Rocky Mountain Adventure
13 Days / 12 Nights
2450 miles / 3942 km
Highlights of Rocky Mountain Adventure
Highlights include Waterton National Park, Logans Pass, "Road to the Sun", Flathead Lake, LoLo Pass, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Okanogan Valley, Mount Robson, Jasper/Banff, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise and Frank Slide.
The Rocky Mountain adventure tour is a trip that criss-crosses the Rocky Mountains several times, covers 2 provinces and 2 states. From the foothills to the highest peaks, the Rockies offer unimaginable scenery and breathtaking beauty. Sit back, squeeze the throttle and breathe the fresh mountain air. We start our 2450 mile journey leaving Calgary AB travelling south across the border into the USA, crossing two national parks. Through the west half of Montana and across into Idaho where we then encounter the Lolo pass - another highlight of the trip. The route then turns North through the amazing Coeur D'Alene area with lakes and crystal clear waters. We return back to Canada via the province of British Columbia. The Kootenay lakes and the Okanagan are only of a few of the major scenic attractions BC has to offer. After a rest day in the Okanagan we point the bikes north and head to Alberta to visit the well-known Jasper/Banff areas. Travelling parallel through the Rockies south to Crowsnest Pass. The Frank Slide was a tragic rockslide that buried a mining town of Frank in 1903. The interpretive center reveals the complete run down of the disastrous event. Then back to our starting point "Cow Town".
DAY 1 — Calgary AB — 0 miles / 0 km
Day 1 is your arrival day in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Airport YYC). Calgary is known for the longest running outdoor rodeo the Stampede. Participants travel from all over the world to participate with large prize money divided amongst winners. This is where it gets its slang handle "Cow Town". Don't let that fool you - Calgary has a perfect combination of western cowboy country trails to a modern culture that boasts a high occupancy of the provinces' large corporate head offices that make the downtown core their home. With lots to do and offer Calgary is a stone's throw away from the Rocky Mountains, where our tour winds through for a full motorcycle adventure. Upon arrival you will hop on the hotel shuttle and have the day to enjoy all there is to do in the city, or just relax in the hotel pool until the group meets in the hotel ballroom, to enjoy a welcoming meal compliments of ridinwithstyle. We will then introduce ourselves and do an orientation for the upcoming trip.
Day 2 — Calgary AB to St. Mary MT — 212 miles / 341 km
Day two begins with breakfast then a shuttle to the HD dealership to pick up the bikes and get all the paperwork out of the way. Once we're fitted and ready to go, it's head south on Hwy 22x. This highway runs parallel with the Rockies and boasts a beautiful view while travelling up and down over the foothills just teasing us is the Rocky Mountain range to our right. Our first stop is to grab some fresh made famous jerky from Longview AB. As we travel south we soon see the large wind farms standing in the horizon. They are a major characteristic in this rural area. As we cross into the USA you might want to check the batteries in your camera as we will be traveling through one of the most sceinc stretches - Waterton National Park. Tucked into SW corner of the province of Alberta it is a breath taking part of Western Canada.
Day 3 — St. Mary MT to Missoula MT — 228 miles / 366 km
As we leave this morning we are about to enter on of the most sought after trails in all of North America. The "Road to the Sun" which crosses the continental divide at 7000 ft through the Logan's Pass. It take crews 2 months to clear the 8' to 10' high snow banks which line the road. The route travels through Glacier National Park and will leave you wondering how can we top that on the remainder of the trip. Guess you will have to come along to see for yourself.
Day 4 — Missoula MT to Harrison ID — 288 miles / 463 km
After we warm the bikes it's off again to another amazing pass in the state of Idaho. The Lolo pass route covers one of the most beautiful sections of the Lewis & Clark Trail as it winds again through the Rockies. Numerous steaming Hot Springs flowing down the slopes along the way. Wildlife is abundant with deer and mountain goats making their homes in the hills. With little traffic and a road sign that states "curves next 67 miles"... one of the best motorcycle roads in the country!!! 288 miles puts us in Harrison, ID. Stroke the Lolo Pass off your bucket list.
Day 5 — Harrison ID to Ainsworth Hot Springs BC — 259 miles / 598 km
As we leave Harrison, we follow along the shoreline of the Coeur D'Alene Lake it would be hard to repeat the last 3 days but with many miles ahead the journey continues, and new roads are yet to come. The route today takes us off the beaten trail and makes a turn on Hwy 6 with stunning views around each corner. The ride along the shores of Coeur D'Alene Lake is remarkable to say the least. The area is surrounded by 55 lakes but none more scenic that Lake Coeur D'Alene. The route then leaves Coeur D'Alene northward to Sandpoint, ID home of the Idaho's largest Lake of Pend Oreille stretching 43 miles. Travelling north we cross back into Canada at Creston, BC and winding on the eastern side of the Kootenay Lake and a short Ferry ride before reaching our stay at Ainsworth Hot Springs. Time to enjoy a soothing stroll through the natural caves at the Hot Springs after the 297 miles in the seat of your HD motorcycle. Everyone will be fast asleep after the day's ride, and the amazing hot springs.
