Where to Snowshoe in Banff National Park

Where to Snowshoe in Banff National Park

Dan Scheuerman
4 minute read

Banff National Park is world famous for its sweeping vistas, wild nature, and excellent trail networks.

These are why Banff National Park is the perfect choice for your next snowshoe adventure!

There are numerous snowshoe trails but we'll focus on the highlights from the three major areas: Banff, Lake Louise, and the Icefields Parkway.

Banff and Lake Louise are located on HWY 1. The Icefields Parkway is HWY 93 North.

 Banff National Park Snowshoe Safety Tips

  • Designated snowshoe trails listed here have a low avalanche risk.
  • If you venture off designated trails you are taking your safety into your own hands. Be responsible.
  • If you want to adventure off the beaten path, be sure to take an AST 1 Avalanche Course through Splitboard HQ
  • Always check conditions before you head out. If you aren't sure ask park staff when you enter the park, or drop into a visitor centre.

It is important to be prepared, even if you plan on sticking to the designated trails. Cell phone coverage in Banff National Park is unreliable, especially away from the major roads.

  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Pack an extra toque and gloves. They will save the day if you, or someone in your group, gets cold or wet.
  • Pack first aid supplies.
  • Bring a flashlight. The sun goes down early in winter and it's easy to lose track of time.
  • Carry spare snowshoe parts. 
  • Bring Bear Spray. Even though bears are asleep, there are other animals.


These snowshoe trails are grouped from East to West. 

Where to Snowshoe in Banff National Park


2.8 km easy loop around the Johnson Lake shoreline. This loop is located just East of the Town of Banff.

4.8 km intermediate loop with 205m elevation gain. This trail starts at the Mount Norquay Ski Lot. It climbs through the forest until it opens at the Stoney Lookout. Features views of Cascade Mountain and the Bow Valley.


5.6 km one-way intermediate trail with 340m elevation gain. If you are looking for a challenge away from the crowds, this is a great option.

Lake Louise

5.6 km easy out and back with 195m elevation gain. Follows Louise Creek from the Village to the Lake.

1 km easy loop with 50 m elevation gain. Located just off Lake Louise, this is a great option for a family outing.

4 km easy flat out and back. Follows the Lake Louise Shoreline.

5.4 km intermediate out and back with 295 m elevation gain. A great option if you want to get the legs pumping. Venturing past Mirror Lake puts you in avalanche terrain.

12.6 km difficult out and back with 585m elevation gain. If you want a challenging snowhoe workout, this is the trail for you.

HWY 93 Icefields Parkway

1.5 km easy out and back with 25 m elevation gain. Ends at the famously scenic Peyto Lake viewpoint.

8 km easy out and back with 80 m elevation gain. Runs parallel to the Parkway across meadows at the base of towering mountains. A great option if you want extra mileage after snowshoeing Peyto Lake.


That's where to snowshoe in world famous Banff National Park. 

If you need snowshoeing gear, be sure to check out AQ Outdoors' Snowshoeing Collection.

If you have further questions about trails or snowshoeing gear, please contact us at either our Edmonton or Calgary locations.

Edmonton:  (p) 780 463-4892 (e) info@aquabaticsedmonton.com

Calgary:  (p) 403 288-9283  (e)  info@aqoutdoors.com


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