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Banff National Park

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Where to snowshoe | Trail Report

Where to snowshoe

Prime snowshoeing is available late-December through early April, but be aware that avalanche hazard begins in November and persists through May. Designated winter trails follow portions of summer hiking trails but not all sign-posted destinations are safe for winter travel. Use the Winter Trail Guides below to choose a safe and fun destination.

Winter Trails: Banff Area | Winter Trails: Lake Louise Area 

Please keep in mind

Not all signed destinations are safe for winter travel.

  • You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain. Choose your winter trail from a list of designated safe destinations: Banff Area | Lake Louise Area .
  • If you plan to travel beyond designated winter destinations, ensure you have appropriate knowledge, skills and carry a transceiver, probe and shovel. Avalanche Forecast

Pets are welcome on most trails but must be leashed at all times

  • To a wild animal, your dog is a canine – a predator. An animal may behave aggressively or flee, endangering itself or your pet.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the Cascade Valley, Spray River, Goat Creek, and Redearth Creek trails.

Non-skiers and dogs must stay on the far outer edge of the track set and groomed ski trails

  • Walking or snowshoeing on the track set portion of cross country ski trails endangers skiers who later use the track.

Never feed or follow wildlife

  • If you see tracks, do not follow them toward the animal.
  • If you see an animal, give it lots of space and observe from a distance with binoculars or a telephoto lens.
  • We recommend carrying bear spray until mid-December and after mid-March.

Check the weather and trail report before departing

  • Cell phones are not always reliable throughout the park.
  • Trail reports are updated regularly as conditions change. Trails are rated for their overall condition and difficulty.
  • Review the weather, trail conditions, and current closures before your trip and enjoy!