ATB TOUR OF ALBERTA | SEPTEMEBER 1 – 4, 2017
The ATB Tour of Alberta has adopted a hybrid of the hub-and-spoke model being implemented by other UCI professional races, like Australia’s Tour Down Under, with three stages starting and finishing in metro Edmonton, and one stage contested entirely within Jasper National Park. What does this mean for you? A whole lot of festivals, exciting action and world-class cycling all jam packed into one exhilarating long weekend!
Beginning in Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains, the Tour will kick-off the first stage of racing with an epic return to the mountains in Jasper National Park on September 1.
The ATB Tour of Alberta will then head back to Edmonton for the final three days of racing, which will be contested within the capital region September 2 through 4.
Detailed stage maps, course profiles and teams will be unveiled later this Spring.
Where the wild never left the wilderness.
Jasper is a rare place where taking the path less traveled rewards you with an authentic, eclectic experience. We’re not on the main road or the main route. The journey to is as exceptional as the destination.
Jasper National Park, covering 10,878 km (4,200 miles), is listed as one of only 15 UNESCO extraordinary sites in Canada. It’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons you will find it on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List–deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.
In 2011 Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve. In addition to celebrating this place’s daytime views, the unspoiled night sky is a wilderness astronomy to be shared.
Established in 1813, Jasper House was first a North West Company, and later Hudson’s Bay Company, fur trade post. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is 2,775,000 acres, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The railway siding at the location of the future townsite of Jasper, was established in 1911 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and was originally named the Fitzhugh. The townsite was surveyed in 1913 and was renamed Jasper after the former fur trade post. In 1931 Jasper became accessible by road from Edmonton. In 1940, following a make work project for so many, the scenic Icefields Parkway opened, connecting Banff and Jasper.
Why is Edmonton different? Maybe it’s our northern home, where for years we’ve learned to make our own fun. Perhaps it’s the people who have always been unusually keen to try, and build, something new. From close encounters with free roaming bison to surfing indoors to taking your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms, hyper-local bistros and indie bakeries in Canada, you’ll want to keep exploring. And we want you to be a part of it.
When you’re ready to put your adventure on pause for the evening, Edmonton has the best hotels and accommodations to rest your head. We want to help make your time here cherished, with memories that will make you want to come back often. Don’t miss some of the other exciting festivals, events, things to do and dining options while you’re here.