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Grotto Canyon

Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Canmore
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking
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Calgary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I was very excited for this hike, however, it was clear that the paths sustained a lot of flood damage. Paths are not clearly laid out due to this, making it confusing to know exactly where you're going. It is still very pretty, and a nice hike, however its important to wear good shoes, especially with the wetter weather as... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a nice little hike, mostly up the Creek bed, so make sure you have some good shoes. The path from the parking lot is not sign posted that clear, but not to worry, there are several paths that take you to the same place. We only went as far as the hoodoos, so not sure what is further.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

So much to see here. Great spot for wall climbing. Very busy so get there early. Beware of frigid lake water.

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Brisbane, Australia
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52 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The morning had been wet but seemed to be improving by lunch time, so we took our changes to visit this canyon which we read about on a map at our accommodation. The walk starts along a well-formed trail, parallel to the main road and behind an industrial site, but there were many wildflowers blooming to make this section of... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We did 5 days of hike around Banff, Lake Louise. And this was the last hike we did before we go back to Calgary. It was a perfect short easy hike with very different view of the national park walking through the Canyon looking for the pictograph. Not a spectacular hike like some of the other "blue lake, high mountains"... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Pretty nice views I got lots of nice photos with my iPad..but a touch of a scramble when attempting post stampede party night! Also would recommend appropriate foot wear and bringing a bottle of water.

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
79 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We visited this canyon about a week ago now and after reading about the canyon for years we were under the impression that this hike was very easy similar to Johnstone Canyon further up the road in Banff National Park. It seems we missed something or something has changed since the floods in 2013 since their wasn't much of a... More

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Abu Dhabi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a very nice hike all year around. In the summer, you will see rock climbing and in the winter you are likely to see ice climbing. It is a popular destination for the Yamnuska Mountain School introduction to ice climbing because the routes are nice challenges for beginners and they are short. (BTW, the Yam school is world... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is a pretty good hike with some reward. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to locate the ancient pictographs. We were caught in a downpour - the temperature dropped suddenly and so I recommend taking appropriate clothing for change-able mountain weather no matter when you hike. The parking lot for this hike is adjacent to Grotto Pond which... More

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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A decent hike gets you some impressive canyon views including (at least in the winter) some action shots of ice climbing. I would recommend you wear some sort of ice cleats or spikes so you can walk along the river on the ice.

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