We have combined the beauty of the remote wilderness that is Alaska with the remarkable, breath-taking scenery of the Canadian Rockies to create this incredible Canadian Rockies and Alaska motorcycle tour. Frontier towns, remote settlements, giant glaciers and, if you are lucky, incredible wildlife.
ALASKA AND THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
At a Glance
This tour is crammed full and will live in your heart and memory for many, many years to come. If you are looking for a tour through the real Americas beyond the four lane highways and Route 66 gift shops then this one is for you.
You are starting with two nights in Anchorage with a chance to explore this charming city, collect our bikes and prepare for the journey ahead. Leaving Anchorage you immediately feel the scale of this place. Anchorage is home to nearly half the people that live here and yet the state is half the size of Europe with just 350,000 people spread thinly across it. Our first night is a stopover in the town of Tok. Tok lies at the start of the Top of the World Highway and this is our route for tomorrow. Through the outpost of Chicken to the most northerly border in the Americas at Boundary you are heading for the frontier town of Dawson City. Dirt roads and clapboard sidewalks are the norm leaving you in no doubt of where you are. What better way to spend the evening than at Diamond Toothed Gerties Gambling House – a western bar with dancing girls and great food.
The next two days are riding through the “Larger than Life” Yukon and into British Columbia to the Signpost Forest of Watson Lake. Started by a lonely soldier in 1942 there are now 72,000 signs so don’t forget to bring one of your own to add to the forest. After a night in cabins on the Alaska Highway we are heading south on the famous Stewart Cassiar Highway. Crossing the Jade rich Cassiar Mountains this area is also heavily populated with bear so keep your eyes peeled. You are overnighting at Bell Crossing. Originally a remote gas station it has developed into a Heli-Skiing centre in the winter with the best Log Cabins of the trip!
From Bell we continue down the road to our first Glacier – Bear Glacier – carving a new valley through the mountains and on to the small town of Stewart. You are here for two nights with the chance to walk, cycle or ride to Hyder, Alaska. This tiny settlement of just 70 people lies almost completely cut off from the rest of Alaska in the southern strip of the state. From here you can visit Fish River, famous for wildlife viewing, ride to the huge Salmon Glacier or weather permitting there is the chance to take a helicopter ride up onto the Ice Fields!
The next two days rides take us past many lakes (fancy a swim?) to the Kitawanga Totem Poles, through the Bulkley Valley, via Smithers to Prince George, the first proper town since Anchorage. Prince George lies on the Trans Canada Highway and we are following it through the heart of the Canadian Rockies to Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies highest peak and on to the Jasper National Park and Jasper itself.
You have another two nights in Jasper in our cabins on the edge of town. Close enough to walk in and enjoy the vibe of the town and its many restaurants but quiet enough for deer to wander between the cabins in the late evening. On the day off you can ride to Maligne Lake to spot bears, ride up Mount Edith Cavell , go hiking or fishing, white water rafting or just take the time to relax.
Leaving the National Park our route follows the Icefields Parkway. Huntington and Bow Glaciers are en route as well as the stunning Athabasca Waterfalls and the beautiful Lake Louise. We cross the Continental Divide as we head to the small town of Kimberley.
From Kimberley we have an action packed day. Fort Steele Heritage Town, The Worlds Biggest Truck, Frankslide and the Crowsnest Highway are all en route to Waterton National Park. But not before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. This ancient Indian hunting ground was used only once in a generation and yet the knowledge required was handed down over a thousand years by the native tribes.
The charming town of Waterton sets us up for the border form Alberta Canada to Montana USA and then the extremely popular Going to the Sun Road through the Glacier National Park crossing the Continental divide at Logan’s Pass. We are heading for the small town of Big Fork on Flathead Lake.
From the Big Sky State you are heading through the Flathead Reservation and the Lolo Forests in Idaho. The last two days of the tour cross from Idaho to Washington and on to Portland. All that is left is hand back the bikes and enjoy our farewell dinner, before flying home with hearts and cameras full of Alaska and the Rockies.
PLEASE NOTE: This tour includes circa a hundred and fifty miles of dirt roads. We are not going off road and these dirt roads are used by normal traffic (not exclusively 4×4’s). Some dirt road experience would be beneficial but you do not need to be an off road rider to complete the tour.
We are staying in many remote places on tour. For five nights we are in log cabins and two nights in basic motels. All accommodation is in private rooms with en suite bathrooms. However you should expect some of the facilities to reflect the remote nature of the locations.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||5595||7295||7995|
|Including an F750GS Hire Bike||7495||9195||9895|
|Including an F850GS Hire Bike||7695||9395||10095|
|Including an R1250GS Hire Bike||7895||9595||10295|
PLEASE NOTE: This tour starts and ends in different locations and so you will need to book your flights appropriately.
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 Fly into Anchorage and transfer to our hotel in the heart of the old town for the pre tour briefing and our welcome dinner
Day 2 A day to pick up your bike and either come out for a familiarisation ride or see a bit of the fascinating town
Day 3 As soon as you leave Anchorage you start to feel the true scale of Alaska! A big day today but with easy miles as we head north east to the small town of Tok
Day 4 Our first dirt roads today as we head to the outpost of Chicken before crossing the Dawson River by ferry to the frontier town of Dawson City
Day 5 Another big day, but Whitehorse is the next town on the road! You cross from Alaska to the Yukon and Canada at the tiny border post of Boundary
Day 6 Crossing the "Larger than Life" Yukon you are heading for the signpost forest at Watson Lake and our remote cabins on the Alaska Highway
Day 7 Leaving the Yukon for British Columbia the whole of today is spent heading almost due south on the Stewart Cassiar Highway, home to many bear so keep your eyes peeled
- Time to explore Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city
- Incredible scenery through Alaska, The Yukon and British Columbia
- The Frontier town of Dawson with wooden sidewalks and dirt roads
- Visit the Signpost Forest
- Bears, Eagles, Caribou, Deer and more
- Visit Salmon Glacier and Bear Glacier
- Ride the UNESCO listed Canadian Rockies
- Visit the frontier town of Hyder, Alaska
- Ride the Stewart Cassiar and Alaska Highways
- Jasper National Park
- Ride Edith Cavel Mountain
- The UNESCO world heritage site of Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump
- Ride the Going to the Sun Road
- Waterton National Park
- Visit the beautiful Lake Louise
- The chance to ride the Gondola to Sulphur Mountain
- But more than all these, the wilderness beauty that we are riding through
- Pre tour pack including tour information, maps and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- All accommodation as listed. Accommodation will include five nights in Log Cabins and two nights in basic but comfortable motels. All nights are en suite but the remote nature of many of our overnight stops means some simple accommodation at times.
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners (exc Beverages)
- Dinner in Bell Lodge, the second night in Jasper and in Lola Pass
- Airport Transfers in Anchorage and Portland
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Motorcycle rental for the duration of the trip
- Comprehensive Insurance with US$1,000 excess/deductible
- Support vehicle and driver throughout the Tour
- Carriage of one soft 60L bag per bike in the support vehicle
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included