Some of the most spectacular views you will see in your lifetime will be in Jasper National Park. Sure, we may be a bit biased, but one of our major roadways, the Icefields Parkway, was voted one of top ten most scenic drives in the world.
As a road cyclist you can capture all the elements of the road, while taking in the fresh mountain air with the wind in your face. Whether you are a novice cyclist or more advanced, our roadways will cater to your ability and comfort levels. If you are looking for a hill climb, a loop or an out and back, we have it covered! From short rides to full day trips, Jasper National Park is your oyster.
Attention all cyclists! There’s a new ‘season’ coming to Jasper and you’re going to want to take advantage of it!
It’s time to hit the road (once the snow fully melts) and enjoy Jasper’s ‘motorist-free-season’ on three main roadways.
Distance: 2.2 km return
Whether it’s a family-friendly outing or you’re connecting to another cruisy trail, the Lac Beauvert Road will remain closed to vehicles through Canada Day (July 1). This flat stretch of paved road links Old Fort Point to pristine Lac Beauvert, with privies on either end of the road. Lac Beauvert Road will reopen to vehicles July 2.
Distance: 15.2 km return
Easy to moderate cycling with some hills
Park at either the Whirlpool Group Camping area, or at the bottom of the Geraldine Fire Road and enjoy 7.6 wondrous kilometres of wide open road! Once snow-free, this section of the road, from Whirlpool River to the Geraldine Road junction, will be open to cyclists and closed to vehicles until May 18. Beginning May 19, Highway 93A will open to vehicles for the summer season.
Bonus: this fall, from September 21 to October 15, this 7.6 km stretch of road will again be closed to traffic, so that cyclists can safely take in the fabulous fall colours before the snow begins to fly!
Distance: 28 km return
Elevation gain:550 m
Looking for an opportunity to test your physical fitness on this steep and winding road? Park at the bottom of the Cavell Road, and from bottom to top, cyclists gain 550 m of elevation in 14 kilometres - certainly not for the faint of heart, but it’s a local favourite for Jasper’s avid cyclists. Mark your calendar, from June 14 through June 20, cyclists can enjoy seven blissful days of traffic-free cycling before Cavell Road opens to vehicles on June 21.
Note: Parks Canada will be working on road improvements up until June 13 before Cavell Road opens to cyclists on June 14.
Quick tip: Ride your bike before 10 am and after 5 pm to avoid traffic congestion.
Distance: 14 km return
Elevation gain: 100 m
Take the beautiful ride to Pyramid Lake with stunning views of Pyramid Mountain at the top- a great out and back with a hill climb.
Distance: 16.5 km return
Elevation gain: 210 m
Work up a sweat with a short but swift 8-km climb up to the base of the Jasper Skytram. Go for a ride up the tram or just turn back and go for a quick rip down to town.
Half day rides
Distance: 63 km return
Elevation gain: 210 m
Head south on the famous Icefields Parkway. Take a right onto the 93A and head for Athabasca Falls. Loop back north onto Highway 93 and enjoy the views back home.
Distance: 38 km
Elevation gain: 603 m
Head south on the famous Icefields Parkway, take a right onto 93A and head uphill until you reach the Marmot Road. Take a right up this road to the base of the ski hill then turn back and enjoy the cruise home.
Full day rides
Distance: 96 km return
Elevation gain: 670 m
From town, head east on Highway 16 for the Moberly Bridge, then follow the signs for Maligne Lake Road. Gear down and get ready to roll 32 km to spectacular Maligne Lake. Once at the top, take in the view and prepare to turn back and rip home.
Map: A AND B
Distance: 206 km return
Elevation gain: 903 m
From the Jasper townsite, follow the Icefields Parkway for 103 km to the Icefield Centre. Try stretching your legs at the toe of the glacier before heading back.
Road biking trip planning
Here are a few tips for you:
- Do your homework: Review a map of your chosen route and check the weather conditions before hitting the pavement.
- Be safe: Always wear a helmet and safety gear (reflectors), and bring a first aid kit. Keep an eye out for wildlife!
- Know your limit: Ride within your comfort zone and skill level. Some routes do not have shoulders. Respect the rules of the road.
- Prepare for the elements: A water resistant wind jacket is always a good idea. You are in the mountains, weather and temperature can change rapidly.
- Make sure to fuel up: With water and food that is.
- Be prepared: Bring a bike repair kit (spare tubes, pump, tools) and a cell phone. There is no cell service along the Icefields Parkway beyond Athabasca Falls, the Maligne Road or Highway 16 East.
- Make a trip out of it:Bring overnight gear and stay in one of Jasper National Park’s campgrounds along your route. Visit the camping page for our list of campgrounds in Jasper National Park.
- Enjoy: Take in the incredible scenery of Jasper National Park—don’t forget your camera!
Call 911 or, if using a satellite phone, call the park dispatch office (780-852-3100). Cell phone reception is unreliable.
Keep wildlife wild, and yourself safer
Cyclists are susceptible to sudden wildlife encounters even on roads. Travel in groups, slow down and make noise. Avoid road use at dawn, dusk and at night. Be aware of bear habitat.
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