Cycle Canada Bicycle Tours

Tour Pacific

Vancouver to Calgary

Tour Pacific bicycle tour, Morraine Lake
  • Tour Pacific

    Ride from Vancouver to Calgary

    Tour Pacific a bicycle tour from Vancouver to Calgary via the Icefields Parkway.

    Experience western Canada with its breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers.

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    Ride through the Coast and Rocky Mountains

    Tour Pacific travels in British Columbia and Alberta

    The views are world famous.

    We have rest days in Jasper and Kamloops

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    A Cycling Expedition

    Tour Pacific is part of the Cycle Canada Series, rides designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people.

    Ride through dense coastal forests to rugged rock canyons to alpine meadows.

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    Cycle Canada Support

    Tour Pacific is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping.

    With indoor stays mid-trip in Kamloops on our rest day, and at end of the tour

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    Carry Only What You Need

    Cycle Canada's support vehicle carries your gear each day.

    Each rider has a personal area for their gear. The truck is equipped with a tool kit, pump. We have power most nights.

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    Hot Breakfasts and Full Dinners

    Meals are provided by our staff on riding days.

    We serve a hot breakfast on these days and a full dinner.

    We'll have fruit and snacks to take on your day's ride.

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    Includes the Icefields Parkway

    Tour Pacific travels in two Canadian provinces including the world-famous Icefields Parkway

    It is one of our more challenging tours.

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    Spectacular Scenery

    Cyclists travel through regions where flora and fauna are protected. Services in sensitive areas can be minimal.

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    Hidden Gems

    Optional side-trips provide more opportunities to see hidden gems in this spectacular part of Canada.

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    Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

    Our overnight stays include Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

    Rest days are in Kamloops and Jasper

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    Small Group Size

    Join cyclists from across Canada and from around the world.

    Group size is small, generally not greater than 20 riders.

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    Being part of a group provides individuals with the confidence and resources to meet their goals and makes possible a trip that many would not contemplate on their own.

    Bud Jorgensen,
    Founder, Tour du Canada
  • Tour Pacific is an annual bike ride starting in Vancouver, B.C. and travelling to Calgary, Alberta and includes the Icefields Parkway

    Part of the Cycle Canada Series of events, these tours are affordable cycling expeditions in Canada.

    Discover Canada at a human scale, by bicycle. You can contact us at: Cycle Canada

  • Tour Pacific

  • Package

  • Dates & Fees

  • What to Bring

  • Cycle Canada Advantage

Join us in 2015 for our challenging Tour Pacific ride.

Ride from Vancouver to Calgary via the Icefields Parkway

Tour Pacific is part of the Cycle Canada Series, rides designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people.

Support in populated and remote wilderness areas

Tour Pacific is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There are indoor stays at the start and end of the tour and on our rest day Kamloops. Cycling will be on paved roads, although there can be construction and there are optional upaved suggestions. Services in some areas can be minimal and riders will pass through remote areas with spectacular scenery. On most nights we will have hot showers and electricity. There will be some stays in no-service campgrounds.

Maximum group size of 18 to 20 people

For the sixteenth annual ride we will be taking between 18 and 20 people. Please contact us early to register.

Following the Fraser River to Cowboy Country

Leaving Vancouver, we're on the north side of the Fraser River Valley until we reach the Coast Mountains. Our pass through this range is the Fraser River Canyon. Past Hell's Gate, we reach the junction of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Then we follow the Nicola River to Kamloops. You will pass by big ranches where cowboys still do the roundups on horseback. Our first day off is in Kamloops. Kamloops is the regional centre for Cariboo district of British Columbia and a town with all the modern amenities.

The Columbia Icefields, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

We'll visit Jasper, an historic townsite in the Rockies where we'll have a day off to explore Jasper National Park. From Jasper we will follow the Athabasca and Sunwapta Rivers - we're on the world renowned Icefields Parkway where we view the the Columbia Icefields a 325 square kilometre field of ice and snow that overflows into 8 spectacular glaciers.

At the Icefields we cross into Banff National Park and make our way to the Saskatchewan River Crossing, or The Crossing. We'll ride through the Mistaya River valley to the highest point of the Parkway which is the Bow Summit at 2056 metres. We stay in Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, 15 km south has excellent hiking trails. Then it's along the Bow River to Banff and down through the foothills to Calgary.

Icefields Parkway Segement

Can't get two weeks off? Ride a portion of Tour Pacific from Kamloops to Calgary. Includes the Icefields Parkway

We have a limited number of spaces for riders who want this shorter segment of Tour Pacific, so inquire early.

