The Rocky Moun­tains of Cana­da are one of the wildest places on Earth. The thou­sands of square miles of wilder­ness is a major cor­ri­dor for the migra­tion of all kinds of wild ani­mals, from moun­tain goats to griz­zly bears. 

Your inner wild beast will feel right at home here among all those acres of great out­doors, as you explore that wilder­ness from the seat of your steed on this amaz­ing 6‑day trip. With 2 days of rid­ing in Fer­nie — one of the best moun­tain bike towns in North Amer­i­ca, 1 day in Inver­mere — the heart of the Rocky Moun­tain trench, 1 day at Nipi­ka Moun­tain Resort — a pri­vate and remote sin­gle­track par­adise, and 1 day in Kananask­is coun­try — a sam­ple of Alber­ta’s finest; you’ll get your fill of some of the world’s best moun­tain bik­ing on this Ride.

Is This Ride For You?

You’re a Strong-Inter­me­di­ate lev­el rid­er with sol­id bike han­dling skills, who can han­dle rocky ter­rain and nar­row sin­gle­track. You’re com­fort­able and con­fi­dent rid­ing a blend of cross coun­try and all-moun­tain trails (think long and some­times steep climbs paired with fun and semi-tech­ni­cal descents). Rid­ing mul­ti­ple days in a row, 3–5 hours per day is no big­gie to you. You live for long days on the bike, reward­ed by the com­forts of a post-ride hot tub soak or sauna, a gor­geous lodge and a chilled beer.

Itinerary

Day 1. Wel­come to the Rockies!

Our pri­vate shut­tle will meet you at the Cal­gary Inter­na­tion­al Air­port and dri­ve the group to our lodge in Fernie.

Upon arrival, we encour­age you to unpack, set­tle in and rest up for the week of adven­ture ahead. The lodge will be our home base for the next few days of Fer­nie trail riding.

Tonight, we’ll dine at The Bridge Bistro and enjoy the patio over­look­ing the Elk River.

Day 2.  Fer­nie Epics

After a good night of rest, you’ll awak­en to the smell of fresh­ly brewed cof­fee, with views of the Rock­ies to accom­pa­ny our hearty group break­fast at the lodge.

This morn­ing, we’ll review the incred­i­ble itin­er­ary and build our bikes. We’ll pro­vide bike stands, tools and help­ing hands for any­one need­ing assistance.

We’ll spend an hour warm­ing up with some skill review at the amaz­ing local bike park (believe us, there is always some­thing to learn!).

Once we’ve got the cob­webs cleared, it’s off to the trails we go, head­ing out into the mas­sive trail net­work of Fer­nie with over 80 trails to choose from, start­ing in Ridge­mont with some of the clas­sics such as Eco-Ter­ror­ist and Sidewinder.

We’ll head back to the lodge for lunch and a quick rest, then head out for a full after­noon of rid­ing in the direc­tion of Mt Proctor.

Tonight, we’ll head out for a group din­ner before head­ing back to the lodge for a good night of rest.

Day 3. Mt. Fer­nie and the Val­ley of Island Lake

After break­fast at the lodge, we’ll head out for a big day of true moun­tain bike adven­ture, as we aim to con­quer Mt. Fer­nie; the peak loom­ing over us in the North sky.

Today’s trail of choice is called “Slunt”, like slog and grunt had a baby. It’s not all leg burn and heavy breath­ing, as this trail ends with a sweet as pie down­hill, mak­ing it all total­ly worth it.

We’ll work our way along the val­ley and tack­le one more climb up to Island Lake Lodge for a top qual­i­ty lunch with unbe­liev­able views. After­wards, it’s all down­hill on the new Lazy Lizard flow trail. We guar­an­tee you’ll be sat­is­fied after this day of pedaling!

Tonight we’ll dine in one of Fer­nie’s excel­lent restau­rants — maybe some sushi, maybe a local pub on the main street?

Day 4. Road Trip! Inver­mere, Toby Creek Canyon & Nipika

After an ear­ly break­fast, we’ll pack up the van and hop in for an option­al short morn­ing ride around the trails of Mon­tane, or you can opt for a lit­tle time to relax before we head out.

Then we’re off for the super scenic 2 ½ hour dri­ve to Invermere.

We’ll check out a cute café in town for lunch, then head to the trail­head for The John­son and Kloosi­fi­er Trails. Hold on tight for this rolling cross-coun­try ride, skirt­ing along the edge of Toby Creek Canyon.

Cold bev­er­ages await at the finish!

There’s anoth­er hour of Rocky Moun­tain scenery to enjoy, as we dri­ve to Nipi­ka Moun­tain Resort — a back­coun­try par­adise with hors­es roam­ing free, rus­tic log cab­ins, and a wood-fired sauna.

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a BBQ din­ner pre­pared by your Guides.

Day 5. Nipi­ka Moun­tain Resort

After break­fast in our log cab­in, we’ll enjoy a full day of activ­i­ties in this vast and wild playground.

The pri­vate sin­gle­track par­adise of Nipi­ka is set along the Koote­nay Riv­er val­ley, bor­der­ing the Koote­nay Nation­al Park (part of the chain of Nation­al Parks that includes world-famous Banff and Jasper), and is sur­round­ed by jagged peaks and unlim­it­ed wilderness.

We’ll ride in the morn­ing, then enjoy lunch at the lodge before tak­ing a dri­ve upstream. Why? So we can float down­stream in the glac­i­er-fed Koote­nay Riv­er!   A cer­ti­fied riv­er guide from Nipi­ka will lead us on an amaz­ing 3‑hour pad­dle, pass­ing sev­er­al class 1 and 2 rapids in super sta­ble 2–3 per­son inflat­able canoes. Cold bev­er­ages await when we float right back to the lodge for dinner. 

Tonight, per­haps horse­shoes, an evening disc golf ses­sion, and a camp­fire under the stars.

Day 6. Banff Nation­al Park and Goodbyes!

After break­fast, we’ll pack up and set off for Banff. It’s a breath­tak­ing dri­ve North through Koote­nay Nation­al Park, even­tu­al­ly join­ing the Trans Cana­da East through the mag­nif­i­cent Bow Val­ley Parkway.

In Banff, we’ll give you a lit­tle tourist time to stock up on bear para­pher­na­lia and “I love Cana­da” fridge mag­nets, and we’ll sit down for a nice lunch.

Then, we’ll make our way to Kananask­is coun­try for the fan­tas­tic final ride — Prairie View/Jewell Pass. This final spin­ning will leave you grin­ning, and feel­ing very sat­is­fied. You won’t believe how much awe­some­ness we jam into this 6‑day action-packed adventure.

We’ll load up the shut­tle and fin­ish the jour­ney back to Cal­gary. We’ll be arrang­ing drop-offs to the Cal­gary Inter­na­tion­al Air­port and the Acclaim Hotel Cal­gary Airport.

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