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Canadian Rockies Mountain Bike Basics

More trails than you can shake a fat tire at in Canadian Rockies!

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With all that great terrain, you’d think the Canadian Rockies would come close to being mountain bike nirvana. As it turns out, national park restrictions tend to limit things quite a bit, but the amazing options just outside more than make up for this.


National Parks

Far and away the best of any of the National Parks is Jasper which has a good network of old hiking trails available to mountain bikers. Banff has less, but this has mostly been purpose built, so overall it’s almost as good.


Bike towns

It’s just outside the national parks, in Kananaskis Country and around towns like Canmore, Hinton, Golden, and particularly Fernie, that the trail networks really explode.


Ski resorts

To top it off several ski resorts – Fernie, Panorama and Kicking Horse – carry bikes on lifts in the summer, giving you easy access to a sizeable network of downhill trails without any of the grunt of climbing. Given the right bike (all rent them out) each resort has trails suitable for novices, but most are fairly challenging, while some will tax even the most skilled downhill mountain bikers.


At A Glance

Price Range:
budget
midrange
luxury
Most Suited to:
single
couples
Season:
spring
summer
fall
Length:
day
weekend
longer

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