Included in your Tour Pacific Package:

Pre-Trip
  • Trip preparation Guide, including training tips, route and routine overviews and safety information.
  • Half-day trip orientation on the first day of schedule.
Meals and Accommodation
  • Pre-booked accommodation.
  • Mainly camping.
  • Camping is in private serviced or government campgrounds and unserviced remote sites.
  • Some indoor stays at university residences.
  • Single accommodation and there may be double.
  • Guaranteed single accommodation available as a suppemental cost.
  • Support staff to drive support vehicle, deliver bags
  • Meals included are prepared by our staff including dinners and hot breakfasts on riding days.
  • Fruit and snacks will be available to take with you on riding days.
  • Final day pizza party in Calgary
Route Support
  • Daily maps and route instructions.
  • Head office toll free telephone and Skype assistance.
  • Support vehicle to carry your gear.
  • The support vehicle is equiped with power outlets for charging phones and computers and for pumping up sleeping mats at locations where we have power.
  • Riders have individual storage shelves for gear. There is a fridge, coffee maker, shelter tent, tool kit and floor pump on the vehicle.
  • CycleCanada water bottle, safety triangle to wear while riding.
  • Support staff, cook and driver.
  • Full tool kit and work stand on support vehicle.

Join us for the Tour Pacific or Icefields Parkway Bicycle Tour

We are pleased to announce our dates and fees for 2015.

Please check availability on our tours before registering.

Tour Pacific
  • Vancouver, B.C. to Calgary, Alberta
  • Dates: July 31 to August 15, 2015
  • Fee: $1950.00
  • Single Supplement $175.00
  • Deposit: $400.00
Icefields Parkway
  • Kamloops, B.C. to Calgary, Alberta
  • Dates: August 6 to August 15, 2015
  • Fee: $1300.00
  • Single Supplement $175.00
  • Deposit: $400.00

Fees are per person in Canadian funds

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees.

*Many of the indoors stays (those in university residences) have single bedrooms and are included in the package fee. To guarantee all indoor nights as single rooms we offer a single supplement. Rooms do not necessarily come with private bathrooms. We will try to find a partner for those who wish to share but we will need to assess the single supplement if we are not able.

We recommend you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance.

Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies

You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.

What to Bring on Tour Pacific:

A Bike and Enthusiasm
  • A bike in good working order, a flexible attitude and enthusiasm!
  • Tour Pacific is planned for paved roads and paths but some unpaved sections are unavoidable, especially through construction projects – we recommend a sturdy road bike suitable for a long distance expedition ride.
  • For camping nights, a tent, three or four season sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a pillow (we have tents you can rent).
  • Mess kit (cup, plate, bowl, eating utensils). Participants bring mess kits and are only responsible for cleaning their own kits.
Personal Items
  • Don't forget a tool kit, just in case you have a flat or other minor mechanical problem. If your bike has unique and difficult to find parts you may wish to bring spare parts – please check with us.
  • A helmet, water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent and a rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • Cash for lunches, munchie stops and meals on rest days and ferry days.
  • Personal items such as camera, identification, cycling and aprés cycling clothes
Luggage and Bike Boxes
  • Travelling light is a good plan
  • Cycle Canada has no official limit on transporting your daily luggage. For camping stays we aim to have tenting sites close to the truck but this is not always possible. So, keep in mind that you may need to carry your bags at times.
  • One area where we do have constraints is taking hard shell bike cases. Some soft shelled bike cases may not present a problem. We generally can transport Bike Friday Cases on the assumption that box is used as storage for the cyclist's gear. If you need to bring a bike case please let us know, we'll assist with advice so you can make arrangements. If you have special logistical issues, such as travelling from overseas, please let us know. We'll do what we can to help.
Renting Bikes
  • Most participants on our rides bring their own bikes, particularly on a tour of this length. But travelling with bikes can be complicated. Please let us know if you wish to rent a bike and we will provide suggestions on rental companies.

Proudly Canadian

Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.

We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.

Cycling in Canada

We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.

Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.

Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.

Our Pledge to You

Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.

It's in Canada and a great day to go for a bike ride!

Tour Quick Facts

Tour Pacific

  • Total days — 15
  • Riding days — 13
  • Rest days — 2
  • Total distance by bike 1375 km (850 mi.)
  • Daily average — 106 km (65 mi.)
  • Longest day — 130 km ( 80 mi.)

Accommodation

  • 10 nights camping and 6 nights indoor at modest hotel and university residences.

Meals:

  • 13 hot breakfasts
  • 12 dinners
  • Meals prepared by our staff
  • Snacks on riding days
  • Pizza party on final night in Calgary

Icefields Parkway Segment

  • Total days — 9
  • Riding days — 8
  • Total distance by bike 885 km (545 mi.)
  • Daily average — 110 km (68 mi.)
  • Longest day — 130 km (80 mi.)

Accommodation

  • 6 nights camping and 4 nights indoor at modest hotel and university residence.

Meals:

  • 8 hot breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Meals prepared by our staff
  • Snacks on riding days.
  • Pizza party on final night in Calgary
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