When Europeans first settled in Western Canada, they soon discovered the hardship of trekking across the unforgiving winter landscape. Snowshoes offered a welcome alternative — less tiring and a faster way of getting around. Today, snowshoeing is still one of the quickest (and most fun) ways to travel on foot in Banff – and it is incredibly easy to get the hang of. Take your pick between daily tours to the Paint Pots in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, learn about Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders, or join a weekend expedition to Marble Canyon, a 40-metre deep limestone gorge. Warm up with hot chocolate and a delicious maple taffy, made fresh in the snow by your guide.