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Biking & Cycling

About Biking and Cycling

Bicycles were originally introduced in Europe in the 19th century as a form of transportation. Today, they are still widely used for that purpose, but have expanded to recreational and fitness use. From teetering on two wheels the first time the trainers come off to the Tour de France, people all over the world have been enjoying the sport of bicycling for centuries

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Cycling

Wherever there are roads, be they paved or gravel, you can cycle. Take your bike out on smooth surfaces to cover a lot of ground in a short time while taking in the sights and sounds of beautiful countrysides or bustling cities. This may be the most leisurely form of recreational pedaling, but it is still a great workout. Cycling tours are available all over Canada, from an hour long ride all the way up to a coast-to-coast adventure.

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Biking

Taking your bike off-roading offers a new challenge, diversified terrain, and access to surroundings and vantage points beyond where roads can take you. Biking involves more gentle paths than mountain biking, but still allows you to escape into nature. You can pedal along on a well-groomed trail that weaves through thickets of trees, alongside creeks and rivers, and around scenic lakes.  

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Pedal Tours

Pedaling can be a unique added touch to all kinds of tours. Interested in wine tastings? Travel from vineyard to vineyard in British Columbia via pedal bike so you can get some exercise in between sips. Or for a truly special social experience, hop on a 12-passenger U-shaped bike to make your way as a team through a food or craft beer tour in a big city. Or utilize bicycles to optimize your photography, bird watching, or stargazing excursion!

Tours with Biking and Cycling

Visit Alberta’s capital city and explore a vibrant urban centre, a plethora of exciting activities that’ll takes you to new places and allow you to discover other cultures. Available May to September.
Look no further than Fernie, B.C. for some of the best lift accessed mountain biking in Canada. Spend your two days riding any of the 37 primarily trails from Green to Double Black.
Leave the crowds behind and go on an adventure! This tour offers a taste of some of the outdoor experiences that the Yukon has to offer. This active 6 day 5 night package departs from Whitehorse.

Build Your Own Biking and Cycling Tour

Let’s make a trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, what scenery, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Staff Picks

Banff Legacy Trail

Just under 27 kilometers of glorious riding on a paved trail that meanders through some of Alberta's most beautiful Rocky Mountain views.

The Fundy Trail

This path takes you through 16 kilometers of beaches and waterfalls to great lookouts of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.

The Golden Triangle

A bucket list item for many bicyclists that takes you on a 300 km multi-day tour of Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, and Invermere.

ADVENTURE

Benefits

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Gut Health

Biking can speed up digestion, reducing bloating and preventing serious intestinal illnesses long-term.

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Help Others

Cycling and biking marathons are a popular way to raise money for charitable causes and community initiatives.
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Protect the Earth

A cycling tour is an environmentally-friendly way to see the sights and move between the different points of your adventure.

Essential Gear and Equipment

How you dress will depend largely on the weather, as hot days will need cycling shorts (for especially long trips, padded shorts!), moisture wicking socks, and a t-shirt or high-tech cycling jersey, while chillier temperatures will require a hat, gloves, and a lightweight jacket. No matter the season, you’ll want your biking shoes. If you are heading into the backcountry, bring along your wilderness survival essentials (first aid kit, navigation, food, water, knife, fire starter, communication, and a backpack) as well.

In addition to your bicycle, you’ll want a good helmet, as well as other protective gear like knee pads and wrist guards. Don’t forget a bottle of water or two!

Tips

Anytime you decide to go explore nature, you should…

  • Check the weather.
  • Research the route and take a map with you. 
  • Carry the proper gear for the experience.
  • Bring extra food.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Check with the Parks or tourism office for closures and wildlife updates. 
  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife.
  • Make noise to keep wildlife away.
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Ensure your bike is in prime shape and adjusted to your height and weight before you go.

Change position while riding by moving your hands around on the bar and adjusting in your seat. This will help stop you from numbing out!

Look ahead of you rather than at the ground immediately in front of you so you can stay prepared for any upcoming obstacles or turns.

Resources

Did You Know?

Biking in the winter just got way more popular! Since its debut in Western Canada about 10 years ago, fat tire biking has taken off as an amazing adventure and form of exercise during months of snow and ice. Many resorts throughout the Rockies have mutli-use trails still open and groomed during the winter, and have fat bike rentals available by the hour. Tours dedicated to this twist on cycling can help guide you through specifically selected trails that lead to frozen waterfalls and amazing views, floating over the snow on extra-wide tires.
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Have Questions?

Sometimes it’s just easier to talk to someone. Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can create your unique experience.