Bow Valley Parkway Banff to Castle Mountain by Bike

Bow Valley Parkway. Banff to Castle Mountain Hwy 1A

Bow Valley Parkway. Banff to Castle Mountain Hwy 1A

 

Monday June 1st 2015

What a beautiful day to cycle from Banff to Castle Mountain junction on the old 1A hwy now called the Bow Valley Parkway. The six of us met at the Fenlands Rec Center in Banff. The bike trail is across the road and it leads to Vermillion Lakes and then up to the under pass of Hwy 1 to 1A. unfortunately parks Canada failed to put a closure notice at the start of the Vermillion Lakes road. So we cycled to near the end of the road only to find our progress stopped by a bear closure barrier. Back to the Norquay overpass and a dangerous ride along TCH to the underpass.

Lots of bear warnings

Lots of bear warnings

This is one of the many bear warning closures along the Bow Valley Parkway. We did in fact see two black bears along the way. One was on the way back and it was a very large bear walking up the road. It did not amble back into the bush untill we all made a lot of noise from a safe distance. Bear spray at the ready we all gingerly set off down the road  making  lot of noise until we were sure we were passed.

On the Bow Valley Parkway

On the Bow Valley Parkway

On the Bow Valley Parkway

At Johnson Canyon having a water break

At Castle Mountain Junction and the turn around point for lunch

At Castle Mountain Junction and the turn around point for lunch

Pilot Mountain on the way back

Pilot Mountain on the way back

Distance from the Rec Center 30km to Castle Mountain  60km Total   Time 5hrs with the detour and lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Helen Read says:

    Loved your summary of the bike ride and sharing it with those who joined us. Doing the back half on July 16th and hope you can come.

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