Rockies Winter Highlights

Rockies Winter Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Mountain trails accessible only in winter
  • Snowshoeing along frozen mountain lakes
  • Ice Walking in Johnston Canyon
  • Banff and Lake Louise without the summer crowds
  • Oscar-winning mountain backdrops
  • Options to ski, dogsled, ice skate, and more

Trip Summary

The mountains and forests of the Canadian Rockies, blanketed in snow, are some of the most impressive natural landscapes on Earth. Lacking the crowds of summer, the winter world is magnificent in its quiet solitude. On snowshoes you can get to places that would be impossible to access in summer, including the backcountry of Kananaskis (where much of the movie 'The Revenant' was filmed), across alpine lakes, and off-the-beaten-path in Banff National Park. Our expert guides will have you snowshoeing confidently following a short introduction to winter walking techniques. Strap on ice cleats to enjoy 'ice walking' within beautiful Johnston Canyon and take your pick of classic winter activities such as dogsledding, icefishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, or a sleigh ride at lovely Lake Louise. At night, return to comfortable lodges, warm up by the fire, and soak in the hot tub. This package is a wonderful combination of guided day tours and optional activity add-ons, making it easy to customize to the level of activity that suits your interest and ability.

Suitability

Snowshoeing is winter's equivalent to hiking - Anyone who is in good physical condition can do it, but the adjusted way of walking to accommodate a bigger footprint can take a little getting used to and will leave you a little more tired at the end of the day. You will have the option of an easy half-day guided snowshoe excursion on forest trails and to frozen lakes, or a more challenging option that includes a gondola and lift into the mountains for stunning half-day guided backcountry excursion. No previous snowshoeing experience required for either option. Expect to be outside in winter conditions for a minimum of 3-4 hours per day.

Itinerary

You will need to make your own way to the lodge in Banff today, where our local representative will sit with you this evening to enjoy some snacks and a welcome drink while you go over the plan for the upcoming days. Exact time and location will be provided with your tour documents. Sleep well and get ready for some winter fun.

Meals:  Nil

This morning, we strap on some ice cleats and explore the frozen wonderland that is Johnston Canyon during winter time. The canyon is a very popular summer hike, but takes on a new personality in the winter with an incredible display of frozen waterfalls and ice pillars that is not to be missed. You will learn about the formation of the canyon, pick out fossil corals in the rocks, and photograph the incredible pillars of ice as you walk through the canyon bottom and over suspended catwalks. Your professional guide leads you past waterfalls frozen in mid-stream, and to the incredible "Cathedral of Ice" at the Upper Falls. It's the perfect destination for a hot chocolate break and a chance to see ice climbers in action. We return to Banff just after noon. This afternoon enjoy any of the pre-booked optional activities available to you (extra cost), such as snowshoeing, heli-flight, icefishing, dogsledding, hot springs pool, or Banff gondola. Overnight in the picturesque town of Banff.

Meals:  B

Sleep in, enjoy the indoor hot tub, or another optional excursion this morning. After lunch, we're off again for another adventure on two feet - This time atop snowshoes! Choose between an introductory-level excursion or a moderate to strenuous excursion this afternoon. Either way, we'll head out toward the continental divide where snow cover is optimal and walk along routes that are only accessible in the winter where the white powder acts as your trail. Your guide will show you the basics of snowshoeing (if you can hike, you can snowshoe) and take you on serene and beautiful snowshoe routes with great views of surrounding Rocky Mountains. We return to Banff for a tasty dinner - a great reward after an action-packed day.

Meals:  B,D

Enroute to Lake Louise this morning, we'll make a side trip into Kootenay National Park for an easy walk along the edge of Marble Canyon, one of the deepest and narrowest canyons in the Rockies. Take in the incredible views of the Rockies' and learn all about Banff's colourful natural and human history from one of Banff's best interpretive guides. At Lake Louise you can walk along the frozen lakeshore or join your guide for a bit of snowshoeing. We recommend enjoying some lunch or tea inside the Chateau Lake Louise, with a view of the magnificent Victoria Glacier from the comfort of a warm chair. This afternoon, partake in your pre-booked activity (extra cost) such as cross country skiing, skating out on the lake (rentals only - not guided), or take a horse drawn sleigh ride across the lake and back. Back in the town of Lake Louise, choose from a number of restaurants and enjoy the final evening of your winter adventure. Overnight Lake Louise Inn.

Meals:  B

Services end after breakfast, allowing you to further extend your stay in Lake Louise or to take advantage of convenient and frequent shuttles to Calgary, Banff, or Canmore.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 4 nights in generally 3-star lodging with private facilities
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Welcome reception in Banff
  • Professional snowshoe/interpretive guides each day
  • Park fees and sightseeing as indicated
  • Snowshoe and ice walking equipment

What's Not Included

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional excursions
  • Gear rental during optional activities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:5 Days
Province/Territory:Alberta
Starting Point:Banff
Activities:Snowshoeing
Winter Walking
Day touring
Optional activities
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:RWH
Prices From:USD$1190
Single Supplement:USD$260 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes