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Grassi Lakes, Canmore
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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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  • I love this hike. It really doesn't take too long but once you get to the top you get amazing views of Canmore. Also the little colourful ponds and lakes at the top make it all worth. A great place to...  more »
  • there are two ways to get up to the top, I highly recommend to choose a hard one to go up, and easy one to come back down. The view of town of Canmore from top is worth sweating a lot. 
  • We have taken the difficult to reach the Lakes rise. You are there in an hour and the path is accessible and relatively easy. Arrival at the Lakes is a total change of scenery, the colors are magnificent and splendid city views.
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  • This was my wife and my first hike in many years... and it was awesome! We took the hard way up to make sure we could check out the waterfalls. Views of the valley and town below, as well as the waterfalls were definitely worth the bit of extra effort. At the top of the hike the lake itself is just as awesome as the views on the way up. It is super clear so you can see the bottom plainly. We even saw a few fish swimming while we were standing on the shore. We took the easy path back down and once we were down we both wished we had taken the hard one down as well. It took about two hours total. There is apparently also a place for rock climbing at the top, as there was a group there when we got there.
  • What a great place for a hike. Easy to get to just outside Canmore. A choice of hard or easy path. So much more to see on the hard path and we found it a great way to head up the mountain. Likely more difficult to head down on the hard path.
  • Beautiful short hike with an easy way and difficult way to get to the top. Great views of the Bow Valley and Canmore. Once at the lakes, the calm waters provide a pretty, calm space to rest. Continue up the trail past the rock climbers and get to the dam at the top (more advanced)
  • Popular hiking spot for locals. Two main trails, the main path is wide and flat, the harder path has steep rock stairs but better views. Do NOT take strollers on the harder path
  • Very very beautiful place to visit. The water is always gorgeous and blue in the summer. In the winter it's a nice place to do a little ice fishing, snow showing, cross country skiing and you'll even see groups of dog sleds cruising around the frozen lake