Some people would never snowshoe through the Canadian Rockies. Some think a winter vacation is best spent in the tropics with frozen drinks, not frozen lakes. But as soon as you drink in this magnificent snowcapped realm and breathe in its crisp clean air, you'll know you're in for the perfect winter getaway.
1 Journey to Kootenay National Park for a snowshoe jaunt through the dramatic beauty of Marble Canyon and the Paint Pots | Watch for moose tracks as you trek along Tokumn Creek | A photo excursion around Lake Minnewanka offers more opportunities for wildlife viewing and extraordinary scenery | In Banff, ascend Sulphur Mountain by gondola for 360-degree vistas of snowcapped mountains and valleys.
2 Wearing ice cleats, embark on a memorable trek through Johnston Canyon through a surreal landscape of frozen pillars, waterfalls, turquoise pools and snowy crags to the incredible Cathedral of Ice | Watch ice-climbers as they make their way up the fall | Enjoy an exhilarating dogsledding tour through Spray Lakes Provincial Park.
3 Snowshoe through Kootenay's pristine and remote Chickadee Valley, surrounded by glacier-clad peaks.
4 Explore frozen Emerald Lake and its stunning alluvial fan on snowshoes | Ice skate on the hotel's outdoor rink | Hear from a local bear expert about animals and their adaptations to a Canadian Rockies winter.
5-6 A snowshoe trek at Lake Louise offers unforgettable views of Mount Victoria and its towering glaciers | Peyto Lake, the Mistaya Valley and surrounding peaks set the stage for another snowshoe adventure.