Tershishner Falls Winter Hike

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A great family option

This trail is a great option for those looking at getting started with winter hiking.

Tershishner icefall makes for a great introduction to hiking in winter. This relatively short hike up a creek ends in a small icefall at the mouth of Tershishner Canyon. With little elevation gain, easy navigation and low commitment of time, this trail is a superb option for families. If there is lots of fresh snow, this trail can become much more difficult. The snow collects on the creek bed and can be notoriously deep; bring snowshoes just in case!

At a Glance

  • Distance: 3.2 km return
  • Elevation gain: ~85 m
  • Challenge Level: Easy | Family Friendly
  • Trail type: There and back
  • Congestion: Minimal
  • Management: Kiska / Wilson PLUZ
  • Other Trail Uses: None

Trailhead:  Approximately 26km west of Nordegg and 64km east of Banff National Park boundary.

The trail guide


To reach the parking area coming from Nordegg, turn west (right) onto the gravel road just past the signed creek. Park as soon as possible, as the trail starts by entering the ditch beside the highway. Do not get confused with the quad trail further down the road.

Trailhead to creek 0.2 km

From wherever you parked, make your way back to the main highway and enter the ditch. Follow it north, eventually entering a short section of bushes where the trail leads you onto the creek.

Creek to forested section 1.2 km

Once on the frozen creek bed, follow it upstream most of the way. The first section meanders through relatively open forest and can be windy. Soon, a large wall of solidified gravel and rocks appears on your left. From here, the forest starts to get thicker and the hills begin to rise around you, providing shelter from the wind. There is a section of trail that goes through the forest, but it can be hard to find in the snow. If the navigation gets confusing, simply follow the creek. In a few spots, you will need to duck under or go around a few trees that have fallen across the creek. Continuing onward, keep an eye out for a flagged tree on the right that shows the way into the forest. This section of trail bypasses an area of the creek that is choked with deadfall and is extremely hard to pass through.

Forested Section to Icefall 0.2 km

Work your way easily through the forest, beside the creek. Soon, some boulders and broken cliff bands will appear, and the trail will spit you out back onto the creek. From here, the canyon walls begin to rise and just around the corner the icefall awaits your arrival. The 2-meter frozen waterfall spills over some shale bands and creates an intimate setting for you to enjoy.

The Return Trail

Return the way you came.

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