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Address: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Activities: Hiking

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Grotto Canyon worth the walk

An interesting hike that you can do with the whole family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Indian petroglyphs on the canyon wall and the fossils in the rocks near the water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Mortgagemann
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

An interesting hike that you can do with the whole family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Indian petroglyphs on the canyon wall and the fossils in the rocks near the water falls.

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Besides the fact that you have to walk past a lime and magnesium refinery at the beginning, this walk is beautiful. We did the Ice Walk which is obviously in winter up the river bed. We wound through narrow gorges that opened and closed upon us with a new discovery and delight at every twist and turn, at times it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Grotto was an interesting experience! It is nice to see it kept in its natural state (as opposed to Johnston Canyon which has rooms/food kiosk/more signs/more people etc). Although it was a little tricky to find the entrance into the Canyon itself - once in it was stunning. We saw ice climbers and even a few original native drawings

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Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The first km of the hike is a bit boring, and you're close to the concrete plant. But, once you get to the canyon it is so stunning. So worth the hike. We took kids too and it wasn't too difficult for them at all. Just make sure you have some sort of traction device for your boots so you... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A local canyon that freezes over completely in the winter means an enjoyable ice walk ending in three well-known ice climbs. It can get busy on weekends but is always a good day out.

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Barrie, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My husband and I hiked through Grotto Canyon with Geedra (spelling is wrong I'm sure) and Jeff. We had a great time, these guides made the hike so much more fun and informative than had we done the trek ourselves. The hike was relatively easy to do, just a few hills to climb, but so worth it. Jeff had hot... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Spectacular hike through an impressive canyon with some prehistoric drawings. Definitely worth doing!

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Edmonton, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We did this on New Years Day. It was cool and clear but worth it. We saw the pictographs, ice-climbers and beautiful scenery. We really enjoy hiking, while not too challenging at all it's worth the time and effort to do though.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

A manageable hike in winter or summer leading to a Grotto and for those interested some good mountain climbing. Washrooms are at the head of the trail.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Right on the road between Canmore and Exshaw, Grotto Canyon is easy to get to just off the highway so can take a car. The flood really tore up the canyon so is really picturesque in a ravaged sort of way. I was there for the first time with my labs on November 8th and I did not see that... More 

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