At a glance
The beautiful expanses of Canada offer a wonderful backdrop to a cycling tour. From the raw beauty of Vancouver and the west coast to the picturesque Prince Edward Island on the eastern shores, Canada is a bike-lover’s dream.
Canada, stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities including multicultural Toronto; predominantly French-speaking Montréal and Québec City; Vancouver and Halifax on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively; and Ottawa, the capital. It’s crossed by the Rocky Mountains and home to vast swaths of protected wilderness, ripe for exploring on two wheels.
Why cyclists love it
- Awe-inspiring scenery
- Out-of-the charm
- Charming inns
- Great cuisine
- Friendly locals
- Ease of travel in mostly English-speaking environs
Rugged British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, stretches along the Pacific coast, with the vibrant city of Vancouver at its southern border. Dominated by mountain ranges, it’s an outdoor paradise. Cyclists, hikers, campers and anglers are drawn to its sprawling parks and reserves, including Glacier National Park and the Pacific Rim National Park.
Nova Scotia is one of eastern Canada's Maritime provinces on the Atlantic. With numerous lakes and long coastlines, it's home to puffins and seals, and also an outdoorsman’s dream. The Bay of Fundy, with its famously extreme tides, is a whale-watching destination. Halifax, the capital is known for its lively waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens.
The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a region in western North America and Canada bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east.
Québec is a predominantly French-speaking province in eastern Canada with two vibrant cities - Monteal and Quebec City. The metropolis Montréal is named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Dating to 1608, Québec City retains its old colonial core, Place Royale, and historic harbor, Vieux Port, now known for nightlife.
The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous and sparsely populated. Another outdoor paradise, It’s known for its rugged mountain bike trails, dog-sledding, canoe expeditions, hiking, salmon fishing and other outdoor pursuits, as well as for the colourful northern lights sometimes seen in its nighttime sky. Kluane National Park and Reserve includes Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak, as well as glaciers, trails and the Alsek River, renowned for rafting.
Alberta: Jasper to Banff Past Glaciers, Waterfalls and Peyto Lake
This tour takes you along one of the most spectacular road cycling mountain routes in the world. It parallels the Continental Divide and passes three large glaciers, the Athabasca waterfalls, and the alpine Peyto Lake. This bicycle tour abounds with large wildlife and is a sheer delight for cyclists wanting a breathtaking ride, in both senses of the word. The tour ends in Banff, where you can stay longer and hike, ride, or soak in the hot springs.
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British Columbia Multi-Sport Adventure
If you’re looking for paradise, look no farther. This tour, set in the iconic and revered Canadian Rockies, is an 8-day multi-sport adventure that includes cycling, hiking, yoga, and whitewater rafting. Welcome to the outdoor paradise of British Columbia.
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The Yukon: Canada’s Wild North
It doesn’t get much more wild or rugged than this. With around 800km/500 miles of trails in the area, the Yukon spoils riders with endless miles of flowing singletrack. This region, once famous for the gold rush in the 1800s, now boasts miles of pristine mountain bike paths transformed from the abandoned gold rush trails.
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Language: English and French
Currency: Canadian dollar
Size: 3,854,085 square miles; 9,984,670 square km
Border countries: USA
National tourist office: https://www.canada.travel/