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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really neat in the winter, once the water is frozen over. We rented ice spikes from the Calgary Outdoor Centre for 7$ if I recall. Although, not necessary if you are cautious and are ready to slip, ice cleats make this easy and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sylboh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 5 including 3 kids aged 5, 9 and 11 loved this hike. Searching for the pictographs and waterfall at the end of the hike made for a great day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Crysta O
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This was the only disappointing walk/hike I had in the Banff/Canmore area. It is directly next to a loud mineral plant. The walk is more of a bouncing from rock to rock. Once down in the canyon it is pretty and cool, but it's not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tttherapist
Reviewed 11 September 2018

The first part of it can be loud with the mill but once you enter the canyon, it is quiet. Make sure you have proper footwear as you walk along larger stones and loose rocks. We found some native pictographs in red ink and past...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank teeka33
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Do not go here very bad experience. The trail was very bad, it was right next to a mineral factory and very noisy. The loud sound from the factory completely ruined the experience. After we passed the factory the trail was rocky and no scenic...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank prabhatgodse
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Found this through the AllTrails app for our iPhones. The first part of the trail is a bit noisy because you go past the Baymag mill, but once the path turns into the forest, it becomes wonderful. Beautiful views and the ancient rock drawings are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kated722018
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

The first kilometre to the canyon had construction and power lines, but once you’re past that it’s gorgeous. Great views and an amazing waterfall. Good climbing areas. We enjoyed walking in between the mountains and watching them rise up. Enough of a challenge to keep...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jodi M
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Amazing to walk on a riverbed, a rift between the Rockies. Pictographs done by indigenous natives 100s of years ago are fading away. Remarkably lucky if you spot it. Smooth rounded rocks prised out of the mountain by the hurtling river water carpets the whole...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Suj D
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

It seems like Grotto Canyon is considered more of a winter destination for visitors but it was thoroughly enjoyable in July. The first stretch through some logging/construction was a little odd for a hike but from other reviews I knew not to be discouraged. It...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Moe C
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We did this hike in February when the river was frozen. It was such a great hike with the family! Ice cleats are a must but it's unique and beautiful!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ErinJ754
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Brandon B
12 September 2017|
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Response from Travellover032 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Yes you can indeed easly miss them so did we in the first instance as we were busy putting our spikes on. Not sure how it looks currently compared to the winter tim. If you walk into the first part ofthe canyon its a... More
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