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
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.
Snowshoes or microspikes are recommended for this trail (the latter in the event the snow is packed and slippery) in winter. For a complete pack list, read our story: Snowshoeing Gear List.
Marble Canyon is located 17 kilometres south of Castle Junction on Highway 93 South.