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“Loved this hike!”
Review of Grassi Lakes

Grassi Lakes
Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Canmore
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This was a great trail. A lady at the Nordic Center had told us to be sure to take the difficult path going up and the easy going back. The lakes and waterfall are beautiful. The difficult path is a must or you won't really see much. Also, I agree that it was easier to climb up than I image it would be to hike down on some of the slippery rocks (with kids).

We also learned you could rent bear spray for $5 for 24 hours from a shop across from the main Nordic Center entrance.

3  Thank Josh Y
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The steps about 1/2 of the way in (near the waterfall) are tough but once you ascend them, it is a piece of cake. Go past the lakes a bit to find the cave drawings and look on the high rock face for great horned owls!

1  Thank Lara608
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Lawrence Grassi built many trails in and around the Parks. To commemorate his efforts, these two lakes were named after him. There are several approaches to the lakes. The scenic route starts at a parking lot, and has many interesting features, including benches built by Lawrence.

The lakes are pristine, with crystal clear water. It is difficult to gauge the depth, but I'd say maybe 15 - 20 meters. Allow about 2.5 hours for a well worth while hike.

Thank Ed H
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Grassi Lakes is about a kilometre past the Nordic Centre and very easy to get to. We're beginner hikers and weren't sure what to expect. We took the harder path in order to see the waterfall. Careful with your footing as some areas are a bit rocky and steep. Very beautiful teal lakes, and we saw a Great Horned Owl in a cave above the lake. Took the easy path back which we were told is an atv/utility trail. Nice nonetheless. It's a 45 minute hike one way.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Fantastic hike, relatively easy to do, although I recommend being wary of the more difficult trail. There were a few spots where it was difficult to tell which way to go, because of debris that had come down the mountain, and some sections were definitely demanding you be sure-footed. However, the more difficult path rewards you with some stunning vistas and fantastic mountain air! My wife and I came down via the service road however, she wasn't up to hiking the more difficult trail down.

Once you get to the lakes, you are treated to the clearest, bluest, most stunning mountain water you have ever seen, It was nothing short of spectacular, and it made you yearn to be able to dive in and swim! There's also little caves and other trails that snake off, and I'm sure you could spend half a day just roaming around the area and discovering all the little trails and interesting features. If you're walking up the service road it's nothing more than a gentle hike, if you decide to go up the more difficult route just walk with care and be ready to take a break or two depending on your physical fitness. Highly recommended!

3  Thank TrevorWM5
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