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Canadian Rockies Family Custom

Discover a family outdoor adventure

The majestic Canadian Rockies are unspoiled, undiscovered, and the perfect place for the bicycling vacation of a lifetime.

Bring the kids along for a family vacation packed with wilderness, fun, and cycling in the grand Canadian Rockies. We'll begin our family adventure in Banff National Park and enjoy a guided hike near Moraine Lake. If an afternoon rafting trip isn’t enough to get everyone excited, there’s always the stunning ride to the pristine waters of Banff’s Lake Minnewanka, keeping an ever watchful eye out for the bighorn sheep and elk that call this area home. Take in the views with the kids from the heights of the Lake Louise gondola, enjoy the lively town of Banff and kick back and relax together in remote mountain getaways.

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Custom
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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2 - Recreational
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Luxury
Trip Wows
Raft The whole family can raft the whitewater of Horseshoe Canyon and canoe on Moraine Lake.
Develop an appreciation for nature and marvel at the wildlife around you with eagles, elk, sheep and sometimes even a grizzly making guest star appearances on your trip!
Hike Through the Valley of the Ten Peaks with award-winning local guides.
Watch the Experience
We are not tour people and usually enjoy making our own way with a map and a good guide book. This trip was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had – great exercise, great food, great accommodations, great company and we were completely pampered.
-Lisa

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This trip is available as a custom trip only, please refer to our custom trip page for more details.

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Looking for a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience?
Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

YourTrekTravel guides will meet you at the Fox Hotel and Suites (461 BanffAve,Banff,Alberta,Canada) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After meeting your guides you’ll take a short private shuttle to the start of your adventure. After a short round of introductions, your guides will do thorough fittings on your high-end Trek bikes. Then it’s into the saddle on the scenicVermillion Lakes bike path toward the BowValley Parkway.At Johnston Canyon campground, stop to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch featuring local specialties which will delight parents and children alike. Grab your camera for a hike along a path past sheer cliffs and rushing water to roaring waterfalls. Then, it’s back to the bikes to pedal through more natural beauty on a colossal scale! You’ll have many great backdrops for family photo ops along the way, like mighty Castle Mountain, the Canadian Pacific Railway (dating to 1881), and maybe even an elk or deer sighting.Your ride will bring you to the Baker Creek Chalets where you’ll have some time to settle in with the kids and explore the grounds before dinner. This evening, you’ll dine in the hotel restaurant and your guides will share the adventures planned for the days ahead!

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Today's Ride:

Banff to Baker Creek Chalets
Approximately 30 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Banff to Johnston Canyon
Approximately 16 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike Johnston Canyon Lower or Upper Falls

Hotel:

Baker Creek Chalets

Immerse yourself in the area’s abundant natural beauty with a visit to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. After a shuttle to Moraine Lake, take a guided hike with one of our two local Master guides, Nadine and Joel, the area’s top-rated interpretive guides. These experts will lead you through the Valley of the Ten Peaks and introduce you to the flora, fauna, and mythology of these rugged mountains. Their detailed knowledge about the local grizzly population will astound you! After the hike, you can savor the beauty of the area from the water as you canoe the crystalline waters of Moraine Lake, and maybe scramble to the top of the “rock pile” to see the lake from a bird’s eye view. Then it’s off to the famous Lake Louise where you can check out the village and the views before traveling back to your hotel after a great day spent in the glory of nature.Tonight enjoy another tasty dinner prepared by the Baker Creek chef and in the evening, roast marshmallows over the campfire and relive today’s exciting adventures.

Hotel:

Baker Creek Chalets

Today starts with an exhilarating event—a gondola ride up to nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. Soaring high above the slopes, which are blanketed with wildflowers, your family will have great views and may even spot a grizzly! At the top, explore the trails with the kids and be sure to take advantage of the perfect scenic backdrop just begging for a family photo.A short shuttle follows the gondola ride, taking you into British Columbia andYoho National Park. Following the Canadian Pacific Railway, you will stop along the way to view the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels. Once in the town of Field, enjoy lunch on your own at one of the tasty local cafes. Then hop on your bike or onto the shuttle for the ride to Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. Take a short walk to see the falls up close before riding down toward Emerald Lake Lodge for the night. If you wish, rent canoes and explore the waters of the lake. Enjoy a hearty Canadian dinner tonight with family and friends before resting up for more fun tomorrow.

Today's Ride:

Cathedral Mountain to Takakkaw Falls Return
Approximately 16 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Cathedral Mountain to Takakkaw Falls Return with Shuttle
Approximately 13 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Emerald Lake Lodge

Today is packed with loads of activities for kids of all ages. After a hearty breakfast, hop in the van for a shuttle to the BowValley Parkway,stopping to enjoy the views at the Natural Bridge along the way. Just outside Lake LouiseVillage you will start your riding day toward Banff with a pit stop at Johnston Canyon to see more roaring waterfalls. Remember to keep a lookout for wildlife, frequently sighted along the parkway. Take today at your pace, with full Trek Travel support ready with refreshments and the shuttle if you want a break. Lunch is your choice today at either Johnston Canyon or you may decide to wait until you arrive in Banff. After settling in at the lodge, the rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll down Main Street in search of a tasty chocolate ‘bear claw’ or maybe visit the enormous Victorian Banff Springs Hotel, said to be haunted by at least two ghosts.Alternatively,take another gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to more breathtaking views and explore one of the many local hiking trails. Tonight, the guides have a fun night planned with the kids and parents can enjoy a quiet dinner on their own.

