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I wanted to pick a decent day to do this trail when the falls were frozen to take some pictures. With a forecast of +5C and mainly sunny skies I got what I wanted. The trail is easy, mostly on boardwalks attached to the canyon walls, kind of busy (even for late November) but nothing like it would be in the busy months. The sign said close to one million people do at least pat of the trail every year. It's a must-do for anyone visiting Banff. We spent roughly 2 hours on the trail. Ice grips on the boots were essential. The snow was wet and extremely slippery. Can't imagine what it would be like early in the day after a night below freezing. Lots of people with normal hikers and such were slip sliding all over the place. Not fun. This was our second hike to the upper falls, next time we'll go in the spring and go right to the Ink Pots.

walking
4 days ago

A very easy and beautiful walk along the lake shore. It was snowing almost constantly but you’re protected from any wind and it’s a beautiful way to spend a winter afternoon. Dogs are allowed which makes for a nice atmosphere as everyone greets each other. Great views of the Chateau and the mountain peaks.

on Chester Lake Trail

snowshoeing
4 days ago

This is a fun snowshoe trail. the only downside is that there are alot of people.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Nice easy loop to start the season. Trail is fairly packed but there are a few scrubby sections still.

walking
4 days ago

Did it on 18th November only to the heliport. The strong wind, bunch of snow and ice made climbing the peak inaccessible and dangerous. But the hike was really good, views spectacular, with wind and cold on the heliport.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Amazing trail! Pretty good incline in the beginning but well worth it! Lots of snow as well and it was snowing while we were there, which added to the beauty!

Did this hike a couple years ago and it was great

hiking
5 days ago