Icefields Parkway cycling holiday in Canada
Description of Icefields Parkway cycling holiday in Canada
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the world, stretching for just over 200km through the Rocky Mountains between Jasper and Lake Louise. Here, roadside glaciers and luminous turquoise lakes are the norm – and best explored by bike.
Our Icefields Parkway cycling holiday is designed and led by those who know it best – local mountain guides and passionate pedallers from our Canada cycling specialist, who has worked in the region for over 40 years. For this week, the lead guide will be the owner, who knows and loves these roads.
You’ll cycle between the mighty sights of the Icefields Parkway, including the Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake and Takakkaw Falls. But your best memories might well be of the micro details only made possible by your guides, whose experience and love of the region reveal quieter paths parallel to the popular driving route and locally run lodges that welcome weary cyclists like family (and with a cold beer).
No cyclist is left behind on this tour, either. You’re encouraged to cycle at your own pace, stop to marvel at the views, and take advantage of the support vehicle when needed. This Icefields Parkway cycling holiday is a ride to be savoured – all while knowing the national park fees included in the price help preserve the fragile region you’re riding through.
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PlanetThe Canadian Rockies located along the Continental Divide is an integral part of North America's watershed.
The icefield parkway is home to the Columbia Icefield, the Columbia Icefield is one of the few surviving remnants of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains, it lies on a wide, elevated plateau, and it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies and the most visible giving guests an awe-inspiring view and highlighting the unique environment we are riding through.
Nearly three-quarters of the park's highest peaks are located close to the icefield; ideally placed to catch much of the moisture that Pacific winds carry across the British Columbia interior. Most of this precipitation falls as snow; up to 7 meters a year! Your trip leaders will have extensive information regarding water consumption and how important this watershed is for us, the wildlife, and the ecosystem as a whole.
Wildlife is an integral part of our National Parks ecosystem, overtime restrictions have been created on their natural movement by infrastructure like roads and towns being built in their main travel corridor. The national park services have been working tirelessly over the years to mitigate the impacts.
At the beginning of your journey you will be made aware of how to safely interact with the wildlife and have a reduced impact on the environment. Simple rules such as maintaining a safe distance, not feeding them, and appropriately disposing of waste will be mentioned for your safety and theirs.
Throughout your trip, your guides will highlight the different ways in which the park services are helping minimize our impact on the wildlife and ecosystem. We as a group will also be following the guidelines of the Leave No Trace code of outdoor ethics. This initiative guarantees that we will be exploring these fragile areas with minimal disturbance and in full respect of others.
The team is looking forward to the many conversations, questions, and sharing information about the watershed and the unique environment with you while cycling and dining.
PeopleWe are extremely proud to be a part of a tight-knit mountain community where the majority of the small businesses are locally owned.
We have created partnerships with a multitude of these businesses to help support and create the amazing experience we offer to our guests from all around the world. For example, we get all our rental bikes inspected and adjusted with two locally owned and operated sports stores. They guarantee a safe and smooth ride to our guests while out discovering the wonders of the Canadian Rockies.
We also support local businesses with our dining choices, from eating in locally-owned restaurants to buying local produce for meals we prepare along the way.
We also pride ourselves in offering you an authentic experience during your time in the Rocky Mountains.
Our experienced guiding team are Rocky Mountain locals, they are dedicated and passionate individuals who have been living and guiding through the Canadian Rockies for decades. Their infectious love and enthusiast for Canada's Mountain Park will be shared with you throughout your journey and the breathtaking landscapes. Their attention to detail and desire to give you the best experience possible is what sets them apart.
With this experienced guiding team you can be sure to return home with fond memories of your time with us.
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