Banff Ice Walks

An experience that’s truly unique to Banff and that’s why we’re proud to operate all three Banff ice walk tours in and around the National Park. 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.

The most popular ice walk is the narrow gorge of Johnston Canyon in Banff 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 ice walk tour of the Johnston Canyon where your headlamp illuminates the way on the first leg of the trip.

Looking for that hidden gem? Grotto Canyon Ice walk gives you a second icewalk option with less crowds where our guides will lead you along a frozen creek bed through a narrow canyon to see ancient native pictographs.

Highlights

  • Let our guides take you on one of our three unique canyon icewalk tours in and around Banff
  • Watch for wolves, moose, elk and coyotes while traveling through the Bow Valley Parkway wildlife corridor
  • Every icewalk tour includes ice cleats to keep you steady on your feet, hot chocolate and our famous maple cookies
Johnston Canyon Icewalk in Banffwith Discover Banff Tours
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Johnston Canyon Icewalk®

Water cascades into this narrow canyon in the heat of summer, but in the winter the thundering falls freeze solid to create natural ice sculptures. Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Banff National Park, and in
per person
8:30am, 1:30pm
4 Hours
8+
See the frozen upper falls on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours
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Private Johnston Canyon Icewalk®

Looking for a new way to tour with your friends or family? Book a private icewalk tour of majestic Johnston Canyon with a friendly local guide.   Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Banff National Park,
per person
8:30am
4 Hours
All Ages
Banff Snowshoeing Race with Discover Banff Tours
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Icewalk + Snowshoe

Combo Package; explore a frozen canyon of ice, then stomp through fresh powder on a snowy forest trail. Included: Johnston Canyon Icewalk (8:30am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 5:30pm) Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular attractions in Banff
per person
8+
Dec-Apr
Banff Evening Icewalks at Night with Discover Banff Tours

Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk®

Your headlamp makes the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalks in quiet darkness at night. The Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk is all about heightening your senses, appreciating the darkness, the scents of the
per person
6:30pm, 7:30pm
2.5 Hours
8+
See frozen waterfalls on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Explore the icy beauty of Grotto Canyon and see ancient native pictographs using special hiking crampons to grip the smooth frozen creek bed. Here at Grotto Canyon, our Icewalk hikes the frozen creek bed through a narrow canyon, past unusual
per person
8:30am
4 Hours
8+
See the frozen upper falls on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk with Discover Banff Tours

Banff Tour + Icewalk

Combo Package; tour the highlights of Banff while looking for animals, then explore a frozen canyon of ice. Included: Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour (8:30am - 11:30am) Build a connection to our World Heritage Site as you visit Banff's
per person
8+
Dec-Apr