Home to the head offices of some of Canada’s largest business industries, Calgary is most famous for its iconic rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, taking place every July for 10 days. From a kick-off parade downtown, to chuck wagons and bull riding, to a midway on the Stampede grounds, it is all about the cowboy boots and hats.
What’s truly great about Calgary though, from the standpoint of a cyclist, is that it’s a point of access for some of the greatest cycling to be had in Canada. That’s why VeloGuide has an impressive roster of local guides in Calgary.
While cyclists can enjoy over 800 kilometers (500 miles) of pathways and bikeways in the city proper, bike tours and cycling vacations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, can also take advantage of some stunning routes just over an hour from the city.
The Road to Nepal Trail
Just south and west of the city are the Alberta foothills which can challenge even the most dedicated cyclist. While Calgary’s in the prairies, it’s not the board flat terrain most associated with this part of the world.
Start at the intersection of Highway 773 and 22X. From there, you’ll be navigating a series of climbs which total about 600 meters. This is a 90 kilometer loop through beautiful ranchland with views of the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Elbow River Valley
Just a half hour south of the Stampede City is the magnificent Elbow River Valley. A well maintained road with ample shoulders, takes you through the small hamlet of Bragg Creek and further into the Rocky Mountains, offering breathtaking scenery and a steady 500-meter climb. You’ll be amazed by what you see along the way, as the prairies give way to snow-capped peaks and free-range horses.
Canmore Legacy Trail
Less than an hour drive from Calgary, this 26 kilometer, one-way route takes you from Canmore, Alberta to the world renowned town of Banff. Starting in Canmore, you’ll ride along Vermilion Lakes Road to take in stunning Mt. Rundle and the beautiful Vermillion Lakes. A steady climb of only 185 meters, this is a delightful ride through world-class scenery. With a dedicated paved path 5 to 50 meters off the Trans-Canada Highway, cyclists can be assured of a traffic-free ride through the Bow River valley.
First Calgary VeloGuide Hub
When a growing group of cyclists routinely met at Cassis Bistro, owner and avid cyclist Gilles Brassart saw the need to create Vélo Café, a space dedicated to their lifestyle and sense of community.
Velo Café is one of Calgary’s first true cycling cafes, and the first VeloGuide Hub in Calgary. A cozy meeting place for cyclists to chat with Gilles and our other VeloGuides, sip on great coffee, eat healthful café fare, and watch live cycling events together before and after a ride.
Gilles is originally from France and his been on a bike all his life. Max knows his way around the nearby Rocky Mountains and competitive cyclist Lucas, knows the area and its secrets. Our VeloGuides are ready to show you around and share with you the adventure of a lifetime in Calgary.
Experience Calgary with VeloGuide
Calgary has always had a strong cycling community, and as VeloGuide’s headquarters, there has always been a large contingent of keen VeloGuides ready to show a travelling cyclist around the ‘Gateway to the Rockies’.
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