The most popular cycling adventure in the Canadian Rockies is the 287km (178-mile) trip between Banff and Jasper along the Icefields Parkway, possibly the most spectacular mountain drive on Earth.
You can do this on your own (bear in mind that this is a not a route for the inexperienced or out of shape), but it doesn't hurt to have an experienced bike-touring outfitter to squire you around. Give yourself at least 3 long days. Try Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours (tel. 800/661-2453 or 604/898-8488; www.rockymountaincycle.com) for 6-day supported trips starting at C$2,350 per person.
If you'd prefer a self-guided tour, simply rent a bike in Banff or Lake Louise, and pedal along the Bow Valley Parkway -- Highway 1A -- between Banff and Lake Louise; running parallel to the much busier Highway 1, the Bow Valley Parkway runs along the skirt of Castle Mountain, one of the most impressive peaks in all of Banff. It's a solid day trip for an average cyclist, with a few ups and downs.
There are more than 190km (118 miles) of mountain-biking trails in Banff National Park. Be aware that mountain biking is permitted on only a select number of trails. Families and beginners can ride the Spray River Loop. Those looking for a rush ought to try the Stoney Squaw epic downhill trail near Mt. Norquay.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.