10-Day Itinerary: East Kootenays Loop

Access: Start in Calgary | End in Calgary

Total Duration: 10 days

Total Distance: 891 kilometres (553 miles)

Pressed between the Rockies and the Purcell Mountain ranges lies a string of incredible mountain towns that host some of BC’s very best mountain biking. There are endless singletrack options, developed downhill bike parks, wilderness trails, adventure opportunities, and infrastructure for all types of bike groups.

Day 1 - 3: Golden

Drive to Golden and make a stop to admire Banff National Park
Ride BC’s largest vertical bike park at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Check out the Moonrakers trails
Shuttle Mount 7 with Columbia Eco Tracs Adventures
Visit Boo the bear at Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge

Day 4: Invermere

Stretch your legs at Beeland while you grab a snack with a view of the Bugaboo mountains
Take some time to Radium Hot Springs to soothe your muscles
Ride Mt. Swansea and Lillian Lake for fast, flowly trails and a dip in the lake
Fuel up at Kicking Horse Coffee Cafe just outside town

Day 5: Panorama Mountain Resort

Ride Hopeful Creek Trail for epic alpine vistas in Panorama Mountain Resort
Relax in the Panorama Hot Spring Pools
Cruise the village and dine on mountain-view patios

Day 6: Kimberley

Stop in for a soak in Lussier Hot Springs along your way
Ride the Kimberley Nature Park
Evening meal at Pedal and Tap

Day 7 - 9: Fernie

Ride Project 9 if you’re an intermediate to advanced rider
Take the whole family on Lazy Lizard for a two-way 9km ride
Have lunch at the stunning Island Lake Lodge
Ride the loamy trails at Fernie Alpine Resort’s Bike Park

Day 10: Calgary

Drive the Crowsnest Pass and the scenic Highway 22 back to Calgary
Get home and brag to everyone about the fun you had in the East Kootenays

For more inspiration and itinerary planning for your next mountain bike trip to British Columbia, check here.