The best places to snowshoe

  • Cascade Mountain: Starting from Mt Norquay ski area from the last ski lift the trail goes to the river and to Cascade Amphitheatre. Here we usually keep our right and make our way to the ridge of Cascade Mountain following it to the highest point which is the third summit.
  • Paradise Valley: After following the cross country trail to Moraine Lake for 3 km the trail enters the forest at the first parking lot. Just keep in mind there is hardly any sun in this valley and can get really cold. Remember this is prime bear country if you shnowshoe end of Season.
  • Paint Pots: a classic in Kootenay National Park, flat and easy but beautiful.
  • Chester Lake: Kananaskis. A great trail leads to this fantastic valley and if you snowshoe out of the tree line the amazing panorama of Burstall Pass will be “stone through away”.
  • Along Bow River: From the golf course the trail goes into the forest and follows Bow river to Canmore, nice, easy, flat.
  • Sulphur Mountain back side: A great one specially on a cold day as there will be sunshine to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The most daring snowshoeers will try to walk down underneath the gondola. Enjoy.
  • Aylmer Lookout: Great views on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. First you walk along the shoreline before the trail heads up to this view point.
  • Healy Pass: This is the trail with the most beautiful panorama as a reward. Takes a full day and 20 km, but it is really popular and there is no need for trailbreaking. Start at the parking lot and walk to the other side of the Gondola to find the trailhead. After one km the trail leaves the ski area and enters the forest.
  • Red Earth Creek: A long trail through the forest on a fire road but rewarding. The lake and Mt Ball rising out of the lake are fantastic.
  • Chickadee Valley: A beautiful valley in Kootenay National Park, reknown for its great backcountry ski slopes (avalanche corridors).
  • Sunshine Village: Take the gondola to Sunshine Village and walk to the plateau for amazing views.
  • Burstall Pass: Kananaskis. Walk into a “postcard”. A great trail but be aware of avalanches.