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4-Hour Snowshoeing Tour in Kootenay National Park from Banff

Product ID: 303208
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Hike through fresh, deep snow in the Canadian Rockies on this beginner-friendly snowshoeing tour. Wind along a snowy path through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots, a cultural treasure in Kootenay National Park, and learn about the area's history.
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Duration: 4 hours
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  • Experience the fun of snowshoeing through deep powder with a guide showing you the ropes
  • Learn about the Paint Pots mineral spring pools, one of Kootenay National Park's top attractions
  • Taste a real Canadian treat - maple taffy made by your guide in the snow
Full description
Once your guide has picked you up from the meeting point, take a scenic drive in a modern minibus along Highway 93 South from Banff into the neighboring Kootenay National Park. Upon arrival at the Paint Pots trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on snowshoes over your winter boots and give you an introduction to the art of snowshoeing.

Then, start down the easy 3-kilometer (1.86-mile) winding forest trail, perfect for beginners as it covers a mainly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain. Cross a bridge over the frozen Vermilion River to the fascinating Paint Pots, mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting. As you explore this cultural treasure within the Kootenay National Park, learn about the history of the fur trade with your guide.

Throughout your snowshoeing tour, hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers, and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. After the crisp winter walk, enjoy hot chocolate and a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert.

What's more, try a crazy carpet slide down the hill while the maple taffy is being made - kids and adults alike love this part of the tour! After your snowshoeing adventure, your guide will transport you back to Banff and drop you at your hotel.
  • Banff hotel pickup and drop-off (on request)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 guests per guide)
  • Hot chocolate and a maple taffy treat
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Use of hiking poles
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Important information
What to bring
  • Thermal clothing
  • Snow pants
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Dress in winter clothing for this trip including a winter jacket, snow pants, hats, mittens, and waterproof winter boots.
• Safety is the first priority: if the guide thinks your attire or footwear isn’t appropriate and compromises your safety on the tour, you may not be able to participate
• Children aged 15 and under must have someone 18 years and older with them
• The minimum age for this tour is 8 years
• All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour
• A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18
• Hotel pickup from Banff hotels is available at no extra cost, but you must call the local partner several days in advance to arrange this
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Product ID: 303208