The deep stillness at the bottom of the frozen canyon is broken only by the sound of boots crunching in the snow. Towering waterfalls plunge down steep rock walls, frozen in place as if frozen in time. Wander through a maze of colossal pillars of ice and surreal ice sculptures, backlit in blues and greens. You’ll happily put up with the kink in your neck from too much upward gazing!
The frozen canyons of the Rocky Mountains have to be seen to be believed. Hike along the walls of Johnston Canyon near Banff, or witness the cascading icefalls of Jasper’s Maligne Canyon. The ice walk at Grotto Canyon, just outside Canmore, is full of hidden surprises.
Professional guides provide everything you need - ice cleats, trekking poles, beverages and snacks. For the ultimate in ice walking, take an evening tour along the shoreline of Banff’s Lake Minnewanka - stargaze on your way to a cozy campfire, roast marshmallows and sip on hot chocolate as you listen to the ice crackling in the darkness.