Day 9: A guide to cycling across Canada.
Bike tour Golden to Lake Louise

Lake Louise Campground.

There is a small store in Field, but I recommend you purchase supplies in Golden for the ride to Lake Louise as you will not find any large grocery stores until Banff.

Yoho National Park was established in 1886, to represent the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain region. Yoho is an expression for awe and wonder in the Cree language. This 1 313 km2 National Park is famous for its waterfalls, namely Takakkaw Falls and Wapta Falls, which are most robust during the summer months.

Positioned at the foot of Mount Stephen, Field is the administrative centre for Yoho National Park and home to the Park’s Visitor Centre. I encourage you to cross over the Kicking Horse River into this quiet mountain town. It has a few small shops and restaurants that give off good vibes. Make sure to stop and speak with one of the knowledgeable staff at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre. If you are feeling energetic they will direct you to nearby trails that allow you to scramble to the top of some monster peaks!

Leave Yoho National Park and cross the Alberta border into Banff National Park. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald created this park in 1885, to quiet claims over who was permitted to commercially develop the area. Macdonald originally set aside 26 kilometres2 around the hot springs and named it Banff Hot Springs Reserve. From this small park, Banff National Park was born. Move your watches an hour ahead when you enter into Alberta.

Annual tourist visits to Banff National Park number over 5 million which does not include the millions more that pass through the area on HWY 1. Keep your eyes peeled for grizzly and black bear as well as cougar, lynx, wolverine, mountain goats and bighorn sheep.

The town-site of Lake Louise, including campgrounds and a small mall, are all in close proximity to both the Trans-Canada Highway and its name-sake, Lake Louise. Many hiking trails are located close by.

Emerald green Lake Louise drains into the Bow River via Louise Creek and is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.

If you are in the mood for a pampering, whip out your credit card and pull into one of Canada’s most famous hotels, Chateau Lake Louise on the east shore of it’s namesake. Even if you don’t want to drop the big bucks on this hotel, it is worth having a look around the hotel grounds and stunning Lake Louise.

Places of interest to bike tourists in Lake Louise Village include an awesome bakery, Wilson Mountain Sports for bike-parts and a Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

Northeast of HWY 1 is Lake Louise Ski Area, one of Canada’s premiere ski hills, with 139 marked runs.

If five-star accommodation isn’t your thing, wheel into the Lake Louise Tent Campground. Parks Canada has a separate campground for tents and soft-trailers because of the high density of bears in the area. Even though the campground is encircled with an electric fence, make sure your campsite is clean and food is stored responsibly.

Unfortunately, Lake Louise Tent Campground is open only from mid May to late September. If the campground is closed, check out Hostelling International Lake Louise.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Golden Municipal Campground heading east on 9th Street South.
0.7Turn right onto HWY 95 / 10th Avenue South.
1.2HWY 95 / 10th Avenue South turns into HWY 95 / 10th Avenue North.
1.8Take exit to HWY 1, circling 270º counterclockwise.
2.7Turn right onto HWY 1 and climb steadily out of
Golden.
31.5Enter Yoho National Park.
35.9Wapta Falls.
37.2Exit to Chancellor Peak Campground.
38.3Exit to Hoodoo Creek Campground. Both of these campgrounds are open from early June to early September.
48.8Pass over Ottertail River.
57.6Exit to Field.
57.8Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
65.0Pass Spiral Tunnels on your left. These tunnels spiral to help trains easily gain elevation.
73.9Cross the border of Yoho National Park and British Columbia and enter into Banff National Park and Alberta.
80.4HWY 93 merges with HWY 1.
82.9Turn right to exit into Lake Louise.
83.2Turn right onto HWY 1A.
83.6Turn left on Fairview Road.
84.8Turn right into Lake Louise Tent Camgpround.
85.0Lake Louise Tent Campground.


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