Wild Canada West
***Please note that this tour departs from Vancouver. Special arrangements can be made for a Victoria departure***
Experience the best of both BC and Alberta on this epic ten day adventure, newly revised for 2014! After leaving scenic Vancouver, your route takes you up to one of Canada's most renowned resorts in the town of Whistler. Continue along the "Gold Rush Trail" to Kelowna and head into the Kootenay Mountain Region to soak your feet in the relaxing Ainsworth Hot Springs. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking views of world famous Banff and Lake Louise. Head North along the Icefields Parkway and be amazed by prehistoric glaciers. Nearing the end of your trip notice the diversity in landscapes as you travel into the arid desert regions around Kamloops before making your final ride into coastal Vancouver.
TOWERING MOUNTAINS, REMOTE WILDERNESS & GLISTENING LAKES
British Columbia is home to the most stunning and diverse landscapes in the world. In your tour itinerary we have outlined the highlights for each day so you will always be prepared for the adventure that lies ahead. Here are just a few of the main highlights you will see on your tour.
|Columbia Ice Fields
The Columbia Icefield is a surviving remnant of the thick ice mass that once mantled most of Western Canada's mountains. Lying on a wide, elevated plateau, it is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. This will be one of the most breathtaking sights on your tour.
The 23-metre Athabasca Falls is not very high by Canadian Rockies standards, but the size of the river makes it one of the most powerful falls to be found in the national park. Pouring over a layer of hard quartzite, the falls have cut into the softer limestone beneath, carving intricate features, including potholes and a short canyon.
Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness," and the "Hiking Capital of Canada". This stunning emerald lake is situated in the heart of the Rockies, a sight that needs to be seen to believed.
|Ainsworth Hot Springs
After a long day of riding there is no better place to relax than in the natural hot springs of historic Ainsworth.
|Duffey Lake Pass
One of the best roads in BC. This high alpine pass has endless perfectly cambered turns for you to test the limits of your bike.
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
The starting point for all of our tours is Vancouver. If arriving early enough, bikes are collected and then back to the hotel. Alternatively, bikes can be collected the next morning.
Day 2: Vancouver to Whistler – 160km/100mi
A nice easy day to break in your motorcycle. Travel through Stanley Park and over the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Follow Highway 99, The Sea to Sky Highway, for an exciting ride up to Whistler. An interesting stop is at the Britannia Mining Museum. You’ll pass through Squamish and Brackendale. Arrive in Whistler and enjoy the many amenities this resort town has to offer.
Day 3: Whistler to Kelowna - 415km/260mi
After check out, continue north on 99 through Pemberton and begin a series of interesting switch backs for a dramatic climb into the mountains. As you work your way past the Coast Range Mountains to Kelowna you will be traveling through cowboy country. Rolling hills and the odd cattle ranch will be what you see before you enter Kelowna.
Day 4: Kelowna to Ainsworth Hot Springs - 375km/230mi
As you leave Kelowna, the rolling hills transform into the towering peaks and the green forests of the Kootenay Mountain region. This area is famous for a large number of ski resorts, many breweries, and fertile land for growing fruit. Reward yourself after a long ride in the relaxing Ainsworth Hot Springs.
Day 5: Ainsworth Hot Springs to Revelstoke - 220km/135mi
Get ready to experience one of the best roads that BC has to offer. You will be traveling both by road and by lake ferry today, sometimes you need to make that extra effort to find those unforgettable roads. The end of the day will bring you to Revelstoke, a picturesque moutain town.
Day 6: Revelstoke to Banff - 330km/205mi
Say goodbye to Revelstoke and get ready to ride the storied Kicking Horse Pass. The road from Revelstoke winds through the narrow valleys that helped link together Trans Canada Railway. You will experience enough switchbacks to make you dizzy.
Day 7: Second day in Banff
The surrounding area in world famous Banff has much to offer during your rest days. You can enjoy walking around the busy tourist town or take shorter day trips to a number of different viewpoints. You have the option to visit a number of towns in the surrounding area, lots of great riding is at your fingertips.
Day 8: Banff to Mount Robson - 375km/235mi
By now you should be an expert at navigating the Canadian Rockies. From Banff you will pass through the breathtaking Ice Fields Parkway on your way to Jasper. If the skies are clear you will be greeted by the towering Mt. Robson at the end of your trip.
Day 9: Mount Robson to Kamloops - 370km/230mi
Today you travel south following the Thompson River and the Canadian National Railway line. Wild country and gently sweeping highways. Plenty of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Notice the stark contrast in terrain as you travel into the arid region that surrounds Kamloops.
Day 10: Kamloops to Vancouver - 450km/280mi
Depart from Kamloops and follow the "Gold Rush Trail" of the late 1800's. Through the famous Fraser River Canyon from Cache Creek to Hope with stops at Spences Bridge and the famous "Hell's Gate Canyon," before heading west on the Trans Canada Highway for your final leg before Vancouver.
At Cycle BC our job is easy, Canada has already provided us with one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the world to stage our tours. All we had to do was provide the finest bikes the industry has to offer, combined with our unmatched service and you have the recipe for the trip of a lifetime.
