Marble Canyon’s bridges and turquoise waters make it a popular snowshoe trail in Kootenay National Park.
Snow is falling when we arrive at Marble Canyon, making the already pretty scene a winter wonderland. We follow the well-marked trail past a turquoise pool, then climb a hill. From the top, the trail is pretty flat, but offers views into the gorge. Formed over thousands of years by erosion, the limestone and dolomite canyon is 40 metres deep. Signs along the interpretive trail describe how the canyon formed. Criss-crossed by several bridges, the canyon makes a fun, short stop en route to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort or Radium.
Marble Canyon at a Glance
- Distance: 1.6 km return
- Elevation Gain: 20 metres
- Difficulty: easy
- Geocaching? Yes
- Stroller friendly? No (there are stairs)
- Nearest washrooms: Pit toilets at trailhead
Know Before You Go
- A Parks Canada Discovery Pass / daily admission fee is required to stop in Kootenay National Park.
- Stay on the trail to stay safe, and keep children and pets close. Although there is a railing along the trail, the canyon is very deep, so a fall could be fatal (and the railing doesn’t offer much protection when there are a few feet of snow).
- Snowshoes or microspikes are recommended for this trail in winter conditions.
- You are in bear country. Review our Bear Safety Tips and keep bear spray accessible. We have seen grizzly bears in the mountains in late January and early March!
- Dogs must be kept on a leash.
What to Bring
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Base layers, insulated winter boots, a down jacket and windproof/waterproof shell (or insulated ski jacket/parka), gloves or mittens, and a toque are must-haves. See our fall/winter hiking gear guide for product recommendations.
For winter hiking, we recommend traction devices such as Kahtoola Microspikes (Available from Amazon and MEC), or Hillsound Trail Crampons (Available at Amazon and Sport Chek) and trekking poles with snow baskets.
You should also carry The Ten Essentials including: water, extra food, extra clothes, a headlamp, a GPS/satellite communicator (or compass) and map of the area, sunscreen (this one is safe for babies), and bear spray. Carry bear spray in a Frontiersman Bear Spray Holster (attaches to your backpack or belt) or Scat Belt.
For snowshoeing, see our Snowshoeing Gear List.
Marble Canyon is 2 hours from Calgary / 40 minutes from Banff; 17 kilometres south of Castle Junction on Highway 93 South. It’s a good hike to do en route to Radium or Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
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