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Grotto Canyon

Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Canmore
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Toronto
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151 reviews 151 reviews
94 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Abu Dhabi
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I used to rock climb in the canyon and learned to ice climb there too. Now, I just hike. This is a nice short hike that is good for families. It is also fairly flat. GJS

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Canmore, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Invest in some Yak Trax and hike the creek when it is frozen. This place is beautiful and is easy enough for all members of the family. This hike has everything, walking the canyon floor, petroglyphs, frozen falls. This is definitely a great place to spend a few hours.

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Calgary
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
111 helpful votes 111 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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