Join this motorcycle tour in Canada. This amazing tour is specially designed for those who want to experience the Foothills and Glaciers of beautiful Banff. This adventure will take you into the heart of Alberta's wilderness whilst also giving you chance to witness the great tourism attractions of Jasper and Banff National Parks and the Icefields Parkway. The rugged beauty of this tour will keep you a little distracted while trying to navigate its endless twisting roads.
The maximum participants in the group is 4.
During this tour you will experience a combination of accommodations with different features depending where you are. From hotels, log cabins, formal camp grounds, to wild camping. When camping, you will be provided with all the equipment required.
The support vehicle will pick you up at the Calgary Airport (YYC) and transport you to the starting point hideaway cabin in Nordegg, where your expert guide will go through the bikes with you and then you will take a short skill level ride by exploring the many trails around the historic mining settlement.
This is your first true day off road exploring 200 kilometers of the "forestry trunk road" traditionally still a working route made up in various parts of anything from loose mud and shale, to graded gravel.
Some sections will prove challenging but your guide will keep the pace suitable for all levels of rider so you can take your time to explore trails off the route, including (conditions permitting) the Pembina River Road and Brazeau Canyon. For the overnight stay, you may choose from wild camping or a provincial campground with the opportunity to finish the day in the world famous Miette hot springs.
You will take a small detour on the road to Jasper to explore the Maligne Lake and the Maligne Falls. Then, you will be off to Jasper town site to look at the amazing tourist facilities. In the afternoon, you will head south to the Icefields parkway, one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world taking in the Columbia glacier and returning back to the cabin.
This time, you will head south on the forestry trunk road, a much less traveled route but offering the opportunity to see Ram River Falls, and all the trails down as far as Waiporus Village. This is the true heart of the Alberta foothills and your guide will again give you the option of choosing between wild camping or a provincial campground for the overnight stay.
You will head in to the Banff National Park with plenty of time to explore Banff and the surrounding area including the historic Highway 1A with an overnight stay at one of Banff's fantastic hotels with a chance to enjoy some nightlife.
This will be your big road day with a circular route from Banff to Radium in British Columbia, Golden Trail, Lake Louise, and then up the Icefields parkway Via Bow Summit to return to the base in Nordegg at the local hideaway cabin.
After a relaxing evening round the campfire, you will pack and conclude this adventure by taking you to the Calgary Airport (YYC) or other possible destination.
Alan is from UK and has now been living in Canada for 10 years. He is a graduate of the original RAC/ACU scholarship program in the early 80's and he was the youngest rider at the time ever to accomplish this, at age 9. Alan has ridden all over Europe and Western Canada and he also teaches adventure riding basics. He is a big Honda fan but has owned Ducati, Royal Enfield, Yamaha, and BM. His current fave is the African Twin.
Matt Bobyn has been a lifelong street and dirt rider spending most of his summers and a good chunk of the winter on two wheels. Although spending much of his time competing on four wheels in the Canadian rally championship, he is equally comfortable exploring the backroads behind the handlebars. A long background of camping, backpacking, and mountaineering has meshed well with exploring the lesser known areas of Western Canada by motorcycle and successfully getting away from the comforts of busy modern life.
This motorcycle tour will Take place at different locations in Alberta, Canada. The trip will start and finish in Nordegg and you will have the opportunity to visit Banff and Jasper.
During this tour, you will be served one daily breakfast and one daily dinner. The meals will be local and delicious, from simple camping fare to restaurant meals depending on where you are.
During your free time, you may enjoy the landscapes an take as much pictures as you like. You may also explore the location on your own or simply take some time to relax.
Please book your flight to arrive at Calgary Airport (YYC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Rocky Mountain Adventure will pick you up from the airport.
"We arrived sunday night and by monday lunch I was familiarising myself sat abreast a Honda CB500X adventure bike. I must say the expression “ like riding a bike ” is true, 30km down along side a beautiful blue lake,following the organiser/company owner Alan Buck, I felt at ease, enjoying the breathtaking views along the way. Familiarisation ride done !"
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"Foothills and glaciers tour. Mind blowing scenery accompanied by wonderful and friendly hosts. From cruising on the highways through the Canadian Rockies and glaciers to off road riding this tour has it all."
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