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Overview
Leave your gear at home but still have an opportunity to take a guided hike through the frozen landscape in Grotto Canyon. Your tour includes everything you will need to navigate the icy canyon just outside the gates of Banff National Park. Here is your chance to take a winter hike with an experienced guide to see the frozen beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Highlights
  • Ride in comfort from downtown Banff to the trailhead and back
  • Have an experienced guide take you on a winter hike on a frozen creek
  • Learn about Banff National Park geology and the history of the rock paintings
  • Watch ice climbers on a massive wall of ice
What to Expect
Set out early from behind the Mount Royal Hotel on Banff Avenue to the Grotto Canyon for your 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) hike. Your guide will provide you with poles and ice cleats to help you make your way along the frozen creek. Trek past rock paintings and interesting rock formations, as you learn the history and geology of the area. Stop near the frozen falls that form a wall of ice; there may be ice climbers out to watch as you rest. You'll also enjoy a light snack and a cup of hot chocolate along the way. Head back to the trailhead and your warm waiting vehicle to take you back to the Banff townsite.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please meet in the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel (hotel address: 138 Banff Ave, Banff).
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to the original departure point at approximately 12:30pm
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Ice cleats
  • Hiking pole
  • Maple cookie snack, hot chocolate
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years. All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years and older.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18.
  • Guests should dress in ski wear for this trip including hats, mittens, and warm boots. A detailed list of items to wear and bring is provided on your voucher.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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The ice walk through Grotto Canyon is beautiful and unique. Mountain view is awesome! Guide Rebecca explained the geographic changes and the history on the pictograph found there. Very interesting! Nice walk!
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Response from DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Grotto Canyon Icewalk
Responded 4 Apr. 2019
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience on the Grotto canyon Icewalk with Becca. While less well known than Johnston Canyon, we love this hike because it's a really cool local spot, and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed it too! We hope to see you back again soon.
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The grotto canyon tour was an unreal experience. Walking on the frozen ice in the canyon was exceptionally scenic. Our guide Tyler was extremely knowledgeable, giving great insight into the history of the surrounds. He was extremely friendly!
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Response from DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Grotto Canyon Icewalk
Responded 4 Mar. 2019
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Tyler. This lessor known trail is one of our favourites in winter - it almost seems as if no-one knows about it other than ice climbers that we sometimes see! We're so glad you enjoyed the hike as much as we do, and will be sure to pass on your kind words to Tyler. We hope to see you back again in Banff.
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Gina was our guide for this tour.. she was absolutely fantastic with full of knowledge, friendly, thoughtful and an amazing tour guide! We enjoyed our experience on this tour 😊.. a must do whilst in Banff..
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Response from DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Grotto Canyon Icewalk
Responded 27 Jan. 2019
Hello Vera, Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Gina. This is one of our favourite winter hikes as well - and just a fun experience to walk on a frozen creek! We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Gina and we hope to see you back again soon.
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Had a very enjoyable and informative trip hosted by our tour guide Norm. The pictographs and frozen waterfalls were the highlights of the trip. I'd recommend this highly as it’s an easy walk with good photo opportunities.
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Response from DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Grotto Canyon Icewalk
Responded 17 Jan. 2019
Hi Serge, Thank you for taking the time to share how much you enjoyed the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Norm.While less well known than Johnston Canyon, we love this canyon as a more authentic winter hike experience, and the fact that we often have the place all to ourselves. And the frozen falls aren't bad either! We hope to see you back again soon.
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Amazing tour with an unreal guide. Norm is extremely knowledgeable about the canyon, location and history. Beautiful sights and nice casual hike. Frozen 'his' and 'hers' waterfalls were gorgeous at the end.
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Response from DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Grotto Canyon Icewalk
Responded 8 Jan. 2019
Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback from the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Norm. This is our staff favourite icewalk, a little lessor known than Johnston Canyon but it often means we get the place all to ourselves! We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Norm and hope to see you back in Banff.
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  • Grotto Canyon
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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