On your tour you can expect to travel through Canada’s rugged wilderness on seemingly endless twisties finishing each day in a hand-picked, high quality accommodations with variety of options for great food. Along the way you will see unforgettable sights and experience some of the best roads Canada has to offer. From the first time we get in touch to when you are on your way home we look forward to having the opportunity to exceed your expectations every step of the way.
The tour was great. I'm glad I took the V-Strom. Really comfy ride. Wasn't prepared for how hot the weather got once I reached Banff. Was like riding into a hair dryer, and I was setting off early each day to get some riding in before it got too warm. Having said that, all I wanted to do on the last day was to ride straight past the depot and do the whole thing again.
We just wanted to say thank you for the incredible trip. It was great having the 2 days at Mt Robson. We spent the free day floating down the river on a raft and then we headed to Jasper and spent a bit of time there. We went up on the Tramway which has fantastic views. On the Lake Duffy Road we had an encounter with a young bear. He was so cute! (I know they aren't that cute at times but I am a tourist remember). And thanks for the fax advising us of the ghost town of Sandon. It was great!
I wanted to say that this trip was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Our heads are full of all the wonderful images, sights, places and people that we have visited or met.Your organization was perfect - all according to plan. The boys at Cycle BC Rentals were great. The hotels were grand. Thanks for such a wonderful tour.
We are back and we had a fabulous time! We loved Canada, especially the mountains. As for feedback, here goes:
- The directions were good, happy overall really.
- The accommodations were at very good standards, we were quite impressed with some of them, we liked Rundlestone Lodge at Banff, the cabins at Mount Robson were a nice surprise, and the Summit Lodge at Whistler was very posh! The Best Western in uptown Vancouver was really great, very local for public transport and not far from downtown. The people were great and very helpful too.
- The bikes were great, we had no problems with them, and the guys at Cycle BC were really friendly and helpful. We had plenty of room in the panniers, don't know what the girls were worried about!
- Overall, a fantastic experience, we would recommend the tour to anyone, spreading the word as we speak, and for years to come no doubt!
Thanks for all your organizing, it truly was a memorable time.
Price Starting For current pricing and booking details, please contact us.
Start & End Vancouver, British Columbia
Trip Length 10 days & nights / 2700km / 1700mi
Daily Ride 300km / 4-5hours
Rest Days Banff
The main goal of all of our tours is to provide one of the most comfortable, memorable and enjoyable trips of your life. Here are just a few of the things we include to accomplish that goal.
The Best Bikes
Choose from a wide selection of immaculately maintained, current model motorcycles including cruisers, sport touring and dual sport bikes. We are sure to have a bike to suit your riding style. All of our bikes come equipped with full luggage options and a myriad of accessories, such as heated grips, to make sure your tour is as comfortable as possible. Please take a look at our motorcycles to find the perfect bike for you.
The Best Accommodations
We have scoured the province and handpicked only top quality hotels and B&Bs with daily breakfast to make sure your tour of BC will be one of the most comfortable and memorable experiences you have ever had.
Quality Riding Gear
Just in case traveling with your gear is too much trouble, we are happy to provide helmets and gloves for both rider and passenger.
A Comprehensive Day Planner
A complete and easy to use day planner including maps, daily travel distances, alternate routes (where possible), where to make sure to fuel up, the best places to eat, interesting side trips and stops, lots of local information and more.
Although no one has ever gotten lost with our day planner, we provide a waterproof GPS unit to assist in guiding you on your tour. No more hassling with maps on a tank bag!
Pre Ride Booklet
If this is your first time visiting Canada, you’re in the experience of a lifetime. Canada is home to vast untouched wilderness and some of the friendliest people in the world. Our customs and rules of the road might be a bit different from what you are used to at home so we have put together a pre ride booklet that will cover everything you will need to know before you arrive.
Rider Care Kit
Nothing is worse than a noisy helmet and bugs covering your visor! In our Cycle BC Rider Care Kit we provide earplugs and a lens/windscreen cleaner with cloth to take care of any frustrations.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Even though our care for our bikes is second to none we provide an emergency roadside kit including a disc lock, tire pressure gauge, tire re-inflation kit and contact numbers for 24hr emergency support so you will never be left stranded in the event of a flat tire.
Once your motorcycle is packed for the tour what do you do with all of your luggage? We provide complimentary storage for any luggage you would like to leave behind while you ride. You can also ship any gear for your tour to us in advance so there is less to travel with. Once your tour is done we will even ship the gear back home to you!
A Full Tank of Gas
All of our bikes come with a full tank of gas so you can hit the road right away without any stops.
A valid driver's license in either English or French with motorcycle endorsement (must be present at the time of pick up). An international driver's permit may be required depending on your country of origin.
More than one year of riding experience on a similar sized bike to which you would like to take out.
A coverage deductible ranging from $2000.00-3000.00 depending on your choice of bike for the duration of the rental by means of credit card authorization only.
21 years of age or older.
Please refer to our Rental Policies for a detailed list of our rental requirements.