Banff Ice Walks
In the winters of Banff National Park, sub-zero temperatures turn mighty waterfalls into glittering pillars of ice. Suspended in time, these frozen falls look almost otherworldly. It’s an experience that’s truly unique to Banff and that’s why we’re proud to operate all three ice walk tours in and around Banff National Park.
The most popular ice walk is the narrow gorge of Johnston Canyon which has a network of steel catwalks built into the canyon walls that allows you to walk right along this cathedral of ice. As you do, you’ll get to wander through a natural cave to gaze down at the flowering waters of the lower falls. Continue onto the awe-inducing upper falls — a glittering tower of ice that rise 30 metres above your head. Want to add a touch of extra drama to your experience? Head back after dark on our night-time tour of the Johnston Canyon where your headlamp illuminates the way on the first leg of the trip.
Grotto Canyon gives you a second ice walk option where our guides will lead you along a frozen creekbed to see ancient native pictographs.
- Choose between three unique ice walk tours in and around Banff
- Walk along steel catwalks through the Johnson Canyon and discover a glittering gorge of spectacular frozen waterfalls
- Watch for wolves, moose, elk and coyotes while traveling through the Bow Valley Parkway wildlife corridor
- Discover 500-year old native pictographs and walk across a frozen creek bed on the Grotto Canyon Ice Walk