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Week 1 : Canmore - Whitefish

Start : Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Finish : Whitefish, Montana, USA
Dates : August 14th - 21st, 2017
Riding days : 7
Distance : 375 miles

You start The Great Divide in the heart of the Canadian Rockies:
Canmore. The surroundings of this town are magnificent and have a lot to offer. You should plan to arrive a few days earlier to acclimatize. Test your bike along the banks of the Bow River or take a tour to the Icefields Parkway, one of Canada's national treasures.

Breathing in the clean mountain air makes you eager to jump on your bike and hit the trail. The trail of The Great Divide. You leave Canmore on old fire roads. The luxurious hotels, fancy outdoor shops and tourist bureaus are soon replaced by the dense forests and crystal clear lakes of the
Banff National Park.
 
  You leave civilization behind. There are no tourists on the Great Divide, just you and the mountains for the next seven weeks. The signs acknowledge that you are entering the wilderness – you have entered grizzly bear territory and are no longer at the top of the food chain! Fortunately, it’s more common to share the road with a bighorn sheep than to meet a cougar or a bear. The adventure has begun…

Gravel roads lead you through Kananaskis Country and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park where white snow peaks reflect on the mirrored surface of crystal clear blue and turquoise lakes. It’s just day "one", but you are already in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
A steep climb in the forest cleared for powerlines takes you over Elk Pass. This is the first time, but definitely not the last time, that you will cross the Continental Divide. The pass also marks the border between the two Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Dirt roads and pavement alternate when you cycle through the mining towns of
Elkford and Sparwood. Coalmining is one of British Columbia’s primary industries which is clearly visible in the last town. Sparwood promotes itself extensively as the home of the Terex Titan, at one time the largest truck in the world, and this can hardly been missed when you cycle through town.

Read more in the BROCHURE..