Banff Snowshoeing

When Europeans first settled in Western Canada, they soon discovered the hardship of trekking across the unforgiving winter landscape. Snowshoes offered a welcome alternative — less tiring and a faster way of getting around.

Today, snowshoeing is still one of the quickest (and most fun) ways to travel on foot in Banff  — and it’s incredibly easy to get the hang of. Take your pick between our tour to Marble Canyon (a 40-meter-deep limestone gorge), or join our expedition to Paint Pots and learn all about Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders.

The extra treat on these trips? You get to warm up with hot chocolate and a delicious maple taffy — made fresh in the snow by our guides.

Highlights

  • Great introduction to snowshoeing for first-timers
  • Search for hare, lynx and wolf tracks in the forest
  • Snowshoes, hiking poles and authentic historical props are included
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and a maple taffy treat!
Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon

Snowshoeing Tour to Marble Canyon

Your snowshoes crunch on fresh powder as you hike past Marble Canyon's 40-metre deep gorge. This half-day tour is an easy afternoon introduction to snowshoeing in Kootenay National Park where you can admire the dramatic colours of Marble Canyon, worn away over centuries by the rushing waters of Tokumn Creek. Search for snowshoe hare, moose and wolf tracks while exploring how the landscape is changing and animals are adapting. After this crisp winter walk, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert.
per person
Dec-Apr
1:30pm
4 Hours
Snowshoe Banff
Family Fun

Snowshoeing Tour to Paint Pots

First time snowshoeing? This easy 3-kilometre trail through the Kootenay River Valley to see the historical Paint Pots is the perfect introduction. Snowshoe on an easy trail along a suspension bridge across the river and through the Kootenay River Valley 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. This is an excellent trip for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with
per person
Dec-Apr
8:30am
4 Hours