Grotto Canyon, Canmore

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Grotto Canyon is located in Canmore. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Grotto Canyon by using our Canmore trip itinerary site .
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  • I attempted this hike in the summer and had to turn back due to the mosquitoes being very bad. I went back after the first snowfall and wasn’t disappointed! The hike is easy for all levels. Well marke...  more »
  • Well worth the visit but do remember appropriate footwear and clothing do not attempt a visit without them  more »
  • This is a great hike up and old creek on the mountain side to a waterfall. Turn around at the waterfall and and back to the parking lot for a 4km hike or keep going up the creek.  more »
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  • One of the Bow Valleys biggest bang for the buck hikes. Mostly follows the creek bed, so very rocky. Stop at the falls or continue up the mountain to the grotto, the hoodoos and beyond. Kid friendly, lots of dogs.
  • great hike (after first 2km) that gives a lot for 6-8 y olds to play on, and interesting geology. Good short bolted climbs.
  • Beautiful winter hike that allows you to hike through a canyon on a frozen stream. Beautiful frozen waterfall at the end of the hike. Make sure you bring some sort of extra traction for your shoes like Yak Trax, because it is a bit slippery.
  • One of the best and easiest short hikes in summer and winter (to the ice climbing wall). Deep slot canyon with small elevation gain. 5 km return from Grotto Pond. Trail is a Creek bed and can be very icy and slushy in warm winter spells.
  • Grotto is good for climbing in the summer. In the winter it has cool ice flows you can walk on. Bring ice cleats for your shoes! Overall it's a pretty easy walk but fairly pretty. If you have the proper equipment, there's no need to use the Banff tour companies for this walk.

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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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