Dec-Apr
Season
8:30am
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
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Snowshoes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
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
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Snowshoes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
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 8:30am on Saturdays and Sundays, and returns to Banff 4 hours later at 12:30pm.
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 can also provide winter boots if requested at the time of booking (please include your US shoe size).

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. We can also provide winter boots if requested at the time of booking (please include your US shoe size).
No, this tour is suitable for beginners and those of all fitness and ability levels.
We recommend warm and waterproof clothing (for example, ski clothing). We strongly recommend waterproof shoes and pants, as you will likely be walking in deep snow. We will provide snowshoes and hiking poles, and winter boots can be provided if requested at the time of booking (please include your US shoe size).
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
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Snowshoes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
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.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Snowshoes
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Day of Week
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
Walking Distance
  • 3km (1.86 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • Minimal
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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