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. Use our Canmore travel planning site to add Grassi Lakes and other attractions to your Canmore vacation plans.
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  • There is a road and path. The road is reasonably easy but I did have to rest part way going up the hill. It is something like 4 kms and you do get quite high. The ponds at the top of the path are very...  more »
  • Very good place if you want to see how in most of the photos go in summer. In December this frozen and if they want to enjoy it more and better dress warmly
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  • If you want to go off the beaten track then this place is quite secluded, there are no tourists here but be careful there can be bears so make sure you are alert. There is a car park too. We took a po...  more »
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  • Would recommend the difficult route going up, has views all the way up whereas the "easier" route has no lookout. It's a good incline but short, took us about 35min to the lakes. So beautiful! The colors were amazing! Such a fun hike if you are looking for something shorter but very rewarding.
  • Great beginner hike. "More Difficult" route indeed has better views and waterfall but not for kids or strollers unlike the easy route. ✌️
  • Easy Hike and very beautiful view!! Great for family trip.
  • Easy hike with a great reward!! Really beautiful and convenient to get to if you're in Canmore. For a somewhat rainy Wednesday morning it was pretty crowded so I imagine it can get pretty bad.
  • Easy and fast hike with nice views.. But very crowded on weekends. Always take the more difficult route

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Resorts and mountain lodges represent the majority of places to stay in Canmore. Most lie just off the Trans-Canada Highway, allowing for convenient access to the surrounding area's natural attractions. Look deeper in town--towards the Bow River--to enjoy the most scenic sightseeing Canmore has to offer, straight from your hotel window. Remember to reserve in advance between June and September, as the town attracts most of its visitors during the warmer months.
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