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Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private icewalk tour of majestic Johnston Canyon or icy Grotto Canyon.

Use one of our existing icewalk tours, the Johnson Canyon Icewalk, of a night on the Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk or Grotto Canyon Icewalk as your itinerary or connect with us for a custom quote.

With our fleet of different vehicles, and a team of accredited guides, we can match your group size, whether you are a small family or a large corporate group.

Sample Rates:

Rates are dependent on number of guests & vehicle required. For eg, $125 per guest with a minimum of 6 guests for a half day icewalk tour.

Contact Us for Custom Quote:

Call: 1 -877-565-9372 to chat, or complete the form below.

 

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice cleats


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

1

Choice of itinerary

Choose from one of our public tour itineraries to Johnston Canyon or Grotto Canyon, or develop your own custom tour!
2

Frozen falls

Gigantic pillars of ice are the tour highlight and ice climbers can often be seen scaling the frozen columns.
3

Everything is provided

Private tours include a dedicated professional guide, comfortable vehicle, use of ice cleats and hiking poles, and a snack of hot chocolate and maple cookies.
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice cleats


The tour is up to five hours long which includes 2 – 2.5 hours for the icewalk and transport from Banff.
This half day tour includes a dedicated professional guide and transport from Banff to popular Johnston Canyon or Grotto Canyon for a guided hike to see the frozen waterfalls. At Johnston Canyon, guests will hike along snow and the steel walkways called ‘catwalks’ built into the canyon walls that give an airy view of the gorge below, and past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper falls. Please note that this tour stays on the trail, and does not traverse the ice due to safety concerns. At Grotto Canyon, explore its icy beauty and see ancient native pictographs using special hiking crampons to grip the smooth frozen creek bed.

We provide ice cleats that will be attached to your boots that will prevent you from slipping on the ice. We also have hiking poles if you would like to use them for extra stability.

We pick up from all hotels in Banff on private tours, 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.
At Johnston Canyon this tour does not walk on the ice (as it is fragile, dangerous and you can punch through to the icy flowing water). You will be following the trail and steel catwalks that are built into the canyon wall and allow a spectacular view down the canyon walls to the ice and river below. The steel catwalks are above the canyon, and vary in height from ground level up to about 10m (30 ft).

At Grotto Canyon this is a unique opportunity to walk directly on a frozen creek bed. In the summer, Grotto Creek flows through the canyon and then freezes solid in the winter. Being able to walk on the creek bed at the bottom of Grotto Canyon gives you a unique view of the canyon.

The Johnston Canyon Icewalk is 5.4km (3.4 miles) and has an elevation of 135 metres (443 feet), with a total walking time of 2 – 2.5 hours. This icewalk is considered easy/moderate but it is the most difficult winter walk that we offer as the main elevation gain is done is short climbs (in some cases steep enough for steps), rather than being dispersed over the entire distance. Moderate fitness is recommended to ensure that you enjoy the tour.

The Grotto Canyon Icewalk is 4.2km (2.6 miles) and has an elevation of 100 metres (328 feet), with a total walking time of 2 – 2.5 hours. This icewalk is considered easy, with a few small inclines.

We provide ice cleats that will be attached to your boots that will prevent you from slipping on the ice, and we have hiking poles for extra stability if you would like to use them as well.

Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Banff National Park, and has a network of steel catwalks built into the canyon walls that allows you to walk right along the frozen waterfalls (rather than directly on the ice). There are two Johnston Canyon Icewalk options, the daytime icewalk is a 4 hour tour that includes both the lower and upper falls with 2 – 2.5 hours of walking and is a little more strenuous due to the increased distance (5.4km) and elevation gain of 135 metres (443 feet). The evening icewalk is a 2.5 hour tour that visits the lower falls with 1.5 – 2 hours of walking 2.2 km with an elevation gain of 65 metres (213 feet) and includes a souvenir headlamp to light your way under the stars. On both Johnston Canyon Icewalks the walk is mainly up above the creek bed on a series of trails and catwalks.

The Grotto Canyon Icewalk allows you to walk directly on a frozen creek bed at the bottom of Grotto Canyon past unusual rock formations, ancient Native rock art, and icefalls. The icewalk is 4.2km (2.6 miles) and has an elevation of 100 metres (328 feet), with a total walking time of 2 – 2.5 hours. This icewalk is generally considered easy, with a few small inclines.

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 recommended for this tour and are mandatory if it is below -16C (3F). Otherwise on warmer days, jeans/regular pants over long johns are okay. Snow pants can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A warm sweater.
  • A warm jacket. Ski jackets can be rented from stores in Banff such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A hat and mitts.
  • A neck warmer or scarf.
  • Sturdy warm shoes, ideally winter boots or hiking boots. They do not have to be waterproof, but they must be warm. No heels, ugg boots, flip flops or sandals. If you do not have warm shoes, please contact our Reservations Team and we will check our stock levels or recommend a rental store such as Snowtips-Bactrax.
  • A water bottle.

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.

It does get icy during the winter season which is why we provide ice cleats during the tour to give you extra grip while you are doing your icewalk. We cancel our tour at around -30 degrees Celsius or -22 Fahrenheit, and would offer to reschedule or refund your tour if this occurred.
Private bookings are subject to a 7 day cancellation policy.
A mandatory gratuity charge is included with all private bookings. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with an additional tip on the day, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice cleats


  • 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.
Included
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Ice cleats


Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours