Ride the 1A for a free beer and hat

SWAG UPDATE: Our new hats are delayed for July 1 (apologies for this.) To kick off the program, we have a limited supply of t-shirts to give away from last summer. We will keep you updated on when the hats arrive. You can also call 403-522-3555 to check on the swag status. The beer is still cold and the ride is still amazing.


It’s the ultimate outdoor summer activity to do with your family or friends. Grab your bike and head out to Banff to begin this biking challenge along the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A.) Although the road will have vehicles on it this year, it's still one of Canada's most memorable & scenic bike routes.

A 58 km ride takes you right to the quieter side of Lake Louise, at the Summer Gondola. Show the servers at Banded Peak Base Camp your Strava or Garmin activity and receive a free swag bag to take home which includes a Banded Peak beer (355ml)* and a Parkway to Pint hat**!

Feeling hungry after the ride? Indulge in our specials for participants only... Choose any main menu item for $15. Plainsbreaker and Mount Crushmore pints will also be available for $6. Bask in the sun on our spacious patio before you make the trek back. This will surely be one of your summer bucket list items to check off the list!

If you are already in Lake Louise, you can still participate. From the Summer Gondola, take advantage of the free parking and begin your journey. Take the Bow Valley Parkway down to Castle Junction and back, which is roughly the same distance. New this year: we are offering e-bike rentals (coming soon!)

  • Pick any day from July 1 to September 5 to participate.
  • Start your journey in Banff or Lake Louise & park at any of the specified locations, below.
  • Track your adventure using Strava, Garmin, Map My Ride or any other app of choice.
  • Ride the Bow Valley Parkway to the Lake Louise Summer Gondola (3 hour 20 min average time).
  • Arrive and park your bike in our new bike corral beside the Banded Peak Base Camp (look for the flags.)
  • Show the servers at the Base Camp your ride activity on your phone.
  • Receive a free swag bag which includes a 355ml Banded Peak beer* and a Parkway to Pint hat**.
  • Additional $6 pints of Banded Peak also available to riders only plus a special lunch deal of $15 for any menu item!
Additional Details
  • No reservations required at the Banded Peak Base Camp.
  • Tables are first come, first served.
  • Offer available to participants who are 18 years of age or older with a valid photo ID.
  • Free hat and beer are only available for pick up during the Base Camp hours of operation (see below) so please plan accordingly.
  • If you aren’t up for the return trip to Banff, Roam Transit is available from the village and can take you and your bike back to your car.
  • E-Bikes, Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Recumbent Bikes… use any bike to get you there!
  • *Free 355ml can must be consumed offsite.
  • **While supplies last.


Further info below.

Parking Info

Banff Parking Info

Information taken from Parks Canada’s website.

Cyclists planning to ride the Bow Valley Parkway should park at the Town of Banff Fenlands Recreation Centre or Train Station parking lots. Both are accessible via the Norquay Road entrance to the town (across from the giant Banff sign.)

From there, you ride along Vermilion Lakes Road (shared with vehicles) to the far end, then hop on the paved Legacy Trail to reach the Bow Valley Parkway or 1A.


Lake Louise Parking Info

There is plenty of free parking at the Lake Louise Summer Gondola. Start your journey here (or in town) if you are doing the Lake Louise route.

Hours of Operation

The Banded Peak Base Camp is ready for summer! The outlet is now open.

  • 11:30am to 5:30pm.

Please note: The Banded Peak Base Camp is weather dependent and may close in extreme weather. To avoid disappointment, please call: +1 (403) 522-3555 prior to riding out here. Free beer and hat can only be picked up while the Base Camp is open. 

E-Bike Rentals

Rent one of our new e-bikes and complete the challenge from the Lake Louise Summer Gondola to Castle Junction and back!

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