Today's Ride:

Lake Louise Village to Johnston Canyon
Approximately 21 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Baker Creek to Johnston Canyon
Approximately 13 miles with 350 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lake Louise Village to Banff
Approximately 41 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Dive into today with a breathtaking whitewater rafting adventure down the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River! Bounce and splash your way downriver and maybe try cliff jumping during the flatwater section mid-trip. Back at the hotel indulge in a well-earned delicious picnic lunch and prepare yourself to ride the locals’ loop. This afternoon you’ll pedal past herds of bighorn sheep grazing lazily in the park to the brilliant blue waters of Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park’s largest body of water. On the way back, stop at Cascade Ponds if you feel like taking another dip before heading back to the hotel at the top of Tunnel Mountain, passing totem pole-shaped hoodoos and lofty Mount Rundle on the way. Tonight you’ll gather for one last dinner with your guides and newfound friends to celebrate the amazing Rockies and the great memories you’ve made on your family vacation of a lifetime.

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting: Horseshoe Canyon
Must weigh at least 90 lbs to participate

Today's Ride:

Banff to Lake Minnewanka Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Banff to Lake Minnewanka with Shuttle Return
Approximately 8 miles with 450 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Enjoy one final family breakfast with the majestic Canadian Rockies as your backdrop. Throw the frisbee around on the lawn or enjoy one last adventure with a short walk upTunnel Mountain. The mountain is named after a blundered tunnel proposal in the late 1800s when the railroad was constructed in the area— the mountain has no tunnel but affords spectacular panoramic views of the town of Banff, the Bow River Valley and encircling mountain ranges. After taking some final pictures of the magnificent natural landscape you can return to the hotel to finish packing before checkout. You’ll head home with a suitcase full of special family memories you’ll be talking and laughing about for years to come! You’ll say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The Banff Airporter has scheduled pick up times of 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge for transfers to the Calgary International Airport. Please see their online schedule and make your reservations in advance. Please be ready 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time. Alternatively,you may take a taxi to any other Banff location for $5-10.

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Hotels

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Baker Creek Chalets

Baker Creek, Alberta, Canada

Located in Banff National Park on the banks of Baker Creek, the Baker Creek Chalets offer a truly authentic mountain experience. Nestled in the pine trees, you'll enjoy the mountain views, sounds of the rushing creek, and a warm fire blazing in your cozy, rustic cabin or suite. Enjoy some true family time and let nature be your inspiration, as there is little cell phone coverage and no television to disturb your serenity. Enjoy Chef Nigel's acclaimed locally sourced and inspired cuisine, which locals claim is simply the best in the valley!
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Emerald Lake Lodge

Field, British Columbia, Canada

Emerald Lake Lodge is situated on a 13-acre peninsula within the boundaries of Yoho National Park. Your room will feature a private balcony and wood-burning fieldstone fireplace, which is restocked daily with fresh firewood. Rooms are designed to reflect the rustic feeling of the main lodge, which is crafted of hand-hewn timber and features massive stone fireplaces. The on-site lounge also features an oak bar salvaged from an 1890′s-era Yukon saloon. The dining room at the Lodge was recently named one of the 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World by The Daily Meal.
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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Located just above the Banff township near Tunnel Mountain, Buffalo Mountain Lodge features rooms that are luxurious and spacious, and most have balconies, fireplaces, and mountain views. The hotel houses an excellent restaurant and one of the Canadian Rockies’ most comfortable outdoor hot-tubs.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

More Information

Rider Level: 2?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
20 miles
TOTAL MILES:
N/A miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,290
TOTAL ELEVATION:
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TERRAIN: HILLY
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NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking Consolation Lakes
  • Canoeing on Moraine Lake
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Shopping in Banff
  • Gondola Ride Up Sulphur Mountain
  • Hiking Emerald Lake
  • Hiking Takakkaw Falls
  • Spa day at the Banff Springs Hotel Spa
  • Visiting Chateau Lake Louise

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Canadian Rockies Family is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is a combination of "false flat" riding and moderate hills. There are a few lengthier climbs that you can choose to either ride on your bike or in the van. Much of the riding is on lightly used secondary roads or bike paths and the short options are selected as the most suitable sections for kids to ride.

Travel Details

How to Get There

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Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From the Calgary International Airport (YYC), you may take the Banff Airporter shuttle to the town of Banff and enjoy an evening in the mountains prior to your trip start the following morning.Trek Travel guests enjoy a 15% discount if they book with the Banff Airporter.To enjoy this added value, you’ll receive a special booking code in your confirmation letter after you’ve booked your vacation. If you prefer staying in Calgary the night before your trip, you can take a taxi from Calgary to Banff (80 miles) for approximately $215. Please reserve your taxi in advance (Taxi Taxi: 403 762 0000).

Fox Hotel and Suites | Banff, Alberta, Canada

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Fox Hotel and Suites (461 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta, Canada) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. From the Fox Hotel and Suites, you will transfer to our staging location in Banff. After a quick snack, thorough bike fitting, safety talk and introductions, your adventure begins!

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Baker Creek Chalets (403 522 3761), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.Your guides can advise you whether to take a taxi to the staging area or Baker Creek Chalets.

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Leaving

Buffalo Mountain Lodge | Banff, Alberta, Canada

You will say farewell to your guides at 9:30 AM at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge.The Banff Airporter has scheduled pick up times of 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge for transfers to the Calgary International Airport. Please see their online schedule and make your reservations in advance. Please be ready 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time. Alternatively, you may take a taxi to any other Banff location for $5-10.

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Planning For Your Trip

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Banff, Canada

Enjoy one evening taking in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains prior to your trip start. Best to enjoy a night of relaxation, as tomorrow you have a full day ahead of you.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Calgary, Canada

Calgary is one of Canada’s most vibrant cities and is very proud of its western heritage. Fine dining, shopping, museums, and a world-class zoo can all be found here, as well as the bobsled track built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, found in the Canada Olympic Park! We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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