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2017 Dates

July 30 - Aug 7


2017 Price

$3,095.00


Duration
9 Days / 8 Nights

2017 Meals

Included:
9
Lunches
2 Group Dinners
8 Continental Brkfst

Not Included:
6 Dinners
Hot Breakfast

(Continental Breakfast items always available in Trailer: greek yogurt, cereal, bagels)


Single Room
$395.00

Distance
451-511 miles

Elevation Gain
26,500+ feet

Rider Limit
27 Rider Limit
Bike Rental
$245.00

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

Lodging
Red Lion
Belton Chalet
Many Glacier Lodge
Prince of Wales
Banff Park Lodge
Deer Lodge
The Crossing
Rocky Mtn Lodge

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 7/30

Red Lion 9:00am:
Red Lion Hotel

Amtrak Empire Builder


Depart Airport
Calgary Airport
Edmonton Airport

*Monday Departure*

After Tour: Mon 8/7

OPTIONS:
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

Glacier, Banff & Jasper

9 Days • 500 mi • 26,000' • 4 National Parks • $3,095

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, into Alberta Canada, and then on to 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 Columbia Icefields, and Jasper National Park. This is an Epic Tour!

Day
Day
Ride
Day
2017 Glacier to Jasper Route
Elevation
Gain
Miles
7/30
Sun
...
Shuttle / Check-in & Orientation - 9:00am
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1
Bike West Glacier
1,500'
30
31
Mon
2
Going to the Sun Rd / Logan Pass
5,500'
70
1
Tue
3
Many Glacier to Waterton Lakes
4,400'
69
2
Wed
4
Highwood Pass / Bow River Valley
2,500'
65
3
Thr
5
Banff - Layover Day
---
0-60
4
Fri
6
Bow Valley Parkway / Lake Louis
3,800'
56
5
Sat
7
Icefields Parkway / The Crossing
3,300'
52
6
Sun
8
Icefields Parkway / Columbia Icefield
3,500'
60
7
Mon
9
Icefields Parkway / Jasper
1,500'
35-95
...
Shuttle to Banff OR Stay Over in Jasper
...
.
...
Total
26,000'
500

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. Dinner is on your own the first night, with 3 restaurants within walking distance of our hotel in West Glacier, the Belton Chalet.

(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. Don't forget your passport!

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) in the Royal Stewart Dining Room.

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 Alberta 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). 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'

Icefields Parkway Day 7: Glaciers, Icefields and Lakes


62 mi, 7,300'

The next three days find 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. Dinner is on your own.

52 miles / 3,300 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Icefields Parkway Day 8 - Columbia Icefields


62 mi, 7,300'

Today we climb up to the Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier, a sight to behold. You may wish to climb on the glacier before riding on. From here we descend toward Sunwapta Falls and the Rocky Mountain Lodge, our stop for the night. Our route after Athabasca Glacier takes us mostly downhill, with stops along two waterfalls. The hike to Sunwapta Falls is a must do before dinner.

60 miles / 3,400 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Day 9 - Icefields Parkway / Jasper


62 mi, 7,300'

Our final day finds us cycling on the Icefields Parkway into Jasper National Park. This is the shortest day, with only a 35 mile ride to complete our Epic journey into Jasper. We should arrive before 12:00 noon. Our final stop is the Train Station in downtown Jasper, where you may catch a train or shuttle bus, or ride an optional 60 mies to Maligne Lake and back. Departure options are listed below. Congratulations on finishing your Epic cycling tour!

35-95 miles / 1,200 ft. elevation gain

60 mi, 7,139'

Departing Jasper - Monday

After the last day of cycling we arrive in Jasper by 12:00 noon. You have several options from here:

Option 1: Take the shuttle Bus back to Banff. The Bus leaves the Train Station at 1:45 PM. There is only one bus daily. You can take it to Banff or continue on to Calgary airport. It is 6 hours from Jasper to Calgary.

If you are staying over in Banff It is a 4 hour drive, so you should arrive around 6:00pm. You will have to book your own hotel in Banff for Monday night. On Tuesday you can take the local shuttle bus to Calgary.

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

Note: Riders must book their own Hotel room in Jasper or Banff if staying overnight. If departing Jasper on Monday, 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.

Meals:

Lunch on ride days is always included. On this Tour 2 group dinners are included and riders are on their own for the remaining, with suggested seating times for those wishing to dine with others. A continental breakfast is always included of Greek yogurt, a selection of natural cereals, Bagels, cream cheese, etc. Hot breakfasts are on your own and require eating early in the Lodges.

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