Cycling on road or trails is a wonderful way to see the park.
© Parks Canada/Bradley Muir/PANP 18Z8401
Cycling is another wonderful way to explore the national park, whether it's a relaxed pedal with family on the streets and paved cycling paths in and around Waskesiu, an energetic spin up and down the hills of the Elk Trail or anything in between.
Various types of cycles can be rented in the townsite of Waskesiu. Check at the Visitor Centre for rental locations.
We hope this information will help you plan a cycling experience that is both rewarding and has the least impact possible on the park's natural environment and wildlife.
Check at the Visitor Centre for current information on trail conditions, weather forecasts, and hazards. If you're planning on staying overnight in the backcountry, a Park Use Permit is required.
Be alert for wildlife. Stop and wait for any animals to move off the trail. All animals in the park are wild and can behave unpredictably. Be especially wary of elk in spring when they are calving and in fall when they are mating.
Cyclists are more susceptible to sudden bear encounters because of the speed of travel. Use bear bells on your bike and make noise when biking through shrubby areas or approaching corners. Read the park publication 'You are in Bear Country' before your trip.
Trail Cycling Code of Ethics
- Cycle only on designated trails. Stay on the trail. Riding around mud holes damages trailside vegetation.
- Treat other trail users with courtesy, especially on downhill stretches. Slow down when approaching blind spots.
- Use a bell or call out to alert other users and wildlife to your presence.
- Choose a trail that matches your abilities. Park staff or staff at bike shops can help you choose a trail within your abilities.
- Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. This is often awkward and uncomfortable for both the rider and animal. Consider leaving your pet at home or with friends.
- Horses have the right of way. In encounters with horse parties, dismount and stand a few feet off the trail (preferably on the downhill side) until the party has passed. When approaching from behind, stay a few metres back to avoid being kicked. Let horse riders know of your presence and wait for their instructions before you pass.
- Bicycles can take you further into the backcountry than you can walk in a day. You are responsible for your own safety and be prepared to make your own repairs.
- Don't litter! If you pack it in please pack it out.
Recommended Backcountry Trails
- Elk Trail - 39 km one way
- Freight Tait Springs Trail - 2 km one way
- Hunters Lake Trail - 12 km one way
- Westside Boundary Trail - 25 km one way
- Red Deer Trail - three loops totalling 19 km
- Kinowa Trail - 5 km one way
- Amyot Lake Trail - 15.5 km loop