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“snowshoeing for beginners”

Great Divide Day Hikes
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Owner description: Great Divide Nature Interpretation provides informative guided hiking and snowshoeing in the Lake Louise and Banff areas. Nadine Fletcher and Joel Hagen have over 20 years experience and are certified “Master” interpreters. In summer, full day and half day walks/hikes. In winter, half day snowshoeing trips.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Snowshoeing in winter is an alternative to people who do not ski, skate or cross country skiing. Even though snow shoeing sounded easy, it was not what I experienced. Those shoes needed some good muscles to tighten and Nadine made sure our snowshoes were all securely tightened and showed us how to walk and manoeuver in it. She came well equipped with radios, extra "big shoes" to wear over if your shoes were not warm enough. This trip was so enjoyable. It was a field trip for adults into the wilderness with Nadine . She showed us how to interpret tracks and what the animals were trying to do, different feature of forest and what caused it. she talked about the windstorms, the birds, the glacier movements, fascinating winter animals and how each survive the winter cold, different algae of the forest, buffalo berries, shrubs and many, many more. Mind you I am not very young and to have me remember everything she got to be very good. Nadine was an energetic guide and her expressions are pretty vivid and the questions asked were mind stimulating. she taught us how to observe and analyse. Very knowledgeable lady and really worth the trip. Personally, I find her kind, patient and engaging to all the her tour members. With this quality and price, it is well worth it.

Thank May W
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Joel took us on a wonderful snowshoeing trip through the woods. He's very knowledgeable and passionate about the mountain environment and all the amazing creatures that live there. Our future experiences in this wonderful place will be all the richer for what we learned on our outing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

PS - I would have written this even without the tasty hot chocolate and snacks.

Thank Monquito
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We took a private tour with Nadine and had a wonderful time. She is knowledgable and lots of fun. I'd highly recommend this experience!

Thank JenMCanada
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We decided to try snowshoeing as a new way to enjoy the mountains in winter, and this was a fantastic experience. Nadine was our guide and she was very professional, polite and helpful. She was very engaging and knowledgeable about the local mountain areas and natural landscape. She made special effort to learn everyone's names and was very accommodating to everyone's abilities and any special needs (allergies, etc.). The homemade powerbars were delicious and the hot chocolate was a great treat! The booking process was organized and quick, and they personally call you to ensure there are no unanswered questions or concerns before your hike. Nadine even made special effort to make sure everyone in the group got great photo opportunities. They were also ready to offer equipment or clothing to group members who didn't have the right gear. If you are thinking of trying snowshoeing in the Rockies, this is a great way to get started!

Thank Tristan W
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

This was one of the more tame tours of our trip, so I enjoyed it more! Whilst it's true you can snowshoe on your own it's nice to have a guide to go through the basics and offer a bit of knowledge about the area. Joel has a nice, calm personality and explained things well. He is very passionate about wildlife which adds to the experience. He remembers everyone's name and makes sure everyone is safe and coping ok with the hike. The area we walked through was very pretty, but where in this area is not pretty?! The weather was nice, snowing lightly for most of the hike. It was reasonably warm that day at around zero degrees ;) so after a few minutes hiking we had to take off some layers. I hiked in my snow pants, T-shirt and ski jacket, that was plenty. I recommend this tour company. Good to get some exercise too!

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