Photo courtesy of Paul Zizka/Banff & LakeLouise Tourism
Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
Built to commemorate Parks Canada’s 125th anniversary, this bike path connect Banff to the neighboring town of Canmore. The trail follows the Rundle Range down the Bow Valley so scenery is around each bend. This paved 22km (13.7miles) trail is one of the few places within the Park where cyclist do not have to share a roadway with vehicles. For this reason, it is popular with families, though you will see plenty of spandex-clad cyclists using it as well. With an elevation difference of just 75m (245feet) between the two towns, the gradient is gentle and the ride from Banff to Canmore has a downhill trend. If riding the uphill portion back doesn’t appeal to you, taking public transit with your bike back to Banff is possible using the Roam Bus. Just remember, each bus can only take 8 bikes and it is a popular route.