cycling Escapes is a well oiled machine and your planning, thoughtfulness and organization combined with plain hard work is remarkable. Thanks for providing us with a fabulous vacation.
- John Colbert, CA
* Glacier 2015

Thank you so much for a wonderful week and creating a tour of a lifetime. So many options and this was one of the best. You are experts and made the ride a joy.
- Tom Mulholland, CA
* Glacier 2015

Just a quick note to say how fortunate I feel to have had this experience with you, Erica and Adam. The trip was even better than I had imagined it would be. Thank you so very much!
- Kim D, MA
* Glacier 2014

Once again, a great cycling trip! Thanks for your attention to detail, your sense of caution, and the great lodging. We can't wait for the Mystery Epic Tour!
- Debbie & Andy, WA
* Glacier 2014
* Utah 5 Parks 2013

It was a grand convergence of fun companions in a majestic place.
- Glendon, CA
* Glacier 2012

Cycling Escapes goes out of the way to make the trip fun and an exceptional cycling experience. I highly recommend them, and intend to continue to ride with them for as long as I can ride a bike.
- Bruce Tranen, IL
* Glacier Epic 2011
* 6 Tour rider

What an epic tour! Meeting everyone and being immersed daily in truly majestic scenery was awesome.
- Bob P, CO
* Glacier 2012

Hardly a day goes by that something doesn’t remind me of that week. I was going through my photos the other day and too my amazement, I remembered everyone’s name. I still laugh at the fact that everyone was known by their first name and where they were from; Bob from Colorado, Sandy and Russ from Cal
- Al M, IO
* Glacier 2012

The route was well planned, taking us through some of the most spectacular scenery I have had the pleasure to see. The roads were generally great for biking with minimal traffic. The support was superb. I would definitely go on another Cycling Escapes trip, and plan to do so.
- Daniel S., MD
* Glacier 2012

Thank you for a great trip. I was impressed by the support, snacks and hospitality. Being new at this, I felt secure having both sag wagons available and the sweep rider at the end of the line. It was an amazing experience.
- Michelle, NY
* 2010

Thanks, Richard. What a great tour! You'll definitely see me again.
- Dennis H, CA
* 2012

It was a great tour. Everything was first-rate--riders, routes, crew, accommodations, meals, and most important, the near-infinite awesome vistas we saw both on and off the bike. I look forward to again riding with the many new cycling friends I met during this great adventure.
- Larry G, CA
* 2012

Thanks for all (and your team's) hard work to make a great experience for all of us!
- Zuzana, IN
* Glacier 2014

Somehow still reminiscing about the Grizzly paparazzi at Waterton, and descending in the storm leaving Lake Louise, among our other adventures on the ride. Great trip and great riding with you all.
- Richard M., MA
* Glacier 2014

Thanks for the great week. Everything was wonderful, even the longest ride!
- Gail L., CA
* Utah 5 Parks 2014

Rich, thanks for another great week. We expect to see Erica back here next year, she is beyond awesome.
- Sean & Jessica, CA
* Glacier 2014

Thanks for another great ride. As usual, Cycling Escapes provided a great route, accurate route slips, good dinners and lodging. The night with Bernadette on the river was my favorite. The Mckenzie River cabins, the Old St. Francis and Crater Lake Lodge were each very special. I really liked the cold beer at the end of the ride. Lunch and snacks were great!
Overall, here's what distinguishes Cycling Escapes for me from other tours - the routes and the tour leader. I can count on no busy roads, an interesting route, and plenty of climbing. As an experienced tour leader you make all the difference. Problems get resolved quickly, decisions are made, and the ride keeps moving. Thanks for a great week.
- Bruce Tranen, IL
* Glacier 2011
* Crater Lake 2014
* Santa Monica 2013
* Lake Mead 2012
* Volcanic 2010
* Death Valley 2010
* Solvang 2009
* Utah 5 Parks 2009

Rich, truly an Epic ride. The organization and support were the best! The SAG stops were well thought out and spaced. Look forward to doing another trip in the future. Cheers.
- Frank, CA
* Utah 5 Parks 2014

Bike Glacier, Banff & Jasper Parks

8 Days • 500 mi • 26,000' • 4 National Parks • $2,695

On this cycling Tour we bike in 2 countries and 4 National Parks and along the way ride the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road and Icefields Parkway! We'll cycle across the internatonal boundary, from Glacier National Park in Montana, across the border into Alberta Canada, and then into Waterton Lakes National Park. From there we bike deeper into Canada along the Height-of-the-Rockies Park on our way to Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper National Park. This is an Epic Tour!

