Cascade Ponds Snowshoe - Banff - Hiking Alberta

 

Cascade Ponds rest under Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Cascade Ponds reside in parkland beneath the formidable presence of Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.  The ponds are the final resting place for water leaving Lake Minnewanka en route through the mining ghost town of Anthracite to merge with the mighty Bow River.  The view to the south is dominated by Mount Rundle connecting the distance between Canmore and the Town of Banff.

 

Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Mount Rundle

 

Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The snowshoe around Cascade Ponds can follow the path system or be as free form as the mood dictates.  There are ancillary trail-heads to the Water Tower or 5.6 KM (3½ miles), one-way, to Johnson Lake which provide the option to substantially extend the length and effort of the day.  

A different trail-head provides a 2.5 KM (1⅝ mile) trail link to Lower Bankhead which is inaccessible by road during the winter months.  Immediately to the west, Cascade Mountain consumes the field of vision and to the north, majestic mountains in the distance above Lake Minnewanka peek above the tree line.  Frozen channels of ice connect Cascade Ponds, and picturesque bridges, important in summer, are academic today but still add significant beauty to surrounding landscapes.

 

Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The center of Cascade Mountain

 

Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Ice waterfalls, popular with ice climbers from around the world, are prominent on Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle.  The benefit ice climbers have enjoyed from the early season freeze-thaw cycles is being compromised by the current unseasonably mild temperatures but there is still plenty of winter remaining and the potential remains for the ice to fatten again.  Forever optimistic.

 

Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Cascade Ponds Snowshoe, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Cascade Ponds is an excellent place for an unstructured snowshoe combined with a picnic lunch.  The spectacular surroundings provide a peaceful place to enjoy incredible mountain scenery on a clear-sky, sunny day moderated by cool, fresh mountain air.  Relaxation and exercise doesn't get much better than this.

 

 

 

 

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There is rolling land at Cascade Ponds suitable for tobogganing. The small slopes will look big to a little person. You will be arriving after a warm spell so the snow cover could be a bit sketchy. Spectacular surrounding mountains. There are lots of things to do in Banff. The Hot Springs on Sulphur Mountain are a highlight for many people. The Visitor Centre on Banff Avenue will be a valuable source of information for current events. Enjoy your visit. Check out the candy store and the fudge shop.

Hi Barry, We are coming to Banff for the upcoming long weekend, and were told you can also go tobogganing at Cascade Ponds. Is this advisable? We are bringing our 2 1/2 year old grandson and looking for things to do while in Banff. Thanks a bunch!

There are plenty of opportunities in Banff National Park. Thanks for your comment, Leigh.

Sounds like a perfect outing to me. I have cross country skied the Cascade Fire Road but would like to explore further.

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