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Address: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Winter Hike Grotto Canyon

The start of the hike can be a little boring and loud past the factory but once you get up to the canyon is beautiful. Bring good shoes with grips or buy a pair of 20 spikes for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Karynlc
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The start of the hike can be a little boring and loud past the factory but once you get up to the canyon is beautiful. Bring good shoes with grips or buy a pair of 20 spikes for your shoes.

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2 Thank Karynlc
Caroline, Canada
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I did this as my first snowshoeing adventure. Because , i had no ice grippers I used y snowshoes to walk up the frozen water. The love canyons. So each bend gave view to something different. And frozen waterfalls gave the ice climbers lots to climb.

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Thank Crystal M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

stunning views all around ..fantastic hiking area..perfect if staying in Canmore,so many outdoor activities,from hiking to biking,expensive but good food at several downtown locations

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Thank Stephen C
Beaumont, AB, Canada
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

As this is a canyon, it is different from most hiking trails. It has a very rocky base to walk on. We crossed a stream several times. Lovely waterfall at the top

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Thank Elaine R
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

It was a great hike for a hot day given you are mostly between the cool canyon walls. We went out to the cave and hoodoos (but the hoodoos are almost completely eroded and the cave was too steep for us to climb up to...given we'd have to slide down). As well there wasn't much of a smell to it...given... More 

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Thank Kimberley S
Airdrie, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

There were 7 of us who hiked Grotto Canyon, 4 adults and 3 kids. The kids really enjoyed this place as they got to see the water falls and enjoyed some really cool scenery. We will definitely go back to this place.

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Thank Maureen K
Calgary
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81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Decent, relatively, and pleasant hike that can be enjoyed by people of all ages who are in average physical condition. Easy to get to from Canmore and not too challenging in terms of elevation gain.

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1 Thank Murray W
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

If you're coming from Canmore, parking near the Mineral Mining facility would be better than parking at the Grotto parking space. The 1st kilometer of the trail (parking space to mining facility) is disappointing. A trail beside the road that u can hear the car engines and also the noise coming from the factory. But when u get past the... More 

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1 Thank Jefte P
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Our last day in the Rockies and we wanted a fairly easy hike. Ignore the magnesium plant it is passed very quickly and once you are in the river bed you cannot hear it, and all we could hear was the sound of laughter from our group as we river jumped and rock hopped up the canyon. The towering walls... More 

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Thank Kerry L
Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I have hiked this trail a number of times and have always enjoyed it. The canyon filled up with a lot of gravel in 2013 but there is notably less gravel in 2015. This is a great hike when you're looking for something short without much elevation gain. The trail is course rock so hiking boots or approach shoes are... More 

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