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Grassi Lakes, Canmore

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
Take a scenic hike to Grassi Lakes, nestled in the cliffs of the southern Canadian Rockies. The two lakes are named after an Italian immigrant, Lawrence Grassi, a notable climbing guide in the area who built the trail that leads to the lakes. Choose between two trails, a gentler one with a gravel road to the lake or a more difficult trek that passes a picturesque waterfull before ascending to the lake. When you reach the lakes, you can take in the panoramic view of the city below, try rock climbing on the surrounding cliffs, or have a picnic by the water. Using our world travel planner, Canmore attractions like Grassi Lakes can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took the easy way up to the lakes. Not very picturesque on the way up except for a couple of vantage points, but once we got to the lakes, what beautiful scenery. We continued on toward that dam. A...  read more »
  • Great hiking experience for the whole family, hard and easy paths. Slightly slippery after a snow fall 
  • The trek up the mountain to Grassi Lakes was much steeper than I expected but the lake at the top was SO beautiful that I am glad I persisted. There are two routes: we took the easier route (an old fi...  read more »
  • Had to take the upper trail due to the lower being closed due to the season. Nice open trail, but was very icy the entire way up. I would suggest crampons. It is possible without, but you may take a couple spills. The view at the top as well as the emerald lakes is definitely worth the hike.
  • Great little hike close to Canmore. 2 options to get to the top include and easy gravel access road, and a more difficult single-track footpath with rock stairs and the occasional hand rail. Difficult path could be an issue for people with exposure issues. Took a 3 year old and a 5 year old up with no problem. Occasional views of water falls, Bow valley/Canmore, and surrounding mountains on the difficult path. Mostly treed in on the easy path. The lakes are beautiful, with lots of benches to sit and enjoy. Also a good chance of seeing rock climbers on the cliffs around the lakes. Watch for falling rocks if you get close to the walls however.
  • Fantastic little hike. I took my three toddlers up the "more difficult" so it's not that hard and gives a view of the water falls. The lake is beautiful with spots to pick-nick if you wish. Enjoy watching the rock climbers, or just dip your feet in the water. The easy path is just a fire road but makes for a quick exit.
  • This is a great hike, I recommend taking the "hard" trail over the easy path. It really is not challenging at all and there are lots of children on the path. The only view of watherfall is on the hard path. The lakes are fantastic at the top
  • Fantastic lakes! Highly recommend to take the 'difficult' trail when you go up from the parking lot - the trail, the views, and the waterfall are beautiful. Once you reach to the top and see the lakes, you will be wow'ed! Then take the 'easy' trail to come down when you come back to the parking lot. You won't regret this 2.5 hour hiking. I would love to go to the lakes again in the fall to see richer fall colours.
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