This post was originally published on the Travel Alberta website.
In the mood to leave civilization behind? To make new tracks and new discoveries? Head to Lake Louise for a snowshoeing adventure.
Against a backdrop of snow-draped peaks, you’ll make your way through the silent forest. You’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds as the soft dry powder puffs up around your snowshoes.
You’ll be with knowledgeable guides who also know how to have a great time. Some have been guiding in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park for more than 20 years. Their vast experience and passion for outdoor exploration really brings the story of the Canadian Rockies to life.
On the Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour at Sunshine Village you’ll quickly realize that snowshoes are the ticket to paradise in winter. They give you the freedom to float on top of the waist deep snow with ease.
Venturing further into this pristine wilderness, watch for signs of wildlife. Although the area is home to elk, moose, deer, cougar, big horn sheep, lynx, and wolf in the winter time, your chances of sighting Alberta’s famous wildlife – including grizzly and black bears – are much better in the spring, summer, and fall. That said, it’s fairly common to see the tracks of animals like snowshoe hare, pine marten, or even wolves in the snow. It’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that even in this blissfully silent wonderland you’re really not alone.
An all-ages activity
Another cool thing about snowshoeing is that there is absolutely no age limit. For as the old adage goes – if you can walk, you can snowshoe.
An anecdote for proof: “One of the couples brought along their eight-year-old twin boys, who maintained our pace beautifully. However I was most impressed with the couple from Germany, who travelled to Alberta for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. At ages 75 and 73 respectively, Stephan and Katrin easily won my vote for the most enthusiastic and fun-loving participants.”
Savouring the silence
Of course, a snowshoeing tour doesn’t just mean a lot of exercise. You’ll have the time to grab a seat in the light, fluffy snow, and maybe even enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the silence of the wilderness. It’s hard to not feel moved by the peacefulness of this magical landscape.