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Grotto Canyon Ice-walk

By Discover Banff Tours
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Highlights

  • Invigorating hike along the beautiful, frozen Grotto Canyon

  • Scenic views of waterfalls & creeks frozen in time

  • Detailed narrative of the area’s history & landscape

  • Viewing of the stunted pine forest & ancient ocean floor

  • Tour led by knowledgeable & fun guides providing expertise

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Use of ice cleats and hiking poles

  • What's included

    Hot chocolate and a maple cookie snack

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport, including hotel pick-up and drop-off service (if requested)

  • What's included

    Commentary in English

  • What's included

    Professional guide

  • What's excluded

    Service

Know Before You Book

  • If you have back, neck, lower back, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • This is a 4 hour tour from Banff or a 3 hour tour from Canmore, which includes 2-2.5 hours of walking.

  • The minimum age for this tour 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.

What you can expect

Hike along a frozen creek inside the Canadian Rockies and discover Grotto Canyon’s one-of-a-kind geological features and ice formations. Led by a knowledgeable guide, the tour covers the area’s rich history, unique geology and ancient native pictographs.

Arrive in a snowy paradise in the Canadian Rockies for a truly impressive Canadian adventure. As your guide discusses what to expect on the tour, strap into your ice cleats and grab a pair of adjustable hiking poles. Set off along a frozen stream bed, stomping your feet along the way to get suitable traction. Relish nature’s spectacular scenery of frozen waterfalls draped down mountainsides and maybe even spot an ice climber.

Inside the canyon, find 600 to 800-year-old hieroglyphs created by the Hopi tribe that once inhabited this land. Learn about the area’s unique history and uncover the stunted pine forest and ancient ocean floors. After the 2.6-mile (4.2-km) hike, warm up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate and a maple cookie snack.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Banff Alberto

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Canmore Alberta
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Banff Alberta
  • Public parking area behind the Mount Royal Hotel
  • 138 Banff Avenue
  • Banff Alberta T1L
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