Trails and Beta
We recommend the following sites and places to maps and up-to-date trail information:
Maps and Agency Sites
BIKE PIRATE- http://www.bikepirate.com – This wonderful site has the best up-to-date trail maps and trail information. The site author (Peter) is based out of Canmore and a prolific rider and tech geek – he’s assembling a vast amount of information and makes it available for everyone.
PARKS CANADA- http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/activ2.aspx Parks Canada has seen the light – halleluiah! This federal agency has seemingly done the unbelievable ……it has come to the realization that the National Park can be experienced from the seat of a mountain bike and that many Canadians (and international visitors) want to experience Banff by bike. Many years ago we had to fight hard to get Parks Canada just to agree that Mountain Biking was appropriate in the National Parks. Fast forward 20 years and Parks Canada is now making maps, printing brochures, working on mountain biking trails, doing visitor surveys and helping us with hauling supplies.
CANMORE NORDIC CENTRE(Alberta Tourism Parks and Recreation). Go to http://www.tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/pdfs/CNC_Brochure_Summer_2010.pdf for the map of the Nordic Centre. Also go to http://www.tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/parks_canmore.asp
We recommend Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies by Doug Eastcott (an original BVMBAer). This book is an excellent resource for trail descriptions but also for general information of riding in the Rockies.
Bike Shops – Canmore
Rebound Cycle- http://reboundcycle.com/ a long supporter of the BVMBA, a great shop for the experienced rider and they serve a mean cup of coffee. Stop in and ask for Kevin, Paul or Ryan.
Bicycle Café- http://www.bicyclecafe.com/a great shop full of riders who can direct you to the best piece of singletrack in the valley.
Bike Shops – Banff
Soul Ski & Bike –http://www.soulskiandbike.com/ a must stop for any Banff bound riders. Jason, the shop owner is a great guy, a BVMBA director and a consumer of many fine beers. They have maps, directions, current trail information and a shop stuffed with everything you need.