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Wed, 02 Aug 2023

3 Easy Bike Trails in Banff

An outdoor enthusiast's dream, Banff National Park has picture-perfect summers to explore with unforgettable activities to try. When the warmer months roll in, Banff unleashes a spectacular playground of paved roads and trails that are waiting to be enjoyed. And the best way to do it? You guessed it, biking. From easy bike trails to full-day adventures, SkiBig3 offers a fabulous fleet of e-bikes that are ready to be taken out to explore the beauty of the National Park.

 

Here are 3 easy bike trails in Banff National Park. From 2-hour rides to full-day adventures that are suitable no matter your experience level. So if you're ready, stock up on some delicious picnic snacks, grab the sunscreen, and get peddling!

 

E-bike Rentals in Banff

 

E-bikes are a fun, thrilling, and easy way to explore the bike trails in Banff. The SkiBig3 e-bike fleet is powered by pedal assist. Ideal for everyone, from families to beginners as well as seasoned pros. Once you start pedaling, you'll feel the "boost" kick in making your ride feel effortless. The best part? You have complete control over the level of assistance, especially when taking on those hills. It's just like riding a traditional bike but with an added dose of excitement. Pop into the SkiBig3 Adventure hub and one of our friendly team members will help to get you started.

 

Easy Bike Trails

 

1. Golf Course Loop

 

 14km round trip: Suggested rental time, minimum 2 hours

 

Two bikers looking at Tunnel Mountain from the Banff Springs Golf Course Two bikers taking in the views of Tunnel Mountain from the Banff Springs Golf Course in Banff | Photo by Jillian Tester

 

If you're up for a two-hour bike ride and looking to soak in the beauty of what Banff National Park has to offer, the Golf Course Loop is the perfect option. Your journey kicks off with the breathtaking Bow Falls. A rushing waterfall Bow River offers stunning views of the Bow River. As you continue pedaling, you'll meander alongside the picturesque golf course. Keep your eyes peeled for Tunnel Mountain, a Canadian castle known as the Fairmont Banff Springs, and if you're lucky you might spot some majestic elk. Cars can still use this road, so remember to stick to one side for a safe and enjoyable ride.

 

 2. Lake Minnewanka Loop

 

25km round trip: Suggested rental time, minimum 4 hours

 

A group of friends walking down to Lake Minnewanka with mountain background A group of friends walking down to the lakeside at Lake Minnewanka | Photo by Travel Alberta / ROAM Creative

 

You've got to put Lake Minnewanka on your bucket list, and if it's not already it's time to add it. The Lake Minnewanka loop promises a fantastic 4-hour adventure with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and an awe-inspiring lake. Once you arrive, it's the perfect spot to take a break. Enjoy some lunch or even a relaxing Lake Cruise. Once you're ready, hop back on your bike and continue the journey to Two Jack Lake. A local favorite to take in the breathtaking views or enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters.

 

3. The Legacy Trail

 

49km round trip: Suggested rental time, minimum full day

 

Two people high-fiving in Banff with bikes High fives all around after completing The Legacy Trail | Photo by Nick Hase

 

Up for a full-day adventure? The Legacy Trail is an easy-to-follow route, leading you into Banff's neighboring town, Canmore. The majority car-free trail will provide you with mountain views, picnic stops, and unforgettable memories. If you fancy a stop along the way, the Valleyview Picnic Area has tables, rest stops, and the classic red Parks Canada chairs. Take in the unique mountain town vibe and browse the shops and boutiques before heading back to Banff. After completing the legendary Legacy Trail don't forget to commemorate your adventure with the Legacy Trail Tee!

 

Top Safety Tips to Remember

 

E-bikes can feel slightly different from traditional bikes. They tend to be heavier and have a different weight distribution. Here are some handy safety tips to remember before heading out onto the bike trails in Banff, take a look at our full e-bike safety tips here:

 

 

 

  • Stay balanced

 

 

  • Start slow & steady

 

 

  • Always use both brakes

 

 

  • Always wear a helmet

 

 

  • Follow the rules of the road

 

 

  • Start on a quiet street

 

 

 

 

Ready for your next adventure?

 

How about taking your adventure to the next level with a perfect combo of pedaling and paddling? By booking your e-bike along with a SUP or Kayak, you can score an awesome 15% discount! Simply make your reservation online and use the promo codes: "Pedal2023" for E-Bike & Paddleboard, or "Paddle2023" for E-Bike & Kayak. It's the ultimate way to save while having a blast on the trails and the water. Get ready for an action-packed experience!

 

While summer in Banff National Park is a must-do - so is winter! With three unique ski resorts to explore, it won't be long before you feel the call of the Canadian Rockies' famous powder snow.

 

To help you find the best ski vacation packages for your taste, style, and budget, our friendly Reservations Team is always happy to share their local knowledge and experience. Check out our featured vacation packages or call us on 1-844-754-2443 our based-in-Banff experts are here to help!