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Grotto Canyon Icewalk

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
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Grotto Canyon Icewalk
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8:30am Departure
Departs at 8:30am
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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.

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.

Reviews (20)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Fantastic experience

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..

Thank vera_cy_leung
Reviewed 6 days ago
Grotto Canyon - Amazing

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.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Serge N
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Grotto Canyon Ice Walk

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.More

Thank JM1216
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The water seeping through the ice was incredible.

Emma our guide and driver was wonderful. Her knowledge of the grotto and surrounding area was amazing. She was patient and such fun. This ice hike was worth every penny we paid.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roving435103
Roseaway, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great to hear that you enjoyed your time in Grotto Canyon. Emma has been guiding with us for the past 5 years, we are fortunate to have her on our team. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I hope the rest...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic tour - thanks to Matt!

This tour was fantastic. Matt was very excited to take us out as the first group of the season, which made it more exciting because he was excited! The walk was awesome, we had plenty of time to stop and take photos and talk about...More

1  Thank kerstines187
DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for joining us on the Grotto Canyon Icewalk with Matt, and for sharing your experience and photos. Johnston Canyon is our most popular winter hike, but we love Grotto Canyon too as it's a much more authentic experience and as you...More

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beauxm0nt
15 April 2018|
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Response from Simran P | Reviewed this property |
They don’t operate the grotto ice walk in June as the ice is melted. I went in February and they give you cleats for the ice but snow shoes are recommended for the walk down to the grotto.
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