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Grotto Canyon

Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 22 attractions in Canmore
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking
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Brisbane, Australia
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149 reviews 149 reviews
47 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
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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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96 reviews 96 reviews
69 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Canmore, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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47 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

It was -16, a little windy at the beginning, good, crisp snow and only the cleats on our boots or poles in the snow were making some squeaking noises. When you stop to listen to the silence in the canyon or in the open areas beyond the waterfall (now covered in thick ice), you will be amazed! Yes, it makes... More

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The details to this hike are easy to find on the Internet. A great option for a foggy, warmer winter day in the Rockies. Once you get on the trail (past industrial BayMag) it is fairly easy walking. However, if it was colder (below 0C) then you might need some ice-spikes as it is a frozen creek bed with lots... More

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Calgary, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

It's a nice walk, and the ice waterfalls at the end are great to see. If you are not with a guide to point it out, you'll most probably miss the drawings on the wall and will definitely not appreciate the meaning and relevance. Pity that the first part of the walk is past the magnesium plant, humming in the... More

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