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Grotto Canyon Icewalk provided by Discover Banff Tours

Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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Tour snapshot
Ride in comfort from downtown Banff to the trailhead and back
Duration:
4h
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Leave your gear at home but still have an opportunity to take a guided hike through the frozen landscape in Grotto Canyon. Your tour includes everything you need to navigate the icy canyon just outside the gates of Banff National Park. Here is your chance to take a winter hike with an experienced guide to see the frozen beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Have an experienced guide take you on a winter hike on a frozen creek
  • Learn about Banff National Park geology and the history of the rock paintings
  • Watch ice climbers on a massive wall of ice
What to expect
Set out early from behind the Mount Royal Hotel on Banff Avenue to the Grotto Canyon for your 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) hike. Your guide provides you with poles and ice cleats to help you make your way along the frozen creek. Trek past rock paintings and interesting rock formations, as you learn the history and geology of the area. Stop near the frozen falls that form a wall of ice; there may be ice climbers out to watch as you rest. You also enjoy a light snack and a cup of hot chocolate along the way. Head back to the trailhead and your warm waiting vehicle to take you back to the Banff townsite.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Have an experienced guide take you on a winter hike on a frozen creek
  • Learn about Banff National Park geology and the history of the rock paintings
  • Watch ice climbers on a massive wall of ice
What to expect
Set out early from behind the Mount Royal Hotel on Banff Avenue to the Grotto Canyon for your 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) hike. Your guide provides you with poles and ice cleats to help you make your way along the frozen creek. Trek past rock paintings and interesting rock formations, as you learn the history and geology of the area. Stop near the frozen falls that form a wall of ice; there may be ice climbers out to watch as you rest. You also enjoy a light snack and a cup of hot chocolate along the way. Head back to the trailhead and your warm waiting vehicle to take you back to the Banff townsite.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel.
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Guests should dress in ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots. A detailed list of items to wear and bring is provided on your voucher.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Pick up from the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel.
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
Departure details
  • Mount Royal Hotel, 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada All guests must wait at the public bus parking located behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 138 Banff Ave. You must be ready 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Our guide will be there within the 15 minute pick up window.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Guests should dress in ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots. A detailed list of items to wear and bring is provided on your voucher.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
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Suzanne Clark
Greater London, UK45 contributions
We just recently went on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with the tour guide Tyler.

We had a brilliant time, Tyler was full of interesting stories about Banff and the surrounding areas. It was brilliant to get to walk this trail, and as people who are new to walking in conditions like this, it was super reassuring to have an expert on hand!

Tyler was really informative throughout, and it was particularly interesting to hear about the native artwork.

The tour was the perfect length, and there was plenty of time to enjoy to scenery and take some lovely photos and we got to see three small ice falls and got treated to some hot chocolate and maple cookies!

