Mountain Biking in the Canadian Rockies

From the eastern slopes of Kananaskis Country to the northern ranges of Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies offer mountain bikers an extraordinary biking experience with unparalleled scenery.

Many of the mountain biking trails in the recreation areas and national parks of the Canadian Rockies run through fairly remote areas, so ride prepared for mechanical problems or medical emergencies. Riding with a partner and carrying a repair kit, a first aid kit and extra food and water are steps in the right direction.

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Also ride prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Weather in the mountains can change quickly and without warning, particularly if you’re riding on high elevation trails. Even in summer, dress in layers that allow you to take off and put on clothing to adjust to the fluctuating conditions.

July and August are usually the warmest months and provide snow-free access to all trails in Kananaskis Country, and Banff and Jasper National Parks. However, the months of September and October are often the best for mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies because of the cool weather, lack of mosquitos and spectacular fall colours (but be prepared for snow!).

Most mountain bike trails in the Rockies are designated as multi-use trails, meaning that hikers and horses will also be sharing the trail with you. In order to avoid conflicts and ensure everyone’s safety, please read and abide by the Rules Of the Trail as set by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (I.M.B.A.).

Bikes can be rented from a number of venues in Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis Village, Lake Louise and Jasper. If you do choose to rent while you’re here, keep these handy tips in mind.

Following are articles for and descriptions of select mountain biking trails in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and in Kananaskis Country:

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