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Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Product ID: 303298
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Explore the icy beauty of Grotto Canyon as you hike on a frozen creek and explore surreal rock formations, spectacular icefalls and indigenous wall art on this small-group tour. This off-the-beaten-path tour is a local favorite that many visitors miss.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Hike through Grotto Canyon on a frozen creek bed as you look up at the canyon walls
  • Your guide will point out the ancient native pictographs that are easily missed by the general public
  • Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and maple cookies while you admire the spectacular icefalls
Full description
Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking. 

From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon. 

Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.
  • Banff hotel pickup and drop-off (on request)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Small group tour, maximum 12 guests per guide
  • Hot chocolate and maple cookie snack
  • Use of ice cleats
  • Use of hiking poles
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet in the public bus parking area behind the Mt Royal Hotel: 138 Banff Ave, Banff

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Important information
What to bring
  • Winter clothing
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Inappropriate clothing
Know before you go
• The minimum age for this tour is 8 years old
• Children aged 15 and under must have someone 18 years and older with them
• 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 winter clothing for this trip including a winter jacket, snow pants, hats, mittens, and waterproof winter boots
• In total this is a 4.2 kilometer hike with 100 meters of elevation gain, and is considered an easy hike
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Product ID: 303298