Banff Road Rides
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Golf Course Drive
10.9 km loop
Starting Point: Bow Falls Parking Lot Cross the bridge over the Spray River at the end of the parking lot, and you’re off. Perfect for a family outing, this road winds gently along the golf course before it loops back. This is a peaceful road with lovely views over the Bow River and surrounding peaks. Watch for one section that is quite rough. You will pass the kiosk for the Rundle Riverside (6) trail near the far end of the loop.
Vermilion Lakes Drive
4.3 km one way
Starting Point: Off Mt. Norquay Road, south of the Trans-Canada Highway The Vermilion Lakes are a series of three shallow lakes surrounded by marshland – a rich oasis for wildlife. The ride along this narrow road provides classic views of Banff’s signature peak, Mount Rundle. There are small docks where you can relax with a snack and enjoy the view.
Lake Minnewanka Road
13.1 km loop
Starting Points: Cascade Ponds, Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area, or the Banff Legacy Trail (21) The Lake Minnewanka Road is popular with cyclists and offers a pleasant roll through varied terrain, with panoramic views and many attractions including Cascade Ponds, Bankhead, Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake and Johnson Lake. This narrow road can be busy, so ride with caution and be on the lookout for bighorn sheep on the slopes above Two Jack Lake. Connector: Banff Legacy Trail (21).
Tunnel Mountain Drive
10.7 km loop
Starting Point: Central Park Parking Lot, west end of Buffalo Street Start by heading east on Buffalo Street, rising gently past “Surprise Corner” with its extraordinary view over Bow Falls and the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs. Continue climbing and bending around its lower slopes to join the Tunnel Mountain Road. Turn right (east) and pass campgrounds for incredible viewpoints before you drop back down to the Banff Legacy Trail (21). Go left into town, or right towards Lake Minnewanka. Elk and deer are common along this narrow roadway.
Bow Valley Parkway (to Lake Louise)
48.9 km one way
Starting Points: Trans-Canada Highway, 5.5 km west of the Mt. Norquay overpass and Banff Legacy Trail The Bow Valley Parkway ride is a classic, gently rising and falling as it meanders through the Bow Valley to Castle Junction, and beyond to Lake Louise. This ride is often done from Banff, return, for a solid 120 km round trip. Whatever your route, wildlife sightings are common, so keep a look out! Connector: Banff Legacy Trail (21), Vermilion Lakes Drive (16)
8.2 km one way
Starting Point: Sunshine Ski Area Road, 7 km west of Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway
The Sunshine Road begins its steady rise almost immediately, and offers a few steep ramps along the way to its termination at the Bourgeau parking lot, at the base of the Sunshine gondola. Vehicular traffic is moderate in the summer months, but be aware as the road is narrow throughout its length. Watch for bears along this twisty mountain road.
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