Highlights of the self-guided Banff National Park Harley Tour:
- Motorcycle Touring the Rocky Mountain Vistas and Passes of Western Canada and Banff National Park
- Riding the Icefields Parkway
- Alpine Lakes
- Old West Towns
- Natural Hot Springs
- Old Growth Forests
- Beautiful Pacific Coast San Juan Islands.
As one of the world’s wildest and most beautiful natural areas, riding the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada provides an experience like no other. The Banff National Park Motorcycle Tour passes through six awe-inspiring national parks with their towering snow-capped mountain ranges, glacier-fed lakes, and primordial forests. You spend two days experiencing Banff, riding up the world-famous Icefields Parkway, past crystal-white glaciers tumbling into beautiful blue alpine lakes. Touring Western Canada guarantees you supreme natural vistas, a few twisties through high mountain passes, empty roads through quiet and peaceful evergreen forests, some well-earned soaks in mountain hot springs, and rest stops in Old West towns with their lively Canadian pub culture. Riding through Banff National Park on a motorcycle tour is an experience of a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrival in Seattle, Washington, USA
We’ll pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your hotel. Later that day, you’ll get a chance to inspect your motorcycle, and we’ll go over your tour itinerary. We’ll have dinner at a traditional Western-style American Bar-B-Que restaurant before taking you back to your comfortable hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Seattle to Leavenworth
You’ll leave Seattle and immediately start riding the curves up into the glacier-sculpted peaks of the North Cascades National Park. Flanked by dense evergreen forests, the road across the highest passes gives splendid views of snow-capped mountains in all directions before descending the bends of the drier pine-forested eastern side. It rarely rains on the eastern side of Washington.
Day 3: Leavenworth to Republic
Riding eastern Washington is a warm and sunny experience. The route follows the river through apple orchards eventually giving way to desert and remote Old West-style towns with their false-front Main Streets and frontier saloons. Republic is such a town and merits a wander in the evening.
Day 4: Republic to Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Out of Republic, the road gets curvy and fun as it meanders through the sunlit-dappled, pine-forested foothills of the Kootenay Mountains. This part of Washington is sparsely populated and you will have the road all to yourself. Crossing Sherman Pass at 5575 feet (1699 meters) gives unparalleled views of the remote wilderness in all directions. Check out the pubs in Nelson’s historic town center in the evening.
Day 5: Nelson to Fairmont Hot Springs
In the morning, you’ll start climbing the curves into the big mountains of the Kootenays, with their jagged, snow-capped, granite peaks and glacier-fed lakes. You’ll pass through Old-West style towns built by the railroad, and ski resort villages, to spend the evening soaking in a natural hot springs pool at a resort in the mountains.
Day 6: Fairmont Hot Springs to Canmore, Alberta, Canada
The road today gets twisty and fun as you follow the canyons and valleys into the biggest mountains yet – The Canadian Rockies. You’ll pass through Kootenay National Park into Banff National Park, one of the most stunning National Parks in North America, to end the day in Canmore, a delightful mountain resort town with lively restaurants and pubs set amid towering snow-capped mountains.
Day 7: Banff National Park – rest day
Enjoy a ride today along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway to stunning Lake Louise, the most-photographed lake in Banff, with its bright blue, glacier-melt water set off by the Victoria Glacier on the far side. Further north, ride the fast and fantastic Icefield’s Parkway right through the heart of the Rockies, their glaciers, waterfalls, and glacier-fed lakes passing on either side. It will be one of the most memorable riding days of your life.
Day 8: Banff National Park – rest day
Ride the super twisty and fun road to beautiful Moraine Lake today. Or explore Banff town, soak in the hot springs, and take a gondola to the Summit Restaurant. Experience the park first-hand with a hike, or play a round of golf, or take a canoe ride on Lake Louise. Relax in the evening with a memorable meal at a fine restaurant in Banff town or in Canmore.
Day 9: Canmore to Revelstoke, British Columbia
Today you’ll pass through three more excellent Canadian National Parks: Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke. The mountains are still big and the views are still fantastic. Tonight, there is a wonderfully, comfortable ski resort hotel to rest in, with a relaxing hot tub and a hip Canadian pub and restaurant to hang out at.
Day 10: Revelstoke to Christina Lake
The road today is one of the most twisty and fun on the route, dropping into the foothills of the Kootenays again and curving along sparkling lake shores. You’ll take a short ferry ride with gorgeous views of the evergreen-clad mountains on the far shore. Then you’ll descend into the weird and wonderful Osoyoos desert, with its parched hills, tumbleweeds, and cacti.
Day 11: Christina Lake to Winthrop, Washington, USA
We enter the golden foot hills of the Cascade Range again, through sunny pine forests on slow curves to the Old West town of Winthrop. Stroll the main street, eat lunch and have a beer at one of the many frontier saloons. Winthrop is a popular destination for Harley riders and the bikes will be parked up and down the street. If you get a table outside, you can watch them roar through town.
Day 12: Winthrop to San Juan Islands
More mountain curves await your riding today, as you ascend once again into North Cascades National Park. Today’s route passes through the most remote peaks and lakes of the park. A few horseshoe bends get you through, then you’ll make for the Pacific coast and take a bridge to the San Juan Islands. Today you will be at a snowy mountain pass in the morning and on a beach in the evening.
Day 13: San Juan Islands to Seattle
The San Juan Islands are flooded mountain tops and are wild and natural, filled with evergreen trees and rocky, driftwood-strewn beaches. Whidbey Island is dotted with working farms and cute shoreline towns. After a day spent riding down the island, you’ll take a ferry ride towards the Seattle skyline for a picture perfect ending to your tour.
Day 14: Depart from Seattle
Today you can relax or explore the sights of Seattle, including Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Or if your flight leaves today, we’ll bid you a fond farewell and take you to the airport.
- 2013 Harley Davidson Road King FLHR with lockable hard luggage cases and rear luggage rack.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure (if you arrive and depart on your tour start and end day).
- Garmin Zumo GPS.
- Marked map.
- Detailed route booklet with ride information, sights along the way, and best restaurants to stop at.
- First night dinner and orientation.
- Rescue and recovery service.
- Unlimited mileage.
- Luggage storage.