Mountain Parks: A Cycling Experience

Breathtaking scenery right from your saddle

Kootenay National Park © Parks Canada
Highway 93 South in Kootenay National Park © Parks Canada

Deep valleys and jagged mountain peaks. Windswept prairies and dense old-growth forests. Still lakes and fast-moving rivers and streams. An astonishing assortment of rare birds, exotic plants and wild animals can be seen…

…all from the saddle of your bike.

Whether you’re a casual rider or a technical expert, cycling offers a special way to experience the diversity of Canada’s mountain parks.

Enjoy an expanding variety of well-marked trails and roads for all skill levels. Appreciate both natural wonders and historic sites more profoundly through an increasing number of interpretive signs. Benefit from a growing community of local enthusiasts and bike shops to help you make the most of your experience.

There’s never been a better time to pedal in the mountain parks.

Cycling in Kootenay National Park

The fire roads in Kootenay National Park are wide but some trails are unmarked. Try the moderate Dolly Varden Trail, which leads to an abandoned silver mine and the fast-moving Kitsault River. Road cyclists can pick up Highway 93 South from the park’s western gate, following along the Kootenay and Vermilion rivers.

Mountain Biking

  • East Kootenay Trail, Pitts Creek to Daer Creek - 12 km
    Between Pitts Creek and Daer Creek with access mid-trail at McLeod Meadows Picnic Area via Dog Lake Trail. Biking is not permitted on the Dog Lake Trail. Note: There is no bridge over Daer Creek. 
  • Hector Gorge Trail - 9 km one way
    Between a south trailhead, 1.8 km north of Dolly Varden Picnic Area, and a north trailhead, 2.0 km north of Kootenay Crossing. 
  • West Kootenay Trail - 12.8 km to park boundary
    Starts at Kootenay Crossing and ends at the western park boundary. 
  • Dolly Varden Trail - 10 km one way
    Between Kootenay Crossing and the Crooks Meadow Group Campground.

Road Biking 

  • Highway 93 South (west park boundary to east park boundary) 100 km

* All distances are one-way.

Please ride with care, bike bear-aware, and give right of way to hikers and horse parties. Check the Backcountry Guide to Kootenay National Park for a map and more details.