Banff Ice Walks -Winter Hikes in Banff
Banff Ice Walks are truly a unique experience of Banff in the wintertime. We’re proud to operate all three icewalk tours in and around the National Park. Sub-zero temperatures turn the mighty waterfalls into glittering pillars of ice. Suspended in time, these frozen falls look like they are from another world.
The most popular Banff Walk in winter – Johnston Canyon Icewalk®
You’ll visit the narrow gorge of Johnston Canyon in Banff which has a network of steel catwalks built into the canyon walls so you can walk right along this cathedral of ice. Wander through a natural cave to gaze down at the flowing waters of the Johnston Canyon lower falls. Continue onto the spectacular upper falls — a glittering tower of ice that rises 30 metres above your head.
Hike the Johnston Canyon Trail at night
Want to add a touch of extra drama to your experience? Head back after dark on our night-time Johnston Canyon evening Icewalk® where your headlamp illuminates the way on the first leg of the trip, and the starlight and moonlight take you back.
Grotto Canyon Trail Icewalk in Canmore
Looking for that hidden gem? Grotto Canyon Icewalk gives you a second icewalk option with fewer crowds. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will lead you along a frozen creek bed through a narrow canyon to see ancient native pictographs.
Highlights of winter hikes in Banff National Park
- Choose from three unique canyon ice walk tours in and around Banff
- See some Banff frozen waterfalls in winter – the magnificent mounds of ice.
- Watch for wolves, moose, elk, and coyotes while traveling through the Bow Valley Parkway wildlife corridor
- Included in every Banff Icewalk tour are ice cleats to keep you steady on your feet, hot chocolate to warm your heart, and our famous maple cookies to make you smile!