For a fun, car-free road riding experience, bike highway 66 from Elbow Falls to Forget-me-not Pond when the winter gate is closed (December 1-May 14). The first two kilometres climb gently to Beaver Flats Campground, but after that, there’s a big climb to Rainy Summit. Enjoy the view, then coast downhill to Cobble Flats. Forget-me-not Pond is not much further and makes a pleasant picnic spot.
Enjoy this bike ride from mid April until mid May.
|Highway 66 near Cobble Flats, Elbow Valley|
Highway 66 from Elbow Falls to Forget-me-not Pond at a Glance
0 km Elbow Falls
2 km Beaver Flats Campground*
5.1 km Rainy Summit
10 km Forget-me-not Pond
Total distance: 20 km return
Total elevation gain: 350 metres (225 metres on the way there, 125 metres on the way back)
*This is a good destination if biking with younger children. Mine even managed it on balance bikes! Have a picnic, then hike the Beaver Dam interpretive trail (1.4 km one way). Beyond this point, bikes with gears are recommended.
|Elbow Falls, Bragg Creek|
|Beaver Flats Campground, Elbow Valley|
|Beaver Flats Interpretive Trail, Elbow Valley|
|Forget-me-not Pond, Elbow Valley|
More Road Rides Beyond Winter Gates
Bow Valley Park Road: winter gate is closed mid-October to April 30. This is the most family-friendly road to bike as it has the least elevation gain. Read about more things to do in the park here: Bow Valley Provincial Park Camping and Recreation Guide.
Highway 40, Kananaskis: winter gate is closed December 1 to June 14. We’ve biked from the north winter gate near King Creek to Elpoca with our kids (10 km return, steep). Adults can challenge themselves biking to Highwood Pass, the highest paved pass in Canada (17 km one way, 536 m elevation gain)! Alternately, you could start from Longview and enjoy a gentler grade, but it’s a lot further to the pass.
|Biking Highway 40, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park|
What’s your favorite spring road ride?