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Snowshoeing at Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park

by Karen Ung

Marble Canyon’s bridges and turquoise waters make it a popular snowshoe trail in Kootenay National Park.

Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park
Marble Canyon, 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.

Getting Here

Marble Canyon is located 17 kilometres south of Castle Junction on Highway 93 South.

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2 comments

I k o October 27, 2020 - 2:30 AM

this will be a very exciting holiday with the family at the end of the year.

thank you for sharing a fun holiday reference like this, hopefully the more references you share

Karen October 28, 2020 - 1:37 AM

I hope you enjoy the trail! Are you heading to the hot springs this winter?

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