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 is part of the Cycle Canada Series, rides designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people.
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.
For the sixteenth annual ride we will be taking between 18 and 20 people. Please contact us early to register.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce our dates and fees for 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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!