Niagara Falls to Hamilton, 51km

Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake 25km

Beautiful Waterfront Trail, all the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara College 17km

We biked on busy highway 16, not pleasant at all. We tried to catch a bus to Hamilton and took the shortest path, but otherwise this highway should be avoided.

Hamilton Go Bus to Hamilton Host 9km

Quiet ride into the city of Hamilton, through parks and residential areas.

Banff – Canmore

Banff (Tunnel Mountain Village Campground) – Canmore, 26km

This section was mainly on the Legacy Trail, along Hwy 1. A lot of people warned us about a problematic grizzly bear in the zones without fences, but luckily we didn’t see it. Most of the trail IS protected by electrified fences. This part of the trail is paved – a nice ride, and quite scenic as well.

Johnston Canyon Campground – Banff

Johnston Canyon Campground – Tunnel Mountain Village (Banff), 32km

We continued on the Bow Valley Parkway and at the end of it, we found the Legacy Trail for the last 9 km to Banff. Easy ride and beautiful trail into town. For the last 4km to the Tunnel Mountain Village 1 Campground there was an unexpected uphill to finish off the day.

Lake Louise – Johnston Canyon Campground

Lake Louise – Johnston Canyon Campground, 37km

We decided to take the Bow Valley Parkway toward Banff. Also known as route 1A, this quiet road is excellent for cycling and has quite a few points of interest (to enjoy some nice views of the Bow River and surrounding mountains, as well as a few small cafés/mini markets). Easy ride with a few hills, but nothing serious.

Waterfowl Lakes Campground – Mosquito Creek Campground

Waterfowl Lakes Campground – Mosquito Creek Campground, 34km

The most challenging section of the trip so far. We started with a gradual climb toward Bow Pass that lasted for about 20km of which the last 7km were quite steep (I’m approximating 6-7% grade). From the highest point of the pass (2080m) to Mosquito Creek the road was truly spectacular and an easy ride. After the Bow Pass climb, everything else seemed easy! 🙂