Glacier to Jasper Route
Shuttle / Check-in & Orientation - 9:00am
Bike West Glacier
Going to the Sun Rd / Logan Pass
Many Glacier to Waterton Lakes
Highwood Pass / Bow River Valy / Banff
Banff - Layover Day
Bow Valley Parkway / Lake Louis
Icefields Parkway / Peyto Lake
Icefields Parkway / Jasper
Shuttle to Banff OR Stay Over in Jasper

2017 Route Map - Glacier Section

2017 Route Map - Banff to Jasper

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Glacier to Jasper Cycling Tour Day 1 - West Glacier

62 mi, 7,300'

Riders should fly into Kalispell on Saturday so you are ready to go Sunday morning. After a brief 9:00am shuttle from the Red Lion Hotel to West Glacier, we'll make introductions and set up the bikes so we can go for a 30 mile shake down ride around the west side of Glacier National Park. Our hotel for tonight is Glacier Highland Resort. Dinner is on your own tonight, with 3 restaurants within walking distance. (Note: Red Lion Hotel fills up early due to Glacier Park so book early)

30 miles / 1,500 ft. elevation gain

62 mi, 7,300'

Cycling Glacier Day 2 - Going to the Sun Road

62 mi, 7,300'

Starting on the west side of Glacier, this bike tour rides across Glacier National Park via the Going to the Sun Road, one of the all-time classic cycling routes. We have to get an early start because they shut the road down to cyclists after 11am. Once we reach the summit at Logan Pass, we can check out Jackson Glacier and the Continental Divide before desending to Mary Lake. From here we bike outside the east entrance of the park, then back in to the Many Glaciers section. Our hotel for the night is the Many Glacier Lodge, with one of the most amazing views anywhere in the world. Take a stroll on footpaths around the lake, or hike up to a glacier. Dinner is on your own tonight, with 2 dining choices within the Many Glacier Lodge.

70 miles / 5,500 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Cycling Glacier Day 3 - Glacier to Waterton Lakes

62 mi, 7,300'

After our night in East Glacier, we cycle into the Many Glaciers section of the park, before crossing into Alberta Canada on our way to Waterton lakes, the Candian section of Glacier National Park. Tonight we stay at the historic Prince of Wales Lodge. The hotel sits on the shores of the lake overlooking the town of Waterton. Enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea service at the Prince of Wales with fresh baked pastries and delicate dainties. Or perhaps a cocktail in the Windsor Lounge before retiring to dinner (on your own) at one of the restaurants within walking distance of our hotel.

69 miles / 4,400 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Cycling Banff Day 4 & 5 - Highwood Pass / Banff / Layover Banff

62 mi, 7,300'

After cycling the backroads of Waterton Lakes, we shuttle north to Height of the Rockies Park where we'll bike along the Kananaskis Parkway over Highwood Pass, Canada's highest paved pass, into Banff National Park and two nights at the Banff Park Lodge, right in the center of Banff. Dinner and breakfast are on your own the next two days, with the entire town of Banff within walking distance.

Day 5 is a layover day. Go for a hike. Explore the town of Banff. Go river rafting. Or go for a 60 mile ride around the mountains and lakes of Banff.

65 miles / 2,500 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

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Cycling Canada Day 6 - Banff to Lake Louise

62 mi, 7,300'

Leaving Banff, we bicycle along the Bow Valley Parkway on our way to Lake Louise (and Moraine Lake, if you choose to ride the 6 miles up to it). Tonight we stay at the historic Deer Lodge, a five minute walk from the lake. The Bow Valley Parkway is a major bear spotting area! Today's bike ride is a little shorter, giving you the opportunity to explore Lake Louise, hike to the Teahouse or the Glacier, or kayak the lake's turquoise glacier waters. Dinner is on your own tonight, with various restaurant choices within walking distance.

39-56 miles / 2,900-3,800 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Cycling Icefields Parkway Day 7: Glaciers, Icefields and Lakes

62 mi, 7,300'

The next two days finds us cycling along the Icefields Parkway on our way to Jasper. Leaving the amazing Lake Louise, we cycle past Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier on our way to Bow Summit and it's stunning view of Peyto Lake (above).

Back on the Icefields Parkway, we get a great downhill into Saskatchewan River Crossing and the Crossing Resort, our stop for the night. Go for a spectacular hike after the ride or just relax on the deck of the lodge with a drink and enjoy the views. As usual dinner is on your own.

52 miles / 3,300 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Cycling Icefields Parkway Day 8 - Columbia Icefields to Jasper

62 mi, 7,300'

On our last day we climb up to the Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier, a sight to behold. From here we descend toward Sunwapta Falls and onward along the final stretch of the Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park. Our route after Athabasca Glacier takes us mostly downhill, with stops along two waterfalls. Congratulations on finishing your Epic cycling tour!

95 miles / 5,000 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Departing Jasper - Sunday

After the last day of cycling we arrive in Jasper around 3:00-4:00pm. You have several options from here:

Option 1: You may shuttle with us back to Banff. It is a 4 hour drive so we should arrive around 9:00pm. You will have to book your own hotel at the Juniper Hotel and Bistro in Banff for Saturday night. Sunday you may choose to take the local shuttle bus to Calgary or drive with us back to Kalispell, Montana.

Option 2: Stay in Jasper overnight, with options of flying out on Monday from Edmonton or the Calgary airport. You will need to book your own hotel in Jasper for Sunday night. Book early!

Note: Riders must book their own Hotel room in Jasper or Banff if staying overnight. If departing Jasper on Sunday, riders must book their own shuttle at 1:45pm with local shuttle company Brewster Transportation. There is only one shuttle a day. Another option is renting a car one way back to Calgary.

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