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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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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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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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Winter Rockies Spectacular

Snow-capped peaks, frozen waterfalls and glacial Lake Louise - winter really is a magical time to experience the Canadian Rockies. Explore Banff National Park by sleigh and gondola, relax in soothing hot springs and take a daring Maligne Canyon icewalk.

Offered By: Just You

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Rockies Winter Experience

Spend 7 days in the Rockies and enjoy Dogsledding, a Snowshoe Tour and a sleigh ride amongst others.

Offered By: My Canada Trips

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Alberta's Winter Delights

Visit Banff, Jasper and the iconic Lake Louise with snowshoeing, sleigh ride and a canyon icewalk all included.

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Jasper Tour Company

Jasper, Alberta
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The Jasper Tour Company looks at each trip through the eyes of someone who's seeing the Rockies for the first time! Combining love and knowledge for the mountains with a damn good story makes the JTC the Number One choice for adventure. For more info check out our website.

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Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure

Lake Louise, Alberta
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The Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure™ reveals the most unique attraction in the Canadian Rockies. Massive Brewster Ice Explorers, specially designed for glacial travel, take passengers on a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier.

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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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