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Motorcycle Road Trip In The Canadian Rockies

Motorcycle Road Trip Canada

Bow Lake & Glacier

Canada

This summer I rented a Harley Davidson motorcycle for a Canadian Rockies road trip through beautiful national parks in both Alberta and British Columbia. The area is full of scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife.

The motorcycle road trip began in Calgary. I was able to rent a Harley online before arriving in Canada, picking out a black 2013 Street Glide I nicknamed “Black Betty”.

At 1600 cc’s, she is a beast. To practice handling her on the road, I initially avoided the Trans-Canada Highway, enjoying the scenic and winding route 1A West towards Canmore.

Banff National Park was next, motoring North along the famous Icefields Parkway. Passing pristine turquoise blue lakes and ancient snow-covered glaciers along the way. Deer and elk were plentiful on the sides of the road.

After slowly making my way to the town of Jasper enjoying the epic views and cold fresh air whipping past, I grabbed a bite to eat in town, and found a nearby Hosteling International hostel to spend the night.

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Bull Elk Sighting

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Red Footbridge in Kootenay National Park

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Saskatchewan Glacier

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Climbing Parker Ridge

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Downtown Banff

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Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge

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Enjoying Back Roads in the Canadian Rockies

The Golden Triangle

My motorcycle adventure through the Rockies continued when I reversed direction and sped back through Icefields Parkway with completely different views. Stopping for a few hours to stretch my legs with a hike to the very top of Parker Ridge, overlooking snow-covered Mt. Athabasca.

The slow-moving and impressive Saskatchewan Glacier carving its way into the valley below.

Next it was on to the Golden Triangle, a scenic motorcycle route that takes you into 3 different national parks: Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay. Right in the middle of the action is the small town of Golden, British Columbia. It’s not nearly as touristy as Banff, costs a lot less, and is surrounded by 5 different national parks.

Following the stop-off in Golden, Black Betty and I proceeded South down route 95 to Radium Hot Springs, turning East into Kootenay National Park. The road slices right into Sinclair Canyon before winding its way through the wilderness along the ice-cold Kootenay river. It was the perfect road to maneuver my powerful Street Glide through the curves.

I finished the Golden Triangle route in Banff before heading back to Calgary to drop the bike off and complete my Harley Davidson motorcycle road trip through some of Canada’s greatest national parks. It was one hell of an adventure!

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Icefields Parkway Ride

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Mountains of Banff National Park

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Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

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Entrance to Kootenay National Park

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Cruising the Trans-Canada Highway

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Lake Moraine in Banff

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Funny Pika Rodents

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Canadian Pacific Railroad

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WERNER GRASER

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Hi MAtt, love your story, must have been a great ride. any advice on hotels along the way, my plan for a ride in late August is from Seattle-VC-Jasper-Lake Louise- back thru the Rockies to Seattle . just finished the South Island of New Zealand on Harley Ultra Classic!

Stephanie Rottmann

Friday 8th of March 2019

Hi!! Im planning a cycle roadtrip from Calgari-Banff-Jasper. My dates are 1 sept to 7 sept. Do you recomend to do the roadtrip in cycle or in car because of the weather. I really want to make it on cycle but I dont know if its going to be too cold. Thanks for your help.

Alex

Monday 11th of February 2019

Wow! That West Coast scenery is incredible!! Here in Eastern Canada we've got the lakes and forests, but wow are those mountains that are beautiful out there! I bet those roads were perfect for riding, especially with that big bike of yours. Thanks for the ride report, Matt! Now I'm going to start planning my trip to the West Coast with my bike!

Bailey Query

Monday 5th of February 2018

Matthew! This is great. I was just up in Banff, Jasper, & Yoho in October. I am wondering how many hours of riding this loop was? My drive from Calgary up to the parks seemed like quite a haul (potentially because of the cooler season). Does the golden triangle loop require passes to each of the parks?

Cassandra

Thursday 27th of July 2017

Great to see you hit all the best spots in the Rockies and got to see some wildlife! Golden really is a hidden gem, especially when you want to get away from all the tourists. Your pictures are so beautiful and really captured Canada's epic scenery!

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