I would highly recommend this tour, and a big thank you to Tyler for being a great guide!
Written March 10, 2020
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Melaena A
4 contributions
We were the last group of tours for the season due to COVID. So there were only 6 people in our group, .all Canadians, but we had a great time. The grotto canyon was really pretty, although much colder than I expected because it was in constant shade. It was good to know our guide had some extra winter gear for people "just in case", but my fingers warmed up finally. Nick was cheerful and well informed about the area, happy to answer questions. We got everything the tour promised, poles, ice grips for the boots, hot chocolate, maple cookies, and had a little picnic in the sunshine at the halfway point. It was cool to see the petroglyphs and hear about the weird accidents of geology that formed the canyons. The bus was in good shape, Nick was on time to the minute at our hotel, and we returned back 15 minutes early. Overall a fantastic experience and I'm really glad we went.
Written March 22, 2020
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Ben_Perashi
Perth, Australia35 contributions
We took a trip out to Grotto Canyon guided by Nick from Discover Banff Tours. He was friendly, helpful, energetic and informative, as we trekked through the canyon across snow and ice. The landscape was amazing to behold, and unique to anything we had experienced before. The walk itself was pretty easy going, but this may vary depending on the ice condition on the canyon floor. The guides provide the ice or snow cleats needed to traverse the terrain. I would still class this as an easier walk. Worth it for the views, and it was nice to go in the morning as there were only six of us and we had the canyon to ourselves as we meandered through.
Written January 19, 2020
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mum056
Brisbane, Australia42 contributions
Got picked up from our hotel and driven out to Grotto Canyon with no problems. But our guide, who was about twice my height and hence would do 2 steps to my 4, just took off right from the very beginning. Although I am a senior, I know I can walk the distance and have done much more walking in a day but not at all at this pace, with heavy ice cleats on, through powder snow (there was no ice walking for us as it had snowed). I got behind right from the start. He told us when we were in the canyon out of the wind, that we could slow down. That did not happen, he kept going at pace. He would stop every so often for my adult son & I to catch up but as soon as we did, he took off again. If this tour has to go at this pace, it should be mentioned in the advertisement. I would never go again. It was certainly NOT a walk.
Written January 13, 2020
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to write your concerns with your Grotto Icewalk experience. Taking in this information we will be connecting with our guiding team to review checking in with all of our guests multiple times throughout the tour to make sure everyone is handling the walking pace. This is good reminder to our team to watch the pace. Our goal with these tours is to have fun, to get to know those joining our tour experience, and to get a bit of exercise. We certainly do not want folks to feel as if the activity is a race. We like to take our time, point out and share the features of the location that make it special. And Grotto Canyon has wonderful stories to tell. For all of our guests that participate on our ice walks we do walk at approximately 1.75 miles, or 3 kilometres per hour, and most of our trips we are physically walking for over 2 hours of time, there is also elevation gain to be aware of. So important for folks to be aware of this when booking the tour. So thank you again for addressing your concerns so that guides and guests can put them into consideration, when running and or joining our tours. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your time in the Canadian Rockies.
Written January 17, 2020
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Ben M
6 contributions
Having done an ice walk in Jasper previously, we were excited at the prospect of another outing. Our guide, Anick, was friendly, funny, personable and very knowledgeable. Our family appreciated the extra insights into the ecology, history, and geology of the canyon - something we wouldn't have enjoyed without her help. And we definitely would have walked right past the petroglyphs and never learned the fascinating history associated with the markings matching those found in the southwestern US. Thanks for a great experience!
Written January 31, 2022
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Thank you for leaving us a review and we are so happy you enjoyed your time in Johnston Canyon and got educational value out of it. Anick is very knowledgeable and full of great stories of the areas around Banff. We hope to see you out here in Banff again soon!
Written February 20, 2022
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jinilil
Ocean Shores, Australia88 contributions
We had a fun and informative couple of hours in the safe hands of our guide Hugh. Easy pick up from our hotel and everything supplied. Stunning scenery experienced in an easy walk. Well worth it.
Written March 6, 2020
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simranpahwa
London, Canada120 contributions
Couples
My tour guide, Becca, made our tour so much fun! She included everyone in the group and stopped by whenever we saw wildlife! She actually dropped us off closer to the restaurant we were trying to get to (instead of our hotel), which was very kind of her! The tour itself was absolutely amazing! I would 110% recommend it! We were provided with a walking pole and cleats for the ice (which were alright, not the best). The walk itself was very cold, so dress warm! A lot of people were wearing snow pants and looked way warmer than me (wearing tights), but I lived! It does get warmer once you’re in the grotto on the ice. The ice itself was very slippery at points, and the ice cleats didn’t help a lot, but they’re better than not having anything at all (also they’re free and included with the tour). We even saw some ice climbers along the way, which was fun to watch! The walk itself is free, but we decided to take this tour because: 1. they picked and dropped you off, and we didn’t have a car so this was a plus, and 2. having a tour would be very informative and more fun! Also, we weren’t trying to get lost! I wish we stayed longer so we could have gone on many more tours with Discover Banff, but maybe next time!
Written March 8, 2018
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Wanfang M
Boston, MA13 contributions
The ice walk through Grotto Canyon is beautiful and unique. Mountain view is awesome! Guide Rebecca explained the geographic changes and the history on the pictograph found there. Very interesting! Nice walk!
Written March 16, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience on the Grotto canyon Icewalk with Becca. While less well known than Johnston Canyon, we love this hike because it's a really cool local spot, and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed it too! We hope to see you back again soon.
Written April 5, 2019
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Lachlan Moore
Sunbury, Australia4 contributions
The grotto canyon tour was an unreal experience. Walking on the frozen ice in the canyon was exceptionally scenic.

Our guide Tyler was extremely knowledgeable, giving great insight into the history of the surrounds.
He was extremely friendly!
Written February 18, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Tyler. This lessor known trail is one of our favourites in winter - it almost seems as if no-one knows about it other than ice climbers that we sometimes see! We're so glad you enjoyed the hike as much as we do, and will be sure to pass on your kind words to Tyler. We hope to see you back again in Banff.
Written March 5, 2019
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Vii
Hue, Vietnam14 contributions
Gina was our guide for this tour.. she was absolutely fantastic with full of knowledge, friendly, thoughtful and an amazing tour guide! We enjoyed our experience on this tour 😊.. a must do whilst in Banff..
Written January 18, 2019
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Hello Vera, Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Gina. This is one of our favourite winter hikes as well - and just a fun experience to walk on a frozen creek! We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Gina and we hope to see you back again soon.
Written January 28, 2019
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Simply outstanding. Worth every penny and every minute. Blew away or expectations with all of the little extra sigh
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Fun, fun, fun!!
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One Elk
Ho hum. Started late. Finished early. Barely saw any wildlife. Guide was nice. Views were pretty good. Need to
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Breathtaking
One of the most memorable activities we did while in Banff! The falls were incredible. The night silence paired wit
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Great way to see the lakes without having parking issues
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Bad from start to finish
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Super cool and fun!
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Awesome!!!!
This was our favorite part of our visit to Banff. The views were unbelievable. The hiking was moderate. Hugh did a
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Great Experience !
One of the highlights of our trip to Banff. Kids loved it. I have a fear of heights and had no issues. We all are r
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Bad customer service
Nos cancelaron un dia antes la excursion, escribi para ver lo de mi reembolso y no se nada a la fecha. They cancell
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Don't book any Tour with Discover Banff Tour!!!
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Awesome Family Excursion!
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