Finest Winter Hiking Trails - Canada
Put the Tunnel Mountain hike on the must-do list if you’re visiting Banff. Over a couple of hours, not only will you get a moderate workout but you’ll get the lay of the land from above.
Elk Island National Park
The landscape is diverse with lots of meadows, frozen lakes and mixed forests of aspen, poplar and spruce. To increase your chances of seeing moose, elk or bison, stop at the Visitor Centre (where you can rent snowshoes) for its up-to-date information on animal locations.
Spray River Trail
The Spray River Trail, located mere steps from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, offers an easy outing on snowshoes. The forest walking is pretty alongside the turquoise-coloured waters of the Spray River. The occasional view of Mt. Rundle keeps it interesting. There is the option to continue past the bridge, for an epic hike to the Goat Creek Trailhead. But most people turn around here. While you can retrace your steps, a loopback on the other side of the Spray River is the superior choice. If you do this, keep an eye out for ice-climbers high up on frozen waterfalls.
Badlands Interpretive Trail, Drumheller
Enjoy the drama of the badlands all the way to the highway. Once there, either retrace your steps or continue for as long as you like in either direction along the scenic Red Deer River.