Banff National Park

Snowshoe Sampler

Location: Lake Louise, Snowshoe Loop “B”; 1 km loop, 50 m elevation gain
Cost: Adults (17-64): $18 Seniors (65+): $15 Children (6-16): $9
January 18, 19, 25, 26 and February 1, 2
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Are you interested in trying snowshoeing, but not sure where to start? Come and join an experienced Parks Canada Interpreter for a guided “snowshoe sampler”. You will be introduced to the basics of the sport, and then take an interpretive trip around our newest, easy snowshoe trail at Lake Louise. You will also learn one of the great secrets of the Canadian Rockies- Hot Chocolate tastes better on snowshoes!

How to Register:

  • Please contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 1-403-522-3833 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday through Sunday 
  • Credit Card payments can be taken over the phone 
  • You will be required to sign a waiver before participating 
  • Once you register you will be sent a confirmation email. Please be sure to look at the attached documents as they contain important information you will need to enjoy your trip. 
  • It is recommended that you register in advance with a phone call; however, last minute registrations will be accepted at the trail head up to 15 minutes before the departure time. Late registrations are dependent on availability and will only be accepted with credit card or exact change payments.

What to Bring: 

  • toque (insulated hat) 
  • warm mitts/gloves 
  • insulation layers (fleece or down) 
  • waterproof outer layers (snow pants and winter jacket) 
  • non cotton socks (wool or warm synthetic) 
  • winter boots (recommend 6”/ 15 cm ankle height) 
  • sunglasses 
  • sunscreen

Please note: Snowshoes and ski poles are included in the trip and your guide will have a small amount of other equipment to share. However, your guide will not have any outerwear (boots, jackets, snow pants). It is very important that you have proper clothing for this trip. Poor clothing can lead to frost bite and hypothermia which puts you, your guide and your entire group at risk. Because of this, anyone dressed inappropriately will be turned away and will not receive a refund. Note that many ski rental shops have warm winter clothing available for hire.

Where to Meet: 

  • Meet near the main entrance of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 
  • Look for the big yellow flag/ banner across from the front entrance 
  • Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting place to arrive promptly at 1:45

Special Considerations: January 18, 19, 25, 26 - Ice Magic Festival

During the Ice Magic Festival the public parking at the lake will fill. To help reduce traffic congestion there is a free shuttle service offered from the village of Lake Louise to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. We would highly recommend that you leave yourself enough time to take advantage of this free service.