Discover Snowshoeing Tour
New in 2022! Our brand new Discover Snowshoeing Tour is a great introductory experience that will teach you how to snowshoe and give you the opportunity to have some fun snowshoeing around Waterton Lakes National Park.
This tour takes place in the late-morning hours and may feel physically demanding (depending on your level of fitness), but is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to try snowshoeing for the first time (or simply wants to snowshoe with a certified Professional 4-Season guide and learn about Waterton Lakes National Park).
This tour begins when you meet your guide at the Lake Linnet parking area (just off the main entrance road, southeast of the Parks Canada operations compound, and north of the Prince of Wales Hotel). Please note that tour participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from this meeting area. Also note that the starting point for the tour may change, depending on snow conditions (your Guide will confirm with you before the tour starts). The route itself is approximately 1km in length, though unless you are an avid snowshoer, it will likely feel like a much longer distance/duration due to some elevation gain/loss and ever-changing snow conditions.
Upon meeting your guide in the morning, you will be outfitted with appropriately-sized complimentary snowshoes. We also provide complimentary hiking poles. Prior to hitting the trail, your guide will provide you with an introductory lesson in basic snowshoeing techniques and familiarize you with what to expect on the tour.
Though your snowshoe journey may change, based on snow conditions, the typical route is a 1-way loop circuit that will see you snowshoe and then stop periodically for your guide to point out some of the interesting features of the area and offer up a personalized interpretive moment or two. Before you start to get cold, you will resume snowshoeing until the next viewpoint, where your guide will share a few more noteworthy points of interest and share a few additional stories.
Eventually we will complete our loop and return to the starting point, where the tour will conclude.
What’s included in the Tour?
- Personalized tour commentary provided by knowledgeable, friendly, experienced local guides
- Personal instruction and tips about snowshoe technique
- Complimentary Snowshoes
- Complimentary Hiking poles
- Blankets are also available (if desired)
What to Bring / Wear
- Whenever you are taking part in outdoor activities in the mountains, it is a good idea to dress in layers appropriate for the weather (e.g. Tops: base-layer t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, sweater or fleece, puff-down jacket, outer-layer jacket; Bottoms: long underwear, pants, outer layer snowpants)
- Appropriate outerwear suited for the weather (a good windbreaker or hardshell ski jacket)
- Wear good, sturdy winter boots
- Appropriate headwear (hat, bandana, warm toque)
- Gloves or Mitts
- A small backpack
- Your own hiking poles (if desired)
- Your own blanket (if desired)
- A favorite cushion or collapsible/folding camp chair (to kneel / sit on, if desired)
- Any medications / allergy prevention
- A Sense of Adventure and an interest to learn!
This tour is suited for participants who enjoy an active lifestyle and are comfortable with being outside in cold winter conditions. Prior snowshoe experience is not required.
Approx. 1.5 hrs (start time may vary)
Max Number of Participants: 12
Min Number of Participants: 3
Tours may be rescheduled or cancelled at the guide's discretion, if snow conditions are not conducive to snowshoeing, if temperatures are below -20C or winds exceed 60km/h.