Snowshoe in the Rockies

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Immerse yourself in a mountain winter wonderland, with this guided snowshoeing (and occasional ice-walking) adventure deep into the scenic jewel of the Rockies. Removed from the crowds of summer, stroll along snowy valleys and trails only accessible in winter, marveling at panoramic mountain views. You’ll spend three nights in a backcountry lodge, ice-hike the Johnston Canyon, snowshoe over frozen lakes, exploring Lake Louise and Kananaskis Country, and a traffic-free Icefields Parkway. A moderate fitness level will see you through the 5km – 14km days, with no experience necessary.

Overview

Length of Trip : 5, 6 or 9 days, depending on the option you select.

Cost :
From CAD$1879 for the 5 day option (Canmore to Lake Louise) and $CAD3050 for the full 9 day itinerary. This includes:
- 5 nights accommodation in inns or lodges
- 3 nights back country cabins
- 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners
- Professional snowshoe/interpretive guide
- Park fees and sightseeing as indicated
- Snowshoe and ice walking equipment
- Private transfers

Best time to go : The Rocky Mountain Winter Adventure runs 26 Feb 2017 to 6 Mar 2017

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Best suited to older teens capable of multi-day hiking

Where to eat :
8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 4 dinners are included in the package, including a welcome reception in Canmore.

Official Site :
More info at Great Canadian Trails Rocky Mountain Winter Adventure

Where to Stay : The itinerary includes 5 nights accommodation in inns or lodges, and 3 nights in the Shadow Lake backcountry lodge.

Getting There :
The itinerary begins in Canmore, which is a 90-minute drive from Calgary Airport. There are regular shuttles from the airport. It concludes in Banff, with a private shuttle back to Calgary.

Note from Robin : Anyone can snowshoe, and if you've never done it before, it will quickly seduce you. Wearing your favourite boots, you clip into crampons that support your weight on even the deepest snow. Experienced snowshoers can bring their own gear. The surroundings are peaceful and quiet, the views gobsmacking. There is one serious uphill challenge as you hike up to Gibbon Pass (about a 460m elevation), but the views are well worth it. The historic Shadow Lake Lodge is a fantastic and cozy base to explore the surrounding backcountry.

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