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Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing

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With a pair of snowshoes on your feet, you need not stop hiking when it’s white out.  

It is spectacular hiking through the silence of a snow-laden forest or the stark beauty of the frozen alpine. With appropriate care and the necessary gear, winter hiking is an accessible experience for all. 

Snowshoeing is a great way to see the park, and there is no experience necessary.Jeff Mitchell, The Real Banff

There are many opportunities for winter hiking in Banff & Lake Louise. It’s worth the effort to put on some extra layers and venture outside into the fresh, cold mountain air; it will make spending the evening sitting in front of a fire that much more enjoyable. 

Winter hiking options range from short strolls around the town of Banff to long hikes in the backcountry. Prime snowshoeing season is normally late December through to early April. Gear rental (including snowshoe and ice cleat rental) and guided trips are available. 

Check the weather and avalanche report before departing. For more information about winter hiking safety and trails, see the Parks Canada website.