Dec-Apr
Season
1:30pm
Departure Time
4 Hours
Duration
8+
Age
Active
Activity

First time snowshoeing? This easy 3-kilometre trail through Kootenay National Park to see the historical Paint Pots is the perfect introduction.

Snowshoe on an easy trail along a bridge across the frozen Vermilion River and and along the snowy path winding through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots, a cultural treasure within our National Park.

Learn about the history of the fur trade as you explore the fascinating Paint Pots, which are mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting.

Along the way you will hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. After this crisp winter walk, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert. Plus try a crazy carpet slide down the hill while it’s being made – kids and adults alike love this part of the tour!

This is an excellent trip for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain, and also suits anyone wanting a pleasant activity outdoors in the majesty of Kootenay National Park.

Included
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Snowshoes
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Anick's Pick

"On this tour we can be free… we walk anywhere we want, run around, play in the snow, slide on the crazy carpets and eat maple taffy. It's like being a kid again. It's a fun tour every time." - Anick , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

The Hudson's Bay Point Blanket Jacket

See the jacket that was used as a trade item between natives and one of the largest trading companies of its time.
2

Authentic trapping tools

See some of the traps and snares once used by the fur traders and try your hand at snaring a guide!
3

Paint Pots

See the bubbling natural pools of the paint pots, this mineral deposit was used by the First Nations people as a natural pigment and often used for rock painting.
4

Crazy carpet slide

Try this fun version of tobogganing!
5

Maple Taffy treat

A highlight for many is this unique Canadian treat – hot maple taffy poured in the snow by your guide to make a sweet frozen dessert.
Included
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Snowshoes
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Anick's Pick

"On this tour we can be free… we walk anywhere we want, run around, play in the snow, slide on the crazy carpets and eat maple taffy. It's like being a kid again. It's a fun tour every time." - Anick , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

The tour commences at 1:30pm, and returns to Banff 4 hours later at 5:30pm.
This tour includes transport from Banff to Kootenay National Park in British Columbia (around 45 minutes from Banff) for a 3km (1.9 miles) guided snowshoe tour. This tour provides an easy introduction to snowshoeing on a mainly flat terrain and guests will snowshoe up Ochre Creek Valley to the bubbling cold-springs and orange ochure used for thousands of years by the Indigenous people as a natural pigment.

The tour includes the use of snowshoes and we have hiking poles for extra stability if you would like to use them.

We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town or at your hotel.
Snowshoeing is a form of hiking. Snowshoes are worn over your boots to distribute your weight over the snow. It’s way more fun and less tiring than walking in regular shoes through deep snow!
The tour includes the use of snowshoes and hiking poles. You can bring your own snowshoes if you wish, but we recommend using ours.
No, this tour is suitable for beginners and those of all fitness and ability levels.
Please be prepared for the mountain weather, it changes quickly and our winter tours run in anything from -27C (-17F) to +10C (+50F). Wind chill can change the temperature dramatically and you will be outside for the majority of your tour.

To ensure that you enjoy the tour, please wear/bring:

  • Thermals/base layers/long johns.
  • Snow pants are essential as we will be walking in deep snow. Snow pants can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A warm shirt or sweater.
  • A winter jacket, ideally waterproof. Ski jackets can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A hat and mitts.
  • A neck warmer or scarf.
  • Sturdy waterproof boots, ideally ones that go over the ankle as we will be walking in deep snow. Winter boots like Sorel, Baffin etc are great. No trainers, sneakers, vans, ugg boots, or “dressy” boots. If you do not have waterproof boots, please contact our Reservations Team and we will check our stock levels or recommend a rental store such as Snowtips-Bactrax.

Please note that safety is our first priority. If the guide thinks your attire or footwear isn’t appropriate and compromises your safety on the tour, you may not be able to participate.

If it goes below -27 degrees Celcius then we will not run the tour and we can reschedule your booking.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Snowshoes
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Anick's Pick

"On this tour we can be free… we walk anywhere we want, run around, play in the snow, slide on the crazy carpets and eat maple taffy. It's like being a kid again. It's a fun tour every time." - Anick , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years.
  • All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Hot chocolate
  • Maple taffy treat
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Snowshoes
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
DO A TOUR PRIVATELY?
  • If one of our group itinerary tours appeals to you, it can also be arranged for you on a private basis. LEARN MORE.

Guide Quote

Anick's Pick

"On this tour we can be free… we walk anywhere we want, run around, play in the snow, slide on the crazy carpets and eat maple taffy. It's like being a kid again. It's a fun tour every time." - Anick , Senior Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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