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Ice Walking Winter Outdoor Activities

Who needs long walks on the beach when there's frozen canyons begging to be trekked? Check out that winter sunshine sparkling on a frozen creek. ● Good to know: Guided ice walking tours come with steel ice cleats. That means slipping hazards are minimal. Cool geological and historical facts come standard, too. ● Day or night: What's cooler than a daytime guided ice walk through canyons? The same tour under the stars. And you get to keep your headlamp after. ● Solo: Bring your own ice cleats to walk the frozen path of Grotto Canyon near Canmore. 

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Grotto Canyon

Canmore, Alberta
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Ten minutes from the town of Canmore, Grotto Canyon can only be accessed on foot. Take the trail from the Grotto Mountain daytime car park and walk about a kilometre to get to the narrow-walled creek bed, which twists for another kilometre. As the smooth limestone walls get steeper, you’ll come upon a fork in the creekbed. Heading right takes you to a glistening waterfall. If you look carefully, just before the falls on the left at eye level, you will see Hopi pictographs, painted some 500-1,000 years ago. Walk it in summer or go with a guide in winter.

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Maligne Canyon

Jasper, Alberta
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Turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls grow ever more impressive along this short trail. Multiple bridges span the narrow gorge, crossing several times for spine-tingling views of the river below. Watch for fuchsia fireweed and mountain bluebirds in a landscape shaped by fire, erosion and mountain-building.

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Johnston Canyon

Banff, Alberta
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Banff National Park’s most popular hiking destination takes you into the depths of a canyon along catwalks and amongst spectacular waterfalls. See the impressive lower falls and walk through a tunnel to get an even closer look at the powerful effects of water. An early morning start may help you avoid the crowds.

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Rockies Winter Wonderland

Winter is truly magical in the Canadian Rockies. Marvel at snow-capped peaks, frozen waterfalls and glacial Lake Louise, explore Banff by sleigh and gondola, and admire the beauty of the Maligne Canyon ice caves.

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Marmot Basin & Beautiful Jasper

A ski resort like no other, a hotel like no other - the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Save up to 35% with Ski Independence when booked by 31 August 2018.

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Expires: 2018-08-31
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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities, including bush craft, hide tanning, moccasin making workshops, interpretive guided medicine walks and hikes focusing on culture connection to the land, and tons more!

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalises our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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White Mountain Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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You'll find some of the best year-round adventures in the world right here in the Canadian Rockies. Incredible summer hiking and walking, amazing winter ice walks, wildlife watching, and snowshoeing adventures. Take the time to experience them with your own exclusive guide. You choose the date, time, trip length and go at your own pace. Our expert guides and naturalists will make your outing the unique adventure you are looking for.

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