Banff Adventures - Banff Ice Walks

Banff Ice Walks

Home to soaring peaks, sweeping panoramas, and tranquil beauty that can’t be beat, Banff, Alberta is often referred to as Canada’s biggest outdoor playground. With endless ways to explore, it’s no wonder that thousands of guests flock from all over the globe to take take advantage of the many views and activities available. From world class ski resorts to scenic hiking trails, it’s no surprise that Banff is a preferred location for mountain enthusiasts to visit.

Cathedrals of ice, stunning views, and plenty of fun for the whole family to explore. Johnston Canyon is one of the most famous hiking trails in Banff, Alberta that transforms into a winter wonderland full of waterfalls of ice, twinkling snow, and deep ravines. Looking for that hidden gem? Grotto Canyon ice walk gives you a second icewalk option with less crowds where our guides will lead you along a frozen creek bed through a narrow canyon to see ancient native pictographs. Ice walks are fantastic, family friendly way to take in the amazing canyons, and are one of our most popular winter options! 


Banff Adventures features three different ice walk tours, each offering a unique view of Johnston Canyon (including a night time option). Ideal for adventurers of all ages and experience levels, ice walks range in duration from 2.5-4hrs and allow you to safely traverse the sturdy walkway while enjoying the splendour of the lower and upper falls, grottos and more.


Ice walk TOURS


Not to be missed!



Most popular! Hike on a network of steel walkways built into the canyon walls with airy views of the gorge below. Morning & Afternoon tours.

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a truly unique perspective



Head into the canyon after dark on our night time tour where your headlamp illuminates the way. Departs Tuesday & Thursday - Sunday.

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walk on the frozen creek



Pass unusual rock formations, ancient Native rock art and learn the history and geology of the mountains. Departs in mornings only.

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Ice Walks in Banff

If you’re looking to get up close to natural beauty, but want added safety, ice walks are a great option for hikers and explorers alike. Man made steel walkways provide an easy pathway to follow, winding through some of the most spectacular expanses of Johnston Canyon. Take in the wonder of the upper and lower falls while bundled up, and keep a keen eye peeled for the wildlife that calls the area home as you venture forward! All tours include expert guide, ice cleats and transport from Banff. Or if you want to explore on your own, visit the Banff Adventures store to rent a set of ice cleats. This is a very cost effective way to add safety grip and climb icy trails.


What to expect

Each one of our tours includes hotel pick up and drop off within Banff, along with a guide, ice cleats, snack and hot cocoa. Suitable for children ages 8 and up, your adventure will take you along a set path that allows for unparalleled views of the gorge, frozen falls, and even some ancient native pictographs! Our evening tours allow you to explore by the light of a headlamp and powerful flashlights, watching as the beams dance off your frozen surroundings. Treat yourself to an adventure by the flow of the moon on the way back, and huddle up over a cup of hot chocolate to stay warm!  Tours are operating as a small group public tours, and masks are mandatory for all guests and guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are your age requirements?
    Ice walks are fun for the whole family, and suitable for children ages 8 and up.
  2. How long are your tours?
    Tours range in length from 2.5 to 4 hours, with an average walking time of approximately 2.5 hrs.
  3. Is the walkway accessibility friendly?
    Unfortunately, due to the narrow nature of the pathway, as well as slippery conditions (which is why cleats are provided), ice walks may not be suitable for guests with accessibility needs.
  4. Do you have any packages that include ice walks?
    Yes! Many of our winter packages include ice walks!


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