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Banff Vancouver cycle tour

I'm planning a ride from Banff to Vancouver from 31st July-14th August this summer. However, my cousin doesn't have a bike or panniers. Does anyone know a good place to hire or borrow? She'll start and finish in Vancouver so could drop off and pick up there?

Also any tips for the route? Can't wait to be in the mountains!

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Not everyone views the forum.

Not everyone views the forum. Vancouver has lots of hosts. Why not contact a few?

She has no bike? Does she have touring experience? I would be concerned about an inexperienced tourer making this ride. I have 10+ years of experience and I am not sure I am ready for the Icefields Parkway. ;)

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Thanks Bruce. Good advice!

Thanks Bruce. Good advice!

Yes she has some experience and is very fit and strong so I'' not concerned about her!

I'll contact some Vancouver hosts as you suggest.

Thanks!

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Route

I may be biased because I live on Highway 3, but I find that the beauty of that southern route is enhanced even more by the lower traffic volumes. If you are interested in more information, I may be able to help you. I am a W/S host in the West Kootenays.

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Route 3

I crossed 3 on 3A on my way up to Crawford Bay and beyond. That part of the country can be very beautiful and a very easy ride. And extremely pleasant. Almost not cars. Just an occasional logging truck. Logging trucks going north. Logging trucks going south. I could never figure out why the folks in the north did not just keep their logs and the ones in the south keep theirs. ;)

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3a

Oh, or we go across to Crawford Bay on the 3a as your suggest Bruce. Would you say that's preferable to going further south?

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Crawford Bay

The route up Kootenay Lake to Crawford Bay is the scenic route that takes you up to the longest free ferry sailing in north America if not the world! Once you cross Kootenay lake to Balfour, ride south again to join highway 3 in Castlegar.
Kootenay Pass is the steep climb that you will avoid and you will be rewarded with much beautiful scenery and Kootenay Culture!

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Ferry

That ferry is a very relaxing ride. And between the ferry and Kaslo is a hot springs resort!

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I can tell you I came all the

I can tell you I came all the way up 3A from the border it gets prettier as you go north (I cam from Spokane). If you can figure how to get through New Denver you can visit the Gelena Bike Trail.

http://tinypic.com/r/2jf6a9/9

But don't stand up like my idiot friend here or you can go bouncing out of the car. ;) Heading west on 31A, you can actually take this trail into New Denver. It saves you a final steep climb before you get to town. If I recall the one entrance is where Sandon Road intersects with 31 A. There is an old ghost town at the very end of that road going up into the hill.

Neslon is also a great town but that takes you back east. But the ride heading south toward Nelson is wonderful. There is a really nice hostel there.

There is another hostel on 6 before you head east as I recall but I didn't get a chance to check it out.

And I see there is a rail trail along 6 now. Don't know if it was there when I made the trip. But the road is so desolate of cars there is little need for a trail anyway.

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Highway 3

Thanks for the tips Richard!
So from Banff, would you recommend taking 1a to Castle junction, then 93 south, then 95 and then 3 all the way into Vancouver? We do love the mountains, so perhaps we would go up to Lake Louise first before turning back and heading South.

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Highway 3

Yes to all the above Emily! You will love it! Lake Louise should also be seen!

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Not sure what is going on with Tinypic here is the Gelena on imgur.

http://imgur.com/a/fR3lQ

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