Photo Credit Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
ROAD BIKE DESTINATIONS
Below we list a collection of some of premier scenic road cycling routes you can ride from the town of Canmore, appropriate for a variety of skill and fitness levels.
Canmore Triangle – Three Sisters to Nordic Centre to Silvertip
Head out exploring around town with this linkup of some of the scenic climbs and viewpoints. From downtown, get a workout climbing up Silvertip Trail for a great view over town, before returning back to drop into the downtown area. From there you can climb up to the Canmore Nordic Centre on the Spray Lakes Road, then keep an eye out for wildlife as you ride east along the beautiful Three Sisters Parkway. In the Three Sisters area you can stop and enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat, before heading back towards the downtown area to relax.
Photo Credit: Tourism Canmore / Luke Raymond
Hwy 1A to Exshaw
Head east out of town to enjoy the rolling terrain of the 1A Highway. Here you’ll enjoy more of the usual Canmore mountain scenery, as well as getting a chance to see the herds of mountain sheep that frequent the area, and the ospreys which nest on a platform high above a lake to the north of the road. This route also passes several lakes and possible picnic spots. The shoulder is not large, but the road is relatively quiet.
Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is a scenic paved multi-use pathway that links Canmore to Banff and beyond. The trail roughly parallels the highway, offering amazing views of Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and the Fairholme range as you cycle along. There are multiple rest spots and covered picnic areas along the way. The trail attracts many different types of user groups so it is important to respect other users and enjoy yourself while out there. On busy weekends, faster cyclists may opt to take the highway instead, as the trail is very popular!
Trailhead/Access: There is an official trailhead across from the Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centre (on the western outskirts of Canmore). It’s possible to cycle to the start of the Legacy trail from anywhere in Canmore though, and there is free long term parking in downtown Canmore at the Tourism Canmore Visitor Information office – where you can also find public washrooms, a bicycle pump and maintenance stand. Once you reach Banff, it’s possible to turn around and cycle back, or catch the Roam bus back to Canmore with your bike safely stowed on their bike racks.
Photo Credit Paul Zizka
Canmore is also a great point to use as a base for starting some of the longer classic road rides in the Canadian Rockies. Would you be interested in the 82km ride to Lake Louise (or from Lake Louise to Canmore if you prefer the downhill option)? Or how about adding on the climb to Moraine Lake to make it a 100km day?
The ride from Canmore out to Highwood Pass is another great 100km ride, and if you try it before June 15, the final section of the road is not yet re-opened to cars for the season.
You could head north along the Icefields Parkway, or south along Highway 93 to Radium. Or if you’re feeling ready for a really epic ride, consider completing the Golden Triangle, from Castle Mountain, through Radium, Golden, and then back to Castle Mountain. Options abound in this road riding paradise!