Past Meetup

Snowshoeing the Ink Pots / Banff National Park


North Edworthy Park

Bowness Road and Shagannappi Trail · Calgary, AB

How to find us

Look for the White Ford Explorer

Location image of event venue


Description: This is a great trip that takes you into the beautiful Johnston Creek Valley. Travel is easy throughout, but the 420 meter of elevation gain make this an intermediate route for some.

From the trail head kiosk, via Moose Meadows, a trail sign is immediately visible, directing one to follow the trail up and to the right. The next 3,2 kilometers takes you through light forest, which follows a lavishly constructed nature trail to the canyon's Lower Falls. The trail ends in an open snow covered meadow alongside Johnston Creek where the seven cold water springs of the Ink Pots bubble to the surface. It if is a clear day, the ink pot pool colors will be a bright contrast against the white snow.

Above the upper falls the trail climbs to join the old access road from the moose Meadows Trail Head. Two kilometers further along the road reverts to and descends into the Johnston Creek meadow where the Ink Pots are encountered on the right hand side of the trail.

The Ink Pots are karst features that mark the outlets of seven old mineral springs. Fed by rainwater and snowmelt that has percolated into the surrounding bedrock, the spring water emerges at a constant temperature of 4.8 degrees C.

Hiking Distance: 5.9 Kilometers One Way

Lower Falls: 1463 Meters / 1.1 Kilometer

Upper Falls: 1483 Meters / 2.7 Kilometers

Ink Pots Junction: 1524 Meters / 3.2 Kilometers

Ink Pots: 1631 Meters / 5.9 Kilometers

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Meeting Time and Place: Please arrive no later than 7:45 a.m., in the northeast corner of the Edworthy Parking Lot, to arrange carpooling as we will be departing at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Travel Distance: 150 Kilometers One Way / 1 Hours and 45 Minutes.The Club suggests a compensation of 6 cents per kilometer both ways for the driver(s). (Approximately $18.00)

Event Coordinator: For inquiries, please contact the event coordinator Tigger / Lori at [masked] or (403)[masked]. On the day of the event, call or text me at (403)[masked].

Notice of Cancellation: The trip leader will contact registered participants by telephone or email if the trip is cancelled or postponed. Registrants are asked to contact the trip leader if they are not able to attend.

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to 'try us out' on a couple of events. Please complete a Guest Waiver ( and bring it with you and provide to the trip leader.

What to Bring: Please see the standard Snowshoeing Checklist at on the Club website.

For those of you that are interested, we will be stopping at the Georgetown Pub in Canmore, 1101 Bow Valley Trail, for light snacks and refreshments before returning to North Edworthy Park.