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Grotto Canyon

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Address: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Grotto canyon was a favorite above Johnston Canyon. The experience of walking over frozen water was amazing. At the end of the walk, you are viewing yet another beautiful view of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Grotto canyon was a favorite above Johnston Canyon. The experience of walking over frozen water was amazing. At the end of the walk, you are viewing yet another beautiful view of a frozen waterfall. We loved it along with our guide from Banff tours. This trip should be added to a must do, you are more down with nature

Thank NewExplorer16
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent winter hike. The distance is not quite 4 km so an easy walk. It is however quite icy so strongly suggest the using the ice grips that you can put on your hiking boots. You need to dress warm and best to wear something wind proof with something for head and neck. There is also a... More 

Thank mulan12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to visit, but if you hike through the canyon in the winter, you MUST have ice cleats/crampons, otherwise sections are impassable....no, really, the ice is so slick you *cannot* walk on it with only boots! We stopped here on our way home from Banff, and hiked as far as we could without ice cleats. It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have just completed the walk to Grotto Canyon. Would be best done in the winter and after a snow fall. The snow would give a bit of grip on the ice of the frozen river. Worth the effort if not for the challenge alone. Kids fly up it. Make sure you get to the frozen waterfall at the end. Didn't... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grotto Canyon is best visited in the winter months. The iced over creek and frozen waterfall make beautiful backdrops. Make sure to wear proper footwear as the creek can be slushy in some sections, and very slippery! The hike was a good distance for beginners. You can take the trail further past the waterfall, although we stopped soon after. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Gotta canyon has a small amount of elevation so for people who don't regularly hike it is a good one to start on. It is still a decent amount of Km's if you choose to keep going into the canyon after the water fall. There are ancient rock wall paintings on the left hand side of the canyon wall as... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My wife and I wanted a short hike before lunch and this was it. It wasn't too busy when we arrived, but it sure was when we left! The creek bed was pretty much dry so no wet feet. Beautiful views along the way.

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

This was a nice short hike close to town (Canmore). The bit past the quarry plant was a bit off putting but very nice once past that. It was interesting hiking through the canyon with a cool little waterfall. I'm sure the waterfall would have been more substantial in a different season but we still enjoyed it. We stopped at... More 

Thank Sellars
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We did this on our last day in the area, it had been raining heavily all morning and we wanted to make the most of our last afternoon. I have to say we were disappointed. Maybe we have been spoilt this past week with gorgeous hikes ( Peyto lake, bow falls, grassi lakes etc) but this just didn't seem that... More 

Thank bruisyard
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It was our first time at Grotto Canyon. It is an interesting hike where you walked on rocks for 80% of the hike. Easy hike, we started hiking at 1140am and return to the car at 210pm. We did take our time to hike so for seasoned hikers, you will probably take a much shorter time. We come to an... More 

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