Bow Valley Canyon Tours

Ghost creek canyoning trip


Indulge in the ultimate adrenaline rush with our Ghost Canyon Tour, an all-day canyoning trip that promises unparalleled excitement and natural beauty. Dive deep into the secluded wilderness, where slides, rappels, and breathtaking pool jumps await, ensuring a canyoning experience unlike any other. Whether you’re a seasoned canyoneer or a thrill-seeking intermediate, the Ghost Canyon Tour offers a thrilling escapade amidst the wild splendour of one of Banff’s most spectacular canyons.

Ghost Creek Canyon Trip

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No. of Rappels

4 - 5

Length of trip

Full Day (approximately 8-9 hours total)


4 - 8 people


Ages 14+

Seasonal Availability

July - August

TRIP Itinerary

Our Ghost Canyoning Trip, located on the north eastern edge of Banff National Park is one of the most secluded, wild, & spectacular canyoning trips you’ll experience anywhere. An all day adventure requiring 4×4 access, this spectacular experience rewards any visitor with remote mountain vistas and a canyon experience second to none. Just getting out to the ghost is an adventure. This Canyon trip is a ton of fun and includes slides, rappels, and pool jumps! The straight forward nature of the rappels makes this a great trip even for beginners who are looking for a bit more, yet the phenomenal jumps, slides, and surroundings keep it interesting even for veteran canyoneers. An all around spectacular full day experience.

Ghost Creek Canyon Trip Itinerary

8:00 am:
Meet and greet at Heart Creek trail head Parking lot. You get to know your guides and other members of the group. From here you will start you adventure and shuttle approximately 1.5 hours into the remote North Ghost Valley. The final 15 km include 4×4 access and several river crossing by vehicle 

10:00 am:
We gear up! An approximately 10min hike up the north Ghost river and an additional 30 min hike up the remote Canyon valley provides us with the drop in and starting point for our canyoning adventure. This is a good time to have a bite to eat before we put on our wetsuits and get ready for the playful descent down the canyon. Your guides will go thru a mandatory safety briefing and rappel clinic. Your guides make sure everyone is ready and safely prepared for the canyon.

11:00am – 3:00pm:
It takes approximately 3 – 4 hours to descend the entire length of the canyon which includes multiple rappels slides and jumps! a 10 minute hike at the end of the canyon returns us back to the vehicle

3:00pm – 5:00pm:
We change back at the vehicle into some dry cloths. From here we return back along the spectacular North Ghost River Valley and the approximate 1.5 hours drive return to Canmore/Banff


Arrive at Heart Creek Parking lot

*Please Note: The itinerary may change according to unforeseen events, ability level and speed of group.


WHAT’s Included

We only use the highest quality equipment on our canyoning trips and canyon specific gear. The gear we provide on all of our canyon trips includes:

Bow Valley Canyon Tours Equipment
  • 5mm wet suit (Farmer John bottom, thickest wetsuit available to ensure everyone stays warm)
  • 5mm wetsuit top
  • Petzl helmet (UIAA – CE certified)
  • Petzl high quality harness
  • Petzl canyon specific rappel device.
  • Neoprene booties (similar to socks that go into your shoes to keep your feet warm)
  • Waterproof bag for any valuables


  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • A pair of sturdy runners or light hikers which can get wet when descending the canyon. (no sandals or open toed shoes, no tennis shoes)
  • Rain jacket or hardshell (optional If available)
  • Extra clothes to change into after the trip (Will remain in the vehicle)
  • Waterproof Camera or Gopro
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Heart Creek Canyon Tour

Due to the active nature of this trip we require all participants to be at least 14 years of age. Participants do not require any previous rope or rappelling experience, they must though be relatively comfortable with heights.

After pick up from your hotel or after meeting your guides at the predetermined staging area, it is an approximate 1.5 hour drive by van to the starting point of the Ghost Canyon. A 30-45 min hike will bring you to the top, and the start of your canyon adventure. Everyone suits up, our guides will go thru a mandatory rappel and rope safety clinic with all participants. There are a total of 4-5 rappels, interspersed with several slides, Jumps, down climbs and creek walking.

*Please Note: Due to staff and guide shortages this summer as well as increased fuel prices our pick up and drop off availability for the 2024 summer season will be very limited and subject to availabilty.

The Ghost is a remote area located just north of Banff Alberta. We shuttle all participants to the location. If you are meeting us at the staging area we meet at the Heart Creek Trail parking lot. It is located 17km east of the town site of Canmore and approximately 10 min drive from Canmore and 25 minutes from Banff. Look for the Heart Creek Trail exit.

Meeting time is 8:00am at the Heart Creek Trail Parking lot.

It is a good idea to change into a bathing suit before arriving at the meeting point. There are rudimentary public toilets at the Heart Creek Trailhead. We will “suit up” and change into wet suits before we rappel into the canyon which is after our short approach hike up the top of both canyon sections. Please also keep in mind that there are no services at the staging area. The closets gas station is in Deadmans Flats.

It is recommend that everyone bring a lunch on our full day canyoneering trip. We do not provide lunch on our full day trips. Due to our busy summer and because we do not have a facility to store products and food do not provide lunch.

Participation in activities with Canadian Wilderness School Expedition/ Bow Valley Canyon Tours involves risks, dangers and hazards. All participants must read and agree to the Release Agreement prior to proceeding with booking. Click here to read the Release Agreement: Click here to read the Release Agreement:

Our canyoning season usually runs from May to October. Bookings can be made directly by clicking the: BOOK NOW link or call us by phone. We would love to answer any remaining questions you might have.  Please be ready to provide a credit card when booking by phone. We are normally available between the hours of 8am – 6pm seven days a week, Mountain standard Time.

PH: (403) 679-2309


This trip may be subject to itinerary change or in an extreme case even possible cancellation due to unexpected water levels and/or weather conditions. Please refer to our cancelation policy provided upon booking the trip.

Unforgettable Canyoning Adventures Await!

We gratefully acknowledge that we travel, work, explore, and play in the Treaty 7 Territory region of Southern Alberta. Treaty 7 encompasses the traditional lands of the Îyârhe Nakoda Nations of Chiniki, Wesley, and Bearspaw, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Kainai, Siksika, and Piikani Nations of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Confederacy, and Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. We promise to honour and celebrate the land, history, and habitants of this sacred space, for we are guests in their home.