If you have never hiked in the winter before, start small! Winter hiking is more dangerous than summer hiking because the harsh conditions can lead to frostbite or death without proper equipment.
During the winter the hours of daylight are much shorter, and hikers will find they become exhausted faster due to the energy your body is spending to keep warm and the effort of trudging through snow. Hikers should always set out as early as possible in order to make it back safely before dark, especially because hiking through snow and ice will slow your pace.
Many hikers may find they are dehydrated after a winter hike! Due to the colder and damper conditions hikers may not feel as thirsty, and forget to hydrate as often as they should be.
Just a few inches of snow can completely cover a trail, and easily cause hikers to become lost. You should know how to navigate with a map and a compass, and carry a GPS. You should always check the weather forecast before heading out, as well as the Parks Canada website to find out what condition of the trail will be like. You should also check for avalanches in the area by clicking here, or if you want to become a hardcore winter hiker you can take an avalanche course and learn how to identify the risk of one for yourself.