Day 6 — Ainsworth Hot Springs BC to Kelowna BC — 223 miles / 358 km
Late start today to enjoy the hot springs one last time or sleep in before breakfast and jumping on the bikes to continue our adventure. The ride today will be full of curves and great roads - no different than any other day. As we wind north along the Kootenay Lake the first stop is Kaslo a town with a population of 1000 residents, this is unbelievably the largest town on the main body of Kootenay Lake. The route between Kaslo and Nakusp is likely the most know motorcycle highway in British Columbia. The smooth pavement and well-banked corners make a biker smile from ear to ear. Next we pull into Nakusp for lunch at the Leland Hotel which is the oldest operated Hotel in BC. The stunning view from the tree shaded patio overlooking Arrow Lake is amazing and the food equally as good. As we leave Nakusp, travelling south for a short ride then cross over Arrow lake on the Needles Ferry. We then find ourselves crossing another pass - the Monashee pass elevating at 3953 ft. Many twists and turns as we near Vernon and south to Kelowna, the beginning of the famous Okanagan Valley - home to orchards, wineries and fabulous lakes and beaches. Our dinner plans include a visit to a winery, a great way to end a special day.
Day 7 — Kelowna BC — 0 miles / 0 km
Rest day in the Okanagan Valley. With the route taking us through the Okanagan valley we just couldn't do it justice to pass through and not take time to relax and enjoy this wonder of the world. Excursions such as visit the wineries for a wine tasting tour, the beautiful beaches of the Okanagan Lake, a dinner cruise on the Okanagan Lake, a helicopter wine tour, golfing, winery vineyard hike to remember or just relax at the hotel pool. All excursions must be chosen and prepaid prior to tour.
Day 8 — Kelowna BC to Kamloops BC — 260 miles / 418 km
All rested and ready to ride? Our route continues south to view the remaining leg of the Valley. Orchards and wineries line the slopes along Hwy 97 thru Penticton the largest city by area and population in the Valley and boasts as the second warmest city in Canada. Continuing onward to Osoyoos which is the southernmost town in the valley near the US border. Osoyoos Lake is known as the warmest freshwater lake in Canada, and also home to Canada's only true desert. It is surrounded by miles of beaches, parks, picnic areas, framed blue skies, desert hills, lakes, vineyards and orchards make it the ultimate desert destination. Our route then takes a turn to the north for our day's destination - Kamloops. The end to the second furthest day at 260 miles.
Day 9 — Kamloops BC to Jasper AB — 273 miles / 439 km
Leaving Kamloops and continuing north to connect back with the Rockies is our quest for today. This stretch of highway has it all. Beautiful views, smooth pavement- just a continuation of our Rocky Mountain Adventure. Lean back, squeeze the grips, stretch out your legs and enjoy the ride. A stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park information Center is a must. Jasper is our stop for the night. Time for some souvenirs and a beautiful nights stay in cozy chalets along the Athabasca river. It doesn't get any better than that.
Day 10 — Jasper AB to Radium Hotsprings BC — 224 miles / 360 km
Jasper is a world renowned National Park. As we leave get ready for what many refer to as among the top ten motorcycle rides in all of North America. Canada's Hwy 93 winds thru glacier peaks and some of the most stunning ice fields. Columbia Ice Fields is a rest stop that overlooks the summit. Even a view from the parking lot is picturesque. Leaving the ice fields we then track South to our next rest stop Lake Louise. This is an amazing view where you will no have to be reminded to pull out your camera. It is another area known for its popular ski resorts. From one resort town to another. Our stop for the night is Radium Hotsprings. It has its own story to tell. What a day to remember!
Day 11 — Radium Hotsprings BC to Cranbrook BC — 90 miles / 114 km
We now head south through Invermere on Hwy 95 and stop in Kimberley BC. This city is known for its numerous festivals held throughout the year. The Kimberly platzl is the center of the city where Canada's' largest freestanding Cuckoo clock greets all visitors. A stroll down the streets reminds you of the strong European theme, which sets it apart from other mountain cities. Cranbrook is our stop for the day.
Day 12 — Cranbrook BC to Calgary AB — 244 miles / 392 km
Cranbrook to Calgary is the last leg of our Rocky Mountain adventure. As we leave the Kootenay River and the hills surrounding Cranbrook, we are saddened knowing that this is the last morning together, but it is not over yet. A stop at Sparwood the community known for its coal mining activity. A picture with the worlds largest truck is a must. Next stop is at the Frank slide interpretive center, displays an informative story of the April 29,1903 tragedy that buried a large part of the town of Frank when Turtle Mountain released 90 million tons of rock. Named one of the largest landslides in history. Away we go again to parallel the Rockies and head north to Calgary. Twelve days and 2262 miles and our trip comes to an end. Next we will park the bikes, take some time to reminisce and summarize the last 12 days we shared over some food and drinks at the hotel ballroom. Hopefully our clients have enjoyed the trip as much as we did as guides.
Day 13 — Departure Date — 0 miles / 0 km
Departure day and a safe trip home. A shuttle to the airport to send you on your way.